Most Americans don’t know a lot about Finland. This small Scandinavian nation usually flies under our radar. But Finland has more than a few claims to fame.
Take Paavo Nurmi, for instance. Nurmi was known as “the Flying Finn.” He won 9 gold and 3 silver Olympic running medals. He’s the only runner ever to hold the world records in the 10,000 meters… 5,000 meters… and mile… at the same time.
Finland is also the home of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi, a Lapland village, is a popular with tourists as the host of “Santa Claus Village” – where Santa lives. In the hardy Finnish tradition, this town on the Arctic Circle is open year round!
Another of Finland’s claims to fame? The sauna. A traditional session follows the moist heat of the sauna with a plunge into the “bracing” waters of one of Finland’s many lakes.
Finns swear this ritual keeps them younger and healthier. This may sound a little crazy. But the latest science says it’s not.
Because research shows the sauna delivers remarkable health benefits. Benefits that can literally turn the clock back on the aging process.
Feeling Great Is Good for You
Almost everyone I’ve ever met who’s been in a sauna agrees. It’s about as relaxing an experience as you can imagine.
A half-hour or so in a sauna relaxes your muscles, eases your joints, and leaves you feeling about as flexible as you can be. Even if you start your sauna with strangers… they’ll probably be friends by the time you step out.
Physically, though, the effects are profound. Research shows you gain many benefits from a visit to the sauna… Or, at least, regular visits to the sauna.
A single half-hour sauna can lead to big health gains. For example, a 2017 study found a single 30-minute sauna improved blood pressure levels and lowered arterial stiffness.
Another study found men who enjoy four or more saunas have lower blood pressure.
And that’s just for starters…
Saunas Help Ease Many Health Issues
Frequent sauna is linked to a lower risk of dementia. In fact, a two-thirds lower risk.
Over 20 years, men who took a sauna at least four times a week were two-thirds less likely to suffer with dementia than those who only visited the sauna once a week.
In a related study, men who took saunas at least four times a week were also nearly two-thirds less likely to die from heart problems.
Analysis of a major study of heart risk factors found regular sauna use lowers overall cardiovascular risk…
And a lower risk of death from cardiovascular problems.
A 2017 study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology showed remarkable drops in blood pressure after just a single sauna session.
Subjects showed a 7-point drop in systolic blood pressure – and a similar drop in diastolic blood pressure – after a sauna.
A 2015 study in the journal Internal Medicine also found frequent sauna use was linked to a lower risk of early death.
Not too bad for enjoying a relaxing half-hour or so a few times a week.
The No-Workout Workout
Perhaps most remarkable, your body seems to react to a 30-minute sauna the way it does to exercise. While you’re sitting, enjoying the heat, the sauna is literally changing your body. For the better.
It’s all laid out in a study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.
Taking a sauna may seem like an indulgence. But it’s not. It’s an investment in a longer, healthier life.
Countless generations of Finns have shown the sauna is a reliable way to build a healthy future. And this Scandinavian secret is all benefit… so why not take advantage? In as little as 30 minutes, you could be on your way to better health.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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