The Lowdown on Collagen

Collagen. It seems like collagen has been all the rage lately, but why? What exactly is it? Is collagen as healthy as people make it out to be? The answer is yes..Let us break it down for you and show why you need collagen and how infrared saunas stimulate collagen production!

 

col·la·gen

ˈkäləjən/

noun

1. the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues

 

Believe it or not, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It supports the liveness of our hair, tendons, bones, joints, cartilage, and of course, skin. There are SO many benefits collagen provides, so let’s dive in!

First off, collagen is what keeps our skin looking young and healthy because it provides our skin’s elasticity and firmness. As we get older, our collagen production naturally decreases causing wrinkles, fine lines, poor complexion, and even cellulite! As you increase the levels of collagen in your body, you will notice that your skin becomes firmer, the fine lines become less noticeable, and your complexion is brighter and more even toned. This also contributes to the fact that collagen helps promote faster healing of scars and dark spots due to the amino acids in collagen!

Similar to skin health, collagen also helps elasticity within joint health. Ever wonder why sometimes your muscles feel stiff or swollen or you are in more pain than usual after a tough workout? This too is due to lack of collagen production and the fact that your body breaks down collagen as you workout. As you lose collagen, your body gets stiff, your joints get swollen and move with less ease. As you increase collagen, your joints regain elasticity and reverse these symptoms. 

While there are many over the counter collagen supplements available, our favorite ways to stimulate collagen production in your body is by adding collagen boosting foods as well as taking a trip to The Sweat House! Infrared saunas are clinically proven to stimulate collagen production in your body which over time will reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and improve your overall skin tone and complexion. The more frequent you use infrared heat technology, the more you will notice these changes as well as less stiffness and pain in your joints! 

After you attend a sweat session at The Sweat House, add one of the collagen boosting foods below to your post sweat fuel for an overall healthier you!

Red Vegetables- Peppers, Tomatoes, Beets

Dark Green Vegetables- Spinach, Kale

Orange Vegetables- Carrots, Sweet Potatoes

Berries- Blackberries, Raspberries

Fish- Tuna, Salmon

Citrus Fruits- Grapefruits, Limes, Lemons, Oranges

Protein- Egg whites, Lean Meats, Nuts

White Tea, Garlic

Sweat Your Way to Healthier Skin

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It is strange to think about, but our skin is the body’s largest organ. It actually covers 20 square feet!  

Studies show that Far Infrared Sauna Skin Therapy can improve the look and health of your skin in as little as 12 weeks, resulting in firmer younger looking skin. 

We might not realize it, but our skin actually reflects our overall health and wellness!Let’s look at some trouble areas and how Infrared Sauna Skin Therapy can help.

LOSS OF ELASTICITY-  In a 2006 clinical study, collagen and elastin production in dermal fibroblasts increased after a 6-month treatment using infrared sauna resulting in an improvement in skin texture and roughness.  The results also suggested an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles because of increased collagen and elastin contents from the dermal fibroblasts.

ACNE - Acne, blackheads, and inflammation can be helped by improving circulation and opening the pores through sweating during a far infrared sauna treatment.  Most acne is caused by excessive oil on the skin.  By opening the pores and allowing the sebum to drain, infrared saunas can help to reduce the bacteria on the skin. Be sure to drink enough water to keep a healthy electrolyte balance to prevent breakouts!

SKIN DETOX- Like the other organs in your body, skin is benefitted by the removable of unhealthy toxins.  Metals, pollution impurities, makeup, and toxic chemicals are removed during an Infrared Sauna sweat.  

So instead of expensive cosmetic treatments that have limited long-term results, treat your skin naturally and effectively with Infrared Sauna and enjoy that Post Sweat Glow!

Our Go-To Post Sweat Fuel Spots!

Ever struggle to find a healthy place to refuel after a sweat? A healthy place that actually satisfies your body without leaving you feeling guilty? Look no further, we have compiled some of our favorite places around Nashville that do just this!

 

*EIO and The Hive

        If you have not been to this new spot on Charlotte Avenue corridor area of West Nashville then you are missing out! “EiO & THE HIVE is a restaurant focused on sustainability and serving Nashvillians healing, nourishing foods that are organic and locally sourced”

The menu boasts clean foods, smoothies, and even delicious fresh juice cocktails! Our personal fav order is the quinoa bowl with garden mix and house-made tempeh and the El Burro cocktail! Do yourself a favor and try this place for yourself. It does not disappoint.

https://www.eioandthehive.com 

 

*Fix Juice CO

        You can never go wrong with juices or smoothies for a quick and refreshing refuel. While Nashville has many juice places to offer, this one tops our list! Everything is organic and fresh. Our go to smoothie is the #5 which we add spinach and hemp seeds to for additional protein! Be sure to check this place out.

