5 Big Ways Home Sauna Therapy Relieves Menopause Symptoms
In the US, women experiencing menopause-related symptoms are usually given two options by their doctors; 1) artificial hormone replacement or 2) they are told to “just deal with it- it's normal”. But, for many reasons, hormone replacement therapy is not the best choice for some women. And, it's truly NOT normal to experience severe life-impacting symptoms.
In this article, you are going to learn ways that infrared sauna therapy at home can relieve your menopause troubles. More specifically, we will explore how sauna therapy can help you with symptoms related to menopause such as; weight gain, cramps, headaches, dizziness, and joint pain.
Detox & Balance Hormones Naturally
Many symptoms of menopause that women experience are caused by hormone fluctuations. Menopause can lead to sudden changes in estrogen and progesterone which can impact your body in many ways. Infrared sauna therapy can actually help to unclog your liver. It is referred to as “detoxification of your liver”. As we “use” hormones in our bodies, they take their effect, get filtered by the liver, and are recycled. However, if your liver is too full of toxins, your hormones won’t filter and will continue to circulate in your blood.
This can lead to hormone imbalances as your body systems become confused by alternating hormone levels. By detoxing and removing the build-up of waste products, your liver can catch up and adjust to changes.
Natural Remedy For Menopausal Weight Gain
Weight gain happens to the best of us. During menopause it may seem like we gain weight overnight despite our best efforts. Menopausal weight gain can be caused by changes in sex hormones, changes in thyroid hormones, AND imbalances of adrenal hormones like cortisol.
Other contributors of menopausal weight gain include changes in body fat and body circulation. Improving circulation to these areas with use of infrared sauna therapy, can help your body remove this stubborn fat tissue.
Natural Remedy For Dizziness During Menopause
Some women experience odd phases of dizziness during menopause. Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine the cause. During menopause, our blood pressure can be affected by the interruption of body signals. There are two big ways that sauna therapy can improve dizziness brought on by menopause.
1- Improved physical fitness
2- Relaxation of blood vessels
Menopausal Joint Pain
Another annoying symptom associated with menopause, is joint pain. Researchers are still investigating the exact cause of increased joint pain during menopause. Oftentimes, we are told to take ibuprofen or tylenol to relieve the pain. However, we don't know about all of the long-term effects of some of these pain medications, and there is little to no research about how effective these medications are at relieving menopause-related aches.
One of the best and most widely used paths to joint pain relief is the sauna. A single infrared sauna session can significantly decrease inflammation, stimulate joint tissue repair, relax muscles, and release endorphins, which reduces joint pain.
Natural Remedy For Hot Flashes- Getting hot to banish getting…. hot ….flashes?
It may not seem like a hot sauna would be ideal if you are experiencing hot flashes, but multiple research studies show saunas to be beneficial.
A study published in 2011 found that treatment with infrared heat, 20 minutes, twice a week significantly decreased menopause-related symptoms, (MRS) - ( RESOURCE 1.) Evidence showed other symptoms improved included hot flashes, night sweats, sore muscles, urinary issues, and mood stability.
Additional Health Benefits
Additional health benefits include a stronger immune system, a natural relief of pain, and younger-looking skin and hair. The energy from the infrared spectrum stimulates our skin’s production of collagen and elastin. This means we get less of that drooping and sagging skin as well as a more even skin tone.
Infrared energy from an infrared sauna can penetrate deeper levels of the skin. Most infrared-powered saunas give you both red-visible light AND invisible infrared light. So you get skin support at the surface as well as in deeper layers.
Why Infrared Sauna For Menopause?
I remind my clients that the best type of sauna to help symptoms of menopause is the infrared sauna. An infrared sauna will give you many of the same health benefits of a traditional sauna but it is also going to give you the healing superpowers of infrared light. For more information about how infrared saunas work, and the best infrared saunas for healing at home- check out our other infrared sauna therapy articles
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Best Infrared Saunas For Relieving Menopause Symptoms
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- Extra foot heaters fight infections and improve circulation
- Simple and easy to put together- plugs into a normal home electrical outlet
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Over the years I have seen some unexpected but impressive results with using essential oils. Mostly what I have found…is that the healing power comes from the experience of the healer and the quality of the oils. Dr. Axe's lavender essential oil is great for helping balancing hormones in women. You can diffuse it, dab it on pressure points, or rub it on the bottom of your feet. It smells heavenly and the active compounds in the oil naturally balance your nerves and mood.
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