Saunas: What are The Benefits of Increasing the Body Temperature?
Every day scientists found more evidence that elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better. This is no news.
Throughout human history, the healing power of artificially induced fever has been widely documented. An increase in body temperature was associated with treating infection and inflammation.
In ancient Egypt, Greece, the Roman and Persian Empires, and the first half of the 19th century, they utilized fever therapy to heal and treat infections.
An infection can cause a fever, but did you know that your body temperature also fluctuates depending on your age, gender, or even when you tell a lie.
The Benefits of Increasing Human Temperature
When you use a sauna, you're in effect voluntarily subjecting your body to extreme conditions – with a standard sauna temperature between 150°F and 195°F being followed by cooling down, sometimes below 32°F.
After 10 minutes in the sauna, your skin temperature rises to 104-107°F, but the temperature inside your body will never increase by more than 102°F. This increase in temperature is known as hyperthermia and is one of the positive effects of using the sauna.
It significantly stimulates and increases the turnover of your metabolic rate. Raising your body temperature from 98.6°F to 100-102°F is like inducing an artificial fever. Unlike your body itself, numerous bacteria and viruses that can make us ill can't cope with such high temperatures, which means that using a sauna can effectively combat infections before they attack.