It's Getting Hot in here! Everything you need to know about Infrared Saunas.
As gross as you might think sweating is, sweating is as essential to your health as eating and breathing. Sweating accomplishes 3 important things; It rids the body of wastes, regulates critical temperature of the body at 37 degrees (most peoples body temperature is lower than it should be), and it helps keep the skin clean and pliant. Chances are, through not moving enough and the use of antiperspirants, you aren't sweating enough and it's doing you damage. Our infrared sauna is a safe way for you to sweat more to detox your body - there are a few other benefits to boot!
1. Detoxing: To be healthy, you need to eliminate 1/3rd of the total quantity of urea and acids through your skin. Sweating is the ultimate way to regulate the acido-basic imbalances by eliminating harmful waste products through perspiration. It’s especially useful when your renal and pulmonary functions are ineffective at eliminating waste. It’s simple: if you don’t sweat, your body is going to become more toxic and you’ll get sick. 2. Recovery: When you’ve had a work out, or when you’re ill, it’s important that your body be able to eliminate toxins and lactic acid. For you gym rats, getting rid of lactic acid is vital if you want to get up and go again tomorrow. Having a rest day doesn’t mean not sweating; and sweating on your rest day could be the difference between being able to work out with your full strength tomorrow, and feeling a bit average. 3. Sleep: A Survey was conducted among a great number of sauna users. They all said their sleeping patterns have improved, their sleep became more recovering, longer and calmer, without the use of sleeping pills. 4. Stress Reduction: The first effect that can be felt after a sauna session is complete relaxation, both physical and intellectual. This relaxation is directly linked to the quality of the dry heat, which forces the body to maximise its physical and chemical means of thermo regulation. 5. Weight Loss: Depending on how much you perspire you can lose 300-1,500 grams per infrared sauna. Part of this weight loss is restored by water absorption between sauna sessions, however, regular infrared sauna use helps people lose weight and maintain it.
5 tips when using an infrared sauna
So you’ve booked your sauna in at Fiona Maree Clinic in Crows Nest, and now you want to know how to make the best use of your 30-45 minutes sweat bathing (grossest term, ever). From the day you head in for a sweat fest, to what you do in there, to knowing when is the wrong time to have an infrared sauna, we have you covered.
1. Use on a rest day: The sauna is meant to be a healing, relaxing experience, so those of you hitting the gym and exercising regularly should try to use the sauna on your rest day to help those muscles heal and let that body wind down properly to prep you for tomorrows clang and bang or pavement pounding.
2. Switch off: it’s tempting to try to use the time you’re sitting in the sauna to do some work emails, or to catch up on your social profiles, or read a book (shakes fist at husband) but this 30-45 minutes is supposed to be about you. Leave everything except your swimmers and towels outside of the sauna. Sit back, put your feet up if you can, close your eyes, and get reacquainted with what it is to just be still and quiet in the moment.
3. Rehydrate: You’re soaked in sweat, runnels of it dribbling down your arms and torso and legs. That’a lot of water you need to replace. Traditionally after a sauna you should have a fruit juice, mineral water (no ice), or a coconut water to replenish electrolytes and a bit of sugar to the body. Coconut water is the perfect post sauna drink.
4. Get to bed early: Hit the hay early. Get plenty of sleep after your infrared sauna to give your body and mind the longest possible time to heal. Personally, I love a sauna on a Saturday as it sets me up nicely for a weekend of fun and to be switched on in the coming week.
5. When not to use a sauna: avoid the infrared sauna immediately after a meal, while you have alcohol in your system, when you are pregnant, or if you have pneumonia or acute respiratory disease. Some people can feel claustrophobic in infrared saunas, but as they generally have glass windows, most people are okay.