This is Not Your Traditional Sauna!
Rather than heating the air, the infrared heat warms your body directly making is easier to breath and creates a more relaxing comfortable environment and induces a deep sweat.
11 Benefits of Sauna Benefits
1) Saunas Help Detoxification
A new study found that there were 200 toxins in a newborn babies umbilical cord, including ones, like BPA, known to cause developmental problems (R).
The skin is considered a major organ of detoxification (R).
Similarly, high mercury levels can be normalized by frequent sauna use (R).
People who go to the sauna regularly improve their sweat-detox pathways and can produce up to 2L/hour of sweat (R).
2) Saunas Increase Longevity
A study of 2,315 Finnish men aged 42-60 found that regular sauna use led to considerably decreased risks of heart disease and a lower chance of dying from all causes (R).
Those who enjoy a sauna 4-7 times per week have a 48% lower risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack over those that used the sauna once per week (R).
Vascular endothelial dysfunction can cause chronic heart failure (CHF). Sauna therapy promotes vasodilation and improves vascular endothelial dysfunction in patients with CHF (R).
Worms exposed to heat stress for no more than 2 hours showed increased longevity. The heat stress appeared to protect the worms against age-related frailty (R).
Heat shock proteins produced during heat stress are important for basic cellular maintenance e.g. preventing harmful accumulations of unhealthy proteins. Flies repeatedly exposed to heat stress had a significant increase in lifespan, correlating with higher levels of heat shock proteins (Hsp70) (R).
Yeast exposed to mild heat stressors lived longer (possibly due to RAS genes) (R).
Heat stress acts as a hormetic response that reduces protein damage and boosts antioxidant activity, as well as repair and degradation processes (autophagy) (R).
3) Saunas Help Recovery
Sauna use can increase IGF-1, a vital hormone for growth and recovery. One study found a 142% increase in IGF-1 during sauna use. Another study found a five-fold increase in the growth hormone with two 15 minute sessions at a very hot 212 degrees F (R).
Saunas improve blood flow, thereby delivering more nutrients to areas that need them for recovery (R).
Studies have shown that sauna use at 41C or more can lower the risk of muscle wastage during disuse. Similarly beneficial is the effect that sauna use can have on minimizing the oxidative stress that occurs when returning to exercise after a period of recovery (R, R2, R3)
4) Saunas Increase Happiness and Lower Stress Levels
In fact, whole-body heat therapy has also been shown to improve symptoms of depression in cancer patients through this mechanism (R).
A long sauna session can be quite stressful on the body (albeit beneficial, hormetic stress). As a result, we release an opioid called dynorphin, which gives you a feeling of dysphoria. To compensate, the brain then increases the production and sensitivity of receptors for euphoric hormones like beta-endorphin. These changes are semi-permanent, meaning that people that use a sauna will actually be happier in everyday life (R).
5) Saunas Increase Muscle Mass
Sauna therapy causes net muscle growth.
During a sauna, your body releases massive amounts of heat shock proteins (HSPs). These HSPs help prevent oxidative stress (a cause of muscle breakdown) by scavenging free radicals and maintaining healthy glutathione levels (R, R2).
6) Saunas Lead to Better Mental Performance
Heat stress also increases prolactin, a hormone which encourages the growth of myelin (the insulation around the nerve fibers in your brain), which determines how fast your brain works (R).
7) Saunas Lead to Better Physical Performance
Increased body temperature from endurance exercise can cause strain and, ultimately, decrease performance. Regular sauna use can acclimate the body to function optimally during increased temperatures, while also improving its cooling mechanisms. This technique is called hyperthermic conditioning and can be very useful for events held in hot climates e.g. iron man Hawaii (R).
Sauna use improves the body’s blood flow to muscles. More blood flow equals more glucose, essential fatty acids, and oxygen. This results in less glycogen depletion during workouts. In fact, one study found that sauna use decreased glycogen depletion by 40-50% (R, R2).
Regular sauna use can increase red blood cell count – meaning more oxygen can be transported around the body during exercise (R).
Individuals who used the sauna twice a week for half an hour post-workout were able to run for an average of 32% longer until exhaustion than before the sauna therapy (R).
Heat therapy has been shown to protect against rhabdomyolysis, a break down of muscle from too much exertion. The increase in heat shock proteins (HSP32) from sauna use can limit the damage of rhabdomyolysis on the kidneys (R).
8) Saunas Help Relieve Pain
In one study, sauna use was, when stacked with other therapies, effective in managing rheumatoid arthritis (R).
Saunas can cause the release of endorphins, opioid-like chemicals which act as natural pain-killers.
Sauna therapy was found to be effective at lessening the pain experienced by someone with fibromyalgia. Many of the benefits are immediate and probably due to tissues made of collagen, like tendons and fascia, become more flexible when exposed to increased temperatures. However, many of the benefits actually persisted months after the treatment (R).
9) Saunas Increase Stress Resilience
Sauna use acts as a hormetic stress i.e. the body responds to the heat stress by increasing heat shock proteins that counteract environmental stress. This means that sauna use will make you more resilient in the face of toxins, extreme temperatures, and exercise.
10) Saunas Help Weight Loss
Saunas are probably such an effective detox strategy because adequate heat can cause the death of fat cells (R).
Increasing heat shock proteins can reduce fat mass in animals (R).
10 obese subjects underwent 15-minute daily far infrared sauna sessions and followed an 1800 calorie per day diet for a 2-week period. The authors concluded, “We consider that repeated sauna therapy is useful in the treatment of obesity (R).
11) Saunas Promote Social Interaction
Sociologists have established a link between social relationships and health outcomes. Evidence shows that social relationships affect mental health, physical health, health habits, and mortality risk (R).
In a busy, work-driven world it is hard to find enough time to socialize. Saunas provide a space where people can interact and achieve the positive health benefits of socializing, whilst also achieving all the other positive effects listed in this post. So, share with a friend!
Full Spectrum Infrared Benefits
Infrared is an invisible wavelength of therapeutic light, experienced as heat, that safely penetrates human tissue to raise core body temperature. Infrared heat is very gentle and healthy for all living things. Its medical grade quality is used by various physicians, and it is even used to warm babies in the hospital.
Unlike traditional saunas, which solely heat the air around you and operate in excess of 200°F, Infrared heat warms the body within you and is effective at a more comfortable temperature, between 100°-145°F, producing a deep sweat.
Research shows each wavelength of the Infrared Spectrum targets different parts of the body to produce specific health benefits. A standard sauna session is 40 minutes within your own private cabin suite, and each of the Full Spectrum wavelengths - Far, Mid and Near - is set at 100% for whole body health.
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