Benefits Of The Sauna For Hormone + Metabolic Health

BENEFITS OF THE SAUNA FOR HORMONE + METABOLIC HEALTH

15 / MAY / 2024
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

The sauna obsession is real and for good reason... Studies show regular sauna sessions decrease any risk of death by 40% (now whilst that isn’t hormone health or metabolic specific, I think I speak for all of us when I say that is INSANE).

To get all the benefits of sauna for longevity as well as hormone + metabolic health, studies suggest ~60 minutes per week (around 3 - 4 x 20 minute sessions).

HERE'S WHY I USE IT ALMOST DAILY

1. Stress Reduction: sauna sessions can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels. Lower cortisol levels contribute to a more balanced hormonal profile as well as support stress resilience - aka your body’s ability to tolerate stress easier

2. Improved Insulin Sensitivity: regular sauna use has been linked to improved insulin sensitivity. This is crucial for metabolic health, as enhanced insulin sensitivity allows cells to better respond to insulin, regulating blood sugar levels more effectively.

3. Increased Growth Hormone: sauna sessions may stimulate the release of growth hormone. Growth hormone plays a role in metabolism, muscle development, and overall vitality.

4. Detoxification: saunas induce sweating, which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Detoxification can support overall health and may indirectly impact hormone balance - say goodbye to estrogen dominance and hello to a happy liver.

5. Enhanced Circulation: Heat exposure in saunas promotes blood circulation. Improved blood flow can aid in the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to cells, supporting metabolic processes. Plus the sweating is a form of cardiovascular exercise which revs up the metabolism too.

6. Thyroid Function: some studies suggest that sauna use might have a positive impact on thyroid function, contributing to the regulation of metabolism. It does so by raising our core body temperature so our thyroid doesn’t have to work as hard to manage our metabolism and warmth.

7. Weight Management: sauna use can contribute to calorie burning and may have a positive influence on weight management. However, it's essential to complement sauna use with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

I also love the mental health benefits and improved immune function it gives me. I aim for around 60 minutes total a week to get all the benefits + support longevity.

Usually broken up into 3-4 x 20 minute sessions followed by a cold shower

Have you tried saunas yet? Let me know what you think below

SHEREE BEAUMONT

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach I empower women like you to transform their lives, understand their bodies and feel their best from the inside out!

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4 Things Keeping You From Losing Belly Fat

4 THINGS KEEPING YOU FROM LOSING BELLY FAT

17 / APRIL / 2024
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Losing weight isn’t always easy… especially around our tummies. In fact, this is always the area of biggest complaint when clients come to see me.

Most people experience frustration, shame, and feeling like nothing is working, and I get it

You're eating well
You're exercising regularly
You've cut back on the wine
You've even stopped the daily chocolate fix in the afternoon
And you're feeling like you’re working really hard for not a lot of results

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling any of these! I noticed this in almost all of my clients, which is why I actually don't focus on weight loss in my programs (hear me out)

I’ve done this enough times to know that… When we focus on the number on the scale, it becomes a mind game, all consuming and we look in the mirror every morning wondering why the belly still jiggles.

What we do instead... is focus on what's driving the weight to stick, healing at the ROOT CAUSE, so weight loss is a byproduct of nourishing your body

THERE ARE 4 REASONS TYPICALLY THAT WE STORE WEIGHT…

  1. Poor liver detoxification (hello too much caffeine)
    This speeds up our phase one pathways, but not phase two, which can lead to a traffic jam and our toxins being stored in our fat cells and therefore unable to be cleared from our body
  2. Sugar (you're not getting enough protein)
    If you're craving sweets, you're probably not eating enough, and especially not eating enough protein which keeps those cravings at bay.
  3. Alcohol (yes, every glass of wine does add up)
    It's not just the fact the body sees alcohol as poison and loads up the liver, but it is often laden with sugar, and creates extra stress... more than a trifecta right here!
  4. High stress (that busy schedule of yours is driving that cortisol too high)
    High cortisol causes our body to hold onto weight, particularly around the belly

TRY THIS ONE THING FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE:

☕️ You don't have to give up your coffee, but try having it 90 minutes after waking, with some added protein/fats and only one a day (or a few times a week)

🥩 Aim for 30g of protein at every main meal

🍹 Pause the alcohol for 4 weeks

🙏 Add in some time for you... practice saying NO to things from time to time.

These are the first steps, and I've built out the rest of the step-by-step framework inside Reclaim Your Radiance.

If you’re feeling like the weight just won't shift no matter what you try and want more support, click here for a complimentary wellness assessment call!

SHEREE BEAUMONT

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach I empower women like you to transform their lives, understand their bodies and feel their best from the inside out!

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