Jari Laukkanen

This podcast features Jari Laukkanen, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist and scientist at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio.

Dr. Laukkanen has been conducting long-term trials looking at the health effects of sauna use in a population of over 2,000 middle-aged men in Finland. 

In this episode, you’ll discover: 

  • 00:00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:01:50 - Sauna use improves cardiovascular health and reduces risk of death
  • 00:06:42 - How sauna use lowers blood pressure 
  • 00:08:07 - Sauna use mimics aerobic exercise, increasing heart rate up to 150 beats/min
  • 00:09:40 - How long should you stay in the sauna?
  • 00:11:59 - Heat shock proteins help keep the brain healthy 
  • 00:14:52 - Sauna use increases growth hormone and improves response to exercise
  • 00:17:43 - The positive effects of sauna on mood may be due to endorphins
  • 00:20:58 - Finnish sauna culture and adding cold-water immersion to the sauna experience

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Direct download: laukkanen_1.mp3
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