High blood pressure: Bathing reduces the risk of hypertension by 46%.
According to researchers, one calming pastime that doesn’t require any movement – and no, it isn’t a breathing method – could help lower blood pressure.
Dr. Francesco Zaccardi published a study in the American Journal of Hypertension that found that using a sauna four times a week can reduce your hypertension risk by 46 percent. The increase in body temperature during sauna bathing is thought to stimulate blood vessels to dilate, allowing more blood to flow through them. Sauna use is also thought to help the endothelium — the tissue that lines the interior of blood arteries – work better.
The combination of these two factors is most likely to blame for the decline in blood pressure.
The study included 1,621 participants ranging in age from 42 to 60 years old.
Blood pressure and sauna behaviors were collected over a median of 24.7 years of data collection.
The sauna sessions were divided into three categories:
251 participants developed high blood pressure – defined as 140/90mmHg – during the follow-up period.
The group that had up to three weekly sauna sessions had a 24 percent lower chance of developing high blood pressure than the group that only had one weekly sauna session.
Meanwhile, those who went to the sauna four to seven times per week reduced their risk of hypertension by 46%.
Sauna bathing, according to Dr. Zaccardi’s research, also lowers cardiovascular risk.
Sauna bathing may protect against heart disease, according to this theory.
The NHS stated, “Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United Kingdom.”
As a result, by going to the sauna on a regular basis, you are assisting yourself in living a longer life.
“Emerging research suggests that sauna bathing offers various health benefits,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Sauna sessions may provide the following advantages:
Sauna sessions are claimed to elicit physiological responses similar to walking.
Sauna use is thought to lower oxidative stress and inflammation, enhance lipid profiles, and strengthen the cardiorespiratory system.
The Mayo Clinic stated, “Regular sauna bathing may reduce and avoid the risk of both acute and chronic illness disorders.”
Sauna bathing is classified as “passive heat therapy,” with most sessions lasting between five and twenty minutes.
For the most part, the enjoyable leisure activity is seen as safe.
Before using a sauna, Harvard Medical School recommends taking the following “general precautions”: