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4 top benefits of infrared sauna
Recently as I was flipping through the Sunday Age, I came across an article by Stephanie Darling reviewing infrared saunas. She loved the experience, felt incredibly relaxed and slept like a baby that night. One of the best things you can do for your body is heat it up and get sweating, the benefits are truly amazing. Here are my 4 top reasons why infrared saunas should be on your ‘must do’ list this winter.
We all need to relax more and the infrared sauna is a great way soothe the nervous system, relax muscles and calm the mind. When I’m stressed and uptight a sauna session always helps me to relax and refresh. It’s healthy to get some downtime and have a break from busy life, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. You’d be surprised what a difference it makes to stress levels.
2. Eliminate toxins
Sweat analysis studies have shown that infrared saunas eliminate more toxins than regular saunas. The difference is due to the type of heat produced. Regular saunas heat the environment, whereas infrared saunas heat the body. Infrared heat waves deeply penetrate the skin, drawing out toxins as you sweat.
3. Boost your immune system
Raising your core body temperature supercharges the immune system. Scientists have found that raising body temperature actually enhances the function of a particular lymphocyte (immune system cell) that destroys virus infected cells and tumour cells. Just like your body produces a fever when you’re sick to kill off bacteria and viruses, a sauna can help you stay cold and flu free by stimulating the same response.
4. Regulate muscle growth, fat metabolism and heart function
Something less well known is that saunas can increase the release of human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. HGH is responsible for regulating muscle and bone growth, fat metabolism and heart function. Studies in Finland way back in 1976 showed that hGH levels increased approximately 140% for about an hour after a 30 minute sauna session. This spike is significant, especially if you’re having regular sessions.
Contact us to book an infrared sauna session at our Hawthorn clinic!