Science Just Said We All Need Saunas: Evidence Suggests Sauna Bathing Linked To Several Health Benefits

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Aug. 2 2018, Updated 9:49 p.m. ET

A day at the sauna has long been associated with relaxation, self-care, and mental wellbeing. However, a new report shares emerging evidence that sauna bathing is also associated with a reduction in vascular disease and mental health disorders. The evidence, as Science Daily reports, suggests regular sauna baths and improved quality of life, are in fact, linked.

According to the report, sauna bathing also is linked to reductions in neuro-cognitive diseases, nonvascular conditions, as well as the alleviation of conditions such as headache, skin diseases, flu, and arthritis.

The findings were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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The research team was led by scientists from the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Eastern Finland, and the University of Bristol. Researchers first conducted a comprehensive literature review on the effects of Finnish sauna baths, which are defined by exposure to environmental temperatures of between 80 and 100 degrees C (158-212 degree F) for a brief period of time. A number of positive findings were reported with this first step, suggesting sauna bathing health benefits are linked “to the effects of sauna on circulatory, respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune functions,” the article stated.

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