What the Finnish know about preventing dementia

Near the top of the list of things people fear about ageing is dementia. Not only do you lose your precious memories but also your independence.

However, worrying about it won’t do any good. It won’t reduce your risk… it won’t slow the progression… and it won’t reverse the symptoms.

According to the latest research, one therapy that CAN accomplish all of those is also one of the most relaxing things you can do.

It’s time to start planning your next spa day, because a recent study out of Finland discovered a link between frequent sauna use and reduced dementia risk.

Reviewing data from about 2,000 men who sauna regularly, researchers found that men who “took a schvitz” as frequently as every other day or every day were 66 per cent less likely to develop any type of dementia than those whose habit was limited to once a week.

And that includes the type of dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

This was the first time that the connection between saunas and dementia had ever been studied, but previously research has shown that this “spa secret” can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death, death due to coronary artery disease and other cardiac events, as well as death from any cause.

That’s because sitting in a hot sauna room can lower your blood pressure if it’s high… improve your blood flow if you’ve got congestive heart failure … and help you sweat out toxins through your pores.

And it’s perfectly safe to do – even if you’re a little bit older and may already have heart disease or the early signs of cognitive decline.

Just don’t go alone – and don’t stay in there too long. The time spent in a sauna (which is usually set to a very hot, dry temperature between 82 and 90 degrees Celsius) ranges from five to 20 minutes per session.

Now, it’s not surprising that this research is coming out of Finland. After all, the Finnish were the ones who invented the sauna – and they’ve been enjoying its restorative and purifying benefits for about two thousand years.

If a “dry heat” isn’t really your thing, you can also fill the tub with hot water, turn down the lights, and treat yourself to a long soak. Taking a nice, hot bath has been shown to control blood sugar just as well as exercise.

That’s another good way to sweat out the toxins, too.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia, Finnish study suggests, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161216114143.htm

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