Want to boost your immune system? Try a sauna!
June 20, 2017 – A wise old Greek gentleman once said, “Give me a fever, and I can cure any disease”. Was it Galen of Pergamum? Parmenides? Hippocrates? The “whom” doesn’t matter. It’s the “what” that’s important.
That wisdom—and its positive effects on the body’s immune system—are not lost on those who choose to sauna, an ancient practice in its own right. Taking a sauna raises your body’s core temperature, mimicking a fever.
This triggers your body’s overall defense mechanism, causing it to turn up the heat in an effort to combat invading viruses and bacteria. These little aliens find it difficult to survive in the high heat created when you take a sauna. In addition, the extra heat can help your body deal with existing bacterial or viral infections. And the sweating that takes place helps your body detoxify, sending those nasty critters packing. On top of that, it does wonders for your complexion and skin tone.
Have you ever gone directly from your sauna into a cold shower or plunge? Exhilarating is an understatement! Your white blood cell count kicks into overdrive when you go from hot to cold that quickly. Try this: Spend 10 minutes in your sauna, then take a cold shower or bath, then do it all over again a few more times. It’s an easy way to boost your white blood cell count and your body’s immunity.
When you finish a sauna session, your body kicks into cool down mode. This invigorates your cardiovascular system, assisting in cell repair, and contributing to good heart health. You also get a more peaceful night’s sleep, which does wonders for your immune system health.
There are plenty of benefits to sauna use. Now, you can take comfort knowing that a sauna is also a natural way to help your body strengthen your immune system. Enjoy!