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How a Sauna Can Help Post Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is approaching quickly. That means the post-holiday sluggishness is sure to follow. Don’t worry. Your sauna can help you recover from all that rich, high-calorie indulgence from your Thanksgiving feast.

At Wellis New England, we carry a selection of Clearlight® Infrared Saunas that accelerate this recovery during the holidays and all throughout the year. So, whether you’re counting calories at the Thanksgiving table or at the annual Christmas cookie exchange, know that you have a reliable wellness practice at your disposal to make it all more manageable. 

The Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Blues

At Thanksgiving, we give ourselves permission to consume an unusual amount of fats, salts, and sugar. But loading up on turkey, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole only stays delightful for so long. 

As all that sweet and savory stuff makes its way through your body, the typical experience is a brief blood sugar spike followed by increased cholesterol markers, water retention, and blood pressure. Often, this comes with bloating, heartburn, and sluggishness leading to those famous post-Thanksgiving dinner naps.

The good news is that these effects are usually temporary. The trick is to not let that eating splurge carry over into your Black Friday and holiday weekend. This is where your sauna can be very useful.

When to Schedule Your Thanksgiving Sauna Session

Before you make a beeline to your sauna, it’s important to know when you should time your session in conjunction with your Thanksgiving meal. As a general rule, you don’t want to favor extremes where eating is concerned. In other words, you don’t want to sauna bathe on an empty stomach, nor do you want to on a full stomach.

So don’t go firing up your sauna right after you swallow that last piece of pumpkin pie. Give yourself at least a couple of hours after Thanksgiving dinner to let your food settle. Sauna sessions are more comfortable if you have a light snack or a well-digested meal in your system.

No matter how much food you eat, be sure you are well hydrated before you set foot in your sauna. You’ll need that water in your system to replenish the fluids you lose through sweating.

How Infrared Heat Helps Beat the Holiday Health Crash

So how exactly does infrared heat help you return to your most healthy self after the feast? Multiple ways! The light emitted from an infrared sauna penetrates your skin to increase your internal core temperature. When this happens, your metabolism gets a boost, burning the calories from all that starchy, fatty food.

The benefits only multiply the more regularly you treat yourself to a sauna session. Research suggests that the infrared heat increases blood flow to lipids such as fat and cholesterol. This results in detoxification that lowers your LDL cholesterol (i.e., “bad” cholesterol). 

After a few sessions, you’re likely to notice reduced pain in your bones and joints. That means you’ll be ready to get back to your everyday activities (including your gym workouts) sooner and with greater energy. And when you can sustain exercise through the holidays, you’re more likely to bounce into spring with better results.

For a more in-depth look at health benefits, check out our blog, Sauna Benefits: Everything You Need to Know.

Infrared Saunas for Your Holiday Adventures

As you plan ahead for your legendary Thanksgiving get-together, give some thought to how you will treat your body and mind after the meal. At Wellis New England, we have a wide selection of Clearlight Infrared Saunas that will get the job done with flying colors. 

Contact us or visit our showroom in Brookfield, Connecticut, today. Our staff will help you select the best sauna for all your wellness needs during the holiday season and every day in between.

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