For thousands of years, many cultures have bathed in heat to purify, cleanse, and heal. This health-giving tradition is practiced in the banyas of Russia, the sweat lodges of the American Indians, and, most famously, the saunas of Finland.
A dramatic new long-term study in JAMA Internal Medicine tracked 2,300 middle-aged Finnish men for 20 years. The men who had four to seven sauna sessions a week had a 63% lower risk of sudden cardiac death, 50% lower risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) death, 48% lower risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) death and were 40% less likely to die from all causes. The sauna also extended the life of participants with other illnesses, including cancer.
This is tremendously exciting health news. But it turns out, it’s just the very tip of the iceberg. I found that there is a huge body of recent research on the new, ancient health secret of taking a sauna. Awed by this exciting research on how saunas impact almost every area of human health, I searched to find the most effective, powerful, cost effective sauna.
I had been interested in saunas for many years, but as I’m sure you know, most are bulky, expensive cabinets costing around $5-6000. And how do you judge which is the most effective? So when a colleague recommended a compact, portable sauna called the Relax Sauna, I decided to try it. The concept is simple and brilliant. Put the most powerful Far Infrared sauna technology in a small, portable package, so you get the maximum benefits of Far Infrared (more on this a little later) but don’t have to pay for the big, expensive wood and glass cabinet. The Relax Sauna only costs $1300, and it folds into an 18 pound package, which takes about 5 minutes to set up. You sit on a comfortable chair in a kind of tent, with your head out of the tent. Turn it on, and in about a minute and a half it is wonderfully warm. Immediately you feel an intense relaxation from the penetrating rays of the Far Infrared light. It is so soothing and calming, like a kind of meditation. In only ten or fifteen minutes you start to sweat, and soon the sweat is pouring off you like raindrops, carrying away hidden viruses, bacteria, chemicals, molds, and heavy metals. Afterwards, you feel refreshed, reinvigorated, revitalized, relaxed, centered… and at peace. It is profound – so profound that I knew instantly that they were hundreds of body processes that had been optimized and healed within me. In fact, I was completely right – and the research shows it (although I believe there will be a lot more to come). Here is a summary of some of the major research. Read it, and I think you will understand why I believe that the Relax Sauna is one of the most important health devices that you could have in your home today.
The skin is a major detoxification organ, and sweating through the skin is a critical human detox function, yet most people don’t sweat regularly or enough. The Relax Sauna emits a powerful 1500 watts of 95% pure Far Infrared light. The Far Infrared light penetrates your body much more deeply than near infrared, or a regular steam sauna. It will make you sweat more deeply, heavily, and quickly, purifying the body from the inside out. It eliminates compounds such as PCB’s, heavy metals and chemical toxins that are stored in fat cells, which break apart and release toxins when exposed to far infrared heat.
Saunas have extraordinary effects on the brain. They increase the storage and release of norepinephrine, improving attention and focus. They increase prolactin, which causes your brain to function faster by enhancing myelination and helps to repair damaged neurons. The sauna will increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), causing the growth of new brain cells, allowing you to retain new information, and soothing depression and anxiety. Saunas also create a significant increase in dynorphin, which makes your body more sensitive to euphoria-producing endorphins afterwards.
The same study in Finland also revealed that frequent sauna use greatly reduced the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Men who used the sauna two to three times per week had a 66 percent lower risk of developing dementia and a 65 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, compared to men who used the sauna only one time per week. And, men who used the sauna four to seven times per week were 77 percent less likely to develop psychotic disorders, regardless of the men’s dietary habits, socioeconomic status, physical activity, and inflammatory status (as measured by C-reactive protein).
Growth hormone is crucial for repair and recovery of muscles, and research has shown that two 20-minute sauna sessions separated by a 30-minute cooling period elevated growth hormone levels two-fold over baseline. Two 15-minute sauna sessions at an even warmer temperature separated by a 30-minute cooling period resulted in a five-fold increase in growth hormone.
