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Can Hot Tubs, Saunas & Steam Baths Help You
Few know this secret health benefit of hot
tubbing, saunas, sweat lodges and steam baths, but it just could help you live
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You might think that the benefit of having a auna, steam bath or hot tub is that
they are each enjoyable experiences. You might even know they have health benefits beyond relaxation and
For example, the benefit most commonly known is that the
heat opens your pores and helps you eliminate toxins through your skin. In that way they help 'clean'
your body from the inside, which is a major health benefit indeed.
However, there's a benefit to these experiences that
goes far beyond just helping your body clean out. It's one savvy people know at least intuitively, which is why
they see to it that they have these experiences on a regular basis. Historical evidence of steam bathing
exists as far back as the Bronze age (starting around 3000 B.C.). It's a tradition that has existed in some
form or another in a wide variety of cultures.
Ancient Greeks had hot bathing rituals; the Romans their
public baths (thermae); the Japanese their hot springs (Onsen). Native Americans, from the Inuit of
Alaska to southern Mayan and Aztec cultures have sweat lodge traditions; the Middle East has its
Turkish baths In Eastern Europe you'll find a long-standing tradition of steam baths (Banya), while in
Icelanders make use of their natural hot springs.All these cultures emphasized the health benefits of sweating
and cleansing the body in these ways.
Now, modern science has discovered an additional benefit
- one that just might convince you to develop and keep such a ritual in your own life. It has to do
with something called 'heat shock proteins. They are particular kinds of proteins found in the cells of all
living things, and they are fundamental to the survival of cells. They act like 'molecular chaperones' that keep
cell proteins in their proper shape and protect the cells against stress, developing and regulating cellular
So what do they have to do with saunas, sweat lodges,
hot tubs and steam baths? In short, heating the body through such experiences upregulates heat shock proteins with
all their protective benefits.
It's scientifically verified that people who have
genetically upregulated heat shock proteins are long-lived.
The good news is, that whether or not you have that
genetic predisposition, you can take charge of your fate in that regard and upregulate your heat shock
Just heat your body in one of these
traditional ways, The benefits of such heating will support your optimal cellular health and the health of your
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