Infrared Sauna Benifits

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But today I’m covering the benefits of the Infrared Sauna! 
Especially in this towns cold Winter.
But why is it so important to sweat? Here are the reasons:

1. Increases Metabolism
Sauna therapy is sometimes called passive cardio because it raises your heart rate in a way that is similar to exercise..  I know I got excited when I found this out too!
A 30 minute session burns approx 600 calories, but of course this depends on the individuals BMR.

3. Gorgeous, Youthful Skin
One of the most unexpected changes when using a sauna regularly is how much more refreshed and “glowy” The skin looks after a few months of use.
Far infrared wavelengths increase the production of collagen (which makes skin supple) and elastin (which makes it elastic), and also improves the delivery of nutrients to the skin via increased blood flow.

4. Relaxation & Stress Reduction
Our lives are typically full of chronic stress and very little running away from tigers. Unfortunately, unlike short-term stressful experiences, which produce a rise in cortisol and a physical response (such as running away) followed by a reduction in cortisol after the event, our bodies stay in “high alert” stage for hours, days and even sometimes months without a reset.
Our bodies often can’t distinguish life-threatening situations from non-critical situations, and therefore react to everything just in case. That’s a problem because:
When you repeatedly experience the mobilization or fight-or-flight stress response in your daily life, it can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can effect your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to many mental and physical health problems.”
Fortunately, it’s not necessary to renounce civilization and move into a yurt to reclaim relaxation – you can manually reset your stress response. Exercise is one way to do it – sauna therapy is another.
When you expose your body to heat stress, your cortisol levels (an indication of stress) will typically stay the same or even rise. However, when you remove the stress by stepping out of the sauna, they’ll drop almost immediately and set a new baseline that is lower than before. Your body thinks the “tiger” is gone and has reset, leaving you feeling relaxed.
In addition to helping with stress, sauna therapy stimulates the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which is awesome 👌🏼

5. Soothes Sore Muscles
This is my husbands favorite benefit. Soothing infrared heat penetrates into sore muscles and joints, increasing the flow of nutrients (glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, and oxygen) to the area while removing lactic acid and other metabolic byproducts.

6. Benefits Cognitive Function
Heat stress:
* Creates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells) and protects existing neurons from damage 
* Significantly increases norepinephrine levels, a hormone that supports focus and attention. 
* Increases “prolactin, a hormone which encourages the growth of myelin (the insulation around the nerve fibres in your brain), which determines how fast your brain works.” 
These Benefits I didn’t know about until I read up on it myself 🤓🤔

7. Supports Cardiovascular Health
As I mentioned earlier, infrared sauna therapy is sometimes called “passive cardio” because the high temperatures can drive heart rates to levels often achieved by moderate-intensity physical exercise.

8. Supports Immune Function
According to Mark Timmerman, M.D. “During a sauna session, white blood cells increase in the bloodstream, suggesting an elevation of the body’s natural defense against illness.”

9. Increases REM Sleep
According to the American Studies, sauna use increases slow wave sleep, which is commonly referred to as deep sleep.
I know I could nap during or after a session in the Sauna 👌

I know I will be in the Hot Box more often 💪🏻



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