Hi, I go to the health club about 5x a week and use the steam room everytime. I usually alternate 10mins of steam use with 5mins of cold showering (3 times). I'm just wondering if raising my core temperature to around 100 degrees F about 5 times a week is going to cause any damage (or just cause beneficial effects as would usual hormetic protocols).
Benefits of increased sweating and heat tolerance might out outway possible cognitive negatives (and i love how i feel after sessions).
Also, if damage to brain would be bad enough (should i just where a towel on head and keep it cold). I still think some of the most potent effects of the heat come when my brain is also heated up.
I tell you what. This may be scary, but it is necessary to be informed. The water used in the steam rooms at health clubs is from the city water system. It is contaminated with a whole lot of contaminates! There is a gov't site which shows all of the contaminants in your local municipality. When the water gets changed from a liquid to a vapor, and you ingest that vapor, you are also ingested (breathing in) all the contaminants with it!!! This is not good for your health. Heck, your body soaks in chlorine from the water hitting your skin while taking a shower!
Stay away. Your best bet would to get one of those home infrared saunas. Those are the safest and best for your health. They will actually rid your body of toxins and allow you to live longer IMHO!