http://www.fixjuiceco.com 

*Epice

        Flavor galore! This cozy spot on the corner of 12th South is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The lahamin (lamb sandwich) for lunch is amazing and be sure to get the fish if you venture over here for dinner! This family-owned Lebanese bistro is worth every penny— oh and their ice tea is the best!

http://www.epicenashville.com

*Sunflower Cafe

        A hidden gem which offers all homemade, locally sourced vegetarian dishes with a plethora of options. They are best known for their house-made veggie patty with your choice of toppings and we understand why! Try it “garlic mushroom” style over lettuce with the Sriracha aioli! You will begin to crave this dish! 

http://www.sunflowercafenashville.com

*AVO

          If you have not tried the Avocado Margarita at AVO then you are seriously missing out. Not to mention all of the food is locally sourced raw & cooked 100% vegan meals that are out of this world! The Wild Nashville Salad and Pad Thai are two of our favorite items on the menu, and I must reiterate—the Avocado Margarita! Made fresh with avocado, reposado tequila, cilantro, lime, and house-made orange dust, this healthy cocktail will leave you wanting more!

http://www.eatavo.com

 

Do your body some good this weekend by scheduling a sweat and treating yourself to one of these amazing spots—You will not regret it! Be sure to let us know what your new favorite is!

 

 

Don't Sweat Your Afternoon Snack!

You don’t have to sweat your afternoon snack! One of our favorite holistic chefs and food blogger, Laura Lea, has perfected a 5 ingredient, no bake cookie that is healthy and satisfying! Try substituting Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter (our favorite) for the peanut butter and be prepared for your new obsession! 

Recipe from Laura Lea 

INGREDIENTS

        1 large egg (can try with a flax or chia egg)

        1/2 cup coconut sugar (sub brown sugar or sugar in the raw)

        1 teaspoon vanilla extract

        2 tablespoons softened butter (sub softened coconut oil)

        3/4 cup unsweetened unsalted peanut butter (rec. organic. Sub almond or Sunbutter)

        Optional: 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

    1    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large nonstick baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2    Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to incorporate.

    3    Drop approximately 3 tablespoons mixture per cookie onto the baking sheet, leaving at least 1 1/2 inches between each. I use a 1 ounce retractable ice cream scoop.

    4    Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just turning golden brown, but the top is still a light in color and soft. Allow to cool 10 minutes before enjoying. Cookies store for 48 hours on the counter at room temperature, in the fridge for one week, or in the freezer 1-2 months.

http://llbalanced.com/recipes/1-bowl-5-ingredient-peanut-butter-drop-cookies/

 

 

Why Should We Detox?

 

It’s finally time to push our dark winter clothes to the back of the closet and unleash our summer styles!

 

If you are still feeling a little sluggish from your winter hibernation, detoxing is a great way to prepare your body for long days of outdoor fun. Merriam-Webster says that a well-designed detox can help purge your liver, colon, and kidneys of toxins; clear your skin, boost your energy; and help you safely shed pounds.

 

You might wonder, what are we ridding our body of?  Well, the EPA estimates that the average American has over 700 chemicals in his or her system – including arsenic, lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. Sweat from an infrared heat source is comprised of 20 percent toxins whereas sweat from a traditional sauna is comprised of 3 percent toxins. By promoting a healthy sweat, infrared saunas help detoxify our bodies of these unhealthy metals and environmental toxins! This means as you're laying in a relaxing infrared sauna pod, you are ridding your body of toxins at a faster, more powerful rate.

 

 

Love your body and kickstart your detox by adding infrared sauna sessions to your routine and help pave the way to becoming a healthier you!

 




See below for some of our favorite foods that contain natural detoxifying properties that help your liver work to rid toxins! Your body will thank you :)

 

 

 

What Your Food Cravings Really Mean....and How to Sweat Them Away!

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Have you ever wondered why there are some days when all you want to eat are cookies? Like literally, a whole bag of chocolate chip cookies? Or chips?

Let’s be honest, food cravings are real. My sudden urge for chocolate is so real that I have a hidden stash at home and the office! Food cravings are our body’s way of telling us what it needs. There is nothing wrong with occasionally satisfying our cravings with candy or chips, but there are healthy alternatives that can do the trick.

Look below to find your craving and a healthy way to satisfy it! Your body is trying to tell you something ..... are you listening?

If you’re craving sweets.....                                                                                                            Shows a possible lack of chromium, magnesium, sulfur, carbon-phosphorus, or tryptophan. Instead of a trip to the cookie jar, fill up with fresh fruit, cheese, or nature’s candy - the sweet potato.

