Using a Sauna for High Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is essential in building cells, however too much of it can result in build up in your blood vessel walls and contribute to heart attacks, strokes, etc. Typically, monitoring your food and exercise intake are foolproof ways to control your cholesterol. But, did you know that people could use a sauna for high cholesterol control? Spending time in a sauna each day and experiencing infrared rays equates to doing some regular, light exercise. Infrared saunas stimulate the nervous system and therefore provide many of the same effects as exercise!
According to the Relaxology Blog, a team at the University of Cracow had men with similar body composition use infrared saunas for 15 minutes, two times a day, for ten days. After ten days, the study showed that collectively, the group’s cholesterol was significantly reduced due to the use of the sauna. As stated above, as exercise is a way to combat high cholesterol, as infrared saunas stimulate the nervous system, the effects are extremely similar. It’s also important to note that they were told not to change their diets, so that wouldn’t have been a factor in the 10-day change.