Relax and Reap the Health Benefits
It doesn’t get any easier than just sitting to relax and being able to get significant health benefits as well. If you have never tried relaxing in an infrared sauna, you may want to consider doing it now. There have been studies done around the world regarding the many conditions that sauna use can improve.
Infrared saunas allow penetration into human tissue, allowing for a host of benefits. The heat of the sauna promotes sweating which is the most natural and safest way to detoxify your body. This helps to strengthen the body’s immune and digestive systems. Detoxing also has been shown to help with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, colitis, and auto-immune diseases.
It is important to use the sauna correctly to get the full positive impact. Since you will be sweating, it is important to hydrate well before, during, and after the session.
You need to set time limits. Just because something is good for your body doesn’t mean it should be used in excess. This is a time to listen to your body. Start with a short amount of time, about 15 minutes, and then slowly increase the time up to about 40 minutes.
Beware of overdoing your sessions. Your body will let you know if you have done too much as you may feel nausea, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. The cure for this is to stop the session and decrease your time at your next session.
The temperature of the sauna is adjustable. Begin with a cooler setting, usually 100 degrees, and increase the heat until you find what temperature works best for you. The most beneficial sauna experience is with heat settings between 100 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the end of your session, it is best to cool off naturally and just dry off with a towel. Once home, take a bath or shower, follow up with some cool water with lemon and honey, and a pinch of salt and continue your day.
Sauna use is wonderful for your skin as well and can help restore your skin to a youthful appearance. The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy published a study showing significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of use. Participants saw a reduction of crow’s feet and wrinkles, and improved tone and elasticity. Infrared saunas have also shown that consistent use helps prevent acne and reduces the scarring of past acne breakouts. Studies also showed that both elastin and collagen, two of the most essential ingredients to healthy skin, increased.
Sauna sessions are a great way to relax, detox your body, and reap health benefits.