In recent studies by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, details showed that sauna use is an ancient practice with profound implications for slowing aging. Sauna use exposes the body to extreme heat, a form of stress. The effects of heat stress on longevity by increasing lifespans by as much as
15 percent in recent studies. Large, observational studies in humans have identified strong links between sauna use and lower risk for age-related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and premature death. Study participants who used the sauna four to seven times per week had a 66 percent lower risk of developing dementia and a 65 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
People who engage in long-term sauna use typically experience improvements in several aspects of cardiovascular and mental health, including:
Reduced blood pressure
Reduced markers for inflammation. Inflammation causes most chronic diseases: diabetes, cancer and heart disease
Prevention or reduction of symptoms of depression/anxiety
Improved sleep which helps in brain function
In a time when mental health and immunity is top of mind, it is important to add contrast therapy to your routine. Studies continue to show substantial improvements of depression and have even seen lessened effects of trauma in connection to talk therapy.
Take some time to do something for yourself for now and the years to come!