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

If you’re interested in learning more, you can read the full show notes here.

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Direct download: laukkanen_1.mp3
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