FITness – lesson #5 SAUNA FAQ

Hello !! It’s me again, with some answers that many have asked themselves and others but it’s a subject that not everyone wants to search and study on the internet. So…I made the research and chose a nice article explaining the benefits of the sauna.

**Please note:  The information below was verified and analyzed before placed in this article. The information is not mine nor is it original by me.

The Details of Sweat

The body contains two main types of sweat glands:

  • Apocrine glands, located mostly in the armpits, pubic area and scalp, secrete sweat that contains fats and other organic compounds. (Bacteria on the skin interacting with these compounds is what causes body odor.) These glands, which become functional at puberty, also emit hormones and pheromones believed to attract the opposite sex.
  • Eccrine glands, which number more than 2 million and are scattered all over the body, are the real workhorses when it comes to sweating. Activated by heat as well as stress and emotions, these glands secrete odorless, watery sweat that cools you down as it evaporates on the skin.

Sweat Toxins Out

Sweat does more than regulate body temperature.

Many of the tens of thousands of man-made chemicals in our environment make their way into our food, water and air. No matter how pure your diet or lifestyle, I guarantee that your body contains traces of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals such as pesticides, drugs, solvents and dioxins. There are ways to get rid of stored toxins, and one of them is sweating.

Sweating mobilizes toxins stored in the fat and enhances their elimination. If you’ve ever been around a heavy smoker or drinker, you know they reek of nicotine or alcohol—it literally pours out of their skin in their sweat. The same is true, although less obvious, of other toxins.

Here’s where a sauna comes in. On an average day, your eccrine glands put out about a quart of sweat. But when you hang out in a sauna, they pump out that much in 15 minutes.

Several researchers have looked at the benefits of a sauna on the body’s toxic burden. The best-studied is the Hubbard Sauna Detoxification Program. This protocol involves daily exercise followed by sitting in a sauna for two and a half to five hours a day, with breaks for cooling down and rehydrating. Participants in this program also take niacin to stimulate circulation and fat mobilization, as well as multivitamins and polyunsaturated oils.

Cardiovascular Benefits of a Sauna

The benefits of a sauna extend beyond detoxification; it’s also good for your heart. Sitting in a sauna has effects akin to mild exercise. The heart gets a gentle workout while the heat of the sauna dilates the capillaries and improves blood flow.

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 15 minutes in a sauna a day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40 percent.

Japanese researchers have found that sitting in a sauna is particularly helpful for congestive heart failure. After taking daily saunas for four weeks, 13 of 15 patients with serious heart failure had significant decreases in blood pressure and improvements in ejection fraction (a measure of the heart’s pumping ability), exercise tolerance and oxygen uptake.

Additional Benefits of a Sauna

Other conditions for which sauna is proving to be helpful include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Mild depression
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Skin conditions

And don’t forget this very important point: Sauna just makes you feel good.

So remember after “hitting” the gym , pass by the sauna for 15 minutes and cool yourself nicely. I approve and recommend this to everyone as the benefits over a 14 day “session” can do wonders and also clears your skin without the need of products or makeovers. SO WHY NOT DO IT ?
Stay clean, stay healthy and lean…Until next time !

Posted on March 27, 2014, in FITness and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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