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Sweating in the sauna is good and can benefit the heart and the brain, according to the People’s Pharmacy and two studies from Finland..

A decades-long study of more than 2,000 middle-aged men found that those who spent more time in the sauna were less likely to have a fatal heart attack. (JAMA Internal Medicine, April 2015). In addition, men visiting a sauna four times a week were less likely to develop dementia than those who went only once a week. (Age and Ageing, Dec. 8, 2016).

Those conducting these studies note that blood pressure and heart function improve after a sauna. Relaxation, improved blood-vessel-flexibility and lower inflammation may account for the heart and brain benefits.

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