It sounds quite natural, doesn’t it? Sitting in a hot sauna on a cold winter night sounds like a match made in heaven. Aside from the obvious desire to simply “keep warm” on a chilly night, a sauna provides plenty of health benefits beyond just keeping cozy.
While Europeans have long known that regular sauna use can be used to increase overall health and wellness, Americans have taken a longer time to get onboard. But as custom in-home saunas and sauna kits have become more affordable and feasible for in-home installation and use, the numerous health benefits of sauna use are now available to nearly everyone interested in improving their overall health and wellness.
Lower Blood Pressure – As nearly half of all Americans suffer from hypertension, high blood pressure brings with it the risk of heart disease and stroke, both leading causes of death in the U.S. Studies have shown that the high heat of a sauna causes blood vessels to open wider, allowing blood to flow more easily through the vessels, meaning the heart doesn’t have to pump as hard, reducing blood pressure. Studies have also shown a sauna bath produces an increase in heart rate that’s similar to the effect of a moderate exercise session.
Boost Immunity – Since a fever is your body’s way of fighting infection and relieving itself of viruses, the increase in body temperature that comes from sauna use is seen by the body as a sign to kickstart your immune system. The result is an increase in white blood cells, antibodies, and other bacteria fighters.
Detoxification – That increase in body temperature also causes your body to sweat, which is the body’s way of releasing toxins and waste via the largest organ of the body – the skin. In addition, with proper hydration, sauna use can help to flush out the toxins that build up in fat cells and kidneys. Sweating in a sauna can help to clear out much of the toxic material that your kidneys work to remove from the body.
Relaxation, Stress Relief, and Better Mental Health – Sauna use also triggers a significant release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that transmits signals between nerve cells of the brain to reinforce feelings of pleasure, which helps to eliminate stress and anxiety. Endorphins also help to naturally kill pain in the human body, which helps with chronic aches and pains, which helps with better relaxation and mood.
Enjoy All These Benefits in Your Own Home
While it’s quite possible that you’ve never considered the possibility of having a sauna in your home, it’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility to enjoy all these benefits and many more in the comfort and privacy of your very own home. With affordable options and easy financing terms, you can begin the new year by taking a step in the right direction toward greater health and wellness with an in-home sauna from Atlanta Spa & Leisure.
Call today and schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located Atlanta-area locations!