The Finnish are clearly on to something with their saunas. They may have created Angry Birds which you love or hate, but one thing that everyone should love is the sauna. A Finnish study proved that a sauna can help you life a lot longer. It was published in the JAMA Internal Medicine. Saunas appeal to everyone in Finland, for a population of 5.3 million, there are 3.3 million saunas in Finland. And they have a very good reason to value their sweatboxes.
According to the research from the study, saunas are supposed to improve blood vessel function, lower blood pressure, and improve exercise capacity. This is good news for people ho are experiencing hyperextension. In the study, 2,300 Finnish men were asked how often they used saunas. These men, aged around 50 years, said that they used a sauna from once a day to once a week.
After a 20 year follow-up, more than 900 men who participated in the study died. Deaths related to heart attacks and cardiovascular problems were almost twice as common with once a week users than those who went to saunas at least four times a week. Time spend sweating was also a large factor. Heart-related deaths were also less common with participants who spent over 19 in the sauna compared to those who spent less than 11 minutes.
The University of Eastern Finland researcher, Dr. Jari Laukkanen, believed that the high temperature and the humidity caused beneficial changes to the cardiovascular system. Although this seems to be the case, we believe that more vigorous research is required to make the solid statement that saunas do in fact prolong your life. But 20 relaxing minutes in a sauna isn’t really a bother is it? So enjoy and keep on sweating! Saunas are great for flushing toxins out of your body and for relieving sore muscles.