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At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we are constantly considering ways that our patients can optimize their health and wellness outside our practice.

The truth is, there are is a lot of information out there, especially when it comes to certain practices that explore and push the boundaries of hot and cold temperatures for human benefit.

The sauna is an age-old thing that some might associate with their grandparents, or perhaps equate with a negative experience had at a crowded gym. Below are a few health benefits you can gain from hanging out in the sauna for a few minutes a few times a week.

1.) Increase Your Circulation

Increased blood circulation happens in the sauna because that heat causes your heart to increase its rhythm, which forces your blood vessels to widen. Your blood will make its way around your body FASTER as a result.

2.) Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

The sauna is thought of having a similar effect that moderate exercise does when it comes to your heart. When you step in the sauna, your heart rate increases, which means circulation improves. As a result, cells in your heart function at an optimum capacity because more blood gets delivered to them. Of course, we do not recommend using the sauna as an exercise substitute, but it has been shown to drive down your risk of heart disease.

3.) Rids the Body of Toxins

Using the sauna can be one of the best ways to flush your body of toxins. We get exposed to elements like copper, lead, and zinc -- all of which embed themselves into the skin. Getting in that sauna time will actually help you sweat those nasty things out. The sauna a nice, safe, and relaxing way to detoxify the body.

If you have any additional questions about how the sauna can help your health and wellness, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today!

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