Dry Saunas

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Dry saunas are considered essential for good health in every corner of the world. Although sauna health benefits have yet to be fully understood or embraced in the United States, they are prized in countries as diverse as Germany, Japan, and Russia. In Finland, dry saunas are something of a defining national pastime. Even in pre-colonial America, people sat in sweat lodges for their physical, emotional, and even spiritual well being.

The Health Benefits of Dry Saunas

What's so special about dry saunas, anyway? Saunas aid the body by speeding up and encouraging waste elimination. If you've picked up a women's magazine in the last five years, you've probably read something about toxins, or detoxification. Although the terms have become quite trendy, and are usually written about in fluffy, New Age vernacular, they are rooted in common sense and science.

The body is in a constant process of eliminating waste. We eliminate waste when we urinate and defecate. We eliminate waste when we exhale, and when we sweat. Some of these wastes (toxins) are outside intruders that should never have been there in the first place. If you've ever been hung over after a long night of drinking, you know what I mean.

Alcohol, junk food, caffeine, smog, lead paint flakes, heavy metals, and so on all need to be eliminated by the body. The body is also full of perfectly natural toxins, like the carbon dioxide we need to breathe out after processing the air we breathe in. Saunas speed up the elimination of all these wastes.


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