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Top 7 Health Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna

  • March 13, 2012
  • 3 Minute Read

Here are the 7 Best Benefits of Using an Infrared Sauna on a Regular Basis

1. Weight Loss:

Infrared saunas are unique in that they allow you the ability to lose weight “without lifting a finger”. I know, I know – this sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. And this isn’t just “water weight” we’re talking about here.

Studies have shown that sitting in an infrared sauna for 30 minutes can burn upwards of 600 calories. When you use an infrared sauna, your core body temperature increases (not your surface body temperature like a regular steam sauna), and your body works hard to cool it down. This causes an increase in your heart rate, metabolic rate and cardiac output, allowing you to burn calories while you sit back and relax.

2. Detoxification:

Sweating is one of your body’s natural ways to remove toxins from your system. Removing toxins from your body is a great way to avoid disease, prevent illness, and generally improve your overall feeling of health and vitality. Since infrared saunas heat your body from the core, they allow you to sweat out up to 7 times more toxins than traditional saunas.

3. Relaxation:

Everyone who has ever spent time in a sauna is likely familiar with the generally euphoric feeling that results. Spending time in an infrared sauna is no different. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the body as a result of stress. Studies have shown that infrared heat therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol, allowing you to relieve that day-to-day stress, and relax.

4. Pain Relief:

One of the most popular reasons people turn to infrared saunas is pain relief. Infrared heat works by deeply penetrating joints, muscle and tissues, which increases circulation and speeds oxygen flow. Many doctors recommend infrared therapy to athletes for sports injury relief, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain syndromes.

5. Lower Blood Pressure:

During a session in an infrared sauna, your heart works harder to cool your body down, promoting healthy blood flow. Infrared sauna therapy is a safe and effective way to improve your heart functions, and can be especially beneficial for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

6. Improved Circulation:

Heating your muscles with infrared rays causes a similar increase in blood flow to exercise. Never before has getting your blood going been so relaxing!

7. Skin Purification:

Studies on infrared light therapy have shown improvements in skin complexion, tone, texture, elasticity and overall appearance. Less toxins in the skin = healthier skin.

Whether it’s the physiological changes that occur in the warmth of a sauna, or if it’s simply the time spent in the calm, still retreat of the sauna, all who sauna agree — it just feels wonderful!