Saunas stimulate the body to release fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals in sweat via pores more effectively than any other forms of heat therapy or exercise. Reports have been made that it can relieve the symptoms of drug-induced lupus. The list of chemicals claimed to be removed from the body includes: mercury, lead, copper, cadmium, manganese, sodium, chloride, arsenic, nickel, benzenes, street drugs, prescription drugs, anaesthetics, cholesterol, urea, nicotine, sulfuric acid.
Immune System Enhancement
A typical sauna session will cause a brief 1 to 3 degree F increase in body temperature. Fever is the body’s defence against bacteria, microbes and consequent infection. The production of white blood cells by the bone marrow and killer T cells by the thymus- results in boosting immunity, overall.
Continuous strain on the autonomic nervous system leads to a high level of stress, one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases.
A 15 minute sauna session is as effective for weight loss as rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. The improved blood flow to organs and endocrine glands speeds up their metabolic process, increasing caloric burn. Because fat becomes water soluble at 110 degrees F, subcutaneous fat can be released along with the sweat and toxins.
The human body will naturally try and cool itself as temperature increases. It does this by diverting blood from the internal organs to the extremities and skin by vasodilation. This increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.
Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes, which are trapped in pockets below the skin. Profuse sweating is purported to clear this form of unwanted debris. A Sauna is effective in cellulite removal when used in conjunction within a program that includes diet and massage.
Pain Relief and Control
Saunas help to eliminate or reduce the pain of arthritis, muscle spasms, shoulder pain, neck and back pain, sprains of any area, and reduce scar tissue and adhesions. Will rapidly increase the healing process in any non-acute injury.
Skin Cleaning and Rejuvenation
Saunas open clogged pores allowing for removal of dirt, oil, and makeup. In addition, there are improvements in skin problems such as acne, rashes, burns, eczema and psoriasis. Scars, even keloids, may be gradually softened.