SAUNA OR TURKISH BATH?
First, we should distinguish between sauna and Turkish bath: the Finnish sauna is dry, while the steam room is humid, reaching about 90 percent humidity and a lower temperature than the sauna. For this reason, in the traditional Finnish sauna, an electric stove is used with lava stones inside that are heated, reaching even 90 degrees. In contrast, in the Turkish bath, a system of vents radiates steam into the room.
Both, however, have many benefits, such as:
- Detoxifying properties; sauna is an excellent remedy for cleansing the body. Through sweating, an estimated one liter of water is lost. This promotes the elimination of excess toxins, free radicals (major contributors to aging), and heavy metals;
- It allows dilation of the pores of the epidermis, with beneficial effects on skin cleansing and cellulite;
- Strengthens the immune system;
- It benefits the body and mind because it combats the effects of the stresses of daily life;
- It features relaxing properties and offer beneficial effects on anxiety and sleep quality;
- It is effective at the cardiovascular level;
- Normalization of blood pressure and increased blood flow;
- It prevents and fights bone pain due to moisture penetrating our bodies;
- After a workout, it relieves muscle tension due to the dilation of blood vessels generated by heat.