Taking A Sauna Can Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms AND Speed Your Recovery

Scientists recently confirmed the age-old notion that hot liquids can relieve some cold and flu symptoms. But what about a dose of heat on a much larger scale – say, in a sauna? The answer is yes according to an article in the New York Times in February last year.  Flu and colds are coming our way this winter. Install a sauna now and be prepared for better health this winter.

With temperatures of 176 Fahrenheit or greater, saunas have been recommended for arthritis, asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome, among other things, since they were used by nomads in Finland centuries ago. Some reputed benefits have not been studied scientifically, but there is evidence that saunas may speed recovery from colds and reduce their occurrence according to the Times report.

Some researchers suspect sauna heat reduces symptoms because it improves drainage, while others speculate that the high temperatures help weaken cold and flu viruses. Why this might prevent sickness in the first place, however, is unclear. But research suggests an effect.

Nobel‐Prize winner Dr. Andre Lwoff, a French virologist and microbiologist shared the 1965 prize in physiology and medicine for just such a theory. He reported that high temperatures during infection help combat the growth of a virus. High temperatures can be induced artificially and cause heavy sweating. He believes that high temperature during infection helps combat the growth of virus. “Therefore, fever should not be brought down with drugs,” he said.

In one study by Austrian researchers, a group of 50 adults were tracked for 6 months. One group was told to use a sauna regularly; the other group was told not to use a sauna. At the end of the study, the sauna bathing group had contracted half the number of colds than the non-sauna bathers.

This is great news. It’s simple, natural, non-invasive and requires no drugs! This is strong evidence that sauna use might reduce or prevent cold symptoms all together and strengthen the immune system. Sauna bathing is good for your health in many other ways. Once you realize the many things a sauna can do for you, you’ll want one. Try a sauna today. Are you willing to give up ever having a nasty winter cold or the flu again?

The good sweat starts with a Finnleo Sauna from Olympic Hot Tub Company.

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Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

3 responses to “Taking A Sauna Can Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms AND Speed Your Recovery

  1. I’m actually in my sauna now with a cold and just read this post. I’m going to toss some eucalyptus water on the stones to get things moving!

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