Being Scandinavian Sauna is a must, it’s part of life!
But is the effect of Sauna in weight loss myth or a fact?
Saunas have been a popular tool for relaxation for a very long time. When saunas were first introduced, they were used primarily for relaxation of muscles and relieving the stress and tension that build up throughout life. As saunas became more and more popular and widespread, the people who used them regularly began to notice some very desirable side effects. Specifically, noticing weight loss as a result of using saunas.
Higher metabolism doesn’t mean you will lose weight. However, having a higher metabolism does mean that your body can convert food into energy faster, which allows the body to burn off the energy through heat and perspiration. By having a slower metabolism rate the body starts to store the energy in fat tissues and if not released through diet and exercise, will remain in the tissue and weight will be gained.
Here are some of the ways Sauna assists in weight loss :
- It effectively reduces heavy metals which have been directly related to metabolic imbalances in the body causing poor digestion and weight gain.
- It decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Often weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are first removed.
- Although weight loss due to perspiration (water loss) is quickly regained, sending more blood to the capillaries and converting fats and carbohydrates results in as much as 600 calories burned during one short sauna session. A single sauna session will burn as many calories as you would during rowing for 30 minutes. Weight loss occurs because body fat becomes water-soluble at 43ºC and the body can sweat it out.”
Sauna can be beneficial to long term weight loss. Sweating in a sauna helps to rid the body of toxins and impurities which can effect the body in many ways. Toxins and impurities can effect the way the body functions, including metabolism and waste production. By taking a sauna a person is getting rid of these toxins. Saunas also increase the heart rate and can be equivalent to a walk or jog.
Doctor’s studying the effectiveness of saunas for weight loss have observed that side by side with the relaxation benefits of saunas, they do help with detoxification of the body and with weight loss, when used frequently. Nice combination – take a sauna for relaxation and relief from stress and ends up with weight loss and body detoxification.
If you have skin problems then you will love the effects of the sauna. Saunas have been shown to improve the skin of those with excema, acne and other skin problems. Cleansing toxins from our bodies helps with this, but so does the increased heart rate I talked about earlier. By increasing our body temperature and heart rate we also increase the blood flow to our skin significantly. The increase in blood to our skin helps sweep away toxins and also brings more nutrients and oxygen to the skin which aids in healing.
In fact in Finland we have a saying that women look the most beautiful (at their best )straight out of sauna.
Take a Sauna – relax, get rid of toxins and loose some weight!
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