Andrea O' Shea
If you knew how insanely beneficial Saunas are...
Updated: Mar 30, 2019
There are little things we can do each day, simple strategies that can have a greater impact on our mental, spiritual and physical health that we take for granted. With our busy schedules, the pressure of everyday life we let ourselves be emerged in a constant rush that elevates our stress hormones impacting our wellbeing.
Lack of motivation and focus, tiredness, mood swings, loss of sleep, anxiety, early signs of depression, high blood pressure, headaches, substance use and social withdrawal are only a few of symptoms. Now, there are many things one can do to reduce this effects, but Saunas are by far one of the simplest and most effective ways we can prevent and treat stress.
Alive for thousands of years in traditional cultures in Eastern Europe and Asia, this simple and relaxing practice has an abundant amount of benefits that can seriously improve your overall wellbeing. Here is a list of 8 powerful effects saunas have on your health.
1. Reduce stress levels and helps the production of happy hormones:
due to the change in temperature the heart starts to release a high-flow of blood. This triggers the brain to produce norepinephrine (hormone) used to boost focus and attention and prolactin helping the body repair the nerve cell damage.
The heart is pumping but we are relaxed. This sends a new message to the brain reducing the production of cortisol (stress hormone,) Cortisol crates havoc within our body and systems. Click here to read more in dept information on this topic it is very interesting.
The sauna decreases cortisol (yay!) and boosts happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin lowering the symptoms of stress, chronic fatigue, tension, sadness and anxiety.
2. Eases body pain and helps the body self-heal:
Sauna heat has a releasing effect for arthritis, backaches, muscular pain and chronic pain. The rise in temperature expands your blood vessels and softness the body tissue allowing more oxygen to flow, improving mobility, reducing soreness from swelling and speeding up the self-healing process.
3. Helps the body recover to improve athletic performance:
Sauna practices increase blood volume, synthesis if proteins, water reserves and boost the body self-regulation process to increase endurance, tolerance to exhaustion and pain. It also helps muscle growth by training the cells to enlarge and adapt under pressure and supports cell recovery after injury avoiding muscle atrophy.
4. Is a natural practice ideal for skin health:
Sweating has so many benefits to release toxins and waste in your body. It purifies the skin as sweat is released rinsing the pores removing dirt, toxins and natural skin waste. It enhances the production of collagen, improves skin elasticity and strength and rejuvenates your skin cells.
5. Boosts your immune system:
The alternation of hot and cold temperature in a secure and controlled environment trains your body and your mind to improve its adaptation skills to overcome change. Every time you step into a sauna you are triggering your body’s defence mechanisms by giving your brain and body the false alarm of a fever. This forces the immune system to act. Once the session is done, the body goes back to its normal temperature with better resources to fight illnesses.
6. Is great for cardiovascular health:
sweat production increases your body temperature which dilates your blood vessels making your heart work harder to pump blood to your body. This process has the same effect in your heart and body as if you were exercising.
7. Supports weight loss and body detoxification:
Sauna alone wont do the trick, but it definitely support your weight loss goals by raising your metabolic rate up to 20% helping your body absorb all the good nutrients and adding some extra calorie burn even a few hours after the sauna session has finished. It also helps with the detoxification process by getting rid off some of the heavy metals and toxins in your body through sweat.
8. Increases deep sleep:
Sauna’s ability to induce a calming sense and relaxation is a key component to reducing insomnia symptoms. The combination of high temperatures, solitude and the quiet environment helps your mind unwind from the everyday activities. Having sauna sessions if your routine will help your body and mind get consistent rest and deep night sleep.
Tips to prepare your sauna session
Drink lost of water to prevent dehydration and mineral loss.
Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before a sauna session.
Avoid saunas is you are pregnant but keep it in mind for when the baby arrives. It’s a great way to help hormones get back on track.
Avoid saunas if you are ill.
Schedule a time session based on your own, individual needs. Moring’s are great to boost the energy to start the day, while evening is ideal to calm the mine and induce a good night sleep.
For more information on how Saunas can impact your life please contact us.
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