Sweat it Out in a Sauna
January 4th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
Who doesn’t love a good skin detox? I know I do. I love to go into the sauna from time to time and just relax and let the heat sweat my toxins away.
A sauna session truly makes me feel as though I’m cleaning out my pores. As your body heat rises, your pores begin to open up and allows all of the bacteria and germs flow from your body.
I love to use a sauna as my detox a lot because it is completely natural and I don’t have to be too strict on my diet like when I’m doing a whole body detox, inside and out.
Benefits of using a Sauna
Helps take away stress- When you reach a certain body temperature, a chemical is released in your body which give you the “happy feeling”, just as it does when you’re sweating in the gym or running out on the beach.
Sweats out toxins- It’s no surprise that you sweat out a ton of fluids when your sitting in a small, heated room. As your body sweat, you are ridding it with all of the nasty and dangerous toxins that you have come in contact with recently, and even long ago. You can get toxins from processed and fast food, the environment such as the air and water you drink, and self inflected toxins like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Helps muscle soreness- After a tough workout, it’s common to have achy muscles. But if your muscles feel some sort of heat, they will be apt to be more flexible and are able to stretch better. When you correctly stretch your muscles, soreness will ease. Also, when your muscles are less sore, you can continue to workout at your normal rate and not have to take as many rest times, which may interfere with your results.
Helps Blood Flow- While you’re in a sauna, your heart rate increases, just as it would if you were exercising. This is great for your blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in your skin to expand in order to increased blood flow. When your blood flows easier through your body, it reaches your muscles quicker and helps them grow and get stronger.
Improves your skin- The blood flow also plays a large roll in improving your skin. The blood flow brings nutrients to the tissue beneath your skin resulting in a healthy glow. Strengthens your immune system- When your body heat rises to the expected 100 degrees in a sauna, your body develops a natural fever. This fever is part of your body’s healing process. Your body heat wakes up your immune system, which also increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
Remember that you shouldn’t stay inside the sauna for more than 20 minutes and you shouldn’t go in one more than just a couple of times a week. I like to go in only once a week, but that’s just me. Always be sure to drink a lot of water because you’re going to lose a lot of water weight inside your sauna session. Stay hydrated and bring a towel, you will get wet!