Why Infrared Sauna?
Detoxify. Relax. Increase your circulation. Sound good?
These are the three more exciting and powerful benefits of infrared sauna.
If you find yourself saying things like:
I need to detox. I’m feeling stressed. I want to burn calories.
Then infrared sauna could be your new best friend. Let us explain all the reasons why we love infrared saunas so much.
Note: We like to always start with a disclaimer that we are not medical experts, just everyday people who are really obsessed with the topic of infrared saunas and want to share that knowledge with you, learning as we go. We always suggest that you consult with your doctor before testing out any infrared sauna product.
The Difference Between Traditional and Infrared Sauna
If you’ve ever been to a traditional sauna, you know the drill… you sit in a hot room and sweat. Sometimes it is dry, and sometimes it is wet with hot steam. But either way, the heat bakes you from the outside to draw out toxins.
On the flip side, infrared saunas use light wavelengths to heat your body directly, from the light source itself. Think of it more as a process of “expelling” toxins rather than drawing them out. Some researchers believe that certain toxins, such as heavy metals, are stuck as much as 2-3 inches beneath your skin, where only infrared waves can reach them. But even stimulating the skin surface with infrared light has benefits.
Why does this matter? Infrared saunas provide the same benefits as traditional sauna, but they can do so at a lower temperature. So, if you are heat-adverse or have a medical condition that doesn’t allow for high-temp sauna, infrared saunas could be a better option for you.
What is Infrared Light?
The best way to understand infrared light and its place in the spectrum is to see it on a full scale. We’re all familiar with radio waves and have used microwaves to heat food. Infrared is just below the microwave area and just above the area of visible light.
What are the benefits of sauna?
The overlapping benefits to both traditional and infrared saunas go on and one. Here’s the most commonly cited benefits of infrared sauna:
Have you ever exercised the “morning after” to shake a hangover, and noticed the pungent scent of alcohol in your sweat? Sweating is a safe and natural way to heal and maintain good health by helping to expel toxins through the skin. Luckily, your body has a liver to perform the lion’s share of the detoxification you need every day, but it can also release bad stuff through the skin in small amounts by sweating.
If you live a high intensity lifestyle (and you know who you are) you should consider how to clean out your body on a regular basis.
What are typical toxins, you might ask? Think about the quality of the air you are breathing, the ingredients of the food and water you consume, as well as anything you might absorb through skin exposure.
10-15 minute sessions at temperatures of 100-150 degrees can be a good start to this infrared therapy. Over time, you can go as high as 40 minutes in a session, if you find your body tolerates it well.
Everybody knows that heat is a great go-to therapy for everyday workout recovery, relief from pain as well as lessening of inflammation. Infrared takes that to the next level by penetrating much deeper under the surface of your skin. Joints, muscles and tissues are all helped with better circulation, because blood carries red blood cells with oxygen and nutrients to where they are needed most.
Toxins are also thought to be a source of general inflammation in the body, which carries serious short and long term effects. Sweating out your toxins on a regular basis, in addition to a healthy diet and exercise, is a great strategy for life health.
Heating the body from inside can potentially improve your immune system. Think how a fever fights off a cold or flu by elevating body temperature.
Would you like to burn 600 calories while doing absolutely nothing? Infrared sauna can make your dreams come true by increasing your core body temperature from the inside out. This burns calories, just as if you were exercising – up to 600 calories burnt in just 30 minutes of sauna time. Your heart rate will increase, blood flow increases, and calories melt away. For people who have a hard time with exercise or a physical injury or disability that prevents regular cardio workouts, infrared sauna can be a great choice.
Infrared sauna therapy soothes your mind as well as your body. Imagine being wrapped up in relaxing warmth, getting a much needed boost to your mental good health. Everyone needs this to restore their internal balance when the world gets weird.
Cortisol is the hormone that most people associate with high stress. If you’re releasing a lot of cortisol into your system, it will wear you down over time. Stress is a chronic disease that can kill you. Your auto-immune system depends on your self care – it doesn’t just take care of itself. Without a natural source of stress relief, other issues can emerge like insomnia, adrenal fatigue, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, the list goes on and on.
Will infrared sauna cure the above conditions? No. But it might help stop them from happening in the first place by giving you natural relief from the common stresses of life. Balanced cortisol means more relaxed muscles, lowered tension and less stress.
If having more youthful-looking skin is something you desire, infrared saunas can help with restoring health and vitality to your skin. Near-infrared wavelengths of light radiation (NIR) can improve skin tone, elasticity and firmness. Opening pores and releasing nasty stuff that builds up inside is a great way to glowing youth on your face and body.
Professional athletes use saunas to recover and so should you. Infrared light can penetrate into the joints, muscles and tissues.
Infrared saunas raise your body’s core temperature and give you a reaction similar to a low to moderate workout. As a result, you increase circulation, giving you a passive cardio workout making your heart stronger.
Everybody’s skin reacts differently, but sweating is known to open pores and clear out dirt and bacteria. A full-body sweat, followed by a gentle shower and application of an all-natural body moisturiser from head to toe, will make you literally shine with health!