What are the health benefits of steam showers and saunas?
Since the days of the ancient Romans, steam has been used as a treatment for a range of physical ailments, from chest infections to joint pain. Unlike saunas, which surround an individual with coarse dry heat, steam showers wrap people with comforting, warm, relaxing air that is gentle on the respiratory system and has the power to penetrate deep into sore muscles and bones to relieve strain and stress. The benefits of steam go far beyond just helping to alleviate stiff muscles and sniffling noses.
Among the many steam room benefits is detoxification. Our bodies pick up a lot of toxins from the environment, the foods we eat, and substances we put inside our bodies. Biologically speaking, the body has evolved four ways of getting rid of wastes and toxins in the body- through urine, sweat, feces and exhaled air. A steam session capitalizes on the body’s ability to sweat toxins away. With the average body containing more than 2.5 million sweat glands, the cumulative effect of sweating is a 30% reduction in the toxins that have built up inside the body. It is an effortless and practical way to detox, and with a greater degree of effectiveness.
A major benefit of regular steam showers is relief from respiratory infections. Specialists list steam showers as an at-home treatment for conditions such as laryngitis and sinus infections. The warm, wet heat opens airways and soothes inflammation in the lungs and nasal cavity, increasing your comfort as well as helping to shorten the duration of the infection.
BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM
We sweat because we are exposed to a much higher room temperature than our bodies can comfortably handle. A steam bath increases our core temperature, a phenomenon that is termed as hyperthermia. In a controlled setting such as a steam room, hyperthermia does produce some desired effects. The most significant among this is the killing of harmful microorganisms that have invaded our bodies. They are not able to tolerate the raised body temperature, and therefore die. For those that don’t die, they are weakened, and the immune system is able to more efficiently get rid of them. This immune system boost is actually another benefit of taking a steam bath.
Other steam room benefits include the relaxation effects on both the mind and the body. Muscles have to deal with a lot of mechanical work, and steam baths helps sooth and relax them. If you work out on a somewhat regular basis, it’s important to have a steam bath every now and then. It will encourage a quicker recovery from early or delayed onset muscle soreness. The joints are also soothed, which explains steam baths are recommended for those suffering from joint problems such as arthritis.
Following a steam bath, your skin will look significantly healthier. It will be sufficiently hydrated so it will be more elastic and more youthful looking. The detoxification will also help in enhancing the glowing look.
Most of the benefits of the steam room are taken up by your skin. That’s unsurprising, considering it is the organ that is mostly targeted. With a steam bath, and a raised core temperature, the pores of the skin open up to make the process of sweating more effective. Sweating is a biological mechanism undertaken by the body to bring forth a cooling effect on the body. However it does more than that, as it helps the body get rid of whatever toxins it can. If these are close to your skin, they are effortlessly eliminated.
The heat also causes your veins to become larger and more superficial. While this effect is also meant to eliminate heat waste from your body, the increased flow of blood helps nourish your skin, giving it a healthier appearance.
Those with dry skin also benefit from having their skins hydrated.
Fat is extremely stubborn and hard to eliminate from the body. A steam bath can help, by emulsifying those fats that are close to your skin. This fat, contained in the sebaceous glands, is what contributes to acne, and a steam bath helps get rid of it. Those with oily skins benefit greatly from this, as it reduces the chance of developing acne.
A steam bath increases your metabolism. The increased core temperature gets the body working effortlessly to reduce it. As energy is needed to accomplish this purpose, your metabolism is increased. This won’t contribute significantly to fat loss, but you will enjoy the benefits of having a raised metabolism.
The benefits of the steam room don’t end there, as a steam bath can help in the treatment of cellulite. For those wishing to get rid of the unsightly look that cellulite gives, this is a significant benefit, as it can make you more comfortable in your beach wear.
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Q: Can I switch from a Chlorine disinfectant to Bromine?
A: Yes. You can switch from chlorine to bromine without draining your spa. (Consult your spa dealer.) You may also switch from Bromine to chlorine but the process is a little more intricate. (Again, please consult your spa dealer for details.)
Q: How accurate are Test Strips?
A: Test Strips are more than adequate for your backyard pool or spa. Commercial spas may require a greater need for accuracy in which case DPD testing should be used.
Q: Should I stabilize Bromine in a Pool or Spa?
A: No. Bromine cannot be stabilized.
Q: When should a SPA be drained?
A: The general formula is 1/3 X Gallons divided by number of bathers per day.i.e.: 1/3 X 300 divided by 2 = 50 days.If persistent problems exist, drain the SPA and start again.
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A: A non-chlorine spa shock is buffered as to not affect the ph or total alkalinity. The non-chlorine pool shock will lower the pH and alkalinity if used.
Q: When I used pH Stable my water became cloudy. Why?
A: The pH Stable reacts to reduce calcium hardness. The calcium cloud will be filtered out and the filter should be cleaned. Ideally, pH Stable should be used when calcium hardness is less than 150ppm.
Q: If I have and ozonator do I need a sanitizer?
A: Yes. An ozonator is an effective oxidizer but there must be a chlorine residual of 1-2 ppm or a bromine residual of 3-5 ppm. An ozonator will make your chlorine/bromine last longer.
Q: When I open the cover of my spa, I tend to cough. Why?
A: You will usually detect the fumes of the disinfectant when removing the cover. If the residual of the disinfectant is high, fumes will build-up under the cover. If inhaled, the fumes could cause you to cough. X-it will reduce the disinfectant level.
Q: What sanitizer should I use in my spa, bromine or chlorine?
A: It is up to the bathers’ preference. Stabilized Chlorine has a stronger odour but is a very effective sanitizer, available in tablet or granular form. Bromine is less irritating to the skin, eyes and nose. Bromine is also an effective sanitizer in a combined form.
Q: How often should I shock my spa water?
A: A spa should be shocked after each use. If before entering the spa, no disinfectant is tested, shock to release the idle bromine or chlorine.
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