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Spending Time in a Sauna Can Reduce Your Risk for a Stroke

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  • Saunas are not as popular in America as they are in Finland, where they may be as widespread as television sets, and demonstrate the potential to significantly reduce your risk of stroke with consistent use
  • Your skin is a major organ of elimination; sweating is an important way to eliminate toxins and waste products, control your body temperature and clean your pores — all benefits of sauna use
  • Additional benefits from saunas include improved cognitive function and reduced risk of dementia, pain relief, improved athletic performance, limiting cell damage and facilitating cell recovery
  • You have a choice of three main types of saunas; while all types are beneficial, near-infrared offer additional benefits based on the way your body is heated

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., many Americans use a sauna only while at the gym or on vacation, if at all, in contrast to people living in Finland. At least once a week, 99 percent of Finns take a sauna, and some far more often. The Finns value sauna use for stress relief. Known as a "poor man's pharmacy," saunas offer proven health benefits virtually anyone can enjoy.

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