5 Benefits of Infrared Saunas For That Time of the Month

If you’re anything like me, that time of the month brings along with it heaps of cramping, bloating, and fatigue. My body and mind often feel like it’s been hit by a truck by day two. All this internal struggle forced me to seek out therapeutic remedies to ease not only the pain but also elevate my menstrual mindset. *Enter infrared saunas.

I began using infrared saunas in hopes of reaping a multitude of benefits, and quickly realized the positive changes I was experiencing after a session were even more rewarding when experiencing PMS. Below are the benefits of infrared saunas as it directly related to that time of the month.

1. Increased Circulation

Improved circulation is one of the core benefits of infrared saunas as it increases your overall body temperature, thus stimulating blood flow which decreases pain and inflammation while improving muscle recovery. This is imperative for your health especially during your period as the cause of cramping and discomfort stems from muscle contractions as well as constricted blood vessels.

Allowing the blood vessels to properly open and the muscles to relax can also help slow down the amount of prostaglandins your body is producing, which is the hormone that causes cramping and inflammation as a natural healing process/defense mechanism when the initial stages of menstruation are underway.

2. Elimination of Toxins

One of the most natural ways to eliminate toxins is through sweating. Infrared saunas work by heating you up slowly from the inside out, allowing you to eliminate up to seven times more toxins than air-heated saunas. Also, the fact that it heats you up over time also typically allows for longer duration sustained in the actual heating process. During a time when your body is already expelling excess toxins, it’s very beneficial to aid in the elimination of other toxins including heavy metals and sulphates through your time spent in an infrared sauna.

3. Pain Relief

One of the biggest complaints about that time of the month is the amount of pain women are in. Again this pain is caused by cramping, muscle contractions, as well as headaches and migraines due to the changes in hormone levels. Infrared sauna session help alleviate this pain by heating and soothing the muscles of your entire body allowing you to relax while easing the pain of menstruation. It also increases blood flow to allow more concentrated oxygen which creates more energy to heal your body properly.

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4. Skin Clarity

Another annoying side affect from PMS are those unruly breakouts. During that time of the month your skin takes a beating again because of the rising and falling level of hormones in your body. Utilizing an infrared sauna enhances skins tone, elasticity, clarity, and firmness. The expelling of toxins along with the body ability to naturally sweat/open pores also allows for a perfect opportunity to deeply cleanse the face after a warm session.

5. Mental Heath and Cognitive Function

The hormonal imbalances from your period can also take a toll on your mental wellbeing. Rapid buildup and drops in progestin levels can also effect on your serotonin levels in your brain which can lead to anxiety, depression, and general fatigue. Studies have shown that infrared saunas boost euphoric hormones while lowering overall levels of cortisol, your bodies main stress hormone. Infrared light stimulates blood flow in a similar way to a cardio-workout also building the endorphins that are released in the brain.

Where to get your infrared fix: Higher Dose: Multiple locations $60-$80 for 30 and 1-hour sessions.

Written for Kali By: Jordyn Kraemer, @TheBlondeVagabond