Joe Rogan Loves Saunas
I didn’t realise that there were any until I listened to Dr Rhonda Patrick on the Joe Rogan podcast talking about ‘heat shock proteins’ and cytokines etc.
Here’s a nice infographic on the subject:
Saunas & Growth Hormone
So just to summarise the snippet above, using sauna results in an increased production of growth hormone for a couple of hours after sauna use.
Read the full sauna report from Dr Rhona Patrick here
And here’s a study that suggests using a sauna, has similar benefits to a bout of exercise – http://www.natajournals.org/doi/abs/10.4085/1062-6050-47.2.184
“Conclusions: We found that whole-body heat stress triggers some of the physiologic responses observed with exercise.”
In 2009 a review of the available research on Far-Infrared Saunas concluded that:
“There is limited moderate evidence supporting FIRS (Far-Infrared-Saunas) efficacy in normalizing blood pressure and treating congestive heart failure; fair evidence, from a single study, supporting FIRS therapy in chronic pain; “
An infrared sauna is definiteily something that I’m looking to invest in…I even have a friend who used it as part of his holistic treatment of cancer (although I haven’t discussed this directly with him, so can’t vouch for his thoughts around effectiveness etc).