The answer is a big NO. Never. Sauna can never ever be bad for you (except certain conditions). They are the easiest and yet an effective way of burning those extra stubborn calories.
What is a Sauna?Sauna is basically a small wooden room with a rock filled electric heater inside, which is supposed to heat up the room. The temperature of the room rises, so much that the bather sitting inside perspire, and this perspiration has numerous health benefits, that leads to burning of extra calories.
How does it work?High temperature of Sauna causes an increase in the core body temperature. It has been said that it increases body temperature by up to 3.5 Fahrenheit. This rise in temperature pushes the body towards homeostasis. That is, the body tries to maintain equilibrium between the outer temperature and inner temperature. This struggle of body initiates certain processes that are extremely very beneficial for the body. Some of them are, the blood vessels begin to dilate, and the blood flow increases towards the skin. This is because; the body wants to eliminate excess heat so that core temperature may reduce. Rise in temperature opens skin pores, in order to eliminate heat. The body starts to perspire, just to decrease the skin temperature. It also eliminates excess fluids from the body. It removes toxins and makes the skin shine all these processes together, aids in burning calories. A person weighs 165lb can burn up to 300 calories in a 30 minute session. Isn’t it amazing? Yes it is… who doesn’t want to lose calories while sitting only.
One of the best stress fighterApart from burning calories, Saunas are a huge stress fighter. Stressed adrenal, toxic chemical exposure and other circumstances stuck our body into “fight or flight mode” Sauna bath promotes our body to stay in “rest and digest” mode, which allow us to rest, heal and relax. When body is in the de-stress mode, which means there is a low level of stress hormone (cortisol). Decrease in the level of cortisol, helps maintain the adequate level of other hormones such as Thyroid, Testosterone, insulin, Estrogen. It will not be wrong if I say that Sauna helps in maintaining proper hormonal balance. Not only this, it also helps in improvement of symptoms related to depression, autoimmune disorder, chronic pain and fatigue. It releases tensions from the muscles, which makes you feel energetic and lively. If you or your relatives are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, then you must try sauna bath. Because it will definitely help you to get rid of this painful condition. The reason behind this is increase blood flow fasten the healing process. Also, High heat caused by sauna encourages the body to release endorphins, which are analgesic in nature. These Endorphins have tranquilizing effect on body, thereby induces deeper and calming sleep.
An unconventional perkAnd the most amazing fact about Sauna is, it helps in killing various cancer cells. Yes, you read it right. It is known that high temperatures kill cancer cells without even effecting normal body cells. According to a research, high temperature or hyperthermia is cytotoxic for cells that are growing in the tumor tissue. Therefore, hyperthermia, along with other treatments has been reported to decrease the growth of cancer cells. Moreover, Sauna bath makes you feel rejuvenated and increases energy level. At this point you must be in haste to immediately book a sauna session. You should be, but wait,
- Make sure to drink at least 2- 4 glasses of water,
- Make sure to limit your session for maximum of 20 minutes.
- Make sure you have not done any cardio workout right before taking sauna
- Make sure that you do not have any medical illness.