What does a sauna do for woman's health?

Saunas have been used for centuries, and it's no surprise they remain a cult favourite, given the multitude of health benefits that continue to be uncovered. But how do these benefits stack up for women specifically?

While saunas have been widely studied, most research historically focused on men. However, recent studies are shining a light on the incredible advantages saunas offer for women’s health.

Women who incorporate regular sauna use into their routine can experience a variety of long-term health benefits:

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Stress reduction
  • Hormonal balance
  • Pain relief
  • Improved cognitive health

Cardiovascular health boost

When you step into a sauna, your body’s temperature rises, prompting various physiological responses. One notable reaction is an increased heart rate, similar to what you’d experience during moderate exercise. This boost in heart rate enhances blood circulation, which is fantastic for cardiovascular health.

A study from 2017 highlighted that sauna sessions mimic the effects of medium-intensity exercises like jogging. For women, regular sauna use can significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improve overall heart health.

Stress relief and mental health

Saunas are renowned for their relaxation benefits, providing a tranquil space to unwind and de-stress. Regular sauna use has been linked to reduced cortisol levels, the body’s primary stress hormone. Lower cortisol levels help balance other crucial hormones, promoting menstrual regularity and reproductive health.

Moreover, consistent sauna sessions have been found to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, making it a valuable tool for enhancing mental wellbeing.

Tackling chronic conditions

Saunas can be a powerful ally against chronic conditions. Regular use has been shown to lower blood pressure, thanks to the dilation of blood vessels during sessions. Women battling chronic pain, such as tension-type headaches, can also find relief through consistent sauna use.

Interestingly, studies have suggested that frequent sauna sessions might reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by improving blood flow to the brain.

To reap these benefits, aim for regular sauna sessions - ideally multiple times a week. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

- Stay hydrated before, during, and after your session

- Limit your time in the sauna

- Listen to your body and exit if you feel unwell

- Avoid alcohol before using the sauna

- Consult with a healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions

- Consider a regular sauna and ice bath routine – the addition of an ice bath will change the game completely!

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