Saunas & Stroke Prevention

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Good news for sauna enthusiasts: if you use a sauna four to seven times per week, you’re 60 percent less likely to have a stroke than people who use the sauna once a week.

Considering strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, this is a simple prevention tactic that could save your life in the long run. Carving out the time to incorporate your sauna into your daily routine won’t only give you a much-needed break in your day, but in return, provide you with some awesome health benefits as well.

Finnish people have long been using saunas as a part of their health and wellness routines.

How It Works

Sauna use is associated with a drop in blood pressure, which is likely a reason they are so effective in lowering the risk of stroke. Sitting in a sauna increases the blood flow to your skin, which is one way to lower overall blood pressure. Even temperature increases as small as one or two degrees can have great health benefits.

Stimulating the immune system is also another effect saunas have. Saunas have also been linked to a healthier heart and a longer overall life. For best results, try spending around 30 minutes in your sauna every time you enter.

Other Stroke Factors

Factors such as smoking, diabetes and a high cholesterol are also linked to strokes. Make sure saunas are not being used as the sole prevention method, but rather as a facet of a healthy lifestyle overall.

Sources: Time, New York Times