Sauna and regeneration: the role of growth hormone

How sauna sessions can promote the production of growth hormones and support regeneration.
How can sauna visits increase growth hormone production and support physical regeneration?
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How can sauna visits increase growth hormone production and support physical regeneration?

  • Hormone production: By raising the body temperature and then cooling down, sauna visits promote the release of growth hormones, which are important for cell growth and regeneration.
  • Circulation: the heat in the sauna dilates blood vessels, improving blood flow and thus promoting the transport of nutrients and oxygen to muscles and other tissues, which contributes to faster recovery.
  • Relaxation and stress reduction: sauna visits contribute to relaxation and stress reduction, which in turn can have a positive effect on hormone balance and general physical regeneration.

Growth hormones and wellness: how sauna sessions promote health far beyond relaxation

The sauna is more than just a place to unwind after a long day at work. It’s a place where the body can benefit in many ways. From boosting circulation to stimulating the immune system, regular sauna use can go a long way toward improving overall health. In this article, we will take a closer look at the effects of sauna sessions on growth hormone production and overall body regeneration.

Growth of nerve cells

The protein Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) is a crucial factor in the growth of neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. BDNF improves neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt to new information and learn. Increased BDNF levels can be observed, for example, after regular exercise or learning.

Reduction of depression symptoms

Depression is a serious problem for many people. Interestingly, studies have shown that heat stress, triggered by sauna sessions or intense exercise, can release anti-inflammatory substances such as interleukin 10. These anti-inflammatory substances help reduce the chronic inflammation that often accompanies depression and other mental health problems.

Increased release of growth hormone

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a key hormone responsible for cell regeneration and growth in the human body. Studies have shown that sauna sessions can stimulate the release of HGH. For example, one study showed that two 15-minute sauna sessions at 100 °C could increase HGH production fivefold.

Improved concentration due to heat stress

The heat generated in the sauna promotes the release of certain hormones and neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and prolactin. Norepinephrine is known to improve attention and reaction time, while prolactin promotes myelin formation, which leads to faster signal transmission between neurons.

Conclusion: health boost from sauna heat

Sauna sessions offer not only relaxation, but also numerous health benefits. They promote blood circulation, stimulate the immune system and improve overall health. In particular, they affect the production of the protein BDNF, which promotes neuron growth and neuroplasticity. Sauna visits can also release anti-inflammatory substances that help relieve symptoms of depression. They also stimulate the release of growth hormones, which are important for cell regeneration and growth. Heat stress in the sauna releases hormones and neurotransmitters that improve concentration and signaling between neurons.


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