“The Daily '15-Minute Habit' That Helps Cleanse Your System”
Sit down and relax with your family and friends – and cleanse your body as you relieve stress, soothe your muscles, and cleanse your skin (helping it feel so er and more beautiful). Take advantage of this today…
Even though its origin is still somewhat of a mystery, most experts agree the Finns have used some form of steam sauna for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.
And just like many products that have evolved or been modi ed over time by the current culture, the original purpose of this ancient Finnish "institution" has been somewhat misunderstood.
For many centuries, the Finns have enjoyed some sort of sweat bath, or what would later be known as a sauna. But they view their sweat baths' purpose, or use them as they're used today. Long before modern indoor plumbing and running water, it was one of the simplest and most cient ways for Finns to bathe.
The sauna was far more than just a place of social gathering... farmers used it to relax their muscles and joints after a hard day's work... and any special holiday or feast day usually meant a sauna the night before.
One of the most important benefits of a sauna that hasn't changed much over time is how it can help relax your mind and body... how it can provide an exhilarating feeling of well-being.
I'll elaborate more on all the benefits and how you can take advantage of this extraordinary "bath" – even in the privacy of your own home.
But first, I doubt the Finns and others who regularly took saunas centuries ago had much of an idea what made them feel so good – what was actually happening to their bodies during a sweat bath. Here's...
What Deep-Sweating Triggers in Your Body
Even with today's more active lifestyles, many folks don't actively sweat on a regular basis; some avoid it at all costs, viewing it as offensive, and maybe even unhealthy.
But this doesn't totally explain the potential benefits from sweating in a sauna – only what happens to your body while you're in there.
Regular bathing in a sauna can help you bene t from a deep sweat because in the heat of a sauna... - Core body temperatures begin to rise - Sweat glands are stimulated to produce sweat, beginning the process of cleansing your skin
This deep-sweating is all part of the sauna lifestyle that can help you look and feel better.
I'm sure the ancient Finns did not have much of a clue about the science behind sweating. But they certainly felt the relaxing benefits from time spent in their sweat baths, and still do today.
But this doesn't totally explain the potential benefits from sweating in a sauna -- only what happens to your body while you're in there.
Let's cut right to the chase and take a deep dive into...
7 Compelling Reasons for Indulging in a Sauna
Research suggests many different types of benefits from taking a sauna. One very important bene t a sauna can provide is to help people sweat.
The chart below will give you a taste of the wide range of potential benefits, and why I recommend you consider taking a sauna on a regular basis.
1. Helps relieve stress It provides a warm quiet place to relax without distractions.
2. Relaxes muscles and helps soothe aches and soreness High temperatures help soothe.
3. Cleanse your system Deep sweating can help cleanse your system from contaminants picked up from your environment.
4. Cleanses skin Sweating helps rinse and cleanse your skin’s epidermal layer and sweat ducts. Cleansing of your pores gives your skin a soft, beautiful appearance.
5. May help you sleep better because you are more relaxed May help you relax, which may help you fall asleep around bedtime. Bene t How it works and explanations
6. Provides recreation and social benefits Relaxing environment to socialize with family and friends.
7. Helps you feel good Helps you relax and restore body and soul.
To me, one of the most important benefits is the way a sauna helps cleanse your body. I'll reveal in a bit more details on what I believe are some of the best complementary ways to cleanse your body. But before I do that, let's take a closer look at...
9 Tips and Tricks to Better Enjoy the Experience
Saunas can be used by most healthy adults if you follow some simple rules.
- Avoid staying inside any sauna for longer than 30 minutes
- Be sure to properly hydrate with fresh, pure water before and after taking a sauna and if you are sweating profusely, you will want to consider replacing your electrolytes with something like Himalayan salt
- Take the sauna with a family member or close friend, or make sure someone checks on you every so often
- If you have any kind of ailment or are sensitive to heat, check with your healthcare professional prior to partaking
- Work up to regular use over time. You don't have to take a 20- minute sauna from the get-go. Start slowly to build up an acceptable comfort level
- Try to remain relaxed, quiet, and reflect on positive emotions. Listening to some soothing background music may help you unwind and relax
- When finished, take a shower, warm or cool, but not hot. Avoid using soap as you're already clean and soap tends to clog your pores. Wash o your sweat with a skin brush or loofa
- After showering, sit or lie down for at least 10 minutes for final reflections on your sauna experience
- Enhance your sauna experience even more with an integrated health plan for optimal wellness
These simple steps help you reap the full bene t of the steam sauna experience. As you become more conditioned to this type of bathing, you will sweat more easily. Also you will become more comfortable with more heat as your body dissipates heat more efficiently.
Some people enjoy the hot, steamy environment in the traditional sauna. They like pouring water on the rocks to create more steam and humidity.
How to Enhance Your Sauna Experience Even MoreJust taking an exhilarating sauna by itself can be both enjoyable and invigorating.
But what if you couple your sauna sessions with an integrated health program? To me, this is an even better way to take full advantage of all a sauna has to o er. It's one of the most important “9 Tips and Tricks” I mentioned above for complementing your sauna experience.
Here are a few recommendations for you on how to better integrate your sauna into an overall wellness program:
- Eat wholesome, preferably organic foods – If you're interested in a full step-by-step nutrition plan, you can find my recommendations on the right side of my home page
- Drink plenty of fresh, clean water – You may want to check your source of drinking water and consider lteration if there are issues
- Reduce your exposure to EMF – We talked above about how low EMF is important to your health, and what sources to watch out for. In my opinion, using a low-EMF sauna is crucial to your integrated health plan
- Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals – Become more aware of your environment and what's around you
- Breathe clean, fresh air – Not always easily accomplished. But avoid staying indoors too much and seek out invigorating outdoor air
- Get plenty of sleep and rest to help create and maintain a positive attitude – Keep your stress level under control
Exercise on a regular basis, as this can generate sweating – Working out 30 to 60 minutes prior to using a sauna will help prepare your fat for cleansing