A 20-year study of about 2000 men in Finland found a correlation between frequent sauna use and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It seems that the more you use saunas, the better their effects on your body. Just one sauna session per week lowered the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 20%. Using a sauna four to seven times per week led to a 66% lower risk of dementia.
Of course, saunas also have the added benefit of stress reduction and an increased sense of relaxation. The lessened risk of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is just one more reason to try it!
If you’re going to use a sauna, make sure you’re doing it safely. Only stay in for about 15 or 20 minutes when you’re first starting, and leave right away if you begin to feel ill. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and medications, and talk to your doctor before starting a regular sauna routine.
Watch the video below to find out why researchers believe saunas help stave off dementia.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?