Scientist already knew that the sauna bathing has a positive influence on your cardio-vascular system. But there’s more.
Do you know that going to a dry room heated to around 100º C, being there for a while, going outside and jump into cold water or rolling in the snow is good for your brain?
Science confirmed that the sauna bathing has a positive influence on your cardio-vascular system. But a recent Finnish study has found that going 4 to 7 times a week to the sauna seems to prevent some degenerative brain diseases like dementia or Alzheimer.
Although these findings have to be confirmed in further studies, the big question is why sauna bathing produced such benefits on our health.
With a temperature of 100º C and a dry environment (10-20%) sauna bathing seems to improve the circulation of the blood in our vessels, provoking sweating and increasing the hearth rate. And as a consequence, the cardiovascular function improves.
We do not know what’s the relationship between sauna bathing and dementia, but there are several possibilities. The increased in body temperature and the further reaction to a cold shower improves the hemodynamic function –blood circulation and hearth work- that could be impaired in those people that will develop dementia. The improvement in hemodynamic functions reduces blood pressure and inflammation. All of them are risk factors associated to dementia.
The key points are that if you exercise and jump to sauna bathing frequently your cardiovascular and cognitive functions will be kept at bay.
Image Credits: “One+Sauna House” designed by Frank Nielsen