August 18, 2023

How Long Can You Survive in a Sauna?

Saunas are a great way to help your body get rid of built-up toxins. In fact, they’re so effective that people who go in them regularly have a lower risk of heart disease and other health problems, including diabetes. The key is to be aware of how long you can safely spend in a sauna. It’s also important to drink plenty of water before and after using the sauna. And you should avoid eating a heavy meal before a sauna session, as this can cause you to feel full and may lead to dehydration.

The heat and sweat from a sauna can trigger an intense biological response that’s similar to how your body reacts to strenuous exercise. Your heart rate and temperature rise, you begin to drip with sweat, and your body pumps out hormones like noradrenaline and growth hormone.

Generally, it’s safe to stay in the sauna for up to 30 minutes if you’re used to it. If you’re new to the experience, it’s best to start with just five or 10 minutes and gradually work up to that level. It’s also best to do your sauna sessions in a row so that your body can acclimate to the heat each time.

Once you exit the sauna, your body works to cool down, so don’t immediately put on tight clothes, which can trap sweat and heat. It’s a good idea to take a lukewarm shower or jump in the pool and roll around to help your body regulate its temperature and return to normal. Be sure to replenish your fluids by drinking lots of water and natural, healthy fruit juices or herbal teas after a sauna session.


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