Dr. Irvin Sahni on the Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna
Dr. Axe on Infrared Sauna Treatments
Infrared light energy passes through the skin and into the underlying tissues. Directly heating the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. The infrared energy stimulates cellular activity and increases cellular metabolism. This can very effective for injury or muscle recovery. This increase in metabolism also burns more calories. Up to 600 calories can be burned in a single Infrared sauna session.
Many people prefer the Infrared Sauna over a traditional sauna because the air temperature is greatly reduced in an Infrared Sauna. Because the Infrared Sauna works by heating the internal tissue directly, it does not need heat the surrounding air as much. A traditional Sauna air temp is around 180-190 degrees. Compared to a Infrared Sauna that typically operates at 110-130 degrees. This provides better comfort to the user, as the air they are breathing is not nearly as hot.
What does Infrared Sauna help with?
There have been many reported health benefits from regular sauna usage. The simple process of sweating for an extended period of time has been shown to help with managing blood pressure, reducing stress, and improving cardiovascular functioning.
Athletes use Infrared Sauna to help with muscle recovery during training periods or after a competition. Being able to recover and repair muscle tissue is critical in maintaining health and performance.
Many people embrace Infrared Sauna as part of their weight loss program. With the ability to burn up to 600 calories per session, many people find this be a great addition to the diet and exercise programs.
Improved immune function. The increased body temp helps stimulate white blood cells (similar to having a fever) which helps fight infections. The increased tissue temperature also creates an inhospitable environment for pathogens, further strengthening of our defenses to getting sick.
Many find Infrared Sauna us to be helpful for relief of painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, strain/sprains, migraine headaches, tendonitis, and many others.
Regular sweating helps open the pores of our skin and push out debris or other substances that may clog our pores. This results in healthier skin, and helps prevent things from entering our bodies through our pores.
Endorphins are responsible for that pleasant sense of wellbeing and satisfaction you get at the end of a workout. They may be one reason why spending time in a sauna is a good way to shed the stress and tension that often builds up during the day. Many sauna users claim that regular usage helps them overcome the effects of insomnia and sleep better at night.
Infrared Sauna for Detox
Some people use infrared sauna treatments as a method of detoxification. Believing that the infrared light energy helps release toxins or heavy metals stored within the body. While some have used infrared sauna for treatment of hangovers or to try to beat a drug test, these uses are unproven and generally not recommended.
Infrared Sauna Sessions
A typical Infrared Sauna session is done in the nude or with as little clothing as possible. This allows the greatest amount of infrared energy to pass through the skin and into the underlying tissue. Water molecules help absorb this energy, so it is advised to be, and stay, well hydrated before, during, and after sessions to maximize the benefits.
The Length of your Infrared Sauna session will vary on multiple factors. These may include your current cardiovascular status, any underlying health conditions, medications, and your tolerance to heat.
Some people should not engage in Sauna Therapy. These may include women who are pregnant or nursing, individuals who have an intolerance to heat, or anyone who has a medical condition where infrared sauna would not be advised. Everyone should consult with their healthcare provider about any treatments they are receiving to ensure there are no contraindications.