The risk of developing elevated blood pressure was nearly 50% lower among men who had a sauna 4-7 times a week compared to men who had a sauna only once a week.
Some small studies have shown improvement in some symptoms of depression with sauna use, including hunger, pain, and ability to relax. Frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of elevated blood pressure, according to an extensive follow-up population-based study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland.
The researchers have previously shown that frequent sauna bathing reduces the risk of sudden cardiac death, and cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Elevated blood pressure documented as one of the most important risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. Regular sauna bathing improves endothelial function. The function of the inside layer of blood vessels, which has beneficial effects on systemic blood pressure. Sweating, in turn, removes fluid from the body, which is a contributing factor to decreased blood pressure levels. Additionally, sauna bathing may also lower systemic blood pressure due to overall relaxation of the body and mind.
In a study recently explains that men who used a sauna multiple times a week had a lower risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One possible explanation is that saunas improve the lining of the blood vessels. Allowing for more productive blood flow to organs like the heart and brain also lower risk of pulmonary diseases.
According to the research group, underlying protective mechanisms may include the beneficial effects of regular sauna bathing on blood pressure.
Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk
The Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) involved 1,621 middle-aged men living in the eastern part of Finland. Study participants without elevated blood pressure of over 140/90 mmHg. With diagnosed hypertension at the study baseline were included in this long-term follow-up study. Based on their sauna bathing habits, men were divided into three sauna frequency groups. Those taking a sauna once a week, 2-3 times a week, or 4-7 times a week. Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms.
During an average follow-up of 22 years, 15.5% of the men developed clinically defined hypertension. The risk of hypertension is 24% decreased among men with sauna frequency of 2-3 times a week. 46% lowered among men who had a sauna 4-7 times a week. During sauna bathing, the body temperature may rise up to 2 °C degrees, causing vessels vasodilation.
Before using it know some safety tips that help you. The risk of skin damage increases after 20 minutes of intense heat. So spend just 15 to 20 minutes steaming at a time. Drink a glass of water before you step in inside to reduce your risk of dehydration.
If you start feeling abdominal discomfort, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, headache or muscle cramping, it’s time to cut your session short. And be sure to call your doctor if you experience chest pain from your sauna experience. Finally, skip the sauna altogether if you take the anti-seizure drug topiramate or if you have pulmonary hypertension.