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Why you should make infrared sauna
part of your self-care routine

9 Reasons to use an Infrared Sauna

Infrared saunas are able to target key factors that contribute to many areas of our health. Here are our top 9 reasons to incorporate infrared sauna therapy into your wellness routine:

1. Stress

Unsurprisingly, stress is at the top of our list. Most of us experience high amounts of stress every day. Sure, we can shift a few things here and there to achieve a better balance, but often it's unavoidable to feel overwhelmed by it. Research shows that long-term stress raises inflammation levels and is linked to so many health problems. Relaxing in an infrared sauna gives you a chance to recharge and reduce those stress levels. Studies have shown that sauna use can balance the brain-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is the cause of what is commonly known as adrenal fatigue. And because sauna use increases BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factors), this also helps with anxiety, depression, and overall mood.

2. Inflammation

Lots of common health issues like digestive, hormonal and brain problems are often linked to inflammation. Infrared sauna therapy has the ability to effectively calm inflammation throughout the entire body. In addition to helping better manage inflammation, infrared sauna use can help reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms of inflammation - like pain, redness and swelling.

 

3. Detoxification
 

One of the many causes of a rise in chronic and autoimmune diseases are environmental toxins. Sweating is one of our body’s natural ways of clearing out toxins, so by promoting sweating with your sauna session, you are helping flush these out
 

4. Brain Function
 

Sauna use increases something called BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factors. BDNF encourages neurogenesis, or the growth of new brain cells, which is crucial for improving brain function and memory.

5. Immune System


Raising body temperature in saunas can be an effective natural way to help the body to kill off bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.

6. Skin Health

Sauna use was associated in studies with an improvement in skin hydration and overall complexion. Infrared Sauna also provides a non-invasive, relaxing and refreshing approach to soothe itchy, sore, dry and reddened skin to help manage the symptoms of conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

7. Chronic Pain

Saunas cause the release of endorphins, opioid-like chemicals that are your body's natural painkillers. Studies have shown that infrared saunas are able to reduce pain even for those suffering from painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritischronic headaches, and fibromyalgia.

8. Chronic Fatigue


After around 20 days of using a sauna every day, chronic fatigue study participants saw a significant improvement in symptoms of their chronic fatigue syndrome.

9. Longevity

Regular sauna use has been shown to considerably decrease risks of heart disease and lead to a lower chance of dying from all causes. Studies have shown that people who use saunas four to seven times a week have a 48 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease over those who used the sauna once a week.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.