Thermic Effect


The "thermic effect" you're referring to may be similar to what Dr. Huberman discusses in terms of the thermogenic response to external temperature changes, specifically through mechanisms like sauna use. In this context, explains how exposure to heat (like a sauna) causes physiological changes equivalent to cardiovascular exercise. These changes include increased heart rate, blood flow, and hormonal shifts, such as increases in growth hormone and reductions in cortisol. This response essentially provides some of the benefits of physical exercise just by being in a hot environment 1.

Moreover, Dr. Huberman discusses how such deliberate heat exposure could potentially activate pathways leading to reduced risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, illustrating a profound impact of thermic environments on overall health.

Health Benefits

Andrew discusses the various health benefits of sauna, including reduced risk of cardiovascular event related mortality, increases in growth hormone, and reductions in cortisol. He explains how the body reacts to deliberate heating, which includes cardiovascular exercise-like effects such as increased heart rate and blood flow.

Huberman Lab

The Science & Health Benefits of Deliberate Heat Exposure | Huberman Lab Podcast #69