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Benefits of Sauna Use- Wonderful!

 Health Benefits of Sauna Use-Wonderful

The benefits of Sauna use are certainly boosting our immune system. Especially on these days of Covid 19, it would be good if we were allowed to visit a sauna. But unfortunately, if you don’t have your sauna, you will not be allowed to see a public one. In the Netherlands, you are only allowed to enter with a QR code.

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I think this doesn’t seem right and I will tell you why. We need to strengthen our immune system by walking a lot in the fresh air, eating and drinking healthy, and visiting a Sauna would greatly benefit our health, for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. But we are observing a trend where the leadership takes away the natural health-strengthening activities while pushing us into an immune-system destroying mode, like vaccination. Lifesaving medications are forbidden to create the right to force vaccinations. This is a money earning and control model made by Big Pharma, Big Tech, and the Elite.

I am sure more people will distance themselves from all these powerful instances while creating a self-sufficient life, which is the best they can do—fixing themselves on their own life, local life, neighbors, family, and friends, closing down the digital world, especially Google, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

A German Priest has been a Great Example.

If you live outside Germany and Europe, you will not know him, but this priest is an excellent example of what natural therapies can do. He is not the founder of the Sauna, but Hydrotherapy, using water in different temperatures to strengthen the body and the immune system.

Sebastian Kneipp ( 1821-1897) was a Bavarian priest and significant for the naturopathic medicine movement. He has built several hospitals in Bad Woerishofen in Bavaria, Germany, where they healed people according to five components.

Hydrotherapy- The use of water

Phytotherapy– The use of botanical medicines

Exercise– Promoting health by moving the body.

Nutrition– A wholesome diet, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, little meat

Balance– A healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy person.

river in winter, csnowcovered castle in the background

His biography is very impressive. Coming from a weaver family, he was expected to train as a weaver and be involved in his family’s business. When he was 23 years old, he began training for the priesthood.

But he got tuberculosis, a disease very common in his time due to the cold and wet houses they were living in. Many physicians tried to heal him but without success.

As ill as he was, Kneipp himself began to study many books, finding one book about water cures in which his illness was described.

So he began to go to the river Donau in wintertime and started jumping into the cold water leading to his recovery from his illness. He began to develop the Kneipp cures, including the other four therapies described above.

Hydrotherapy is an essential part of visiting a Sauna. By showering with warm and cold water in change,  people strengthen their circulatory system, detoxification is speeding up, and the immune system becomes more robust. Of course, you can also swim in a lake or the sea, something many people do to adapt better to coldness! Walking outdoors in the winter is also very refreshing, but I love the change of hot and cold temperatures in a Sauna.

What is a Sauna?

The most known Saunas are the Finnish saunas, where a small room is used to heat up, and by pouring water over the stove, hot steam lets the bathers sweat.

You find Saunas worldwide, but they come originally from Finland and the Baltic countries and have spread over to other European countries by migrating Finns who brought their traditions. The importance of sauna in their daily life has formed their cultures. The word sauna is an ancient Finnish word meaning the traditional Finnish bath and bathhouses. It can be a small cabin or cottage.

sauna roomIn the modern Saunas, you will find different temperatures from 40-60*C(104-140*F) to 100*C(212*F). The humidity is very different and very high in a Turkish bath where the humidity approaches even 100%.

These are called steam baths. Everything is very wet in these baths, hot drops are coming from the ceiling, and you can hardly see the other person.

Most saunas are pretty dry. You find benches on different levels. The higher you go up, the hotter the temperature, and the stronger the sauna’s experience.

There are Infrared saunas that many people widely use. They are not saunas but great for detoxification of the liver and the lymphatic system. I know many people who own an infrared sauna. By using the sauna every day, you will experience significant health benefits.

The heat of the sauna starts a reaction in the body, beginning to sweat. Perspiration is a sign of autonomic responses trying to cool the body.

If you feel the heat is unbearable, you better leave the room before feeling faint or ill. When you leave the room, the cooling down phasis starts. It is a part of the sauna cycle and very important.

Better to wait some moments before showering cold or entering a cold plunge. The body reacts with an amount of circulatory stress. It is quite a shock for the body, but if the cooling down is done gradually, you will reap the benefits. Always drink a lot of pure water to hydrate your body.

 Benefits of  Sauna Use

Increased sauna bathing frequency is reported to have many positive health effects, like cardiovascular benefits and reduced inflammation in the blood,  a reduction in vascular diseases such as high blood pressure, and nonvascular diseases such as pulmonary diseases.  Prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are also associated with sauna use.

The immune system gets stronger, and viruses, bacterias, and other parasites have fewer chances to overcome the body’s defense system. If you frequently use a sauna, you will feel stronger, healthier, and adapt better to cold and warm temperatures. Influenza viruses and bacterias will not so easily target your body, and Sauna might be advisable against other viruses like the Covid 19 virus.