Perhaps even more exciting is that two one-hour sauna sessions for 7 days has been shown to increase growth hormone by 16-fold! Plus, when hyperthermia and exercise are combined (by exercising before your sauna), they induce a synergistic increase in growth hormone.
One study demonstrated that saunas relieve pain and increase mobility through an increase in anti-inflammatory compounds such as noradrenaline, adrenaline, cortisol and growth hormones, as well as natural pain-killing endorphins. More than 50% of participants reported temporary relief of pain and an increase in mobility.
Sauna conditioning promotes muscle growth and fat loss by improving insulin sensitivity and decreasing muscle protein catabolism. Intermittent hyperthermia has been shown to reduce insulin resistance in obese mice, and in one study insulin resistant diabetic mice were subjected to 30 minutes of heat treatment, three times a week for twelve weeks. The results were a 31% decrease in insulin levels and a significant reduction in blood glucose levels, both of which can contribute to an increase in muscle growth and an increase in weight control and fat loss.
Another study demonstrated that a 30-minute intermittent hyperthermic treatment can cause a significant expression of something called heat shock proteins in muscle, which is correlated with 30% more muscle regrowth than a control group during seven days subsequent to a week of immobilization.
The Journal of Human Kinetics recently demonstrated that sauna use stimulates the immune system.
After the sauna session, an increased number of white blood cells, lymphocyte, neutrophil and basophil counts were reported in the white blood cell profile (and interestingly, a greater benefit to the immune system was shown in the athletes vs. the untrained subjects, indicating that an excellent combination for your immune system is exercise and sauna use). German sauna medical research also shows that saunas are able to significantly reduce the incidences of colds and influenza, and both Finnish and German studies show that regular sauna bathing leads to a 30% less chance of getting a cold and influenza.
Researchers have found that a sauna can help provide a deeper, more relaxed sleep, as well as relief of chronic tension, and relief of chronic fatigue issues, most likely due to a release of endorphins from the sauna. As endorphins are released into your body, they create a soothing, tranquilizing effect that can not only help to minimize chronic pain caused by arthritis and other muscle soreness, but also help with relaxation and sleep. For an even more enhanced effect, try deep nasal breathing while you’re in there, and a cold shower afterwards (it will actually feel good!) The Relax Sauna has a special edge in this department. Its 95% pure far infrared light is much more deeply relaxing than other far infrared saunas that are only 30% far infrared.
Research has shown that 30 minutes of sauna treatment after exercise can cause an increase in oxygen consumption and red blood cell production similar to a performance-enhancing drug. In the high temperatures of an infrared sauna, your skin heats up and core body temperature rises. In response to these increased heat levels, the blood vessels near your skin dilate and cause an increase in cardiac output. This causes your heart rate to shoot up from 60-70bpm (beats per minute) to as high as over 150bpm in the sauna.
Many research studies have shown that hyperthermia conditioning with a sauna can prevent protein degradation and muscle loss by triggering the production of heat shock proteins (HSPs), which are then used by your cells to counteract potentially harmful stimulus, including environmental stress from pollutants, toxins, heat, cold, exercise stress and more.
Whenever a cell is exposed to an unfriendly environment, your DNA “separates” in specific regions and begins to read the genetic code to produce new stress proteins, including these HSPs. What this means is that exposure to sauna heat can induce a hormetic response (a protective stress response), for stress resistance, prevention of free radical damage, support of cellular antioxidant capacity and repair of damaged proteins.
For a limited time, I am inviting you to come try the Relax Sauna for free. We will give you a full hour to experience for yourself the intense relaxation and rejuvenation that the Relax Sauna provides. After that, we will offer sauna treatments for a minimal cost, and you can order th sauna through us for $1300, with delivery in a few days. I’ve tried many saunas, and this one is truly the most powerful sauna I have ever experienced – and it is in a compact, portable, affordable package.
Give it a try!