Did you know that sunlight influences your overall well-being? In the winter, you may suffer from lowered spirits or seasonal depression due to a lack of sunlight. Most people feel the difference.
The reduced daylight hours have a negative effect on many people, whose morale, energy level, and well-being drop as the daylight hours decrease. This has also been tied to flu-season. We call this “seasonal depression” or “winter blues”.
What is the connection between sunlight and feeling a little down? Well, light plays an important role in regulating our internal biological clock. It controls several bodily functions that follow specific patterns, such as our waking and sleeping cycles, and the secretion of various hormones according to the time of day. The symptoms of depression are triggered by chemical imbalances in the brain which are caused by a lack of sunlight.
Light therapy is a non-medicinal treatment known for its effectiveness in countering the effects of fewer daylight hours in winter, including seasonal depression. It consists of exposing yourself to a bright light with a specific spectrum that resembles that of sunlight. I
Exactly how much light do we need?
To reap the benefits of light therapy, you must be exposed to a light with an intensity of more than 2,000 lux daily. In comparison, the light of a well-lit office is of 300 to 500 lux, while that of a fully sunny day can be over 100,000 lux. The clinically recognized standard for light exposure is 10,000 lux for 30 minutes every day, ideally in the morning.
At Release, we have a room that combines HEAT, LIGHT, & INFRARED. We call is out SUN SAUNA!
Are you familiar with the benefits of a sun sauna?
There are many! Our Sun Sauna features 10,000 LUX of natural visible light, which is the closest thing to natural sunlight available today while removing harmful UV rays completely. You get the healthy benefits of sun light but without the sun burn. We like to call it “filtered sun shine!”
The infrared panels around the perimeter of the room emit non-directional near, mid and far infrared heat our heaters disperse infrared evenly across your body. This FIR energy is absorbed by human cells, causing a physical phenomenon called “resonance” which invigorates cells, resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved metabolism. The combination of light therapy and infrared heat multiplies the benefits of each exponentially.
Here are 7 benefits:
1. Improve Mood, Boost Energy
When our body is exposed to the light, it triggers our pineal gland to produce serotonin and other endorphins. These endorphins help improve mood and boost energy levels. This light is used to treat SAD which is common in the short and dark winter days.
By increasing body temperature and inducing a false fever, infrared heat helps to boost your immune system response, helping prevent colds or sickness. As the infrared heat penetrates deeper to the cellulite layer it flushes stored toxins and increases blood circulation.
3. Flush Toxins
Infrared heat provides 9-20 times greater detoxification of heavy metals; such as lead, aluminum, cadmium, and mercury, as well as fat soluble organic toxins. In addition, infrared heat produces 3 times more sweat than conventional hot air saunas.
4. Pain Relief and Reduction
The far infrared heat penetrates 1-1/2″ beneath the skin to each muscles and join tissues. The radiant heat reduces lactic acid, which reduces the soreness and stiffness caused by strenuous exercise.
5. Stress Reduction
Helps to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Far infrared heat deeply relaxes tense muscles while full spectrum light boosts your body’s levels of serotonin.
6. Cardiovascular Workout
A session in the Sun Sauna increases your bodies heart rate, blood flow and metabolic rate. Just 20 minutes provides a cardiovascular workout similar to a 2-3 mile run or 30 minutes of aerobics. Even NASA has used infrared passive exercise as a way to keep astronauts fit during space flights.
7. Body Balancing
Acts as a body balancing system to keep your body’s primary functions in check. Far infrared heat will help regulate blood pressure, digestion, immune function and circadian rhythm. While full spectrum light helps with insomnia by resetting our internal clock.