If you’re craving carbs....                                                                                                                  Your body might need nitrogen which is found in high-protein foods like fish, meat, nuts, and beans. Snack on a handful of almonds or a black bean burrito bowl (black beans, corn, pico de gallo, guac, and brown rice).

If you're craving junk food.....                                                                                                           Your body is probably lacking in calcium. Imagine how good you will feel when you substitute pizza and fries with a healthy kale salad with steamed broccoli, chicken, croutons, and parmesan cheese! Really!

If you’re craving caffeine....                                                                                                              Your body might be lacking salt and iron. Try an egg white omelet in the morning made with turkey or chicken. Snack on black cherries. Also, make sure you are not dehydrated. Drink a glass of water before that second cup of coffee!

Pica                                                                                                                                                      Do you constantly chew on ice? You could be iron deficient. Consume plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts to boost your mineral levels.

Ready to change your eating habits and live a more healthy lifestyle?  You may decide on a juice cleanse or other forms of detox. Be aware that it is perfectly normal for chronic conditions that you suffer from to temporarily worsen as your body strengthens its natural healing process.  This common cleansing reaction occurs when your body releases toxins faster than it can eliminate them. Infrared Saunas speed up the healing process by eliminating toxins through sweat.  

Start feeling better - book a sweat today! 

 

The Soul Behind the Sweat <3

 

Ever wonder how The Sweat House came to be? Below, Kayla, The Sweat House owner, shares her powerful testimonial and I promise it is worth the read!

 

I was addicted to that runner’s high and couldn’t bring myself to take a “rest day.” Even though I could feel my body screaming that it needed a break, I still pushed it. This lead to stress fractures in my shin where I was forced to take 8 weeks off of running. I thought my life was over. How was I going to go 8 weeks without running when I couldn’t even go one day without it! I started doing some low impact workouts, like Pure Barre, but was still craving the sweat I got from running. I went home and Googled, “How to sweat without working out”.

My thought was that Google was going to tell me that there wasn’t a way, but to my surprise, the search results came back with infrared saunas. I searched for where I could find one in Nashville which led me to a holistic spa with a box infrared sauna in Midtown. Still not knowing much about infrared saunas, I enjoyed my first session and was intrigued enough to buy a package. Over the next 4 weeks I went about 3 times a week for 1 hour (you have to do a longer session in the box infrared saunas to get the benefits than you do in our pods).

After my 8 weeks were up I went in for my follow up with my doctor hoping everything was healed with my shin. He said that everything was looking great and even my calcium deposits on my shins had cleared up! Because of this, he gave me the clear! I told him about my infrared sauna use and he said that is what probably helped break up the calcium deposits due to the blood flow.

Because I was clear again, I immediately  headed over to Barry’s Bootcamp for my first running workout where I prepared myself to be out of cardio shape after 8 weeks off. Once again to my surprise, I actually was running faster! I was stunned. I went home and really started digging into infrared technology where I learned that I was actually getting a cardio like workout during my infrared sauna sessions because it was equivalent to running 3-6 miles! I could not believe that my heart was getting a workout without actually running during those 4 weeks. I was hooked. I wanted everyone to know the benefits of sweating and how simple it was to sit there and sweat and how many great things came from it. I was set on opening a studio dedicated to infrared saunas. And that’s how The Sweat House came into existence!

I have been sweating for a little of 3 years now. I use to struggle with headaches and migraines since I was 12 years old. I would get 2-3 migraines a month along with 4-5 big headaches but since I have been sweating I have had just ONE headache. I haven’t had to take any medicines since and this is the biggest benefit I have seen and it has changed my life.

My most memorable moment since opening The Sweat House is when I received a message from a client who had intestinal cancer. She had been sweating 4-5 times a week for two months. When she went back for her progression check, it was the first time she had no growth and all of her blood work came back looking the best it ever had. Her exact words to me were,

Just got a positive report from Dr. today. Things seem to be stable, no new growths, nothing spreading and no issues with blood work. Happy happy. I'm convinced it’s because of the pod. I believe in the pod. A good day. Life is good. Happy to have The Sweat House in my life.

Hearing stories like this and all of the other ways infrared has helped our clients are what inspires and motivates me with The Sweat House. My dream for the future of The Sweat House is to be able to expand into other places, so that we can bring the power of sweat to more people and help improve the standard of health. I want to make infrared heat more mainstream, so that people with conditions like autoimmune disease, high blood pressure, and other health issues can find a solution that is non invasive to bring them some relief. There are so many different benefits that each individual has seen with consistent use of our infrared sauna pods and if just one person can live a better life from sweating, it makes it all worth it.

 

    xo-Kayla

 

Book your first sweat today and experience the change :)