Saunas Prevent Male Dementia
Take it easy guys! This latest revelation from science shows that taking time out to do nothing is actually good for your health.
A study that took place over the past 20 years has made a connection between sauna use and a decrease in the likelihood of a man developing dementia. 2000 men who had reached middle-age were studied in order to evaluate how their lifestyle choices impacted them, in association with potential cognitive degeneration.
Scientists from a Finland university discovered that men who frequented saunas 4-7 times a week had a 66% less chance of acquiring dementia in old age, than those who used a sauna less frequently, or not at all.
A connection between dementia and sauna use has not been made previously, even though the other health benefits are well known. Other research has proven that using the sauna regularly is beneficial to the health of the heart and generally reduces the risk of mortality from most causes.
How the Sauna keeps you Healthy
The body is a holistic system, so if it’s allover health is good, it means the brain remains healthy also. Professor Jari Laukkaben, who lead the research, asserted that it is a scientific fact that heart health is directly correlated with the brain.
And it is common knowledge that integral to remaining healthy is the importance ofrelaxation in order to reduce the production of cortisol, which plays a destructive role in the body, when out of control.
When you sit in a sauna, your blood pressure drops, thereby improving your circulation. This kind of information can be then translated into other lifestyle choices that could have a similar effect, especially in countries where sauna use isn’t a regular past time. It can mean that maintaining a relaxation regimen earlier in life can potentially keep your body and mind in such an optimal state that dementia never develops.
Ancient Sauna Traditions
And it seems like the physical and mental health benefits of frequenting a sauna is something that has been known since ancient times. The Finns have been exploiting the benefits of saunas for the past 2000 years or so.
The Turks and the Russians also had similar traditions in steam baths. But an authentic Finnish sauna is more about the gentle nature of the heat that emanates from the stones, rather than steam.
Before the modern designs of saunas that we see today, the Finns would dig out a cellar in the earth, line them with wood, and bring in stones which they would heat till they turned red.
Water was poured onto the stones to create vapor – but not enough vapor for it to be visible, just to prevent dry air. Occupants would beat themselves with birch branches to invigorate circulation and tone the skin.
Other factors which are already known to reduce the risk of dementia are eating a healthy and balanced diet, not smoking and getting regular exercise.
So bearing in mind all of these factors, include another step for the sake of your health: instead of escaping to your man cave when you need to escape the world. Get yourself instead to a sauna several times a week.