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Saunas have long been known for their powers in flushing out and detoxing our bodies. But what is commonly overlooked is the relationship between the therapeutic benefits of an infrared sauna and how vital infrared technology can be in restoring a sense of balance to our overworked hormone system. 

Infrared saunas have recently been promoted and recognised for their lower and far more comfortable temperatures than steam saunas and for creating an environment that promotes rapid healing in our bodies. Within this article, we’re going to discuss the relationship between infrared sauna therapy and hormone balancing.

The Relationship Between Infrared Sauna & Hormone Balance

Infrared technology generates heat through a light that deeply penetrates your skin tissue and raises your core body temperature from within. Infrared heat effectively harnesses the naturally occurring heat of our sun without harmful UV rays. This heat helps the body release toxins that can help balance our bodies hormone levels. To further understand how infrared saunas help to balance hormones, let’s start with the basics:

How does your hormone system work?

Your Endocrine system is a set of glands and organs that produce and maintain hormones in your body for proper function at all stages throughout your life. These glands secrete hormones into your bloodstream and send indications to your body tissue to guide them on how to react. The endocrine system affects every organ and cell in your body, so it is paramount to maintain a healthy endocrine system. 

Hormones have countless functions within our bodies and are incredibly prone to fluctuations in their levels. When this delicate balance is altered, it can cause all sorts of health problems. If you have had issues with digestion, libido, skin issues, restlessness, appetite, anxiety, fatigue, or headaches, these can all be traced back to hormone imbalances that can be rebalanced through the use of infrared saunas. 

How hormones impacts the body

Rimba’s Infrared Sauna studio has been set up to be beneficial towards balancing your hormones. An infrared sauna session reduces inflammation around these essential glands within your endocrine system, supports detoxification, and increases your overall blood flow that nourishes the vital glands throughout your endocrine system. 

How do hormones impact me?

Let’s now break down the different ways we’re impacted by hormones and how working in infrared sauna therapy can help to balance these hormonal impacts.

Hormones play a significant role in how the body operates physically and chemically and affect significant bodily functions such as:

1. Menstrual Cramps

Perhaps the most common effect of hormone imbalances in women is the pains associated with menstrual cramps. Besides the obvious benefits from the warmth given off by the infrared light, the overall impact of this heat relieving your muscles is beneficial, as the sweat expelled from your body includes excess water and salt that frequently is retained during periods. Time in the infrared sauna balances endorphin, making you feel better and providing an organic pain killer when released. 

2. Weight Management 

Did you know that hormones are responsible for how your body’s weight functions? These hormones tell your body that it is working hard and to start to cool itself down, which in tur, burns calories without getting on any exercise gear. A 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories, which comes from increased heart rate and blood flow ferrying these hormones around your body.

Infrared sauna therapy may also function as a kind of appetite, thereby weight balancer by increasing ghrelin. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone and, when out of balance, can make you increase your appetite and lead you to consume more than your body needs, leading to weight issues. Keeping this hormone in balance through infrared saunas is crucial in managing healthy body weight. 

3. Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Melatonin is a hormone released by the pineal gland and controls your sleep patterns. These levels increase at night-time, which makes you feel sleepy. Sleep is vital for physical and mental health, and any decrease can impact mental capacities. Our modern lives are increasingly invading our time to experience deep, healthy sleep. Our sleeping patterns result from an intricate biological and chemical process and require several factors to co-occur for the body to fall into a deep sleep.

The nature of the light emitted from Rimba Sweat’s infrared sauna provides the catalyst for the several necessary chemical reactions in the body to enrich your sleep quality. Regular sessions will relax your central nervous system and encourage the essential neurotransmitters responsible for melatonin production to make sure you are getting the most out of every night’s sleep. 

4. Muscle Strength 

Infrared sauna therapy benefits muscle-building too! Exposure to this light triggers the release of muscle growth hormones, and this conditioning is incredibly effective for muscle development. Simply adding an infrared sauna session after your heavy workout is a fantastic way of increasing your body’s natural ability to promote muscle growth. Human growth hormones function precisely as their name suggests. We all have plenty within us that helps us grow and heal damaged tissue within our body when appropriately balanced. As we age naturally, our body produces less of this beneficial hormone, so using infrared saunas can aid in this process as we grow older. 

5. Clearer Skin

The short wavelengths of infrared light can pierce deeper tissues of your skin and remove toxins like dead cells, oils, dirt, and other bacteria. Rimba Sweat’s Infrared sauna therapy expands your blood vessels, which increases circulation throughout the body. This increase in circulation delivers more of these vital hormones to your skin. Our skin relies heavily on the healthy passage of hormones and nutrients to form collagen that keeps our skin firm and clean. Our infrared sauna keeps a sensitive hormone balance that is an effortless way to keep your skin glowing and reduce wrinkles. 

6. Stress Levels

Relaxation is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And whilst some stress in our day-to-day lives is unavoidable, it is essential to find ideas that can help mitigate the harmful effects of stress. Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. When this is out of balance, it can affect relaxation and cause more serious chronic health problems down the line, such as insomnia and heart disease. Keeping this level balanced is vital in improving overall health and future health. 

The heat generated within an Infrared Sauna maintains a healthy cortisol balance. Cortisol balance is involved in many processes within your body, such as metabolism, immune system and how your body reacts to stress. The heat emitted in an Infrared Sauna also aids in soothing your muscles by relieving tension and lowering abnormal cortisol levels to keep you calm and focused. 

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Discover the infrared sauna hormone balance relationship

At Rimba Sweat, we take managing your natural hormonal balance seriously. We are dedicated to restoring well-being in our clients’ minds, bodies, and spirits through state-of-the-art infrared technology. This oasis nestled in the heart of the Northern Beaches will provide you with a sense of balance like no other, and frequent sessions with Rimba will prove massive improvements in mental and physical well-being. 

To book in with Rimba, one of the top infrared saunas in Sydney, contact us via our website or give us a call on (02) 8959 0672. We offer both standard or larger sauna rooms so that you can experience these benefits on your own or with a friend.