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Can Saunas Help You Manage Weight During Menopause?

July 1, 2024

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Menopause brings many changes, including weight gain. Many of us are looking for gentle, effective ways to manage this transition, and saunas might be a surprisingly helpful part of the solution.

How do saunas fit into this?

Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that regular sessions in a sauna can help mitigate menopause-related weight gain. By exposing the body to heat, saunas activate a process that not only burns calories but also enhances insulin sensitivity. This means they could help you manage both weight and overall metabolic health during menopause.

The science behind it

The key player here is a molecule called TRPV1, triggered by heat, which helps increase calorie burning. Regular heat exposure, much like what you’d experience in a sauna, mimics the effects of calorie burning, helping you manage weight more effectively.

Should everyone use saunas?

While saunas offer numerous health benefits, they’re not suitable for everyone. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, especially if you have health conditions that could be affected by heat.

The bottom line

Saunas could be a valuable tool in your menopause management toolkit, offering a relaxing way to help control weight and improve metabolic health. They’re not just about relaxation; they’re about supporting your body’s health during a significant transition.

For more insights into managing menopause effectively and embracing this phase of life, explore our Menoverse for expert advice and practical tips.

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