The sun produces a combination of visible and invisible light, and one of those invisible spectrums is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths make the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what make it bright). Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body as they increase the thermal energy in the body. Infrared does this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.
There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared.
- Near-infrared is the shortest wavelength but penetrates the deepest. It has the specific property that it is not captured by the body's water, allowing it to penetrate the deepest to increase your core thermal energy. Near-infrared is associated with photobiomodulation which directly produces power within the cells through ATP stimulation.
- Mid-infrared wavelengths are also captured by water molecules while temporarily increasing circulation through vasodilation, promoting a temporary increase in blood flow and temporarily elevating heart rate and overall metabolism.
- Far-infrared is the closest of the wavelengths to the infrared heat given off by our bodies. Far-infrared is readily captured by the water molecules in the body and releasing its energy. Our bodies give off far-infrared wavelengths at about 9.4 microns. Since far-infrared wavelengths feel very natural and normal to us, our energy is temporarily enhanced and strengthened.
Infrared saunas can help increase blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins in the body.
Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify the body as it releases heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) and alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
It has been known for decades that sweating is a beautiful way to get rid of stored chemicals.
2. Stress & Fatigue Reduction
Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help one feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and renewed.
Many infrared sauna customers comment on how much they look forward to their sauna session. An infrared sauna sanctuary provides a great time to relax.
Infrared saunas affect the autonomic nervous system by putting the user in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state, allowing the body to heal and restore itself.
3.Muscle Aches, Arthritis & Joint Pain
Regular sauna usage can lessen much of the usual stiffness, aches, and pains. The benefits of infrared saunas include helping relieve inflammation, stiffness, and soreness by increasing blood circulation and allowing the deep, penetrating infrared heat to relax muscles and carry off metabolic waste products while delivering oxygen-rich blood to the muscles for a faster recovery.
Infrared helps warm the muscles for greater flexibility and range of motion while relieving muscle tension and pain.
Studies have also shown that time spent in an infrared sauna can relieve different forms of arthritis. Radiant heat has been influential in treating sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and many other musculoskeletal ailments.
4. Weight Loss & Increased Metabolism
A passive cardio workout occurs because of the increased demand on our cardiovascular system. It’s not uncommon for diastolic blood pressure to decrease because of the improved blood flow and the dilation of the vessels and capillaries.
Our vital organs and endocrine glands also increase their metabolic processes. Our body is working hard to cool itself in every aspect, and all of these things contribute to a higher calorie burn.
A 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn somewhere between 300–800 calories.
5. Immune System Support
The penetrating infrared wavelengths from infrared saunas raise the core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. A fever is the body’s mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection.
It enhances the immune system, and combined with the improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating; it can increase overall health and resistance to disease.
6. Skin Conditions
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in a sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Increased circulation draws the skin’s natural nutrients to the surface for a natural glow, and it can help improve acne, eczema, psoriasis and aid wound healing with reduced scarring.
Many customers report improved skin tone, color, elasticity, and texture.
7. Heart Health
A study showed that infrared sauna therapy could help keep blood pressure within healthy levels, lower cholesterol, reduce chronic pain, and be of therapeutic value to patients with chronic congestive heart disease (CHD).
8. Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite refers to superficial pockets of trapped fat, which cause uneven dimpling or “orange-peel” skin.
Cellulite always appears in the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen, but it is not related to obesity, and the appearance of cellulite is not always reduced by weight loss.
Because the far-infrared radiant heat of a sauna warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells.
Sauna use and far-infrared heat increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which essentially reverses the trends mentioned above toward the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
9. Diabetes Support
Many studies have shown how infrared sauna therapy can aid and support those managing diabetes because it helps decrease multiple side effects.
These activities include:
- Toxin elimination
- Improved circulation
- Internal organ cleanse
- Infrared resonance
It is important to note that an infrared sauna is not a cure or treatment for diabetes but supports your body’s efforts at maintaining healthy function.
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