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Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?
05-24-2014, 01:29 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,587 Threads:1,469 Joined:Feb 2011
It's definitely a very relaxing experience so it's worth it just for that. Some of these health effects were new to me beercheer.gif



Historically, saunas have a longstanding tradition of use. They are common to many Eastern European countries, as well as Asia. In some countries, such as Finland, you can find them in nearly every home, where they're used for relaxation, detoxification and more.

Saunas are actually becoming increasingly used by athletes as well, but not only for the post-workout muscle relaxation as you might expect.

According to Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D., increasing your core temperature for short periods, as is done by using a sauna, may offer dramatic improvements to your athletic performance. She calls this concept "hyperthermic conditioning," which emerging research suggests has multiple positive effects on your body, from increased endurance to the growth of new brain cells.



How Heat Acclimation May Boost Your Endurance

If you're an athlete, the benefits of increased endurance are obvious, but actually everyone can benefit, as your level of endurance serves as a gauge for many aspects of your overall health, including your heart health.

Sauna Use May Prompt a "Massive" Release in Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a synergistic, foundational biochemical that addresses the serious muscle loss and atrophy that typically occurs with aging. The higher your levels of HGH, the healthier and stronger you will be.

Heat Shock Proteins: Another Way Sauna Use May Promote Muscle Growth and Longevity

The release of HGH is just one way that hyperthermic conditioning increases muscle growth. It also reduces the amount of protein degradation that naturally occurs during both muscle use and disuse. As a result, this increases the net protein synthesis in your muscles, which ultimately promotes muscle growth.

Sauna Use May Be the Perfect Way to Support Muscle Recovery After an Injury

Heat treatments may even induce heat shock proteins that help protect against rhabdomyolysis, a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition that is one of the most common side effects associated with the use of statin cholesterol-lowering drugs!12 If you've had a muscle injury, you may be immobilized for lengthy periods, which generally will cause your muscles to begin to atrophy. Hyperthermic conditioning has been shown to slow muscle atrophy during disuse by up to 32 percent in one animal study. Whole-body heat treatment both prevents muscle atrophy and increases muscle regrowth, courtesy of elevated HSP levels.

Sauna Use May Even Help Trigger Increased Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin performs multiple functions in your body. It helps mobilize or signal a certain kind of protein to mobilize glucose from outside your cells, and it's part of the mTOR (Mammalian Target of Rapamycin) mechanism, which causes protein to be created and builds your muscle. The mechanism that builds protein in your muscles is part of the insulin cascade pathway, and it cannot be bypassed.

How Sauna Use Might Benefit Your Brain

During exercise, fasting and, it appears, sauna use, nerve cells release proteins known as neurotrophic factors, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF, which activates brain stem cells to produce new neurons. BDNF also triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...efits.aspx

İmage
05-24-2014, 01:35 PM #2
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
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good idea.

the old standby: run... run... run... every day if possible

you don't have to run fast, but for at least 1 hr

works cardiac, skeletal, smooth muscle----- best over-all exercise

the heart keeps the flow to the brain where the GH is synthesized
05-24-2014, 01:37 PM #3
White Ribbon call me
Posts:9,779 Threads:371 Joined:Apr 2013
i cant do saunas.. i hate them actually.. sweating like that is not my idea of relaxation..

in my neighbourhood there are lots of gay sex saunas.. gag.. i have never stepped foot in one of them, couldnt think of anything more feral..

and besides this is a sub tropical climate, so when would a sauna be needed??? i could sit in a cool room though, that would be relaxing on a 43C day..
05-24-2014, 01:44 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,587 Threads:1,469 Joined:Feb 2011
That sort of thing was very common during the middle ages, the reason why bath houses were closed throughout Europe in the name of the lord. Amen.

If you even want to think about sex in a Finnish sauna it's not warm enough. It should be around 90C. 13.gif
05-24-2014, 01:46 PM #5
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
forgot to add... that when i'm running i do my best creative-thinking bozo.gif

just make sure you run somewhere where you won't get runned over:
İmage
05-24-2014, 01:49 PM #6
ezrin Incognito Anonymous
 
(05-24-2014, 01:44 PM)Octo Wrote:  That sort of thing was very common during the middle ages, the reason why bath houses were closed throughout Europe in the name of the lord. Amen.

If you even want to think about sex in a Finnish sauna it's not warm enough. It should be around 90C. 13.gif

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curious.... do you believe in astrological compatibility? 37.gif
İmage
05-24-2014, 01:52 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:42,587 Threads:1,469 Joined:Feb 2011
(05-24-2014, 01:49 PM)ezrin Wrote:  
(05-24-2014, 01:44 PM)Octo Wrote:  That sort of thing was very common during the middle ages, the reason why bath houses were closed throughout Europe in the name of the lord. Amen.

If you even want to think about sex in a Finnish sauna it's not warm enough. It should be around 90C. 13.gif

chuckle.gif
curious.... do you believe in astrological compatibility? 37.gif
İmage

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Can't say that I do. Me and JR are supposedly a horrible astrological match 37.gif



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