Confused about what happens to your body inside a sauna?
Does burning a ton of calories without moving your body sound a little farfetched? Can you really sweat out your fat in a steam sauna and turn back the hands of time? Will my blood pressure rise? In this article, we cut through the hype and shed some light on what actually happens to your body inside a sauna. Keep reading to learn more.
The Truth About Saunas
Designed to make you sweat by having wet or dry heat sessions, saunas are a well-established part of Finnish culture that has spread across the globe in recent times. Thanks to celebrity endorsement and the rise of home saunas, the health benefits of spending time in a sauna are more well-known now than ever before. However, separating what’s fact from fiction hasn’t always been easy.
While traditional saunas use steam to heat the air around you, infrared saunas mimic the sun-like rays (without the harmful UV rays) to heat the body from the inside out. They are typically heated between 40° C and 60° C compared to the 90° C heat of a traditional sauna.
What Happens to Your Body?
Whether you opt for a traditional or infrared sauna, both will cause your core temperature to increase and raise your heart rate due to the dry heat. The veins inside your body enlarge, and blood flow improves. In fact, some medical studies have found that time spent in a sauna can decrease elevated blood pressure levels.
Daily sauna sweating pulls out the environmental pollutants and toxins that build up in your body’s fat cells. The intense sweating that you experience in the sauna removes about one-third of the toxic material that your kidneys remove from your bloodstream.
Ever wondered why you feel so relaxed after time spent in a sauna? That’s because the increased heat helps the body to secrete “feel-good” chemicals known as endorphins. That’s what helps to melt away your stress and worries. Endorphins also make great painkillers, and provide additional relief for stiff and sore muscles, or chronic and acute pain.
Improve Your Complexion
Through intense sweating, saunas provide a great way to work out the body’s largest organ – the skin. The increased blood flow promotes the growth of new skin and removes the buildup of dead skin, leaving you with a flushed and glowing complexion.
Can time in a sauna help you drop pounds? While sessions spent in the sauna may result from losing weight for a short period of time, it doesn’t affect the amount of fat on your body. In reality, it is water weight from all the sweating, which returns when your fluid levels are back to normal.
Infrared Saunas for Sale at Euphoria Lifestyle
Are you considering adding a sauna to your home? At Euphoria Lifestyle, we have a fantastic range of traditional and infrared saunas. Visit our website or stop by our showroom in West Sussex, where our friendly and efficient staff will be more than happy to serve you.