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hey guys it’s Thomas de Lauer with optimize CEO and one of the questions that I get bombarded with a lot is what is better a sauna or a steam room and they’re both great you know we all know the benefits of them you can increase your metabolism you get that increased blood flow you get a little bit of an increase in tissue repair yeah the things are awesome but which one are we really supposed to use which one is going to get us more benefit make us feel better and really help us get through our day that much more than the other but first let’s take a look at what the difference is between a sauna and a steam room really our aside from the obvious where a steam room is going to be obviously higher humidity and a sauna is going to be dry we have to look at things like this a sauna is generally much much hotter running at like 160 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit whereas a steam room doesn’t have to be nearly as hot because it’s sealed and that humidity creates the sensation of a lot more heat they’re usually only sitting between 100 and 120 degrees so although you may sweat more in a steam room you’re really not getting as much heat as you are in a sauna now steam rooms and saunas are proven to have a lot of good metabolic effects in fact they’re really kind of originated in Finland and the Finnish population really advocates the use of saunas and steam rooms and they claim that that is what gives them their longevity and the overall good health now in my personal opinion I think a lot of it is the omega-3 content that they eat but that’s for another video so before I can tell you which one exactly is better I want to go through some of the benefits of both saunas and steam rooms the first one we want to look at is an increase in blood flow it’s going to be the number five reason and the increase of blood flow does a lot of things for you I talked about in a lot of videos how an increase in blood flow gets more nutrients to the muscle it also gets more oxygen to the muscle which means that it can recover a lot better and when you’re talking about post-workout hopping in the sauna or the steam room right after a workout that increased blood flow can allow the muscle to recover a lot better and allow you to have a lot more muscle relaxation throughout the day so you don’t get quite as stiff now that’s kind of an obvious one that’s the main reason that a lot of people go to sit in a sauna or possibly a steamer now the number four benefit of a sauna or a steam room is going to be an increase in your metabolism due to the thermic you see when you have an increase in that core body temperature your metabolism increases at least for the time being that you’re in the sauna or the steam room but more often than not for another thirty to sixty minutes afterwards as your body is trying to regulate its body temperature again so your heart rate will usually increase you’ll usually notice that your hearts beating a little bit more you start sweating you start getting a little bit more exhausted even though you’re just sitting there there’s even something that’s called hyperthermic conditioning which is sitting in a sauna or steam room for thirty minutes after your workout to allow your body to acclimate to a certain heat when your body is already kicking into overdrive this can really set you up for success if you’re getting into a hotter climate or you’re going to be traveling a lot where your body needs to be able to acclimate a little bit easier according to a study in 2007 by the Journal of science and medicine and sport participants that used a sauna or steam room for 30 minutes two times per week saw a dramatic increase in their endurance threshold what they actually saw was a 32% that’s almost a 1/3 increase in their endurance output meaning they could push themselves further and harder in an endurance activity by over 30% just by sitting in a sauna or steam room and that leads me into the number three benefit of sitting in a sauna or a steam room which is topic that I talk about all the time and that’s inflammation reduces inflammation it does this from a hormonal standpoint you see when you get into some extreme heats your body temporarily releases noradrenaline adrenaline and cortisol now I talked about cortisol in a bad light a lot but you have to remember cortisol is important too but when we’re talking about short little intervals of time where you’d be sitting in a sauna or steam room for 15 to 20 minutes those little bursts of cortisol adrenaline and noradrenaline reduce muscular inflammation but they also reduce cellular inflammation as well which means for the time being that you’re in the sauna and a short time afterwards your body is able to recover better not only at a muscular level but at a cellular level for your organs as well so it’s a huge huge benefit post-workout but just anytime as well the number two benefit to a or a steam room is kind of the obvious one but I want to go in-depth a little bit more and that’s sweating that’s why we go in there it feels good to sweat but I think we sort of have this preconceived notion that by sweating we’re detoxing so we just think the more we sweat the better but there’s a little bit more to it than that you see a lot of things we feel good because we’re lowering our blood pressure when we do this we’re decreasing some of the salts that are in the bloodstream or decreasing that sodium content so the blood volume is a little less extreme