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How bathing affects the circulatory system

People have always gone to the bathhouse not only for the cleanliness of the body, but also for its health. The effect of a bathhouse on the human body can be compared to a workout in a gym. Only in the steam room this training takes place in a more pleasant atmosphere and is gentle for the body. The therapeutic effect of the steam room is a combination of several factors:
1. high temperature and steam
2. the use of temperature contrast.

1. The circulatory system is very important, because the quality of work of all other systems in the body depends on it. With age in the muscles of a person's blood becomes less almost twice as much, especially in those people who are not engaged in sports and little movement. In the steam room under the influence of heat vessels expand, there is an increase in blood flow and lymphatic flow. Heated blood rises to the surface of the epidermis and saturates it. Externally, it is noticeable by the effect familiar to many bath lovers - the skin turns red. And, when the vessels dilate, they thereby stimulate the influx of even more blood to the skin.
Improved pumping of blood gives another positive effect: reduces the risk of blood clots and blockage of blood vessels. That is, in a reasonably used steam room is the prevention of heart attacks and strokes - the scourge of our time. In addition, as a result of increased blood circulation in the body begins to work better glands: pancreas, thyroid, pituitary gland.
Many people have noticed in the steam room, if not in themselves, then in others, as the skin becomes marbled or leopard skin (this is subject to 2-3 people out of 10). Most often, this phenomenon is observed during the first or second entry into the steam room. The fact that a person has the main capillaries (they are, expanding, and give the skin a red color) and reserve (where the white spots). Reserve capillaries expand more slowly - when the main capillaries can not cope with the load. As a rule, after 10-15 minutes, all capillaries "start to keep up" and the skin color evens out.

The heart in the steam room receives an increased load and works more intensively. But, thanks to the expansion of blood vessels that help it pump blood, it is tolerated more easily than, for example, the physical strain of training or heavy work. In Japan, scientists have noticed that people who go to the bathhouse five times a week have a healthier heart and increased physical abilities.
2 The tradition of sprinkling cold water on the steamed body, rubbing it with snow or diving into an ice-hole in winter also has a healing effect on the circulatory system. The alternation of high and low temperatures trains the blood vessels. Dilated vessels from the cold sharply narrowed, the blood from them drains and goes to the internal organs - a person has a feeling of warmth. But after cold procedures must necessarily go back into the steam room, the vessels again expand, and heartbeat normalized - experienced bath attendants say that in this case, you will never get sick. It is also necessary not to forget that to accustom the body to the alternation of contrasting temperatures should be gradually, gradually lowering the temperature of the water for dousing.
It is absolutely realistic to recover with the help of a sauna, the most important thing is not to overdo your efforts. If you feel uncomfortable, your heartbeat increases - you should leave the steam room immediately.

And one more thing that should be remembered by those who like to sit on the shelves: you can be steamed for no more than half an hour. The fact is that under the influence of high temperature, the body quickly loses moisture and blood becomes less fluid, viscous. This is fraught with a rise in blood pressure and pulse rate, which can be dangerous. So - steam wisely and be healthy!