Is it possible to eat before going to the sauna?
To answer this question we start with a basic one: No! Directly before going to the sauna you should refrain from eating, only small light meals or really small snacks are tolerable.
There is a simple reason for what we reject here on principle. Digestion demands a lot of work from the body. This means that the body needs energy to digest the food, and the blood is largely "sent" through the intestines to absorb the digestible components of the food. The organism initially has a good deal to do with this. It is a well-known phenomenon that many people become drowsy after eating good food and are then not really useful for further activities.
In the sauna, too, the circulation gets a lot of work, which is mainly related to the stress of the high temperatures and the high humidity. Despite the positive health effects, the body has a good deal to do with regulating the body temperature in the sauna.
If digestion and sauna are combined, the circulation is often overloaded. Less and less blood is made available for the blood supply to the brain, light to moderate attacks of weakness, dizziness and even loss of consciousness can be the unpleasant consequences.
For these reasons, the direct combination of food and sauna is not recommended and should be avoided. After all, you really want to enjoy the sauna and not just endure it with dizziness. So avoid eating before the sauna and eat only light food immediately afterwards. This is a real favour to your body and yourself.
And what about drinking?
In large parts of the population the mistaken belief that one should drink a lot during a sauna session is widespread. The reason for this is the relatively high loss of fluids during sweating in the sauna. However, this basic assumption is wrong.
If you want to take a sauna properly and effectively, you should refrain from drinking during the sauna session, especially during the sweating phase. Sweating in the sauna sets a process in motion that purifies the body, filters out toxins and at the same time can flush out excess water from the tissue. If you drink during this process, the process is interrupted. The effectiveness of the sauna in purifying and detoxifying the body is limited.
In addition, the "preparation" of the drinks by the body also requires some energy, which is then no longer available for temperature equalisation. It also makes little sense to "refuel" with liquids directly before the sauna. The effect here is almost zero, only the unpleasant feeling of pressure in the bladder increases.
It is more advisable to drink a reasonable amount of fluids after a sauna visit. Recommended here are mineral water, light fruit juices and tea, each drunk in small sips and neither too hot nor ice cold. You should refrain from coffee and alcoholic or very sugary drinks.
Those who do not necessarily combine their sauna session with food and drink generally experience the best health effects. Therefore, of course, nobody has to do without a healthy amount of food and drinks. But in the best case, these are best enjoyed after a visit to the sauna.