As you know, I'm a strong supporter of sauna use. In fact, it's one of the most powerful healing modalities you can use at home. Remember to check your levels of magnesium and detoxification pathways prior to beginning a sauna program.
Also, when choosing your sauna, make sure it is made of untreated "poplar" wood.
Below is a study which may interest those of you concerned with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
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Sauna Use Linked to Lower Dementia, Alzheimer's
Participating regularly in the practice of sauna bathing is associated with a decreased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) new research suggests.
Further results from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease (KIHD) study, which included more than 2300 middle-aged men in Finland who were deemed healthy at baseline, showed that those whose sauna use averaged 4 to 7 times per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia at 20-year follow-up than men who used a sauna once a week. In addition, they had a 65% risk reduction for AD.
The report "provides promising results from the first prospective study that shows sauna bathing to be a potential protective lifestyle factor for common memory diseases," write the investigators, adding that the practice "may be a recommendable intervention" to prevent the condition in healthy adults.
Senior author Jari Antero Laukkanen, MD, PhD, professor at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, told Medscape Medical News that he was pleased with the results.
"This study was surprising because the findings were so strong," said Dr. Laukkanen.
"People have positive feelings about sauna bathing," which may help in part to explain the associations found, he added.
The results were published in the December 7 in Age and Ageing.
As published by Heartwire from Medscape, the investigators found that the men who used saunas as little as two to three times per week had significantly lower rates of sudden cardiac death/fatal coronary heart disease, fatal cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality 18 years later compared with those who used saunas only once a week.
Dr. Laukkanen noted that after looking at the associations with cardiovascular disease the researchers next wanted to turn their attention to dementia "because together, they often share comorbidities and risk factors."
Recent evidence has suggested that inflammation and oxidative stress may contribute to dementia.
"Our results are therefore biologically plausible as regular sauna bathing is associated with improved vascular endothelial function, which also leads to reduced inflammation," the researchers write.
"Additionally, sauna bathing may be beneficial in the reduction of high systemic blood pressure and elevated pulse pressure, which are also well-known risk factors for dementia."
Age Ageing.December 7, 2016
Medscape Neurology News D. Brauser December 29, 2016
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