Infrared Saunas..What are the benefits?
Infrared Sauna’s have increased in popularity, with most gyms and day spa’s having them on hand for clients to take advantage of.
So what are the benefits of an Infrared Sauna?
There are many health and wellness benefits for the infrared sauna. Below you will find the main ones.
One of the biggest infrared sauna health benefits is its ability to increase your blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins in the body and removing impurities through the body’s sweat. Regular use of the Sauna can help detoxify your body by ridding itself of accumulated toxins.
Due to the Sauna helping to remove impurities from cells including cells inside our fat, the waste and toxins like cholesterol and metals which are stored in our fat are also removed.
Regular use of a sauna conveys a similar boost on the cardiovascular system to cardiovascular exercise (like going for a run or you crazy people who do HIIT). As your body heats up it prompts your body to produce sweat, pump blood and burn calories.
How you say?
As your body increases its sweat production to cool itself, your heart starts to work harder to pump blood at a bigger rate, this boosts circulation which increases your metabolic rate. It’s this increase in your metabolism that will burn those calories.
What about the possible reduction of cellulite?
Cellulite for those who might not know specifically is superficial pockets of trapped fat, which can cause an uneven dimpling of the skin. It’s proven that a decrease in your metabolic rate or those with a sluggish metabolism will have an increase in the storage of toxins in fat cells thus causing Cellulite.
As we already know the infrared sauna increases the heart rate and promotes blood circulation and activates the subcutaneous fat cells, helping to eradicate toxins stored and in turn reducing the appearance of cellulite. *kinda brings truth to that saying “sweat is just fat crying” ;) *
Muscle and Joint pain
Due to the increase in blood flow and circulation, it not only removes waste products but it delivers oxygenated blood to depleted muscle allowing them to recover faster. The infrared Sauna surrounds you and enters deep into muscles, joints and tissues, while increasing oxygen flow and blood circulation around the body. Most would know that applying heat to sore muscles relaxes them. It also offers them greater flexibility and increases range of motion. An Infrared Sauna delivers this heat and relieves muscle tension and promotes healing to muscles and soft tissue injuries. Regular use of infrared saunas assistances those suffering from many forms of arthritis, sprains, muscle spasms, stiff joints and the likes.
The heat from the Sauna raises your core body temperature, simulating a fever. A fun fact for those who didn’t know but a fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response. You may notice when you have an infection or virus you get a fever? That’s your body fighting off the infection. The enhanced immune system teamed up with the elimination of toxins and wastes from sweating increases overall health and immunity.
The Sauna helps promote healthy glowing skin through the increase in blood flow to skin cells, stimulating collagen production and assisting in cell repair.
By sweating in the Sauna it carries off deeply rooted impurities such as black heads and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. You will see an improvement in tone, elasticity and texture. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
I’m a huge fan on infrared sauna! Especially through my Bikini competition preps they defiantly helped my overall wellness and recovery. Unfortunately like everything, there are certain times where an Infrared Sauna may not be safe and the right thing for you. So before running to your nearest Sauna, make sure you are aware of certain contraindications to Sauna use.
A brief list is below
- Certain medical conditions especially ones that don’t allow you to sweat properly
- Pregnancy – you need clearance from your physician
- Breast feeding – the detoxification process can transfer toxins into breast milk
- Menstruation the heating of the lower back area of women during their menstrual cycle can temporarily increase their menstrual flow.
Before, during and after using a Sauna make sure you keep hydrated; going in dehydrated is extremely dangerous. It’s not recommended to use if you have consumed alcohol within 24hrs! This is not a good hangover cure!
I highly recommend consuming a BCAA/EAA drink post Sauna, look for one that has Electrolytes in it so you can replenish your body.
My recommendation is Amino Switch by Switch Nutrition