Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared Sauna use has become popular in recent years.  It involves a dry sauna which produces sweat at lower temperatures, and has benefit of the electromagnetic radiation from an infrared source.

Potential Benefits

1. Enhances detoxification. The skin is very important for detoxification and sweat is the main mechanism for this.   Sweat has been analysied from saunas and mercury, arsenic and ........

2.  Supports Longevity.  Sauna prevents accumulation of unhealthy proteins in the body, and boosts antioxidant activity.  Resulting in better maintenance of our bodies cells, improved repair and degradation processes.

3. Heart Health.  Sauna use may benefit heart health by improving heart muscle contractions, reducing artery stiffness, and blood cholesterol levels as well as lowering blood pressure.  Regular Sauna use is thought to reduce the chances of fatal heart disease and lower the chances of dying from all causes.

4.  Speeds Recovery. Sauna use can increase growth hormone, improved blood flow and deliver more nutrients to areas that need them for recovery. Improved muscle function can be felt immediately after sauna.

5. Improved Mood and Stress Relief.  Sauna increases the amount of endorphins in the blood improving mood long after the session has finished. Sauna also increases the hormone BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which plays an active role in anxiety, depression and cognition.  Regular sauna use helps with stress relief by lowering stress hormones.

6. Improved Physical Performance. More blood flow to muscles means more glucose and oxygen is delivered to them, so that less glycogen is depleted during workouts.  Twice weekly sauna use after a workout has shown to enable a longer running performance before becomming exhausted.  Sauna may also help with hyperthermic conditioning prior to events requiring sports performance in hot climates.

7. Helps Pain Relief.  Sauna results in the release of endorphins which are natural pain killers.  Sauna use also may relieve pain by reducing the release of anti-inflammatory hormones.  Fibromyalgia pain is improved by sauna use due to the softening of tendons and facia, and the feeling of being warmed to the bone.  These effects are quickly felt.

8. Skin Health.  Because sauna helps with detoxification, this can help with skin health, reduced oil on acne prone skin and better skin pH and hydration.

9. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Sauna use can help with chronic fatigue syndrome, but this needs to be discussed prior to use.

10. Improved Mental Performance.  Studies find that sauna use can increase nordadrenaline levels and BDNF which supports focus, attention span and growth of new brain cells for long term memory and learning.

11. Immune System.  Autoimmune syndroms can benefit from thermal therapies.

 

Safety Tips:  Always hydrate well before, during and after a sauna. Avoid alochol use before or after sauna use.

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