Posted on 23 March 2022

Immune systems hacks for 2022

We know you want to do everything you can to stay healthy and well. You already manage your diet, your fitness and activity levels, your water intake, your mental health. But what about the benefits of adding regular infrared sauna use to your wellness routine? 

Its natural preventative properties help support your health and wellbeing goals with benefits for circulation, weight loss, sleep, stress relief, temporary pain relief, and that all important immunity. Here are three ways an infrared sauna can strengthen your immune system.

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1. Infrared saunas safely increase your core body temperature

Your body has an in-built natural defence system. When it senses it's under attack during a fever or infection, body temperatures rise, sending a signal to white blood cells and the body’s antiviral army of lymphocytes, neutrophils and interferons to come to the rescue (Tomiyama et al., 2015). 

Raising body temperature above normal for therapeutic treatment is called ‘hyperthermia’ and it can be done safely using infrared light to penetrate to the cellular level, clinically proven to raise core body temperature safely by three degrees farenheit. This increase in your core body temperature creates a ‘false fever’ effect, stimulating circulation and triggering the body's antiviral response to ward off viruses and infections. With several studies showing that people who regularly used infrared saunas had significantly fewer episodes of common colds than those who did not, it might be your best kept immunity secret this year (Ernst et al.).  

 

“Particularly important during cold and flu season, infrared saunas increase core temperature and activate Heat Shock Proteins to help with the antiviral effect. We have 'tuned' the dose to ensure that the body is receiving the maximum amount of infrared and, therefore, the maximum amount of benefit.” - Connie Zack, Co-Owner Sunlighten

 

2. Creating opportunities to build resilience through hormesis

Our bodies use a process called ‘hormesis’ to make us stronger. It’s a two-phase response our bodies have to certain stressors, like exercise or fasting, heat or cold, where a little bit of strain creates strength or resilience. And its benefits affect overall wellness, heart health, and our immune systems, giving them the extra boost they need.

When our ancestors were less insulated from the environment, their bodies naturally responded to the challenges. Modern life, however, requires us to recreate those opportunities to induce hormesis, and regular infrared sauna use is the most efficient and effective way to do that. Help your body stay strong and healthy by harnessing the natural health benefits of regular infrared sauna sessions through hormesis.

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3.  Reducing stress by taking time out for yourself

According to The Wellness Institute, having dedicated ‘sacred spaces’ for relaxation and contemplation have the ability to uplift us emotionally, maximise our cognitive performance and allow us the space to let go of the everyday stressors that compromise our immunity. 

Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, Sunlighten infrared saunas have been designed for the utmost in comfort to deliver greater relaxation and stress reduction. Infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and benefits our tired immune systems. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep-tissue-sweat, leaving you fully refreshed and healthier after each session. Is it time you unlocked the regenerative and long-lasting effects of heat and light therapy to nourish your body and soul? 

To learn more about the benefits of Sunlighten’s infrared sauna for your health and wellbeing, visit our website or enjoy a range of articles on immunity on the Sunlighten blog

 

 

 

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