28 May 2024

Sweating it out. Are saunas good for you?

From Nine To Noon, 11:25 am on 28 May 2024

Photo: befunky.com

The tradition of sauna bathing is thought to have originated in Finland over 2000 years ago and is gaining in popularity around the world. But is sweating in small hot room, followed by an icy shower or bath actually good for health and wellbeing?

Dr Joy Hussain is an Australian medical doctor and researcher who has studied the benefits of regular sauna use. She tells Kathryn Ryan the evidence does not support sauna for weight loss, but there are many other benefits.