Got High Blood Pressure? Try the Sauna

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Scandinavian guys are onto something. A 25-year study from the University of Eastern Finland found that sweating in a sauna slashes high blood pressure risks. Of 1,621 men, those who got in a sauna two or three times a week were 24 percent less prone to hypertension versus those who went once.

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“Relaxing your body and mind after a stressful workday may be the important contributor,” says study author Jari Laukkanen. Saunas widen blood vessels, causing blood pressure to drop, and “saunas lead to sweating-induced fluid loss, which works like a diuretic to lower blood pressure.” Who knows? Maybe it evens out all the Finnish vodka, too.

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