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Boost Your Cardiovascular Health and Fitness With Regular Sauna Use

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  • Regular sauna use has many health benefits, including detoxification, improved cardiovascular and brain health, improved mitochondrial function, lowered inflammation and a reduction in pain
  • Men who used the sauna for about 20 minutes four to seven times a week had nearly half the risk of hypertension compared to those who used the sauna just once a week
  • Sauna use can also improve athletic performance. Like high-intensity exercise, sauna bathing improves mitochondrial function and increases nitric oxide, which improves blood flow and boosts muscle growth and strength
  • Hyperthermic conditioning (acclimating yourself to heat through sauna use) boosts athletic endurance by increasing plasma volume and blood flow to your heart and muscles, improving thermoregulatory control and increasing sweat rate
  • Sauna use has been shown to boost brain health as well, in part by lowering inflammation, improving vascular function, enhancing relaxation and eliminating toxins

By Dr. Mercola

Sweating is a biological imperative that has a wide range of health benefits. In fact, unless you have untreated hypothyroidism, sweating is one of the indicators that will tell you that you are effectively doing a high-intensity exercise. Science has shown sweating it out in a sauna can also help:


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