Can Sauna Sweats Lower Your Blood Pressure?

By Khalil Al-Salem M.D FRCS, FICO

Edited by Mahmoud Al-Salem M.D FRCophth

Knowledge and Health

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 (Al-Salem Eye CLinic) — Frequent sauna bathers might be boosting their heart health as they sweat, new research suggests.

Studying more than 1,600 middle-aged men in Finland, researchers found that those who took sauna baths four to seven times a week cut their risk of high blood pressure by nearly half, compared to once-a-week sauna bathers.

“Sauna bathing may decrease systemic blood pressure through different biological mechanisms,” said study researcher Jari Laukkanen, a professor at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues.

In the sauna, your body temperature rises, widening the blood vessels. Over time, this appears to improve the function of the inside layer of blood vessels, the researchers explained. Sauna baths also remove fluid from the body through sweating, and relax the body and mind, the researchers added.

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