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Sauna 101: What is an Infrared Sauna?

Sauna 101: What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna delivers the same benefits as traditional saunas but without using steam. Read this article to find out more about how infrared saunas work and how they could benefit you.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses heaters that emit far infrared radiant heat, as opposed to traditional saunas that uses steam from heated coals to warm the air. They instead use infrared radiation to directly heat the person’s body. As the infrared waves are penetrating the body, the body temperature also rises. This causes the body to sweat to eliminate wastes from the body. When the infrared heat penetrated the body deep into the pores, they clean out the dirt and debris, the organs are being cleared of toxins, and the immune system is strengthened.

What Infrared Saunas can be used for?

Infrared saunas can remove the potentially carcinogenic heavy metals accumulated by the body as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, and cholesterol. Due to the acidic nature of toxins and the accumulation in the body, the blood circulation is blocked. The saunas expand the clogged capillary blood vessels and dissolve the toxins into the bloodstream where they then leave the body in the form of sweat, urine, etc. Aside from detoxification, infrared saunas can also be used to aid weight loss, cardiac problems, skin problems, and other health issues. They are also excellent in relieving stress.

Infrared saunas heat up much faster than traditional saunas and require only 90 percent less energy. In a thirty-minute session in an infrared sauna, the calories used are more than that used by a person running for the same amount of time. An infrared sauna can also used by people with respiratory problems as the air is not heated like in a traditional sauna.

Benefits of the Infrared Sauna

The health benefits of the infrared sauna include:

  • deep relaxation
  • improves skin tone, texture, and colour
  • allows for deep cleansing, eliminating impurities and removing dead skin cells
  • reduced cellulite
  • detoxification
  • reducing muscular stress, tension, and physical fatigue
  • increased energy
  • aids in increasing heart rate, cardiac output, and helps with faster calorie burning
  • improves healing time from injuries, as well as relieving pain
  • by creating an “artificial fever”, the infrared sauna actually improves the immune system, as the function of the immune system is increased during a fever state
  • increased muscle growth
  • raises growth hormone levels
Updated: 25 January 2019

Topic: Wellbeing

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