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Written by: Dr. Ben Lynch
The benefits of a sauna are plentiful.
A big issue is you must know how to sauna in order to obtain these incredible benefits.
Click here to download Dr. Lynch's How-to Sauna Guide.
Many countries and cultures utilize sauna practices, such as Russia, Japan, and Korea. The way they use them varies quite a bit; however, the end result is the same: sweating.
Let me give you an example.
Back in college, I was on the University of Washington Crew and sometimes after practice, we’d hit the sauna.
The sauna was especially enjoyable after those frigid winter practices.
We’d pack into the traditional wet sauna (hot rocks with water poured over them) with our gallon of spring water and savor the warmth.
Within five minutes, I was already needing to get out of there.
I felt horrible.
Of course, I’d try to tough it out as I couldn’t have my teammates poking fun at me for being such a wimp in the sauna.
I would get out, do a cold shower contrast and then get back in.
That helped some but the benefit was short-lived.
I made it about 10 minutes and that was it.
I was done. Very done.
Why did I have these negative reactions to sauna when my teammates didn’t?
There are many reasons.
Before I get into discussing the details of each one of these negative reactions, I want to inform you of this key point when using a sauna:
At the first sign of feeling ‘off’, you’re done. Get out of the sauna. Don’t return until the next day. In other words, DON’T PUSH IT.
There is not much worse than getting into a sauna and pushing yourself to stay in there longer.
The only thing you are accomplishing is making yourself weaker, sicker, and uncomfortable.
As always, discuss with your doctor if a sauna is right for you.
There are many conditions that may worsen from sauna or are just plain contraindicated.
This is not a complete list.
Can children use sauna?
If your doctor approves, yes. Since I am a doctor, I let my sons use the sauna.
Ideally, I want to sauna once a week. Do I do it? Not always.
There are times when one has to sauna more – and times when one has to sauna less.
The key is to sauna when you feel somewhat strong. If you need to sauna and you are not feeling strong, do a low heat and short duration sauna.
One that makes you sweat is a general rule of thumb – with some key points.
The sauna can be wet or dry, infrared, wood burning, hot rocks or electric.
The most critical points to consider are:
I’ve used many different types of sauna.
The saunas I currently use are:
After receiving approval from your doctor, the best method I’ve discovered over the years is quite comprehensive – and effective.
I've put this into easy, manageable steps for you.Click here to download my How-to Sauna Guide.
The supplements that I and my family use for an optimal sauna experience:†
If you are fatigued and need additional energy support:†
If you don’t have access to a sauna or lack the funds, there are other things you can do to encourage sweating:
How has sauna been in your life and with your health? What do you find works best?
Please feel free to share below in the comments!
I have gone from being absolutely intolerant of a sauna to increasing my sauna endurance so that I can enjoy it for longer sessions.
This is my How-to Guide for how I do it – every time.
I am supporting my energy, hydration, detoxification, brain and cell membranes.
The key is to support all systems – and to go incrementally.
Don’t push it.
~Dr. Ben Lynch