Sauna as Good As Exercise

Boost Metabolism, Lose Weight, Lower Cholesterol

Healthy Living Magazine Sauna

Healthy Living Magazine Sauna

A study in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health on the effect of sauna bathing on cholesterol levels in 16 young Finnish men found a statistically significant decrease of total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) during three weeks of treatment and in the week afterwards.

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After the 10th sauna session, the level of desirable high-density lipoprotein (HDL) remained slightly increased.

A decrease in blood plasma volume was found directly after the first and the last sauna bathing session due to perspiration.

“The positive effect of sauna on lipid profile is similar to the effect that can be obtained through a moderate-intensity physical exercise, ”the scientists said.

In a second study from the same journal, 20 healthy female volunteers (19-21 years old) took a sauna bath seven times every second day.

Body mass, heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol fractions were measured before and after sauna bath. “Acceleration of the metabolism of lipids occurs after every sauna bath,” the study reported.

A reduced level of total cholesterol and LDL and a raised level of HDLs was observed after repeated sauna baths. “Those kinds of changes may be good prognoses of ischemic heart disease prevention but further research on the influence of sauna on fat metabolism is needed.”

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Infrared Technology

Full spectrum infrared sauna technology allows users to program for specific health benefits such as lower blood pressure, detoxification, weight loss and pain relief. In particular, Solocarbon technology is clinically shown to raise body core temperature, lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss.

In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri, Solocarbon heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna sessions three times per week.

The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy with Solocarbon technology dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining. Putting an infrared sauna in one’s home with technology that allows one to use specific therapeutic infrared bands might be some of the very best cholesterol medicine.

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REFERENCES Gryka D, Pilch W, Szarek M, Szygula Z, Total L.The effect of sauna bathing on lipid profile in young, physically active, male subjects. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2014 Aug;27(4):608-618. doi: 10.2478/s13382-014-0281-9. E-pub 2014 Jul 7. Pilch W, Szyguła Z, Klimek AT, Pałka T, Cisoń T, Pilch P, Torii M. Changes in the lipid profile of blood serum in women taking sauna baths of various duration. Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2010;23(2):167-174. doi: 10.2478/ v10001-010-0020-9.
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