9 Youth Enhancements
You can swing kettlebells, meditate, perform tai chi, yoga, supplement with growth and other pro-hormone substances, drink antioxidant rich wheat grass juice—all known to keep us younger longer—but without infrared sauna bathing, you’re missing a super longevity tool. As any youth enhancement, sauna must become part of one’s routine. Regular 20-30 minutes sessions at least 2-3x weekly will do the trick—as the effects are cumulative. Use an infrared sauna, as these mimic the kinds of units used in clinical studies.
Here are 9 top anti-aging effects from INFRARED sauna bathing:
1 INCREASES GROWTH HORMONE. Human growth hormone (hGH) is necessary for muscle and tissue repair, regulates insulin levels and increases adaptive properties. It keeps our bodies hard muscled, lean. A study from the Annals of Clinical Research shows sauna induces changes in the secretion of hormones. The concentration of GH, in particular, secreted from the anterior pituitary is increased in the circulation. Repeated exposures from sauna increased serum GH by 16x.
2 INCREASES NORADRENALINE. Noradrenaline is the hormone that slows down aging and gives us youth. “Noradrenaline is usually the only catecholamine raised by the sauna in people accustomed to it,” say doctors in the Annals of Clinical Research. These findings are confirmed in additional research. Another clinical study measured noradrenaline level increases by up to 310%.
3 STIMULATES HEAT SHOCK PROTEINS. The body releases heat shock proteins (HSPs) when it undergoes stress. This ancient genetic switch senses damaged proteins and protects cells by preventing protein misfolding. Heat shock proteins circulate in the bloodstream, examining other proteins, assessing their stress-related damage. If these proteins are found to be damaged—what some experts call “misfolded”— HSPs attempt to unfold and refold them to restore them to their proper structure. If a protein cannot be repaired, HSPs designate it for destruction and the immune cells then attack it, eliminating a potentially dangerous substance from circulation. Taking infrared saunas induces the body to produce these protein compounds and may be one of the reasons saunas impact almost all aspects of health and longevity.
4 INCREASES PLEASURE COMPOUNDS. Happiness is biochemical. There’s nothing like happiness for living longer. The concentration of feel good messenger chemicals called beta-endorphins in blood increase after taking an infrared sauna and could well reflect the feeling of pleasure or, on the other hand, discomfort induced by the sauna.
5 PAIN RELIEF. Reducing one’s need for toxic pain killers and relieving pain are additional anti-agers. A study reported from Internal Medicine looked at 13 female fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients, who fulfilled the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology for the condition, received infrared therapy once per day for two or five days/week. “All patients experienced a significant reduction in pain by about half after the first session” and the effect “became stable…after 10 treatments.”
6 RAISES ANTIOXIDANTS. Getting hot and sweaty in an infrared sauna raises antioxidants and that can fight heart disease, say Russian scientists. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet and are produced in the body. They stabilize free radical or oxidative processes in the body (likened to rusting, meaning aging) and quench inflammation linked with heart disease.
7 WEIGHT LOSS. Infrared sauna also has been shown to aid weight loss. Masakazu Imamura, MD, reports in the Journal of American College of Cardiology the effects of infrared sauna include weight loss after only two weeks. Some infrared sauna models, such as Sunlighten with Solocarbon® technology, offer weight loss programs by utilizing specific infrared bands.
8 DETOX. The skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ and studies show we eliminate toxic chemicals via perspiration; the body unloads chemical toxins ranging from pesticides to industrial chemicals, street drugs and prescription medications. Getting rid of these tiny poisons helps to unburden the body and betters neurological function for clarity of thought.
9 HEART HEALTH. The February 2015 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine evaluated the cardiovascular effects of sauna bathing by performing a large prospective, multiyear study in male sauna bathers. Long hot sauna baths were associated with fewer deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions (besides other causes).
WHY NOT A GYM SAUNA
Getting these kinds of benefits takes regular sauna bathing, which means finding a home unit since it is impossible to find the right one at a gym. Find a dry infrared sauna with heating technology that delivers surround heat from all areas and seating positions, including use of floating seats, that allows for perfect air flow. The range of far infrared waves generated by the human body is 6 to 20 microns. The optimal micron output range is thought to be between 7 and 14 microns with a good portion of wavelengths at 9.4, the frequency at which a water molecule resonates or vibrates. (It is thought this vibration causes a release of perspiration and cellular toxins such as pesticides, mercury, and even residues of medications and street drugs.)References
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