The regular use of traditional dry sauna has been linked to numerous health benefits. Dr. Andrew Huberman, world renowned Neuroscientist and Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, describes deliberate heat exposure as "a powerful tool to improve health and longevity.” Research has shown that regular use of Sauna, which is defined as temperatures between 80 C and 100 C for 5min-20min and 2-7x per week, can reduce mortality by cardiovascular events, stroke, and all-cause mortality. Specifically, studies have shown that sauna use or sauna bathing 2-3x a week reduces the likelihood of dying from a cardiovascular event by 27%, and sauna use 4-7x a week decreases the likelihood by 50%, compared to those who did sauna once per week or less.
Stimulate hormones & Reduce Stress
Regular traditional sauna use, or sauna bathing will positively affect our hormones and well-being by decreasing cortisol output resulting in decreased levels of stress. The mild discomfort one may feel, indicates that the body is entering Hormesis, which is the process of a mild or acute stressor (i.e. heat stress through traditional sauna or sauna bathing) increasing the resistance to other stressors. This process ultimately increases the health, resilience and vitality of the organism by stimulating our biology to make cellular adaptions that make us stronger and healthier. This is understood as “Good Stress” for the body. The endorphin system is activated when we experience short stress during sauna bathing, and the struggle of heat exposure from traditional dry sauna ultimately activates pathways that lead to an increase in the baseline level of mood and heightened level of happiness and improved mood.
Boost Metabolism & Protect your body
Regular sauna use is a great way to boost your metaboloism and burn fat as exposing your body to extreme heat will transform the your white fat into beige fat increasing thermogenesis and resulting in fat loss. Sauna bathing has also been found to postively impact longevity as studies have shown that traditional dry sauna use and exposure to heat upregulates levels FOXO3, which are the genes responsible for repairing DNA pathways. Additionally, heat exposure in the form of traditional sauna activates Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) which prevent the changes in proteins that would be detrimental to our health – it is a protective mechanism for your body that can be induced through regular sauna bathing.
Benefits of Sauna
- Improves Mood & Well-being
- Enhances Immune System Function
- Decreases Cortisol Ouput, Reducing Stress
- Stimulates Growth Hormones
- Improves Sleep
- Increases Blood Flow & Circulation
- Detoxifies Skin
- Improves Insulin Sensitivity
- Activates Heat Shock Proteins
- Boosts Metabolism & Fat Loss
- Improves Overall Health & Longevity