Sauna Exposed: What Happens To Your Body After Using A Sauna
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History Of Sauna Use
Saunas were first utilised some 4000 years ago and much research has been carried out as to the health benefits. A sauna is one of the top methods utilised to flush toxins from the body as it causes you to sweat profusely, forcing toxins such as heavy metals to the surface of your skin. A deep sweat is a great way to release toxicity from the body which has built up from exposure to various environmental elements such as pollution and also chemicals which are commonly found in refined foods we consume. Saunas have even been found to burn calories and aid in weight loss due to your body’s elimination of toxins, which in turn increases your metabolism. Saunas have also been found to greatly reduce the stress hormone cortisone, which has been linked to weight gain.
Saunas are commonly used for post-workout muscle tightness and pain. The heat from the sauna allows the muscles to relax and can speed up healing and recovery time, allowing a more rapid return to your workout without experiencing continual muscle pain. Fitness goals can then in turn be reached more rapidly, whether you are focused on weight loss and cardio workout or muscle gain through lifting. Studies also show that due to increased blow flood, endurance has been found to be increased in athletes who regularly use saunas. A recent finding also shows that saunas promote a natural hormone called HGH (human growth hormone), which is vital for maintaining healthy tissue, organs and muscles which rapidly degenerate with age. Many athletes turn to HGH injections but the weekly use of a sauna (combined with exercise) is just as good and ensures optimum overall health and muscle strength.
Improved skin appearance
Due to the level of sweating experienced, saunas can increase blood circulation as blood is forced closer to the skin surface, brightening your complexion by releasing bacteria and oil and in turn creating a youthful glow. Skin conditions such as cellulite can also be reduced through regular use of a sauna. Dead skin cells are removed and the presence of acne and blackheads is reduced with regular use of a sauna.
The significant boost in growth hormone levels post sauna bring a variety of anti-aging benefits too.
Healthy immune system
Another top health benefit of a sauna is the support of a healthy immune system. As many people lead sedentary lives in office jobs they don’t sweat as much as they should to remove toxins from the body, when your body is exposed to the steam of a sauna, white blood cells are produced at a more rapid rate, which assist in the protection of the body against illness. Harmful substances are driven out of the body through the detoxification process. Each day we are unknowingly exposing our body to chemicals contained in cleaning and beauty products, which are absorbed through the skin and build up within the body.
Heavy metals can also be present in the body largely from the consumption of modern day refined foods and often cannot be eliminated through the body through our natural detoxification system without assistance. Without proper detoxification, the buildup of these heavy metals can be harmful to your health and place great pressure on your body’s natural immune function. Over time, the presence of heavy metals within the body can lead to more serious illnesses such as cancer.
Out of all the research carried out on the health benefits of a sauna, stress relief comes out as the number one benefit. Endorphins or the “feel good drug” that are naturally produced by the central nervous system and released when your body heat is raised in a sauna.
Saunas are also found to improve psychological states by releasing stress, deeply relaxing muscles and removing tension which can be unknowingly stored in various regions in the body. Sleep quality has also been found to be improved due to the calming effects of a sauna and has even been recommended with success by general practitioners to patients who suffer from insomnia and chronic fatigue.
Detoxification From Heavy Metals, Drugs & Toxins
A study in 2012 showed that sweating from sauna use was very effective at removing harmful heavy metals such as Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury.
In 1979 the controversial founder of the Church Of Scientology released a program called The Purification Program that involved daily sauna use of around 4-5 hrs (with breaks to cool down every 10-20 minutes). It has been practised thousands of times with many medical professionals recommending it to help drug addicts and chronic disease sufferers to purify both their mind and body to overcome their issue.
Niacin – The Supreme Detox Enhancer
L Ron Hubbard was a big advocate of Niacin (Vitamin B3) supplementation during sauna use to enhance the detoxification process. A starting dose of 100mg is ramped up to 1000 – 5000mg towards the end of the program,
In more recent times Dr David Roo and Dr George Yu have used niacin and saunas to help detox war veterans from Agent Orange toxicity and 9/11 fighters from toxic debris.
The way niacin works is by mobilizing fat cells to release toxins into the blood where they can be removed by the body. A dose of around 100mg may cause in most people an effect known as the ‘niacin flush’. This happens because certain doses of niacin causes your blood vessels to dilate and creates a sensation of warmth. This is a sign the detoxification effect of niacin is at its peak and will be most effective. At higher doses however the flushing effects will actually fade away.
Niacin has also been shown in many studies to be more effective at raising HDL and lowering LDL than any prescribed drug. It can also help with a variety of issues from high blood pressure to skin/acne issues and even depression and psychiatric illness.