As the seasons change and the temperature drops, illnesses tend to make their rounds. Colds, flu, and other common ailments are more prevalent this time of year which serves as a reminder to take extra precautions to stay healthy.
As we head into the heart of cold and flu season, you may be taking vitamin C and partaking in other habits to stave off illness. But did you know, a sauna, especially an infrared sauna can be a reliable ally?
Why Saunas are Good for Your Immune System
An infrared sauna provides many of the same benefits as a traditional sauna but with significantly lower humidity levels. This happens because the infrared waves penetrate your body, gradually raising your core temperature first before affecting the surrounding air.
There are a variety of health benefits associated with infrared sauna bathing, including:
- Better sleep
- Increased metabolism
- Pain relief
- Stress reduction
- Improved cardiovascular and respiratory health
Each of these benefits is especially helpful when you’re not feeling 100 percent. Anytime you’re feeling sleep-deprived, congested, or achy, a sauna can provide you with much-needed relief.
While sauna use provides the above benefits, studies show it can also impact your white blood cells. White blood cells are responsible for attacking and destroying bacteria and viruses.
How Long Should You Use the Sauna for Immunity Boosting Benefits?
To help boost your immune system, you should aim to spend at least 15 minutes inside the sauna, at least three times a week. Sauna benefits don’t end with this length of time, however. Regardless of how long or short you spend in a sauna, you’re likely to receive some health benefits.
Who Should Not Use an Infrared Sauna?
You should not use a sauna if:
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a severe fever or illness
If you have any medical concerns, you should consult with your doctor before using a sauna.
Saunas at Royal Pools & Spas
Now that you know more about the benefits of saunas, why not carve out a moment from your busy day to unwind in an infrared sauna? Not only will it provide you with much-needed relief, but it will also give you an added layer of protection against illness that thrive this time of year.
Whether you’re just trying to improve your overall wellness or trying to stay healthy through the New York winter, regular sauna use may be the solution.
Royal Pools and Spas is your local source for Finlandia Saunas. Contact us or visit our showroom today. We’ll help you find the ideal sauna for you!