Are Saunas Good for Your Brain?
January 12, 2017

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., many Americans use a sauna only occasionally, perhaps while at the gym or on vacation — if at all. In Finland, in contrast, 99 percent of Finns take at least one sauna a week,1 and some far more often than that.

Known as a “poor man’s pharmacy,” Finns value saunas for stress relief, above all else, but the simple act of sitting quietly in a heated room, with or without steam (or as it’s known in Finland, löyly), offers proven health benefits that virtually everyone can enjoy, including a boost to brain health.

Not surprisingly, much of the research on saunas’ health benefits comes from Finland, a country with about 5.5 million people and 3.3 million saunas (they’re as common as television sets).2

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