One of the advantages of a sauna is detoxifying. The use of a sauna is mostly prevalent in communities that believe in health and natural living. Saunas are also known for removal of toxins, weight loss, reduction of cellulite amongst many other uses. However, there is no scientific evidence to the listed benefits of the utilization of a sauna. There are some cases where they purport that the sauna helps in reversing the cellular damage of cellular and assisting in the detox of heavy metals.
Benefits of the heat from a sauna.
Increased endurance: (Hyperthermic conditioning)
The heat from the sauna enhances the volume of the plasma thus increasing the flow of blood to the heart.IN the process the cardiovascular strain is reduced therefore reducing the heart rate if given a greater workload. The cardiovascular improvements are shown to enhance stamina in new and trained athletes.
Natural growth hormone production:
If one is in a sauna for two twenty-four minutes’ sessions at a temperature of eighty-one degrees Celsius with a break of thirty minutes to allow for cooling, the growth hormone to thrive. If one spends less time in the sauna with higher temperatures than previously then the growth hormone is released but not as much as the initial long time spent in the sauna. Thus, the heat from the sauna if exposed to the body for more extended periods of time allows the growth hormone in the body to thrive. The production of the growth hormone continues even after the one leaves that sauna but not for more than twenty-four hours. It is also key to note that if the effect of the heat from that sauna is combined with exercise the effect of the growth hormone is massive and the production of the growth hormone increased.
The heat in the sauna increases blood flow through the bodies skeletal muscles, keeping the body fueled with glucose, oxygen, and esterified fatty acids while at it removing by-products of metabolism e.g. lactic acid. The increased delivery of nutrients to the body is a benefit to the organization by ensuring that the dependence on glycogen stores is reduced.
The hyperthermic effect of a sauna induced a shock to the proteins in the body and the muscles. The shock in proteins in the muscles caused a second growth of the tissue.
Increased insulin sensitivity:
The heat increases a sensitivity of insulin while also decreasing catabolism of protein in the muscle. A reduction in insulin level also leads to a reduction in blood glucose levels and resensitization of the insulin.