A close up view of blood vessels within the human body.

A Look Into Blood Circulation

Just like we breathe without really thinking about it, our body’s circulation continues functioning without us giving it much thought. It works like a well-oiled machine with the engine being the heart. And of course the oil in this case would be your blood constantly circulating throughout your organs.

A report from the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)states the importance of our blood circulatory system:

“The blood circulatory system (cardiovascular system) delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body. It consists of the heart and the blood vessels running through the entire body. The arteries carry blood away from the heart; the veins carry it back to the heart.”

When blood circulation is performing at its optimal level, all is well. When blood circulation is not performing as it should, various symptoms will start to appear.

Common Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

Some of the most common signs of poor circulation can include:

  • Tingling or numbness in the arms, legs, or other extremities
  • Muscle cramps and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots (which can lead to strokes)
  • Tissue or nerve damage
  • Digestive problems

What causes poor circulation in the first place? Here are a few things:

  • A sedentary or inactive lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or II)
  • Raynaud’s disease (a contraction of blood vessels)
  • Smoking
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Dehydration

Healthy circulation is obviously key to how we function. Luckily, we can ensure this by making some changes to daily routines and incorporating some external aids. Infrared saunas are an ideal, noninvasive aid that provides benefits even beyond improving circulation.

A young man and woman sitting and relaxing in an infrared sauna with candles.

How Do Infrared Saunas Help With Blood Circulation?

Infrared saunas use light to heat the body, as opposed to traditional saunas which use steam or convection heaters to warm the air. While there are some similarities, there are also some major differences between a traditional vs infrared.

While traditional saunas operate at higher temperatures, this could be problematic for people with health problems related to high heat. Infrared saunas heat the body at lower, more tolerable temperatures.

Infrared saunas utilize various wavelengths of light to heat the body in the form of near-, mid-, and far-infrared, which target different parts of the body. Each has its own unique benefits.

Infrared sauna wavelengths, particularly far infrared, increase your core body temperature, allowing the blood vessels to expand. This increases blood flow, improves circulation, and delivers more nutrients throughout your system.

Beyond circulation, infrared sauna sessions can provide a myriad of benefits. Adding infrared therapy to your wellness journey is a positive step in making health a priority for yourself and your family.

A young man and woman sitting and relaxing in an infrared sauna with candles.

Health Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna

There is no shortage of infrared sauna benefits. Physically and emotionally speaking, a sauna is one of the best ways to tackle many issues all at the same time. Some of the most well known benefits of using a sauna include:

  • Joint pain relief
  • Relaxation & stress relief
  • Improved look of skin & more efficient wound healing
  • Aids in enhancing weight loss goals
  • Immune system support
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Detoxification

Incorporating just a few minutes of a sauna per day can help improve quality of life, and may even help boost your lifespan.

 

How to Naturally Improve Circulation in the Sauna

The act of just being in an infrared sauna is good enough to help boost circulation. However, if you’re looking for ways to enhance your body’s functions even further, here are some tips on how to increase circulation.

1. Move it

The great thing about owning an infrared sauna, depending on how much space you have to move around, is the ability to make your sauna sessions more productive. Next time you’re in the sauna, look to take part in a sequence of stretches and exercises. This allows your body to become more limber and help with flexibility, all while keeping your blood circulation pumping at an all-time high.

When in a larger sauna, including our Sports Sauna, there is enough room to perform yoga and exercise to a greater extent.

2. Pain Remedy

Using the sauna is a great way to decrease pain in the joints and muscles. The increased blood flow and circulation help to provide more nutrients to the affected areas. Whether after a strenuous workout or you’re just looking for a more natural alternative, a sauna is a great choice.

3. Focus on Posture

One thing many of us overlook is not realizing that our posture affects our health. For those that work long hours at a desk, having improper form is not only bad for your body’s mechanics but also for how your body circulates blood. The same goes for sitting in a sauna.

Additionally, just the act of sitting has an impact on the circulatory system as there is a decreased demand for increased blood flow.

In order to help enhance your posture and circulation in the sauna, try incorporating an ergonomic backrest as well as staying active.

If you’re looking for a way to naturally improve your circulation and reduce blood pressure, then an infrared sauna is your answer. Our patented Tecoloy heaters are safer and more efficient than the leading competitors, as well as proving up to 40% deeper penetration. Incorporating a Health Mate infrared sauna into your regimen can positively enhance your life in many different ways.