What is an Infrared Sauna?
The main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas, like the ones you see at most gyms, use a single heater that is heating the air and this hot air heats the user. Infrared saunas, however, use advanced therapy to stimulate heat in the body with only a small percentage of heat heating the air. The result? A deeper sweat, at a lower air temperature.
The Powerful Benefits of Infrared Saunas
1. Infrared saunas help you sweat out toxins
Infrared saunas can help increase blood flow and perspiration. Sweating is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health by helping to eliminate toxic heavy metals, drug residues and hormone disruptors.
With all of the environmental toxins we’re exposed to and end up in our bodies on a daily basis, it’s important that we sweat. Sweating is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health.
Through sweating, we’re detoxifying our bodies, and detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system. It also helps the body be better able to digest the nutrients in our foods.
Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with removing heavy metals, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD, and ADHD.
2. Infrared saunas help boost your immune system
Infrared saunas stimulate the circulatory system, causing your heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which helps cleanse the circulatory system and oxygenate the body’s cells.
Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health and strengthen the immune system. The increased body temperature provides white blood cell and T-cell production to ward off viruses.
3. Infrared saunas can reduce inflammation and help relieve aches and pains
Infrared saunas can increase blood flow and reduce inflammation. Far-infrared sauna therapy has been shown to help with pain from fibromyalgia and autoimmune conditions, such as Sjogren’s, Behcet’s, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles, and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding up oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, the infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.
4. Infrared saunas can help boost your metabolism
Infrared saunas can stimulate slow metabolisms and improve fat burning for energy. By increasing your core body heat, it can increase calorie burn, similar to exercise. Infrared saunas also help with the elimination of toxins that cause fat storage.
5. Infrared saunas can help slow down and reverse aging
A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
Infrared saunas can improve the appearance of acne scarring and actually help reduce acne in the first place. Typical acne is caused by a build-up of oil on the skin which can lead to constant breakouts. Infrared saunas help you sweat from infrared heat – not actual heat – which can help clean out clogged pores.
Infrared saunas are clinically proven to reach deeper levels into your skin, effectively removing toxins such as heavy metals.
Tone and Texture
In a study done in 2006, doctors looked at the impact of infrared on collagen and elastin in our skin, two of the most important ingredients to healthy skin. They found that both collagen and elastin increased after exposure to infrared, and all patients included in the study reported enhanced skin texture, less roughness, and improvement in color.
6. Speed up muscle recovery after a workout
Infrared saunas are scientifically proven to increase circulation, which reduces inflammation, decreases pain and speeds healing for faster muscle recovery
One proven effect of far infrared is increased blood flow in deep tissue, which is the main benefit to muscle recovery, and the faster your recover, the faster you can get back to your workout routine.
By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.
Whether you find a local place where you can schedule an appointment to go to, or you want to buy one for your home, make sure to look for places and brands that test for EMFs (electromagnetic fields) since it can be harmful in high doses, especially if you plan on using a sauna on a regular basis.
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