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Sweating is a critical human detox function, yet in our modern society most people don’t sweat regularly or enough. And the short-duration optimized exercise offered at Biohacker Studio doesn’t typically build up a good sweat. Your body’s skin is very effective at eliminating toxins, but it only if we make the body sweat.
At Biohacker Studio we have selected a low EMF, full-spectrum, infrared sauna. But why infrared instead of a traditional “dry sauna’? Traditional dry saunas generate radiant heat from heating elements to warm the air. When you enter, the air warms your body. In contrast, an infrared sauna uses light to generate heat so it heats your body without significantly warming the air in the sauna. Additionally, the light waves from the infrared sauna penetrate deep into your body which allows greater activation of your sweat glands compared to dry sauna. The result is as much or more sweat but with less discomfort.
“If you analyze the peer-reviewed data, full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy would be a multibillion drug if it came in a pill. The ability to heal endothelium and improve symptoms and prognosis for congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease is remarkable.”
Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna
1. Muscular Recovery
Several studies have shown that growth hormone is crucial for repair and recovery of muscles. Research has shown that spending time in a sauna induces increases in the secretion of hormones, including growth hormone. In fact, repeated sauna use has shown an increase in serum growth hormone of up-to 16 times.
To further boost recovery, spending time in a sauna increases blood flow to your skeletal muscles. The increased blood flow increases glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, and oxygen, while simultaneously removing by-products of exertion such as lactic acid.
3. Cardiovascular Performance & Heart Health
Using a sauna can increase your oxygen consumption and red blood cell production which improves overall cardiovascular performance. In a study at the University of Otago in New Zealand, they found that spending half an hour in a sauna after each training session for three week period resulted in increased endurance for up to 30% longer.
Spending time in a sauna can help with more than just performance. In a 20 year observational study, researchers tracked 2,315 men aged between 42 and 60 years and found that time spent in a sauna was directly correlated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death & fatal coronary heart disease. In fact, the study showed that participants who had two or three sauna sessions per week had a 22% lower chance of suffering sudden cardiac death.
2. Fat Loss
If one of your goals is to improve body composition through fat loss then our exercise equipment is not the only reason to visit Biohacker Studio. The heat shock proteins generated with sauna conditioning has been shown to promote muscle growth and fat loss by decreasing muscle protein catabolism and improving insulin sensitivity.
Results included a 31% decrease in insulin levels and a significant reduction in blood glucose levels.
The skin is not only your largest organ, it is also a powerful tool for detoxification. As someone interested in optimizing performance, you probably already try to avoid environmental toxins as much as possible, but no matter how “clean” you live your life, you probably have some level of toxins built-up in your body. The deep penetrating heat in an infrared sauna stimulates metabolic activity which in turn triggers the release of stored toxins through sweat, as well as through the liver and kidneys.
Increasing the thermal load on the body, like in a sauna, activates heat loss mechanisms including increased circulation throughout the skin and sweating. Studies have shown that maximal sweating occurs within 15 minutes and the fluid loss may be as high as 2 liters per hour in a person who regularly sweats eliminating compounds such as PCBs, metals, and other toxins stored in fat cells.