Sauna and Water Weight

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    A martial arts man was in the sauna with me Sunday.

    I asked him did he ever leave the sauna and then swim in a cold pool for the health benefits.

    He said he did not want to absorb water after having just sweat out water weight. He said he would not even go into the wet sauna because the same would happen there.

    Although he didn't like the steam room, he thought hot whirlpools were ok because as long as one continues to sweat, they would be counteracting water absorption. I think people sweat in the steam room, so, I do not get what he's saying.

    Please comment on water absorption.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Ask him for the clinical studies. Sounds dubious.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Sounds like hogwash to me.

    The only way he would absorb significant amounts of water through his skin would be if he was sitting in highly saline water where water would osmose to a point of lower salinity, and I'm not certain that this is even possible.
  • Syphon

    Posts: 366

    Nov 16, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    That's ridiculous. You need to drink water in order to absorb it back into your system.

    Also going from a sauna into a cold pool is not the best idea, you could potentially pass out from the shock to your system.

    And yes, people tend to sweat profusely in steam rooms and saunas, that's kind of the point.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    Tell that man the next time you see him that humans are not amoebas, well some are but it is only because they are a little slippery and have pseudopods that expand when hungry.

    If we could absorb water through our skin, then we could take a bath of ions and feed ourselves without eating. Great idea for a zi phi movie.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Does he not shower after sweating in the sauna?
    That's disgusting.

    Just think about what he's saying. You can figure this out for yourself.
    If someone is dehydrated, do you put him in a bathtub to absorb the water back into his body?
    Do people who spend a lot of time in the ocean (surfers, swimmers, scuba divers) come out of the ocean looking fat from all the water weight their skin absorbed?


    You should drink plenty of water after the sauna. You don't want to get lightheaded or pass out.
    If you're concerned about water weight, then control your sodium intake. Also, get off the rag.
  • jim_sf

    Posts: 2094

    Nov 16, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidA martial arts man was in the sauna with me Sunday.

    I asked him did he ever leave the sauna and then swim in a cold pool for the health benefits.

    He said he did not want to absorb water after having just sweat out water weight. He said he would not even go into the wet sauna because the same would happen there.

    Although he didn't like the steam room, he thought hot whirlpools were ok because as long as one continues to sweat, they would be counteracting water absorption. I think people sweat in the steam room, so, I do not get what he's saying.

    Please comment on water absorption.


    beeker-what-is-this-i-dont-even.gif?1318

    Ask him if he's taken his meds. That is crazy talk.

    /me goes to gain a whole pound by drinking a glass of water.
  • TheAlchemixt

    Posts: 2294

    Nov 16, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    This advice is whack.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    It's like saying, if you're thirsty take a bath.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    I think this goes into the category of "old wives' tales from asian cultures."

    I had an avid tai-chi guy spend an entire morning trying to convince me of the importance of eating wet/dry/hot/cold foods in inverse proportion to the weather so that you would keep your body in equilibrium to the environment. He firmly believed that you should not eat oatmeal on a rainy day!

    B.S.!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    hes chatting shart
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    As long as you produce keratin, you aren't going to be absorbing water through your skin..

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    Man, I'm so thirsty I could soak up an entire pool.
    In fact, I'm so thirsty that I'm going out for sushi and sake right now. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 16, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    There was a guy at the gym who was trying too hard to lose weight on the stairstepper wearing a plastic sweat suit.

    Had to say something before this guy suffered a heatstroke.

  • DanOmatic

    Posts: 1155

    Nov 16, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    In Scandinavia, Finland and the northern part of Russia, it's part of the culture to have a good, long sweat in the sauna and then jump directly into icy cold water, sometimes through a hole carved into the ice in a nearby lake.

    Doesn't seem to hurt them.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 17, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Okay, the mixed martial arts competitor who can do a tornado kick didn't know what he was talking about. His friend was sitting next to him. His friend had lost about 60 pounds partly by going to the sauna 5 times a week for 30 minutes at a time with 3 one minute breaks. (I'd love to drop 30 pounds.)

    It seems the water absorption is only skin deep. For example, if we were to put on lotion, the skin would absorb the lotion.

    Wait a second, I forgot where the water comes from when we sweat.

    Sweat glands are in our skin The water in our body goes to the sweat glands, I guess. If I'm running for an hour. Water would continuously get pulled into sweat glands and passed out through the pores of the skin?

    # # #

    All things remaining the same, if I increased my sauna time from 1 day a week for 20 minutes to 2 or 3 days a week 20 minutes each time,

    a) Would I lose fat (not just water weight)?

    b) Would my metabolism increase?

    Thank you.

    Thank you for the responses. So I should tell him: while we have glands to pull water out of the body, we don't have anything on our skin to pull outside water into our body through our skin.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 17, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    westanimas saidI think this goes into the category of "old wives' tales from asian cultures."

    I had an avid tai-chi guy spend an entire morning trying to convince me of the importance of eating wet/dry/hot/cold foods in inverse proportion to the weather so that you would keep your body in equilibrium to the environment. He firmly believed that you should not eat oatmeal on a rainy day!

    B.S.!


    Yeah, the food thing extremely prevalent in most Asian countries. We call it heaty/cooling foods actually.