Heat Up Your Health

Now that I’m over 40 years old, optimum health and fighting the ageing process are my main goals. I partake in activities, follow dietary habits and exercise in a way that promotes youthfulness and prevents, or protects me from life threatening or disabling disease. I want to share these with you… One of the most recent activities I have adopted is to use infrared saunas.

When most of us think about saunas, one of two things comes to mind: people sweating in a steam-filled room or in a wood-panelled, very hot room. Indeed, traditional saunas are typically extremely hot, with some maintaining dry heat and others dousing the heat source with water, creating steam. I am not a fan of these saunas, as they do not make me feel good after and they are just plan uncomfortable to use. I can generally only manage a 5 – 10 minute time period before having to leave due to feeling unbearably hot or dizzy. I’m also not a huge fan of getting into a small space with naked strangers.

In contrast, the experience of using an infrared sauna is extremely pleasant here in Saigon. They are private units, so you can enjoy the relaxing experience by yourself or with friends of your choice. There is a built in entertainment system that allows you to watch Netflix movies, TV shows, surf the internet or stay connected on social media.

 

The room temperature is a comfortable warm, as infrared saunas heat the body without heating the surrounding air. The heaters in genuine infrared saunas emit mid and long, infrared wavelengths that deeply penetrate the skin. Essentially, an infrared sauna conveys all of the benefits of the sun without the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. More importantly, the heat of a far infrared sauna has a body penetration of up to 1-3/4 inches, whereas traditional saunas only penetrate about 1/8 inch of the body. This can result in a number of potential health benefits. Here are six benefits that I feel I gain from using these saunas:

Better Sleep

An infrared sauna session will help you unwind as it decreases the production of cortisol, the main hormone for stress in the body. I find these sessions dramatically improve the quality of my sleep. Quality sleep is essential for all aspects of health

Detoxification

Through the air we breathe, the environment in which we live, and the foods we eat, our bodies accumulate and store a lot of chemicals and toxins. Because infrared saunas have such deep penetration, they can help detoxify the body – both at the cellular level and through the skin. This kind of detox helps eliminate such toxins as mercury, lead, alcohol, nicotine, sodium, and cholesterol.

Cardiovascular Health

Partaking in an infrared sauna causes your peripheral blood vessels to dilate, which in turn makes your heart work harder. This “workout effect” can help lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. Infrared sauna therapy also dilates blood vessels and reduces the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

Boost Immune System

When you use an infrared sauna it increases the core temperature of your body. Bacteria and viruses can’t survive under certain temperatures and this increased heating helps your body to fight these off, giving your immune system that added boost!

Pain Relief

Because a far infrared sauna penetrates so deeply into the body, it can make a real difference when it comes to pain relief. Those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms and other chronic pain conditions often find that pain is alleviated by regular infrared sauna sessions. They have also been shown to half recovery time from exercise

Anti-Aging

While our skin is our largest organ, it can also be our biggest enemy when it comes to aging. Years of sun damage, along with an accumulation of dirt and toxins, can make us look old before our time. The deep heat of infrared saunas induces sweating, which is a natural way to cleanse the skin, and helps blood flow, which brings nutrients to the skin. In addition, far infrared saunas restore the elasticity of ligaments and tissues – including skin tissue – helping to make us feel and look younger.

The infrared saunas have been a great addition to my total health regime. However, be careful when choosing your place to Sauna. Some locations are touted as infrared but are actually not. If you’d like to try infrared saunas or learn more about the technology and benefits contact Aura & Co Sauna Centre .

I leave these 45 minute sauna sessions feeling clear headed, energised yet related and refreshed. I experience a fantastic nights sleep afterwards and feel that the sessions greatly help me recover from my workout routine. The exact scientific evidence and studies related to infrared saunas is somewhat inconclusive (it’s almost impossible to obtain conclusive evidence these days) plus companies make some bold marketing statements BUT the proof is in how I feel and the benefits I experience. If your goals include optimising your health and staying young I would recommend to give infrared sauna’s a try.

 

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