Steam room: Benefits, risks, and differences to sauna

After a tough workout, you walk into your gym’s locker room, start to towel off, and there it is—the steam room, just staring at you. Daring you to get even sweatier.

Sweat is the most important elimination route for toxins. Everyone, in today’s society, is exposed to toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Although it is a major eliminative organ, most people’s skin is very inactive. Repeated use of the sauna can help slowly restore the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Released toxins are then eliminated from the body by perspiration and through the intestinal tract. Sauna detoxification is thought to lead to the removal of fat-soluble chemicals from the body by encouraging their elimination through sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy material) and sweat glands.

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Saunas are safe for most people as long as the sauna user follows a few simple rules: stay inside the sauna for no more than 30 minutes at a time; lie down or sit for at least 10 minutes after using the sauna; make sure you drink plenty of mineralized water before and after the sauna; always relax after a sauna session to allow the body to readjust. While using the sauna, it is important to take frequent showers in order to cool down as well as to remove substances from the skin and prevent their re-absorption. Some people feel fatigue after sessions, and this is normal. Patients often experience general health improvements upon completion of sauna therapy, such as increased mental clarity, restored energy levels, fewer allergies, improved sleeping patterns, and lowered blood pressure.

That said, a respectable number of studies exist on saunas, many of them from Finnish researchers and centered around cardiovascular effects. (In Finland, sauna bathing is a common activity.) For example, Laukkanen and his team’s recent findings, published in the Journal of Human Hypertension , found that one 30-minute sauna session significantly lowered blood pressure in 102 people with at least one cardiovascular risk factor. What’s more, their carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, an indicator of how well blood vessels expand and contract as needed, increased.

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While many people get their steam experience in spas, resorts, and health clubs, if you’re truly serious about creating a successful wellness lifestyle, you should look into installing a steam shower in your residence. It’s easier and more affordable than you think, and it will deliver a daily detox that may help stop dangerous chemicals from building up.

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