There are nearly endless benefits of infrared heat. When comparing to regular saunas, which heat the air and raise the temperature of the room around you, infrared saunas work off of infrared light which impacts your core temperature without making the ambient air nearly as hot. Each benefit that infrared saunas offer produces a domino effect – creating a series of positive changes in all aspects of your health and well-being. Below are some of the many benefits that come from combining infrared heat with sweating.
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways of eliminating toxins. With infrared heat, your body is cleansed from the inside out. Infrared saunas eliminate approximately seven times more toxins that traditional saunas, making them the most efficient form for detoxification.
Infrared heat increases blood circulation and purges the pores of toxins. Sweating allows the body to flush out all of the impurities that become embedded in our dermal layers during normal, everyday activities. Whether it’s dirt, makeup, oil or chemical residue, when you sweat, you allow your body to purge these pollutants by bringing a fresh blood supply and essential nutrients to the surface. Sweating also allows our bodies to produce antimicrobial properties which reinforce the cleansing process, making our skin less prone to dermal issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, scars, stretch marks, lesions and cellulite.
As with any type of weight loss technique, in order to burn calories, it’s necessary to increase your heart rate, circulating your blood at a faster pace. During the process of thermoregulation, where your body is trying to maintain its internal core temperature, your system is working hard to regulate itself, resulting not only in sweating, but a high amount of calories burned. Because of the rapidity of the caloric burn, your body continues to burn calories for 36 hours, even after your session, giving you a metabolic boost. Studies have shown that you can burn up to 1,000 calories per 50-minute infrared sauna session, and between 800-1500 calories with the 55 minute blanket treatment.
The detoxification benefits of sweating also play a role in the toxic visceral fat loss. The body stores toxins within fat deposits to protect vital organs and critical body tissues against toxic exposure. When we sweat and these toxins are released, it frees up the body to start burning that fat that used to be required as a buffer for toxins.
Sweating helps improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance, which is beneficial for those with limited mobility, or those who are seeking supplemental weight loss techniques. The detoxification process of sweating can lead to a more restful night of sleep, which has also been known to produce weight loss results.
Infrared heat activates the color sensitive chemicals in your body, stimulating your cells’ energy processes. Because of the increase in circulation and blood flow within the body after an infrared sauna treatment, our energy levels are boosted. Infrared sessions also give the body a burst of endorphins, which create a steady increase in energy and overall mentality.
Infrared has long been proven to reduce pain, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation and stiffness. From headaches to stomach cramps, muscle tension or soreness, infrared technology can be used as a natural remedy instead of traditional and sometimes harmful pain relievers. Infrared treatments have been used in sport training and therapy for athletes and recovering surgical patients across the globe.
Sleep is the body’s most natural repair process. By shutting down at the end of each day, we allow ourselves to restore our physical and mental energy. When we have restlessness, problems falling asleep, or even insomnia, we put ourselves at risk for a host of larger issues, as our bodies are not getting the proper recharge they need.
By sweating and burning calories, we’re able to get a deeper sleep. Sweating promotes muscle relaxation, stimulates the body’s natural repair process, and allows us to enter a restful, more rejuvenated state.
Stress is one of the body’s worst enemies. Not only can it create chaos in your mind, but it can take a toll on the body’s physical systems as well. Infrared heat penetrates the body’s sub-dermal layers to warm your muscles, encouraging them to relax and expand. Infrared heat balances cortisol levels and relieves muscle tension, leaving your body in a restful state.
Sweating not only has physical benefits, but mental benefits as well. Sweating has been proven to give us a boost of endorphins, causing our state of mind to calm and release tension, or even boost our energy levels and all-around mood.
