Steam rooms, once a reserve of the affluent, are now widely accessible in gyms, sports clubs, and fitness centres all over the country, and so if you have never scheduled for a session, now would be the time to, gyms and sports clubs offer free taster sessions.
Taking a steam bath has numerous advantages, and it is not only for the health-conscious. There is no denying that most of the gains one gets from a steam bath are linked to health, and more importantly in our stressful working day, is a relaxation element to spending time in a steam room.
It can ease your stress and help you clear you mind, that in a business world environment that is constantly demanding so much time and energy from us, a steam room can give you a short escape where you rejuvenate and re-energize, and even communicate again for some.
Below are some of the benefits of steam room.
Quickest way to detoxify
Among the many steam room benefits is detoxification. There are many products and diet plans in the market today that promise to get rid of toxins in your body, but none of them can rival the effectiveness of a steam bath. Our bodies pick up a lot of toxins from the environment, the foods we eat, and substances we put inside our bodies. Biologically speaking, the body has evolved four ways of getting rid of wastes and toxins in the body- through urine, sweat, feces and exhaled air. A steam session capitalizes on the body’s ability to sweat toxins away. With the average body containing more than 2.5 million sweat glands, the cumulative effect of sweating is a 30% reduction in the toxins that have built up inside the body. It is an effortless and practical way to detox, and with a greater degree of effectiveness.
Boost immune system
We sweat because we are exposed to a much higher room temperature than our bodies can comfortably handle. A steam bath increases our core temperature, a phenomenon that is termed as hypothermia. In a controlled setting such as a steam room, hypothermia does produce some desired effects. The most significant among this is the killing of harmful micro-organisms that have invaded our bodies. They are not able to tolerate the raised body temperature, and therefore die. For those that don’t die, they are weakened, and the immune system is able to more efficiently get rid of them. This immune system boost is actually another benefit of taking a steam bath.
A feeling of relaxation
Other steam room benefits include the relaxation effects on both the mind and the body. Muscles have to deal with a lot of mechanical work, and steam baths helps sooth and relax them. If you work out on a somewhat regular basis, it’s important to have a steam bath every now and then. It will encourage a quicker recovery from early or delayed onset muscle soreness. The joints are also soothed, which explains steam baths are recommended for those suffering from joint problems such as arthritis.
Muscles are relaxed following a steam bath. The greater flow of blood to the skin, and muscles helps soothe them. If you are experiencing muscle soreness, you will feel the relief almost immediately, attesting to its effectiveness.
Heat also has sedative effects, which conjure up feelings of calmness and relaxation. You feel less stressed as a result.
A lot of water is lost from the body during a steam bath through sweating. If you carry water weight, some of it will be lost, and hence it is sometimes indicated as one of the many steam room benefits. However, rehydration is encouraged after a steam bath to discourage dehydration.
There are many respiratory benefits of steam room. As you are forced to inhale moist warm air, it becomes much easier to secret mucus, which supports an easier flow of air. Should you have an upper respiratory tract infection accompanied by a dry or irritated throat, the moist air will have a soothing effect, and the throat discomfort will dissipate. Inflammation and congestion are also relieved. Mucosal secretion is also encouraged, and with the mucus being loose, it becomes easier to clear or expectorate it.
Other benefits of steam room include pain management for those suffering from chronic muscle or joint pains. The heat you experience is what helps in relieving the pain. While the effects are only temporary, they do make it easier to manage the chronic conditions.
Some experts argue that some benefits of steam room are not backed by research, but those who have experienced the benefits don’t need any scientific proof. After all, the results have spoken for themselves. Besides, the increasing popularity of steam rooms both in public settings such as spas, and private ones such as home bathrooms, attest to their efficiency. If not for any other reason, have a steam bath for the enjoyment it brings.
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