Fall has begun, and winter is just around the corner. This means school germs, colder temperatures, and weakened immune systems. But don’t spend the next couple seasons nursing colds and the flu. Instead, be resourceful with natural cold prevention and immune support.

You may have heard people talking about saunas and steam rooms lately. That’s because they’re being used at various places all over the world as a way to not only be healthy but look and feel healthy too.

How Saunas Work

Saunas are wooden rooms that can hold anywhere from 2 to 20 people, depending on size. They are meant to be very hot inside with temperatures usually ranging from 100 – 150 degrees Fahrenheit. They are usually made of cedar, which is both antibacterial and smells amazing. On one side, you’ll find a container or stones and likely a bucket of water. These stones rest on the heater and keep the space hot. When you add water to the stones, steam is created, bringing moisture to the air. This is cleansing and soothing for your lungs.

Saunas are incredibly beneficial to the body as they relax the muscles, increase circulation, and open your pores. This supports your respiratory, circulatory, musculoskeletal, nervous system, and skin.

It’s best to use saunas regularly, anywhere from twice per month to three times weekly.

How to Use a Sauna for Winter Health

  • Stay hydrated: Drink about a liter of water (slowly/gradually) before entering the sauna, sip as needed while using it and then re-hydrate afterward just as you did before.
  • Scrub off dead skin cells: All that heat will detox your skin. Make sure to exfoliate it to keep your skin from becoming clogged. The heat will also provide muscle relaxation and a youthful, healthy glow.
  • Enhance with Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist: Eucalyptus also supports the body’s respiratory, circulatory, and immune system. Simply spray the mist into the steam of the room and breathe in deeply. You’ll be getting a spa treatment on the inside as well as the outside.
  • Finish with a cold shower: This seals up the skin cells and also works as an anti-inflammatory. Being in the heat relaxes you, and the cold will wake you up, bringing any remaining inflammation down.

Using a sauna at all is a great first step to creating better health. But using them regularly can provide benefits you never thought possible.

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