in terms of what it’s putting pressure on the arterial walls this can allow you to feel a little bit better possibly get rid of a headache if you’ve got one but let’s talk about the detoxing factor it definitely does detox you and I’ve got a nice little study to tell you to prove it according to the Journal of environmental and public health it was found that individuals that used a sauna or a steam room regularly but also had high blood levels of mercury started seeing a reduction in mercury levels of their blood just after a couple weeks of increasing their sauna or steam room usage what this tells us is that mercury one of the most difficult toxins to actually remove or detox from can be removed from the bloodstream removed from the body simply by sweating this proves to us that sweating is in fact a form of detox and the number one reason that I think saunas and steam rooms are absolutely imperative to the success of the business person and to the success of the athlete is because it increases your mood and this isn’t just because you’re sweating and detoxing there’s actually a portion of your brain called the dorsal raphe nucleus now this portion of the brain has heat sensitive neurons that when are exposed to extreme heat actually allow for excess production of serotonin which is the feel-good hormone and also the precursor to many other great functions of mood energy and focus so simply by sitting in a sauna or a steam room you stimulate your body to produce more serotonin giving you that sense of well-being that can give you the extra confidence that you need to get through the day but also stay on track with your diet or your training regimen so now the main question which one is better asana or a steamer does kind of depend on what your goal is but based on the core benefits it looks like sitting in a sauna is going to be your best bet simply because of the higher temperature you see the higher temperature is going to elicit a lot more positive effects than just the sweating alone so a steam room is great because you’re going to sweat a lot more which is great if your sole purpose is detoxing but if your purpose is elevating your mood reducing muscle stiffness and reducing inflammation and also detoxing then your best bet is to get more bang for the buck in a shorter amount of time in a hotter environment by sitting in a sauna so hopefully this helps you out and solves a tough question for you so that you can get the most out of your day the most out of your business and the most out of your workouts I’ll see you in the next video
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You may have heard discussion around the benefits of the sauna and the steam room, but is one better for you than another? There is only so much time in the day to spend at the gym, so we want to be sure to get the most out of what we do in the least amount of time.
Saunas have been around for thousands of years. Finland has a sauna tradition that has been around for two thousand years strong, and many attribute their endurance and longevity to the time they spend in the sauna.
Saunas and steam rooms are touted to induce mental and physical relaxation, and both induce large amounts of sweating, which has health benefits such as releasing toxins from the body. So where does the difference lie?
Saunas are dry heat whereas steam rooms are at 100% humidity. One of the biggest differences has to do with temperature – when a room is humid we feel as though it is hotter than it actually is. Due to this, saunas are able to be kept at a much higher temperature than steam rooms. Saunas range from 160 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, wheres steam rooms are at 110 to 120.
In order to understand how these differences would lead to the best option of the two, we must first understand the benefits of both saunas and steam rooms.
Benefit 1: Increased blood flow
Blood vessels enlarge when your body temperature rises, allowing increased delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. After particularly vigorous exercise, try to get 15-30 minutes in the sauna or steam room to reap the benefits of this increased nutrient and oxygen delivery to your muscles. The increased blood flow allows an acceleration of tissue repair post workout. The faster you heal the better you feel and more able you are to take your next workout to a higher level.
Benefit 2: Increased metabolism and physical endurance
Increase the temperature and you will increase your metabolism, which is simply how quickly your body burns calories, due to this heat. Your body works harder to try and keep itself cool, thereby burning calories at a higher rate.
Benefit 3: Inflammation
Exposure to the high heat results in a release of noradrenaline, adrenaline and cortisol, which all have anti-inflammatory properties. This can help in mobility and pain, temporarily relieving stiffness post workout. Many people suffering with arthritis have reported relief after spending time in the sauna or steam room.
Benefit 4: Sweating
Sweating helps to lower blood pressure by secreting salts, detoxify by expelling toxins through our pores and helps to increase caloric expenditure.
Benefit 5: Mood
We are all familiar with the pleasant mood that you feel after going to the sauna or steam room. People report feeling less anxiety, increased relaxation, improved general mood and even increased alertness after trips to the sauna and steamroom. Why does this happen?
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