You should be careful if you already have cardiovascular problems, and the change in temperatures could be devastating for your body if you already have an underlying health problem. But I believe if you use common sense while sauna bathing, you will improve your health. woman in sauna

Many people drink alcohol or coffee while being in the sauna. My advice is to avoid alcohol and drink lots of pure water to hydrate your body and help the detoxification process.

Sweat is one way for the body to get rid of toxins. To replace the fluid, it is better to drink only water. Drinking alcohol may affect the body’s ability to maintain blood pressure. You will risk an orthostatic hypotensive reaction, which might cause you to faint and have accidents as a result.

Many people have a whole sauna ritual by visiting the restaurant and having a brunch or dinner. If you do so, you better have a nap until your body is ready for the sauna again.

Drinking pure water and eating a light salad will not burden your stomach too much. Take a rest of 30 to 60 minutes before you start with the sauna cycle again. Then you should be fine.

Hydrotherapy- why is this good for us?

If you use a sauna, you already do Hydrotherapy by warming up in the hot room and cooling down your body with cold water. Hydrotherapy is beneficial in many ways and is used a lot in wellness.

In Germany, people who have certain conditions are very often sent to cure for some weeks. There are many places where you have spring water that you may drink and where people receive all kinds of therapies to recover and relax, including healthy diets and a wellness area where people can use a sauna,  do fitness, or get massages.

This is very common, and people love to do that. To be sent to a cure, you need to have a health condition, so your doctor will prescribe the cure.

To cure illnesses with water is very well-known. Different sorts of Hydrotherapy, using water at varying temperatures for health purposes, including saunas, steam baths, foot baths, warm and cold baths, and wraps.

The benefits lie in dilating the capillaries while using hot water and constricting the capillaries using cold water. This helps the body clean itself of waste by activating the lymphatic and blood system and regulating its temperature.

ice picles hanging from a roof
The cold water helps relieve inflammation in the body because of the slowing down of the blood flow. You feel refreshed if you do this daily and be able to adapt better to the external temperatures.

The reduction of inflammation is proven. Maybe you know the Iceman, a dutchman, Wim Hof, an extreme athlete who can withstand freezing temperatures. He is the Wim Hof Method founder, a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques, and meditation. He has set a world record for the fastest half marathon barefoot on ice and snow, in 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 22 seconds on 26.January 2007.

His blood results showing the suppression of the immune system while taking an ice bath were quite impressive. He had reduced levels of proteins associated with the immune response to be attributed to increased stress. Researchers found out that cold temperatures slow down inflammation.

This might be why people with rheumatoid arthritis are treated by Cryotherapy using cold temperatures with good results. When skin receptors sense the cold, they send messages to the brain, releasing anti-inflammatory proteins into the body, delaying the disease’s progression. Some people were even able to leave their wheelchairs.

Final Thought

The benefits of sauna use and Hydrotherapy are excellent. By treating the body with changing warm and cold temperatures, you will activate your body’s natural healing powers to relieve many medical conditions.

If it is frequently done, it will improve the immune, lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive systems, giving you a better life quality. Your immune system will be stronger, and it will fight off better viruses, which is very desirable these days.

Please let me know what you think and what are your experiences with this topic?

To your health,

Sylvia

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4 thoughts on “Benefits of Sauna Use- Wonderful!

  1. Oh, I could have known Kneipp was German, with his German sounding name. LOL, never thought of it.

    I knew the sauna is healthy, but never knew about the exact benefits, so thanks for your explanation.

    There used to be a time I visited a sauna regularly. It was a day or an evening out with friends. Wonderfully relaxing. But now it has been a long time ago. I don’t even know if there are public saunas in Spain.

    A friend of mine owns one, but he lives 300 km from our house. 🙂 He is also a fan of Wim Hof and swims in his pool every morning in water that is 7 degrees C!! My plan was to do the same, but I haven’t managed. I quit swimming in the first week of September.

    I intend to try again next season. I do end my showers with the cold tap wide open. Are you a follower of Wim Hof yourself as well?

    1. Thank you very much, Hannie, for your comment! 300 km is too far away! 😉 But it would be great to have your own sauna in the house, especially in these times. I believe where you live; you could easily swim the whole year. I did a lot of showering with warm and cold water, but I stopped that. And I regularly went to the sauna, but now I can’t go. I miss it a lot. I am not a follower of Wim Hof, but I admire him. He is doing a bit extreme, but it is not wrong if you look to Scandinavian countries. They do swim in winter, and they have shallow temperatures.:)

  2. I really enjoyed reading your article . Well written easy to understand. After reading now I want to experience these healthy benefits, I feel like I am missing out on something. I never find time to do such thing but reading this I am going to make an effort to find one to visit regularly.
    I have watched the extreme Mr Wim Hof and I was in awe with what he does. Thanks again for such a great article.
    Angee

    1. Hi Angee, Thank you very much for your comment! You really need to try it out! The health benefit is so awesome. I love to go into a Sauna. My body and mind are very relaxed after a visit! 🙂

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