TRAINING FOR THE MIND
By willingly embracing the challenges posed by exposure to cold, you compel yourself to confront a meaningful, self-imposed stressor. In doing so, you exercise what is known as 'top-down control' over the deeper centers in your brain responsible for regulating reflexive states. This process of top-down control centers around your prefrontal cortex, a region associated with planning and suppressing impulsive behavior. This form of 'top-down' control forms the foundation of what people commonly refer to as "resilience and grit." Notably, this skill extends beyond the deliberate cold environment, enabling you to manage better and maintain a composed, clear mindset when facing real-world stressors.
Each person has their unique ritual to kickstart their day: be it double shots of espresso or a quick workout. If you're in search of a rapid morning awakening or an afternoon revitalization, consider the potential of cold plunging. Embracing the cold plunge could offer you a fresh approach to supercharging your day.
INSTANT MOOD BOOSTER
No one has gotten out of a cold plunge and been in a bad mood. Jump into the plunge and wash away any bad vibes. While not true of every stress, cold exposure causes the prolonged release of dopamine. Dopamine is a powerful molecule capable of elevating mood, enhancing focus, attention, goal-directed behavior, etc. Even short bouts of cold exposure can cause a lasting increase in dopamine and sustained elevation of mood, energy, and focus.
The advantages of cold plunging go beyond the mental and physiological aspects of your body. In the realm of sports medicine, the utilization of cold water therapy has been a longstanding practice, aiding in the active recovery of muscles.
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to provide one of the best, natural ways to help temporarily lower blood pressure.* In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s SoloCarbon far infrared heaters were shown to temporarily lower blood pressure through a program of 30-minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that Sunlighten sauna sessions, as part of a healthy lifestyle, dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation needed for healthy blood pressure.
THE PERFECT STRESS RELIEF
We are programmed to push ourselves. Sometimes simply getting through the day takes everything we've got. Science validates the value of rest for your whole self. Stress impacts not just the mind but the body as well. Infrared saunas provide an enjoyable place in your wellness routine to receive the full-body benefits of relaxation and stress reduction.
STRENGTHEN THE SYSTEM
You already manage your diet, your fitness and activity levels, your water intake, and your mental health. Adding in infrared sauna use to your wellness routine can help even more, especially now. Its natural preventative properties help support all of your goals with the added benefits for circulation, weight loss, sleep, immunity, stress relief and temporary pain relief.