The increase in circulation from a Good Health Sauna helps normalize blood flow and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder, pumping blood at a faster rate, boosting circulation and supplying the conditioning benefits of exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall heart health.
Let’s take a look at congestive heart failure, which is a dead-end disease that kills more people in each year than cancer. The average person only lives five years once the diagnosis of congestive heart failure is made. In addition, the person is usually on at least $600 a month of prescription drugs, not to mention frequent doctor visits, x-rays, blood tests and hospitalization.
In a Japenese study about 25 men with at least one risk factor for heart disease who were evaluated after using an infrared sauna for 15 minutes every other day for two weeks. They also rested in beds, covered with blankets for 30 minutes afterward, and had the thickness of their artery lining measure by ultrasound. In the American Journal of Cardiology, the investigators reported a 40% reduction of the inner lining of blood vessels. A wider blood vessel supports lower blood pressure.
In addition, thinner blood vessel walls are associated with a reduced chance of heart attacks and strokes. In fact, when a patient has elevated scores of intra medial thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries, many doctors recommend regular use of a Far Infrared sauna to lower their risk of having a stroke.
Remember that not just any sauna will do. Far infrared saunas offer all the benefits that traditional saunas do not, and at much lower temperatures. High heat is stated to be inadvisable and poorly tolerated by heart failure patients and, in reality can be a cause of early death.