Benefits of Infrared Sauna
Unlike a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna can operate at a lower temperature (usually between 120˚F and 140˚F) than a traditional sauna, which is typically between 150˚F and 180˚F. Far-Infrared provides a safe natural form of detoxification, reducing toxic body burden and promotes the elimination of toxic chemicals, heavy metals (such as aluminum, arsenic, barium, bismuth, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, phthalates [which are plasticizers found in plastic water bottles], thallium, tin, uranium, radiation) nonmetallic toxins, volatile hydrocarbons, solvent residues, PCB’s, pesticides, herbicide residues, synthetic chemicals, and plasticizers (known to be the number one most deadly toxins to store in our bodies in the 21st century).
Infrared saunas don’t heat the air around you. Instead, they use infrared lamps (that use electromagnetic radiation) that provides up to 80 percent heat directly to your body. The heat penetrates more deeply than warmed air. This allows you to experience a more intense sweat at a lower temperature. Sweating out impurities is something you can experience in a sauna, too. This is similar to when you exercise. Far infrared therapy detoxifies at the cellular level, breaking the blood/brain barrier, which is important since the brain is where some of the most toxic heavy metals store, such as mercury and lead.
“These saunas use infrared panels instead of conventional heat to easily penetrate human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air,” explains physical therapist, Vivian Eisenstadt, MAPT, CPT, MASP.
The supposed benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those experienced with a traditional sauna. These include:
clear and tighter skin
relief from sore muscles
relief from joint pain such as arthritis
help for people with chronic fatigue syndrome
Detoxification (Lymphatic System)
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about 7 times more toxins. It helps your lymphatic system function by sweating out toxins
Relaxation (Autoimmune Disease)
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles, reduce inflammation and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
Pain Relief (Chronic Pain/Injuries)
If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate – the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article titled, Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
Improved Circulation /Decrease Inflammation
As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
Infrared sauna therapy technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.