Strengthening the immune system: the power of the sauna in winter

The cold months don't have to be accompanied by colds and malaise. Instead, we can enjoy the splendor of winter by strengthening our immune system. One key to this is one of the most pleasant preventative measures against illness and winter depression: sauna training.
The science behind the sauna
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The science behind the sauna

Sauna bathing is more than just relaxation – it is a natural way to strengthen the immune system. The heat of the sauna stimulates the production of white blood cells, which play an important role in the body’s defense against infection. This process is similar to fever, a natural defense reaction of the body, and thus supports its ability to fight pathogens. In addition, the sauna improves circulation, relaxes the muscles and promotes cleansing of the skin, which contributes to an overall feeling of well-being.

Tradition meets modern science

In Finland, going to the sauna and then taking a refreshing dip in the ice-cold lake is not just a custom, but a way of life. This ice-cold tradition is not only a bath for the soul, but also a workout to regulate body temperature. Those who regularly indulge in this interplay teach their body to skillfully store heat and release it more slowly into the cold environment.

The alternation of heat and cold, as experienced in a sauna followed by a cold bath, is an effective balancing act. It trains the vascular system to react more flexibly to cold stimuli and stimulates the immune system to be more ready to defend itself. In addition, immersion in cold water after a sauna session can promote mental resilience as it challenges us to deal with extreme conditions. This practice, deeply rooted in Finnish culture, thus becomes a timeless elixir that strengthens and revitalizes body and mind.

Practical guide to sauna training

Optimal sauna training starts with a few basic rules:

  • Start slowly: If you are new to saunas, start with shorter sauna sessions and slowly increase the duration.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water before and after the sauna to balance your fluid levels.
  • Cooling down ritual: After your sauna session, go out into the fresh air and cool down your body with a cold shower or a dip in the plunge pool.
  • Regularity: Incorporate two to three sauna sessions per week into your daily routine to achieve the best results.

The benefits of the sauna

  • Strengthening the immune system: Regular sauna sessions increase the number of white blood cells and thus strengthen the body’s defenses.
  • Improving cardiovascular function: The heat of the sauna stimulates the heart rate, similar to light exercise, and helps to strengthen the cardiovascular system.
  • Stress reduction: Sauna bathing has a relaxing effect and can effectively help to reduce stress, which in turn improves mental health.
  • Skin care: Sauna bathing opens the pores, promotes detoxification and helps to rejuvenate the skin.


Sauna bathing is a pleasant and effective way to strengthen the immune system and optimally prepare for the challenges of the cold season. Anyone who integrates regular sauna visits into their daily routine and follows the recommendations not only strengthens their defenses, but also finds a moment of peace and relaxation in the otherwise hectic winter months.


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