Health Benefits of Heat
Infrared is so safe it is regularly used in hospitals to keep newborn babies warm. Infrared and infrared saunas have been researched and studied for decades. Doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists use infrared every day in clinics and hospitals around the world to ameliorate pain, heal skin conditions, increase flexibility and generally help heal the body.
These wavelengths penetrate soft tissue up to an inch and a half, warming the body and opening blood vessels in a process called “vasodilation.”
Infrared saunas also help with:
- Stress and fatigue
- Muscle aches, arthritis, and joint relief
- Weight loss and calorie burning
- Increased metabolism
- Immune system support
- Skin conditions
- Heart health
- Appearance of cellulite
- Diabetes support
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Benefits of Heat
So, why would one swelter in a sauna? I find it pleasant (especially in a FIR sauna where the heat doesn’t feel quite as intense), but not everyone has the same level of heat tolerance (more on that below).
It turns out heat and sweating alone have many positive health benefits. According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, the benefits of heat conditioning in a sauna include:
- Inducing heat-shock proteins – This can keep components of the cells functioning longer. It can also prevent cells from damage by scavenging free radicals and increasing cellular antioxidants like glutathione. Some heat shock proteins can even help with muscle gain.
- Imitating cardiovascular exercise – Heat conditioning or sauna use resembles cardiovascular exercise in many ways, because the cardiovascular system has to work harder to eliminate the heat. Not only does it increase blood flow, sweating, and cardiovascular fitness, but it also leads to a post-exercise euphoria where you feel relaxed, happy, and experience less pain.
- Improving brain function – Sauna use may robustly increase growth hormones, trigger muscle growth, and the growth of new brain cells. It increases BDNF and other neurotransmitters that helps the brain function better and stimulates the growth of new brain cells.
- Reducing stress – Last but not least, saunas help relax you and make you more resilient to stress.