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Ignite your Health with an Infrared Sauna!

December 4, 2023 in Podcast


This week I discuss the benefits of using an infrared sauna!  I have been using one over the last few years and find it's very helpful for creating quality sleep. I thought I would touch on some the main health benefits for using a sauna:

  • The passive cardio activity started by a sauna session stimulates circulation similar to exercise, giving you one more tool to help your body be active without the physical demands of exercise.
  • The infrared wavelengths can penetrate the skin's surface, releasing toxins trapped within. Sweating is a critical component of the body's detoxification process, and infrared saunas can expedite this process.
  • Studies have shown that use of infrared saunas helps people with arthritis, joint pain, and muscle soreness. Infrared wavelengths penetrate the skin, increase circulation, and bring more oxygen and nutrients to the area, reducing inflammation, easing pain and providing relief.
  • Regular use of the infrared sauna helps in lowering blood pressure, which is a proven risk factor for heart disease. An infrared sauna also helps in reducing stress and improves blood vessel function, all factors relevant for improved heart health.
  • Lastly, the warmth of the infrared sauna helps to relax the body's muscles, reducing the physical tension that accompanies stress. Studies have shown that regular use of infrared saunas helps to reduce stress levels in the body, improve the body's immune response, and help regulate hormone imbalances.
Using an infrared sauna is an excellent way to maintain your physical and mental health. The benefits they have are countless and range from pain relief, improved heart health, detoxification, stress reduction, and better sleep!

Infrared Sauna (this is the one I use (no affiliation) and here are numerous studies I referenced):


Brian (1s):

Hello and welcome to the GETLEAN and Eat Clean podcast. My name is Brian Gryn. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author, and this podcast is for middle aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All, right Welcome to the Get Lean Eat Clean podcast. My name is Brian Brent. I hope you had a great weekend. Hopefully had a nice Thanksgiving, spent some time with some family or friends and now we're back at it.

Brian (44s):

It's Tuesday and so happy Tuesday and hopefully I had a chance to listen to my interview, which was a rebroadcast with Dr. Ben Beekman. I think it's important every once in a while to have these rebroadcasts of these interviews because they sort of get lost by the wayside sometimes, or you listen to them once or you don't listen to the whole thing. And, you know, Dr. Ben Beekman has been in the health industry for a long time and been studying mainly insulin and just recently, probably over the last couple years, came out with a book called Why We Get Sick. So definitely recommend that. But we touched on all about the importance of controlling insulin, how to break a fast.

Brian (1m 29s):

We talked about how chicken is, you know, could be potentially harmful and much, much more. So if you haven't already, definitely check out my interview with Dr. Ben Beekman. That's episode 3 0 8. Now on today's micro podcast, I wanted to get into, you know, something that I've been doing over the last few years, and that is infrared saunas and sort of give you the benefits. I'll put a a link in the show notes for, there's a lot of different studies that have been done more and more recently on infrared saunas, but I try to find things that are, make the biggest impact.

Brian (2m 12s):

And, you know, obviously I'm not gonna s promote everyone to go out and get it infra end Sauna. There's more and more companies coming out with ones that are affordable and that hopefully can fit in a space that works well for your house. If not, you know, there's areas locally that you can go to hopefully as well from time to time. And I'm just gonna hit on some of the, the, the pros of using an Infrared Sauna because one of the big things that I have found from using 'em is sleep, actually helping me with sleep. I've, I've, I've been a decent sleeper for the most part, but what I, I do find, I don't go into every day, but the days I do go in it, gosh, I feel like I get better rem sleep, more deep sleep.

Brian (2m 55s):

And so, you know, that sort of prompted me to, to talk about it because as I, as you research infrared saunas even more, they've been linked to helping with, you know, high blood pressure, stress, insomnia, anxiety and much, much more. One of the interesting points that I think comes up quite a bit when you start researching infrared saunas is sort of this passive cardio activity that, that gets talked about where it's almost ti going in the sauna is stimulating the circulation system just like similar to exercise. Now I'm not saying that this is gonna replace exercise But, it sort of gives you one more tool to help you, your body to be active without actually the physical demands of exercise.

Brian (3m 38s):

So if you are maybe injured or you know, you can't, you know, do certain things or you just wanna mix it up, there's this mimicking effect that you can get from being in the sauna. The same thing as if you were gonna do some exercise may be a a, a long run or, or some type of maybe, you know, stressful yet, you know, not necessarily like, it's not like gonna mimic Resistance training, but it'll mimic some type of cardiovascular endurance training. So I thought that was interesting. And then some of the other things that I'm sure maybe you've already known about, you know, going in saunas is the fact that, you know, you're creating this detoxification because obviously one of your biggest glands in the body is your skin.

