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Old 05-28-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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Does sitting in a sawna or steam room help get rid of a cold or is this just a myth?
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:23 PM   #2
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Sitting in a sauna generates a fever-like reaction in the body. This in turn kills potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria. It also is suppose to create a higher number of leucocytes in the blood, which is key in strengthening the body’s immune system. This of course is the factor in fighting colds and flues. So I would say yes. Just don’t stay in the sauna too long at a time. I would also look into increasing your garlic intake. They make for a great antioxidant. I take garlic pills with meals and when I feel a cold coming on I also start taking cups of hot “White” tea right away. Hope this info helps.
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Old 05-28-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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thanks you Peter it does help
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:25 PM   #4
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Another option is to take cold showers. It will make your internal core temp. spike up which should inhibit viral replication much like the fever reacting from the sauna. It's worked very well for me.
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Old 05-29-2007, 06:34 AM   #5
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Something I do is wear PT gear under a sweatsuit under all the covers with the heat turned on. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world but usually works.
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:43 AM   #6
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Like Daniel, when I used to have a waterbed, would have put layers on, get under the covers, put blankets on top of the comforter and crank the dial past 108 ( the highest it said, but the dial itself would go past. ) Doing this off and on with contrast showers and hydration was my quick fix when I felt myself catching something or recovering quickly. I would also spend some time in the spa, which could have helped or hurt me due to the chlorine.

My old sensei would tell us it was ok to come in sick so long as we sweat A LOT besides not coughing on anyone. Most parents found it a bit disconcerting but I do find activity helps when sick vs lying around. Just like all sweat times, I think it is very important you wash or soak off and not try to catch a chill or tax your body too much.
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:07 PM   #7
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What I find on the rare occassions I get a cold is that I always feel far worse in the morning than the evening, so it's probably worth opting for a workout later in the day.
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:45 PM   #8
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I have a sauna at home... it helps. A hot bath also works wonders I find. Coming down sick myself so Ill be doing the same things. All the best to you mate.
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:00 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the info. I tried a little of everything (except the water bed thing.. i dont have one) and the cold is in serious remission.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:14 AM   #10
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I would suggest bear wrestling. As in wrestling with a bear.

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