Anti-aging and aging prevention is another incredible benefit of sweating. As infrared rays penetrate deeply into the epidermal and dermal layers of skin, core body temperatures rise, which force the body to circulate blood close to the skin’s surface in order to cool itself down. As deep sweat begins, pores begin to open, and the combination of blood circulation and release of toxins provide a foundation for healthier skin. This process stimulates the production of collagen, which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Levels of collagen and elastin, two of the most important ingredients to healthy and firm skin, are increased after exposing the body to infrared. Cellulite is simply the fatty residue and organic waste trapped below the skin’s surface. Because infrared heat successfully targets the fatty tissues in the sub-dermal layers of our skin, infrared therapy is a natural solution to reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Infrared therapy helps promote healthy blood pressure by allowing the body to dilate blood vessels and increase circulation. As your internal temperature rises, so does your heart rate. By increasing your heart rate, you also increase circulation. This process helps repair blood vessel functions, especially in those with high blood pressure, low blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Sweating heats your muscles with infrared rays and increases blood flow in the body, creating an almost identical effect of exercising. Regular blood flow circulation has a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute, however, during an infrared sauna session, up to 13 quarts per minute have been reported.
When you’re feeling good in one aspect of life, that feeling tends to have effects on other aspects of life as well. Because of the multitude of benefits infrared therapy can have on a person’s health- especially in the energy area, as well as weight loss and clearer complexion – a boost in libido is a commonly reported benefit. Sweating allows the body to be more relaxed, have higher energy levels, and promotes an overall enhanced mental and physical well-being, which can often lead to a boost in libido.
Infrared sessions encourage an improvement in hormonal balance through the detoxification process, as the removal of toxic estrogen stored in fat cells occurs while we sweat. Infrared sessions also offer relief from many different symptoms associated with hormonal and menopausal related changes in the body. From cramps to headaches, or even the altering of cholesterol levels, sweating out toxins can help.
Kidney disease is among the top 10 most deadly killer’s in the US. The risk for kidney disease can easily be reduced by controlling blood sugar, maintaining proper weight and avoiding toxins that can harm the kidneys. All of the threats to the kidneys can be prevented with the use of infrared therapy.
Studies have linked the damaging effects of a toxic chemical in the brain, amyloid beta, with the onset of Alzheimer’s. This chemical interrupts the communication between brain cells, creating the first noticeable cognitive discrepancies. Preventing this communicative dysfunction within the brain would effectively help prevent this disease. Infrared light therapy can increase the health of the points of connection between brain cells, ultimately decreasing susceptibility to the toxic proteins.
Heart disease is among the top 10 killers in the US. By lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, reducing belly fat, and regulating the body’s entire system, we are effectively able to control and prevent heart disease. Each of these techniques for promoting heart health are a benefit of infrared sauna therapy.
Infrared therapy also stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously. When blood vessels start to dilate, the circulatory system becomes cleansed as body’s cells become more fully oxygenated. Better circulation means more toxins are able to flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface, improving cell health overall. When cell health is improved, the immune system also benefits, as cells are able to expend more energy fighting new toxins that try to enter the system. Infrared therapy can reduce the effects of headaches, sinus pain and pressure, nasal congestion, sore throats, earaches, and coughing.
Infrared wavelengths have the ability to penetrate the body’s core, creating heat from the inside out. The increased blood flow to the muscles deliver more concentrated oxygen, allowing the body to heal itself naturally.
Infrared saunas have been proven to help with the following chronic pain conditions:
Back pain , Blunt trauma, Bursitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Diabetic neuropathy, Fibromyalgia , Muscle sprains and strains, Neck pain , Neuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis and Sciatica.
Lyme Disease, Temporomandibular joint pain, (TMJ) Tendonitis Surgical incisions Wounds
Type II diabetes:
Type II diabetics not only experience chronic pain and fatigue, but are also at risk for congestive heart failure. By lowering blood pressure, promoting weight loss, and increasing circulation, people with type II diabetes lessen their risk for heart failure. Infrared therapy offers a solution to these problems, especially as many people who suffer from type II diabetes are not able to exercise vigorously.
Cancer prevention and treatment:
Infrared therapy is widely used in natural cancer treatment and preventions. Because nanoparticles that are exposed to infrared light can become highly toxic to nearby cancer cells, infrared sessions could create a possible cancer treatment to kill most of the cancer cells.
*We do not claim it cures or prevents cancer, but is widely used in natural cancer treatment as studies have shown X. Source: https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/infrared-radiation-benefits/
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