The most relaxing way to live longer

Saunas are not only good for helping you to relax. They could also help you live longer.

Researchers in Finland studied the effect of saunas on more than 2,300 men over a 20-year period. They found that men who used saunas four to seven times per week lived longer than men who only used saunas once a week.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that frequent sauna users had:

  A 63% lower risk of sudden cardiac death

  A 50% lower risk of cardiovascular disease

  A 40% overall lower death rate

These remarkable numbers have to do with the fact that sitting in a sauna may have the same effect on the body as aerobic exercise.

You see, performing aerobic exercise raises your body’s core temperature. This induces strain on the body, decreases endurance and accelerates exhaustion.

By itself, you don’t want your body’s temperature to be higher than normal for an extended period of time like when you have a fever.

But during exercise, when your body’s core temperature is raised, the body goes through a natural process called hyperthermic conditioning, or heat adaptation.

Basically, the body is in an abnormal state and will make any changes necessary to survive at this new temperature.

This process optimizes your body for next time you exercise (and raise your body temperature), so the body is put through less metabolic stress.

The more exercise you perform means the better heat-adapted you are.

As the body adapts to functioning at a higher temperature, it makes several changes that can have many lasting benefits — even when the body returns to normal temperature …

According to Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D. of, these include:

  Improved cardiovascular mechanisms and lower heart rate.

  Lower core body temperature during workload

  Higher sweat rate and sweat sensitivity as a function of increased thermoregulatory control.

  Increased blood flow to skeletal muscle (known as muscle perfusion) and other tissues.

  Reduced rate of glycogen depletion due to improved muscle perfusion.

  Increased red blood cell count

  Increased efficiency of oxygen transport to muscles.

This is why exercise is so important to your health and longevity.

And research now shows that sauna use causes the body to go through this same heat adaptation. It causes the body to go through these same physiological adaptions that benefit the body longer term.

Essentially, 30 minutes of relaxing sauna time may have the same cardiovascular and metabolic effects of intense aerobic exercise.

This can help explain the incredible numbers the Finland study found.

In addition to improving the body’s cardiovascular system, heat stress via sauna use has been shown to …

  Improve longevity

  Increase growth hormone

  Reduce protein degradation

  Increase insulin sensitivity, and

  Increase brain-derived neurotrophic factors, crucial for brain health.

Sauna use can be one of the easiest and most effective ways improve your health and longevity. Plus, many people find it incredibly relaxing and therapeutic.

You may have wellness centers in your neighborhood that have saunas. Many hotel spas and gyms offer saunas as well. You can also buy them for your home.

If you’re interested in trying it out, be sure to speak with the staff or other experts to make sure you spend just the right amount of time in the sauna so you don’t get overheated, which would counteract the benefits.

Generally, you might look to spend 15 to 30 minutes in a sauna, depending on a variety of factors like the temperature and your endurance. And be sure to drink plenty of water if this is something you’re interested in trying.

We’re interested to know how many of our readers already use a sauna and if any of you will now be using them more often. Please feel free to join the discussion in the comments below.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann
Uncommon Wisdom Daily

Your thoughts on “The most relaxing way to live longer”

  1. There is one more variety of sauna available and it surpassing in health benefits and in convenience all other kinds of saunas-it is an ozone steam sauna. It is a very compacted and efficient way of enjoying sauna, detoxing and gaining all the benefits of ordinary saunas plus much more. During each session of ozone steam sauna the user is getting additionally benefits of ozone & carbonic acid therapy and EWOT. Encouraging everybody to try it. It is absolutely fantastic. Stay away from nylon inflatable ones (not ozone compatible material) and look for the hard shell chambers from fiberglass(A+ compatibility grading for ozone and safe)

  2. I have a hot tub and use it. I suspect it provides the same benefits……

    I have also done infrared but not as enjoyable as a hot tub…..

  3. There is a difference between anecdotal evidence and empirical evidence when it comes to science and whatever supposedly empirical evidence is offered must be subject to the strictest scrutiny, peer evaluation and replication before it can be trusted.

  4. “All in all saunas appear safe for the body, but there is little evidence that they have health benefits above and beyond relaxation and a feeling of well-being.”

    From the editor-in-chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch November 2016.

  5. Brad
    One has to bring up FOOD! FACTS. Ones in the very distant past had real FOOD!. The Monsanto and others? GMO (genetically modifed organisms) FOODS! . Definitely has caused the worst devastation on the Human race, they the so-called Technocrats (elites) have run a devastating experiment using this modified food for dumbing down and feminizing and sterilizing the population, with their so-called social engineering experiment for control of the masses (Brain Washing). The way to health? the right food grown from non-GMO stock in a high magnesium organic soil. All moderate Exercise for all ages is only a natural life style like working in the garden, a little walking time etc.

    Have a good day LK

  6. Brad, I enjoyed your post on the benefits of saunas! There are 2 main types of saunas – traditional and far-infrared (FIR). Traditional saunas have been shown to cause more stress on the heart, and may not be suitable for individuals with heart problems. FIR saunas are more efficient, and safer. Either type of sauna also has the added – and very important – benefit of detoxification: the removal of accumulated toxins out of the body. This is what may explain some of the health benefits of saunas such as increased longevity.
    On this note, (cheap) saunas that are imported from overseas (China, …) must be fumigated when entering the country. When heated to high temperatures, these saunas emit (a lot of) toxins, likely making your toxin exposure/load worse. The same can be said about saunas that are glued together. The best type of sauna is made out of untreated wood made in the USA (or Canada, or otherwise local), and screwed together rather than glued.
    And remember to clean any towels used very well, as they will contain toxins that were excreted through sweat.
    Dr. Alex

  7. This is something I have been meaning to purchase for some time now.

    I find your human interest articles spot on.
    Thank you for sparking my interest again

  8. When I was a child growing up in Northern Ontario, my dad and our Finnish neighbour built a community sauna on our property and every Saturday the neighbours would come and have this experience of doing the sauna and then rolling in the snow and then going back in.
    It was a memorable time. The sauna itself was made from an old metal barrel bright home from the mine. A lot of people experience sauna up there.
    Now at 82 I just do 20 minutes of HIT each day

  9. I wonder whether you would gain similar benefits from hot tubs which massage muscles in addition to raising core body temperature

  10. What is considered as a reasonable temp for the sauna.?80°C or more?also how long at a time before a cold shower and going back in the sauna? Would appreciate input!

  11. Was there any info regarding different types of saunas, infrared vs hot rock or steam? Do they all have the same benefits?

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