The benefits of the sauna for the heart and blood pressure are confirmed

Health 7 January, 2018


Published the 07.01.2018 at 12: 00


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Carried out on 100 subjects in the framework of the project ” Sauna and Cardiovascular Health “, a Finnish study analyzes the changes that occur in the human body during and after a sauna session of 30 minutes.
Scientists have found that after a half-hour sauna, the systolic blood pressure average people from 137 mmHg to 130 mmHg and their diastolic blood pressure of 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg.
The improvement also affects the vessels, at the same time a slight increase in the pulse, they observe a clear relaxation blood. Exactly like during the practice of a physical activity of medium intensity. The study is published in the Journal of Hypertension.

The principle of the sauna is simple

A heater elevates the temperature of a wooden cabin at 80-90°C. It lies on a bench after taking a good shower and, after five to ten minutes, the body begins to sweat profusely. It can be so cool, to the outside, with a shower more and more cold and then back several times in the warm atmosphere. The alternation of 3 or 4 sudations with a cold shower, then a bed rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, provides a very important that the French discovered recently in some sports clubs.

The ancient tradition, Finnish

Since 2000 years, Finns have made the practice of the sauna, a pleasure almost every day. So, why have we taken so long to learn this ancient practice ? Simply because through ignorance, the medicine has long sown the seed of doubt.
Golden medical studies northern had shown for years the benefits of the sauna on the stress, the skin, muscle pains, rheumatic, but also so that many doctors believe the contrary, on the heart and blood circulation.

A benefit for the cardiovascular system

Of course, the heart rate increases at the end of ten minutes at this temperature, probably due to the muscle relaxation, but no more than when you mount a staircase. The blood circulation is accelerated, but the heat is quickly transferred from the skin to the heart, lungs and brain increases in an interesting way the central circulation.
Some cardiologists northern advise the same, to the contrary of most of their French colleagues, the sauna as an adjunct to treatment for people with hypertension or with peripheral arterial disease. Lung specialists themselves advise its practice in the infections of the respiratory tract, the dermatologists in hives and acne.

No benefit on the weight

The elimination of toxins through sweat, ease, and relaxation of the muscles makes the ideal complement to the practice of sport.
On the other hand, it is necessary to struggle against a misconception. Never the sauna has made them lose weight. Most likely you will lose one or two pounds per session, but it is water that it is necessary to re-consume as soon as possible under penalty of dehydration. Thus, we can conclude simply that it is a indisputable way to take care of his personal hygiene.

They say in this corner of northern Europe ” If you are able to go to the sauna… you supporteras the sauna ! “.