According to HomeStars’ 2021 Reno Report, Canadian homeowners have some big projects on their home renovation wish lists. Of these wish list projects, 37% of Atlantic Canadians chose to install a new in-house sauna as their top pick. This fantasy project might be expensive but it has long-lasting health benefits and can increase the value of your home. Here are 5 therapeutic benefits of getting an in-house sauna.
1. Improves Breathing and Brain Health
Saunas can help improve breathing practices benefitting people with respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. With the right humidity level, the steam in your sauna can soothe your lungs and enhance their capacity. Multiple studies have shown that it also helps improve brain health by significantly decreasing the risk of dementia. Taking regular saunas helps to increase the brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) that ultimately help the growth of new healthy brain cells. Who would have thought you can improve your breathing and brain health simply by enjoying a relaxing sauna?
2. Creates Glowing and Healthy Skin
In a sauna, you experience a higher level of heat and humidity. This leads to excessive sweating and an increase in blood flow. With the increased sweat, your body releases all the pollution and toxins saturated on your skin such as zinc, mercury and lead. Cleaning the skin of all the dust, pollutants and toxins gives it a healthy glow. This external detox of your body leaves you with healthy smooth skin. You’ll walk out of your in-home sauna looking refreshed and feeling better.
3. Boosts Your Mood
Saunas are a perfect mood booster if you’ve had a bad day or a crazy work week. You can set the temperature and relax in your sauna room, letting the stress melt away. As mentioned above, a sauna helps boost brain health and this extends to boosting your mood. Once it’s safe to invite friends and family over, you can have them over for steam as well. This is a great way to socialize while boosting everyone’s mood.
4. Helps to Reduce Stress
Doctors and mental health professionals cite the importance of taking a sauna to reduce stress and anxiety. Saunas help us relax and regulate the hormones that control our stress levels. It relaxes our muscles and produces serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’, that stabilizes our mood, takes care of our happiness and well-being. By investing in a sauna in your home, you’re investing in your mental health and well-being.
5. Soothes Muscle Pain
If you work out regularly, a modern sauna unit in your house can be extremely beneficial. Taking a sauna helps soothe sore muscles and joints after an extensive workout session. The heat of the sauna helps regulate blood circulation increasing the blood flow aiding in relaxing muscles. It helps relax muscle tension and soothes pain. Finishing off your workout with a relaxing sauna will help to soothe not only your tired muscles but your mind as well.
Atlantic Canada is blessed with cool summers and mild winters which makes them the perfect ecozone to get an all-season, fully functioning indoor sauna. Based on your budget and space available, you can get steam, electrical, wood-burning, smoke or infrared saunas in your house. A local pro can help you choose the right sauna setup and install it securely for regular usage. Head over to HomeStars to connect with pros who can make your sauna dreams come true!