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Saunas Do Much More Than Make You Sweat!

If you have a gym with a sauna, you might want to use it for your mental health. A medical study reveals that frequent dry sauna use provides protective benefits against memory loss.

Even if you are young and your memory is fine now, you may still be at risk for dementia. Poor dietary habits, stress, and lack of exercise increase a person’s risk for short-term memory loss in old age.

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The first time I experienced brain fog, I had just delivered my third child. Due to an emergency c-section and pre-eclampsia, I was prescribed quite a few medications. I became forgetful. My mental alertness was gone.

At first, I thought it had to do with the emotional and physical exhaustion related to childbirth. But, after three months had passed, I came to realize it was something else. But what?

I was fortunate enough to stumble across a medical journal on brain fog and the connection to prescription opioids. Even though I was only on them for a few days post-surgery, their impact is lasting systemically in a variety of ways. Not only do they slow down the digestive system and cause constipation.

So, I took probiotics, but apparently, too much of a good thing can also be wrong. Probiotics can increase bacteria in the gut and poor gut health. The bottom line, I discovered that if a person has brain fog, it’s a good idea to check the gut. Their relationship is termed the ‘gut-brain axis’.

Of course, there are all sorts of ways to help support a healthy digestive system. For me, I decided to go for a vegetarian lifestyle. But my foggy brain didn’t go away completely until I accidentally stumbled on a solution that worked for me — the hot sauna at my gym.

Every time I went and sat in the hot sauna for 15 minutes, my brain fog lifted for several days.

Interestingly, there was a small study that revealed significant health benefits (in men) who participated in daily dry sauna bathing. They had improved cardiovascular health and another Finnish study marked improvements to brain functioning in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease as well.

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Aria Gmitter writes about parenting and political matters affecting the family.

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