Sauna [Reading time 2 mins]

If you travel often, like I do, one of the wonderful benefits of your travel might include a visit to the sauna. Sauna’s, dry and wet, have been around for thousands of years and the people of Japan and Turkey even converted their steam baths into social events.

A sauna can be heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, though the more common Turkish saunas are heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat causes your blood to rush to your skin, open the pores and make you sweat. This process of the blood rushing to your skin has many benefits including improving your sensitivity to insulin, stimulating muscle build and improving the functioning of your heart. Followed by a cold shower which is necessary to make your pores close again, a sauna results in your body expelling harmful toxins from your body. A sauna is safe for pregnant women with uncomplicated pregnancies and most people including those with previous heart conditions (please read this in case you have a prior heart condition). While in the sauna, it helps to gently rub your skin to help open the pores. This will stimulate the skin and make you sweat more.

In case you don’t have ready access to a sauna, you can replicate the same benefits at home by standing under a shower and turning the water as hot as possible and then quickly turning it to cold after about thirty seconds.