Relationship between repeated infrared sauna therapy and body weight
Aneta Dąbek, Małgorzata Bujar, Janusz Domaniecki, Anna Cabak
Aneta Dąbek, Małgorzata Bujar, Janusz Domaniecki, Anna Cabak – Relationship between repeated infrared sauna therapy and body weight. Fizjoterapia Polska 2009; 9(4); 332-339
Background. Infrared sauna therapy is one ofthe least costly safest and widely used ways to eliminate toxins and combat infections and allergies. Repeated sauna use can lower elevated blood pressure and improve arterial elasticity The present study looked at the relationship between repeated sauna therapy and body weight reduction. Material and methods. We examined the effects oftwo weeks ofdaily sauna therapy on body weight in 18 obese patients and in 12 normal-weight patients using an infrared dry sauna system (65°C for 40 min). Patients were weighed before and after the sauna treatment; oral hydration with water was used to compensate for lost weight. Results. Mean body weight was significantly lower after two weeks of sauna therapy (falling by about 1.77 kg in the experimental group and 1.03 kg in the control group). The most marked weight reduction of 5.4 kg was noted in an obese class II man (BMI=36.9). Conclusion. The results suggest that repeated sauna therapy decreased body weight in both obese and normal-weight patients. We consider that repeated sauna therapy is useful in the treatment of obesity.
infrared sauna therapy, BMI, treatment of obesity
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