Dry Saunas Heat Benefits

The dry heat of a sauna can range from 160 to 200 degrees F. While this may seem extreme for some, most users enjoy the heat because the humidity of nearly all saunas falls below 20 percent. This lower humidity means the body can cool itself easier while sweating, causing it to feel less distressed. Therefore, you should consider using a sauna to experience the benefits of heat without all of the heavy moisture of a steam room or jacuzzi.

Greater Blood Circulation

According to research at Harvard Medical School, sauna exposure can increase the average person’s heart rate by more than 30 percent. To allow for the increased blood flow, blood vessels and capillaries in the skin dilate, and as a result, blood pressure decreases providing better blood circulation. For most users, the resulting increased redness of the face can last up to an hour, revealing perhaps a healthier glow.

Temporary Metabolic Boost

Research at Columbia University suggests regular sauna usage can have similar effects as exercise on your metabolic rate. The increased pulse triggers metabolic boosts comparable to that of some forms of physical exercise. However, these temporary increases in metabolic rate may not result in any significant weight loss greater than that of water loss due to sweating.

Physical and Mental Relaxation

Using a sauna can ease muscular pain after exercising. By increasing blood circulation, saunas dull the ache of muscular tension. Furthermore, the tranquility of a sauna’s environment may temporarily take away the worries of the day and relax the mind.

Skin Cleansing

Saunas can cleanse the epidermis layer of the skin and create a clearer, healthier complexion, according to research at Columbia University. The heat from the sauna opens the pores of the skin allowing sweat to flush out surface impurities and clean pores clogged by dirt and excess sebum (skin oil).

Reduced Cold Infection & Arthritic Pain

Experts theorize saunas may benefit your general health and prevent you from getting a cold. In fact, a 1990 study, “Regular Sauna Bathing and the Incidence of Common Colds,” reported in the “Annals of Medicine” found that in a period of six months, Finnish individuals who regularly used saunas contracted fewer colds than ones who did not. Also, research in “The American Journal of Medicine,” published on February 1, 2001, showed that people who suffer from arthritis experience considerably less pain following frequent sauna usage.

About this Author

Sky Smith has been writing on psychology, electronics, health, and fitness since 2002. He graduated from the University of Florida with honors in 2005, earning a B.S. in psychology and statistics with a minor in math. He writes articles for LIVESTRONG and eHow.