A new study (University of Eastern Finland; 1,628 people analyzed over 15 years) found that compared with people who took saunas once a week, those who took them 2–3 times weekly were 12 percent less likely to have a stroke. Those hitting a sauna 4–7 times a week reduced stroke risk by 62 percent. Although the study was observational and can’t prove causality, the researchers found a strong independent effect, and it adds to other recent evidence that sauna-going protects the cardiovascular system. The lead researcher noted, “Temperature increases, even of 1 or 2 degrees Celsius, can limit inflammatory processes in the body and reduce arterial stiffness...”

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI