Sauna Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Saunas are one of the most relaxing experiences you can have, aside from all the health benefits they provide. However, if you are new to sauna bathing, you may make some mistakes without realizing it. But no worry, we will help you avoid the most common mistakes people make in a sauna. 

Not taking a shower

Always take a shower before entering the sauna. You will ensure proper hygiene for yourself and other sauna visitors and prepare your skin for the steaming. Getting rid of sweat, toxins, or cosmetic layers will leave your skin smooth and open.

Eating high-calorie food before the sauna

Saunas and high-calorie food do not go hand in hand. Fish and meat products are not recommended when you visit the sauna because they are too much for your kidneys. Saunas have high temperatures, and the body is getting rid of toxins. However, filling your stomach means that there is an extra intoxication happening inside you. The digestion system is also in rest mode. You may experience nausea, headache, and poisoning.

If you want to eat before going inside, try something with a lot of carbohydrates.

Soap in the sauna

There are some people who use soap in the sauna. It is not recommended because soap dries the skin. The ideal option would be bathing yourself in soap the night before you visit the sauna. And when you are in, wash with regular water, adding some herbs.

Increasing the sauna temperature to the maximum

Abusing high temperatures in a sauna is terrible for your health. A very high temperature will worsen the sweating, which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. In this case, overheating also damages your body.

If you start to feel discomforted, leave the room immediately. It is better to sit at a lower part of the room rather than persevering. Saunas should always feel comfortable. 

So if you want more heat, increase the humidity rather than the temperature. Just pour some water over the sauna rocks.

Cosmetics and perfume

If you have plans to go to the sauna, you should refrain from using perfume or makeup at least 24 hours prior. Why? Because when inside the sauna, these things enter the inside of your body. And everyone knows how terrible a combination of perfume and sweat is.

Synthetic clothes

A sauna is a place without synthetic clothes. While everyone should be naked, it is not always possible. When you have to wear something, make sure it is cotton or linen. The skin needs to breathe.

Not enough liquids

It is rare for people to go inside the sauna after consuming enough liquids. When in the sauna, the body sweats a lot, so you need to have some backup. You should drink between 1 to 2 liters of either tea, water, or other non-alcoholic beverages. 

We don't recommend drinking alcohol, energy drinks, or coffee. 

Sauna and alcohol 

Mixing sauna and alcohol is not a good idea.

It would be best if you only drank non-alcoholic beverages when in the sauna. Ingestion of large amounts of alcohol while sauna bathing may affect the body's ability to maintain blood pressure. 

Now you will know what should be avoided when visiting public saunas or even in your home sauna. 

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