Clinical Health Benefits of Sauna Use
Supercharge Your Cell Power
Heat has been proven to positively impact your mitochondria, the ‘batteries’ powering your cells, helping your body naturally produce more energy and stay fit.
Anti-Aging and Heart Health
Infrared sauna therapy has been shown to not only reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia, but has been shown at the cellular level to reduce oxidative damage, and in some cases completely restore cell viability in damaged cells. Cell regeneration means you slow the aging process. And if you’re not quite convinced, check out the 20 year study of Finnish men that links two to three sauna sessions per week with a 23% decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Even further, a 2018 study found that sauna bathing four to seven times per week reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by as much as 58%!
Detoxify Heavy Metals and Chemicals
Everyday exposure to potentially toxic heavy metals through a variety of sources means even the most health conscious people still have toxins in the body. Toxins have been proven to be excreted in the sweat, even when levels are undetectable in the blood, proving that our body uses sweat to actively rid itself of these toxins. Regular sauna bathing helps excrete toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
Reduce Blood Pressure
Sauna heat helps widen blood vessels and improve circulation, which reduces blood pressure.
Optimize Athletic Performance
Blood flow improvements from hyperthermic conditioning (heat conditioning) sends more blood to the heart, leading to an increase in plasma and red blood cell volume. That process delivers more oxygen throughout the body, fueling athletic performance.
Decrease Pain and Inflammation
Nearly every disease is either caused by, or worsened by, inflammation. So, the anti-inflammatory benefits of infrared sauna therapy can improve the symptoms of virtually every chronic disease. Autoimmune diseases, arthritis, and fibromyalgia have been shown to be significantly improved with infrared sauna use.
Improve Muscle Function and Recovery
As more blood flow and oxygen is delivered throughout the body, muscles increase in size and muscle breakdown is diminished. One study showed that two, one-hour sauna sessions for seven days straight increases production of the human growth hormone (HGH) by two to five times.
Fuel Weight Loss
Regular sauna use is shown to regulate the appetite, increase metabolism, and improve oxygen utilization, helping to fuel weight loss along with a reduction in body fat.
Boost Brain Function and Mental Health
The brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF increases with regular sauna use, activating the growth of new brain cells, better maintaining existing cells, and improving neuroplasticity, the brain’s process for forming new neural connections. Not only have infrared saunas been shown to improve mood and symptoms of depression and anxiety, but they have also been shown to drastically reduce the risk of dementia and neurodegenerative disease.
Ignite Your Immune System
Heat exposure from sauna use increases the heat shock protein, stimulating antigen-presenting cells, along with releasing cytokine, thus stimulating the body’s natural immune system.
Improve Emotional Health and Mood
When your body and brain are healthy, detoxified, and de-stressed, and you’ve boosted endorphins, your overall mood and emotional health improves.