5 HOT Benefits of Using a Sauna

We’ve all heard how sauna usage is beneficial to our health and most associate it with detoxing, which is true, but there are four other amazing benefits to using our Cocoon Infrared Sauna Pod. Sauna's promote heat stress to the body which helps to improve fitness and build a generalized physiological tolerance to stress through heat acclimation (hyperthermic conditioning).

Check out the 5 hottest sauna benefits: 

  1. Increase Blood Flow
    Blood vessels enlarge when your body temperature rises, allowing increased delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. After particularly vigorous exercise, try to get 15-30 minutes in the sauna or steam room to reap the benefits of this increased nutrient and oxygen delivery to your muscles. The increased blood flow allows an acceleration of tissue repair post workout. The faster you heal the better you feel and more able you are to take your next workout to a higher level.

  2. Increase Metabolism and Physical Endurance
    Increase the temperature and you will increase your metabolism, which is simply how quickly your body burns calories, due to this heat. Your body works harder to try and keep itself cool, thereby burning calories at a higher rate.

  3. Reduce Inflammation
    Exposure to the high heat results in a release of noradrenaline, adrenaline and cortisol, which all have anti-inflammatory properties. This can help in mobility and pain, temporarily relieving stiffness post workout. Many people suffering with arthritis have reported relief after spending time in the sauna.

  4. Detoxifying
    Sweating helps to lower blood pressure by secreting salts, detoxify by expelling toxins through our pores and helps to increase caloric expenditure.

  5. Better Mood
    We are all familiar with the pleasant mood that you feel after going to the sauna or steam room. People report feeling less anxiety, increased relaxation, improved general mood and even increased alertness after trips to the sauna.



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