Your heart keeps you alive by pumping oxygenated blood through your body. It flows from your arteries to your blood vessels into your blood venules and then all the way to your capillaries, where the body’s most important function occurs—cellular perfusion. This is how your life is sustained.
The purpose of your heart is not to pump blood, but to pump oxygen to your cells. Once your heart stops pumping, your body has no way to rid itself of carbon dioxide and your cells become acidic.
I can not stress it enough, cardiovascular health is very important. Everyone should know their blood pressure, or at least have some sort of an idea what it is. The good news is that there are ways to maintain heart health. It is well known that diet and exercise play a large roll, but there’s another way to keep your heart healthy: regular infrared sauna use!
When you sit in an infrared sauna a few things happen:
• Your heart begins to beat faster, pumping more oxygenated blood to your blood vessels and venules and eventually to your capillaries
• This brings blood to the capillaries just below your skin’s surface so sweat can be released through your skin (to keep cool) and to facilitate a faster oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange
• The increase in your heart rate allows your body to go into the parasympathetic mode of your autonomic nervous system.
This is your body’s “rest and digest” mode of unconscious actions that are responsible for transmitting sensory information from your body’s organs to your central nervous system. This transmission tells your body to relax. The opposing and complementary nervous system response is the sympathetic nervous system. This would be the fight or flight response which tells your body to be alert and to act in the face of danger or challenges requiring quick responses. Your body must be in one mode, but not both, at all times.
When your body goes into relaxation mode in the parasympathetic response, your blood vessels expand through vasodilation. Your nervous system tells your heart to pump faster and for your arteries, vessels, venules and veins to allow more blood through.
The expansion of your arteries, blood vessels and venules will reduce the strain on your heart as it has more room to push blood through. This increases circulation and naturally lowers your blood pressure. To find out more about how infrared saunas reduce blood pressure click here.