Why does the sauna sometimes cause diarrhea? Causes and tips

Sauna bathing is a traditional practice that brings relaxation and health benefits to many people around the world. However, sometimes you don't feel so good after a sauna session. One of these symptoms may be diarrhea. But what could be the cause?
Main causes of diarrhea after sauna
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Main causes of diarrhea after the sauna

One of the most common misconceptions is that the sauna directly causes diarrhea. In reality, several factors can contribute:

  • Viruses: if you get diarrhea after a sauna session, even though you tolerated the sauna well until then, a virus may be the culprit. Saunas, especially public ones, can have bacteria and viruses that can cause gastrointestinal problems.

Effects of long sauna sessions on the body

Taking a sauna has many benefits, but it is also important to know that taking a sauna too long and too often can put a strain on the body:

  • Metabolism: long sauna sessions can greatly stimulate the metabolism. In some cases, this stimulated metabolism can lead to mild diarrhea.
  • Physical stress: Too much heat over a long period of time can dehydrate the body and upset the electrolyte balance, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Recommendations for a safe and healthy sauna bath

To keep your sauna experience both relaxing and safe, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Time limit: Try to limit your time in the sauna. Listen to your body and leave the sauna if you feel unwell.
  • Hydration: Drink enough water before, during and after saunas to avoid dehydration.
  • Cleanliness: In public saunas, always place a towel underneath and shower after saunas to wash off any possible bacteria or viruses.

Product recommendation: High-quality 100 % cotton sauna towel

Taking a sauna is an experience of relaxation and regeneration. To make this experience even more pleasant, we recommend the 100 % cotton sauna towel. It is not only soft and absorbent, but also large enough to give you privacy and comfort in the sauna.

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