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A natural way to fight dementia with sauna bathing

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Sauna bathing linked to lower dementia risk

Taking a sauna is not just relaxing and enjoyable. Did you know you can lower your chances of dementia naturally by getting in a sauna bath several time a week?


Here is what researchers from University of Eastern Finland uncovered.

Sauna baths cut dementia risk up to 66 percent

The finding comes from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) that looked at the link between sauna bathing; dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risk among 2000 men in Finland.

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Researchers found men reporting taking a sauna 4 to 7 times a week were 66 percent less likely to develop dementia, compared to those that enjoyed the activity just once a week. The odd of Alzheimer’s disease was sixty-five percent lower.

Why would saunas help the brain?

Getting into a warm sauna increases circulation to all organs of the body. Previous studies show a link between the activity and lower risk of sudden cardiac death, though researchers aren’t sure of the exact reason.

Professor Jari Laukkanen who read the study said in a media release: “...it is known that cardiovascular health affects the brain as well. The sense of well-being and relaxation experienced during sauna bathing may also play a role."

Saunas lower blood pressure, which in turn keeps blood vessels healthy. In this case, the study points to potential benefits of regular sauna bathing for keeping the brain healthy.