The Turkish bath, also called hammam (bath, in Arabic), has been practiced since ancient times. The Turkish bath is characterized by a humidity of 99% and a humid heat where the temperature is not uniform but rises when we go up in height. So, at floor level we have between 20 and 25 degrees, at one and a half meters about 40 degrees, and at head height they reach 50.
Benefits of the Turkish bath
- Increases the oxygen exchange capacity in the lungs and bronchial system.
- The Turkish bath is less stressful for the body than the sauna.
- For people suffering from stress, anxiety, the Turkish bath relaxes the nervous system.
- It smoothes and softens the skin, so it is very useful for teenagers with acne. It also dilates the pores and causes profuse sweating, which eliminates toxins and impurities, stimulating blood circulation.
- The Turkish bath moistens the respiratory tract and helps treat colds, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis.
- It helps to delay skin aging as it allows for greater oxygenation and revitalization of the tissues.
- Facilitates the secretion of vaginal discharge and helps clean the genitals. Also, the heat helps relieve painful menstruation.
Precautions for the Turkish bath
One of the things to keep in mind when you want to take a Turkish bath is that the heart rate is doubled by subjecting the body to these high temperatures, so it is not recommended in any case to practice this bath for the elderly, pregnant women or people who suffer from health problems such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
In addition, those suffering from dermatitis or vasodilation problems should not undergo a Turkish bath.
They should also be avoided by people suffering from severe bronchial disease, epilepsy, anorexia or renal colic.
How to behave before the Turkish bath
If we indulge in a Turkish bath after playing sports, we should first rest between 15 and 30 minutes so that the body temperature drops and to avoid heat stroke in the body.
Before entering the steam room, it is best to take a shower for some time with hot water to adjust the body temperature.
It is not advisable to enter a Turkish bath hungry but not even with a stomach too full, if you eat first the best thing would be to rest for at least an hour before entering.
Don’t forget to consume fluids, as this will subject the body to moderate dehydration.
What should you do during the Turkish bath?
If you are planning to enter one of these steam rooms, it is best to start at the lowest points so that your body adjusts to the heat.
During the session do not drink any liquids, as there would be no detoxification of the body.
Lie down or sit with your feet on the seat so that your whole body remains at the same temperature.
The normal thing is that after 8-12 minutes the body needs a recovery and a break from the heat, so it’s best to go outside for a while.
Very accustomed people can stay up to 15 minutes, but those who try the Turkish bath for the first time should not exceed 10 minutes.
Before leaving the Turkish bath, sit down with your feet dangling from the bench so that the circulation adjusts to the vertical position and then get up slowly.
Things you should keep in mind after the Turkish bath
When leaving the bathroom it is advisable to stay outside to cool the airways, but do not overdo it, so as to avoid shivering.
Hence, it is best to take a cold water shower by moving the jet of water from the extremities to the center of the body.
Once the Turkish bath is over, you should drink water or an isotonic drink to recover the mineral salts lost through excessive sweating.
It is not recommended to do more than two sessions of the Turkish bath per week.