Brian (4m 25s):

And if the infrared wavelengths, what happens is they penetrate the skin surface and then you release toxins trapped within and you, they're, you're releasing these tox toxins through sweat. Something that I don't do enough of, probably I'm not the biggest sweater I've never been even when I exercise. So this is sort of a critical component of your body's s detoxification process and infrared saunas can sort of help expedite this process. And so that's part of the reason why I like going in there because I'm, I don't sweat doing a lot of things. I do do hot yoga from time to time, so do get a sweat from that. But there's been, you know, linked, like I was pulling up studies as far as Sweating was concerned, concerned, and there's been systematic reviews seeing that individuals had arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in their sweat.

Brian (5m 17s):

And I'll put a link in the show notes for the company that I got my sauna from. And I, I'm not, I'm not affiliated with them at all, but they do a lot, there's a lot of studies and science articles that they have anything from detoxification all the way to like pain research and Alzheimer's. It's pretty interesting. I'm not gonna be able to touch on all that today. I just figured I'd hit on some of the highlights. Another one that came up was heart health. And this is, you know, big because as sauna helps reduce, can help reduce stress and improve blood vessel function. And so all these are all factors that are relevant for improved heart health. So that was one that I thought would be fairly relevant also to stress reduction obviously is a big one.

Brian (6m 1s):

I do find going in the sauna is sort of just this, it's like, it it, I don't, you can't even explain it. You just, it's like this peaceful environment. I'm sure you've all experienced that if you've gone in 'em, but studies have shown that regular use of infrared saunas can help reduce stress levels in the body, improve body's immune response and even help regular hormonal imbalances. So stress reduction is a big one. And then from there, like I mentioned already, but improve sleep. you know, I think, you know, like I said, I think if you focus on stress reduction and improving sleep, a lot of the other pillars of health can fall into place. And so something like a sauna from time to time can help do that. 'cause you know, everyone is living hectic lifestyles.

Brian (6m 44s):

And you know, the issues of as you get older of not sleeping well is something that I find that comes up a lot with, you know, clients and even, you know, I sleep pretty well, but you can always improve it, right? It's like anything else and it's been, excuse me, it's been linked to helping individuals fall asleep faster and stay asleep for extended periods of time. So the heat from the sauna can help calm the mind, relax the body, and can, can definitely promote better sleep quality. So those are the main ones that stuck out was, and, and also too there's, you know, obviously increased circulation, reducing inflammation and other big ones.

Brian (7m 24s):

So even some pain relief from muscle soreness and things like that also are linked to infrared saunas and saunas in general. So I think an infrared saunas an excellent way to, you know, help. One, only one cool benefit like I mentioned before is mimic sort of that cardiovascular stress that gets put on by the body from exercise. So even if you're injured and you wanna get, you know, a sweat and this would be a great way to do it, but, you know, improve mood, reduce the risk of chronic disease, you know, it's just a whole bundle of things to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Brian (8m 5s):

And so I always like doing certain things that can sort of hit this cascade of effects that are positive for you. And I think doing some type of sauna use can go that way. So if you have a little extra room in the house, maybe look into it. If not, maybe find a place that you can go to maybe one or twice, once or twice a week at the, at a minimum. And I really think that, you know, the health benefits of an Infrared Sauna can really, you know, help improve, like I mentioned, sleep, stress, pain relief, detoxification, and, and really sort of create this cascade of effects that I think go a long way. So that's what I wanna touch on today. I'll definitely put a link in the show notes.

Brian (8m 46s):

My, my particular sauna that I I purchased was called the Infrared Sauna. That's the name of it. And I'll put it's, I'll put a link in the show notes for that and all the, all the research that's been done around it. And if you have any questions, feel free to email me. If you're loving these micro Podcasts and these interviews, feel free to leave a review. We'll love it. And if you're looking for some guidance to check out my Stepladder system book, you can go on my website, Brian Gryn dot com or just go to Stepladder system.com as well. So that's all I wanted to touch on today. Have a healthy, great day, and I will talk to you on Friday with another great interview. Thanks so much for listening.

Brian (9m 26s):

Thanks for listening to the GETLEAN e Clean podcast. I understand there are millions of other Podcasts out there and you've chosen to listen to mine and I appreciate that. Check out the show notes@briangrin.com for everything that was mentioned in this episode. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast and share it with a friend or family member that's looking to get their body back to what it once was. Thanks again and have a great day.

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