September 29, 2019
The title to this blog is misleading: it’s not (for once) about climate change. It’s actually about saunas. And health.
You see, it turns out that saunas ARE healthy. A number of studies in Finland have examined the extent to which frequent sauna bathing as a leisure activity may affect common disease risks such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, and all-cause mortality.
Men who used the sauna 2 to 3 times per week for about 15 to 20 minutes had an 18% reduction in the risk of fatal coronary heart disease—and those who went 4 to 7 times a week experienced a further 20% reduction in risk. Similar reductions were discovered in rates of stroke and hypertension. And men who used the sauna 4 to 7 times a week were found to have a 60% reduction in risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Fun fact: Sauna is the only word I know of in the English language which is of Finnish origin. And I’m not going to google it to see if there are others.