RadioMD: Inherently You with Dr. Holly Lucille

A Sauna a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

December 10, 20149 min
By using a sauna, you're sweating out the toxins in your body while boosting your immune system.The use of heat and traditional sauna therapies in healing goes back for centuries. In fact, the Native Americans have been using sweat lodges for both ceremonial and medicinal purposes for over 40,000 years. Many people like to step in a sauna for relaxation purposes, while others seek additional health benefits. Inside the sauna, temperatures can reach up to 104 degrees within a few minutes. When you're inside a sauna, your blood flow and pulse drastically increase, causing your blood vessels to expand and allowing your body to detoxify.If you want to try out a sauna, make sure you stay no more than 20 minutes, drink plenty of water afterwards and if you feel faint while inside the sauna, make way for the exit.What are some things you should avoid if you're going to be using a sauna?It's important that you stay away from drinking alcohol, avoid a sauna if you're sick, and avoid wearing heavy clothing.What are some other health benefits of using a sauna? Relieves stress Relaxes your muscles and soothes aches and sores Cleanses your skin Flushes out toxins Improves sleep quality Improves your cardiovascular performance Boosts your immunity Promotes weight loss Relieves eczema and psoriasis What else do you need to know about sauna therapies?Dr. Holly discusses the numerous benefits associated with using sauna therapies, as well as how to practice safety while using a sauna.

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