How Sauna Use Can Help Speed Up Your Metabolism
By guest contributor, Sandra Feldman
We’ve all read about the bountiful benefits you can reap from regular sauna use. It’s even gone so far that celebrities are now actively professing their love for the new infrared sauna technologies and how they are managing to maintain their youthful exuberance and appearance because of a daily sauna session.
Although, this method of attempting to speed up our metabolism and keeping us looking youthful doesn’t come without its fair share of naysayers. That said; studies have gone as far as to justify infrared saunas and their many benefits through vigorous testing over the years.
If you’re unsure of what metabolism is or how in fact you can affect it, here is a pretty clear definition for you: “Metabolism is the chemical process your body goes through to convert the food you eat into energy for every part of your body to function. The more energy your body needs to maintain basic bodily functions, the higher your metabolism; conversely, the less energy your body needs, the lower your metabolism,” according to the reputable wellness blog, Intent.
So, how do infrared saunas help speed up our metabolism?
Weight Loss Resources suggests that using a sauna for around 15-20 minutes at a time can “boost your metabolism by about 20%.” Basically, by going in a sauna it makes your body deep sweat, which in turn “increases your energy output and raises metabolism.” Thus, it’s as if you’re putting your body through a rigorous workout because of the elevated heat levels present in the sauna.
When you deep sweat this will also help the body burn calories, get rid of unwanted toxins from the skin’s pores, help relax fatigued muscles, increase the flow of blood around the body, and provide a calming environment for you to relax in.
Live Strong states that through the deep sweating the body burns more fat and will aid in weight loss, if you supplement it with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet. Although, this doesn’t mean the weight loss will be quick because essentially you are sweating out the water from your body, which will be replaced when you rehydrate. More importantly, it will give you an additional way to help you organically improve your metabolism instead of looking for quick diet fixes. Although, it will help to condition your body and improve your lung capacity and has been proven to increase user’s cardiovascular performance, which lends to improving metabolism.
One of the interesting developments in the sauna industry over the last couple of years is the availability and affordability of home saunas. Saunas give users a relaxing environment to decompress, people no longer have to head to gyms or spas to unwind in infrared saunas and reap the many benefits. The 3-person corner sauna kit from Celebration Saunas is just one example of how families across the world can relax together in the comfort of their own homes while improving their metabolism and complexion of their skin. Sauna kits are generally easy to put together and come with thorough manuals, providing step-by-step instructions on assembly and maintenance.
Whatever the reason you choose to use a sauna, one thing is for sure, they have vast health benefits and they could just be the perfect remedy to improve your metabolism as well.
By guest contributor, Sandra Feldman
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