Where do we begin? By now it is no hidden secret what saunas can do for us, from the fact that they help us burn calories and release toxins from our bodies through sweating. Still it is important to get into some other health benefits of using saunas.
In this article, we are going to be specific and discuss benefits of using infrared saunas. Infrared saunas are saunas where infrared lamps are used as the heating source and the heat is direction the body of the occupant and not the room in general.
There have been a number of therapies conducted with this method and we have seen some cool results.
BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNA
Infrared therapy is graded in terms of ray intensity. There are the near, mid, and far levels and they are all good for different purposes. For now, let us look at some general infrared sauna benefits.
#1 Detoxification – this is the process of removing toxins from the body. Infrared saunas, when compared to traditional saunas help you detox about 7 times faster thus leading to an all round healthier being.
#2 Relaxation – The penetration of the infrared rays to the skin helps ease muscle tension and boosts relaxation.
#3 Pain Relief – Believe it or not, this is a major benefit. The science behind this stems from muscle relaxation. When muscles are relaxed, other repairs are started around the body. Infrared saunas increase circulation around the body and this aids with pain relief.
#4 Weight loss – When in a sauna, you burn calories and lose water and salt. Continued and consistent sauna usage leads to lasting weight loss. Your body works harder when in a sauna, your heart rate increases, to your body this is exercise and the weight must come off.
#5 Improved Circulation – This is a benefit which has a lot of child benefits. Due to increased circulation to the brain for example, the risks of brain related diseases are greatly reduced in old age.
#6 Skin Purification – If you want to go for that healthier, fresher look then infrared sauna therapy can also help you there. By eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, you generally have a rejuvenation which has anti-aging effects.
#7 Increased metabolism – Still on weight loss, when heated by those infrared lamps, our metabolism speeds up and this is wonderful on many levels. One of such being that when your metabolism is up, your burn more calories.
#8 Increased brain function – That is true! Heat increase prolactin (a hormone which encourages the growth of myelin – which is the insulation around the brain’s nerve fibres). It also increases cognitive abilities and as such helps one work better with their memories.
#9 Cardiovascular Support – The logic behind this is quite simple. When exposed to heat, your heart rate goes up. Your body reads this as exercise and that is it, you are on your way to a healthier heart.
#10 Increased Immune Function – During a sauna bath, white blood cells go up in number all through the blood stream and this suggests that the immune system would be heightened at that point.
You may have the best home sauna but knowing the benefits will help you utilize it better. There are three major kinds of infrared therapy and users find that they work well for different purposes.
- Near infrared level are best for injury healing and increased function of the immune system.
- Mid levels are best when it comes to increased circulation and muscle relaxation
- Far levels are mostly beneficial for all round detoxification
If you are new to infrared sauna therapy, then start small by doing less than 10 minutes at 70 to 100 degrees Celsius and gradually work your way up.
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