Infrared Sauna writeup in Sarasota Herald Tribune today. @mindspa_sarasota has an infrared sauna, call today to book your sessions! 941 378-9959
Health Short: Sweat equity in the sauna could pay off
Taking saunas may reduce the risk for stroke.
Researchers studied 1,628 men and women ages 53 to 74, free of stroke at the start. The participants reported how often they took traditional Finnish saunas and how long they stayed in the sauna, and the researchers followed them for an average of 15 years. There were 155 strokes over the period. The study is in the journal Neurology.
They found that compared with people who took saunas once a week, those who took them two to three times weekly were 12 percent less likely to have a stroke. People who took saunas four to seven times a week cut their risk for stroke by 62 percent.
There are plausible reasons saunas might be protective. “Temperature increases, even of 1 or 2 degrees Celsius, can limit inflammatory processes in the body and reduce arterial stiffness,” said the senior author, Dr. Jari A. Laukkanen, a professor of medicine at the University of Eastern Finland. “It’s possible that steam rooms or hot tubs could produce similar results.” — Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times