Good Things Come To Those Who Sweat!
4 health benefits of infrared saunas
I love sweating, I love feeling the toxins leaving my body through sweat and making my body feel amazing. But I don’t always love working out in order to sweat, and with my recent diagnosis of adrenal fatigue, sweat inducing workouts like cycling, HIIT or crossfit are not beneficial to my body So how do I sweat and sparkle and shine? I go to weekly infrared sauna sessions to sweat, relax and calm my mind and body.
Wellness is not just about the food you eat…shocker since I love sharing the health benefits about the food on my plate. Wellness is a way of life. It is about the careers we have, the relationship we have with others, our physical activity and about how we balance all of our hardships and happiness and manifest greatness for ourselves. Wellness is about preventative steps we take to staying happy and healthy and live a fulfilled life.
After suffering a few weeks ago from adrenal fatigue, muscle aches, brain fog, weight gain and pure exhaustion, I had a need for wellness treatments including kinesiology and an infrared sauna session. I took care of myself above anyone else and as selfish as it may seem, before we can help others, we have to help ourselves.
For those with autoimmune disease, the stress on our bodies during high intensity workouts can actually negatively effect our hormones. It can also lead to chronic fatigue and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Over training immediately increases cortisol in the body, which leads to sleep disturbances, digestive disorders, weight gain and memory impairment. I already have high cortisol levels and working out only did more harm than good. By working out every day, sometimes twice a day, my body was stressed. Instead I was losing muscle, gaining fat and becoming completely exhausted.
At 160 degrees, infrared saunas are HOT, but I always feel relaxed and peaceful during and after sessions.
Health benefits of Infrared Saunas include:
Detoxification of heavy metals
Sweating naturally detoxes the body of toxins, including heavy metals. 7% more toxins are released in infrared saunas than in traditional ones, so don’t be afraid of a little heat to help you feel better. Removing heavy metals from the body will decrease symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and migraines.
Relaxation by decreasing cortisol levels and increasing serotonin
The stress hormone, cortisol is released from the adrenal gland and causes migraines, fatigue, digestive issues, and depression. Infrared saunas help balance cortisol levels, decrease stress and increase serotonin leaves which stimulates relaxation and restful sleep.
Relieving muscle aches and joint pain
Infrared saunas help decrease inflammation in the body which ultimately relaxes muscles and relieves joint pain.
Overall cellular health and improved circulation
Blood flow increases when you sit in an infrared sauna by increasing oxygen within the body’s cells. An increase in circulation and cellular health means the body can eliminate toxins, repair muscle and tissue damage. It also assists in strengthening the immune system more efficiently.
Infrared saunas detox 20% of toxins versus only 3% in traditional ones.
There is no better time than the present to nourish your body and mind and help it perform at the best of its ability. Self-care is the most important form of wellness that we can practice Take the time to give yourself the time to just relax, detox and chill.
Originally published at www.balancedlife-leslie.com on December 8, 2016.