An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared radiant heat which is absorbed directly into the human body, unlike traditional saunas which heat the body indirectly via air or steam.
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 temperate 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.
Sweating is the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Studies on infrared light therapy have shown improvements in skin complexion, tone, texture, elasticity and overall appearance. Less toxins in the skin = healthier skin.
Dr. Oz Explains an Infrared Sauna’s Benefits – Oprah.com
Since Dr. Oz called them “the next life extension tool”, they’ve been popping up in homes and natural health spas around the globe. So if you’ve been thinking about buying an infrared sauna for your home or business, you’re not alone. Here are the 7 best benefits of using an infrared sauna on a regular basis.
Dr. Oz says his in-laws introduced him to the infrared sauna, which is slightly different than a normal sauna. “It makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation, so it only gives you the infrared radiation,” he says. “That radiation that’s infrared goes a little bit into your skin so, without heating you up and the external environment too much, it heats the body up.”
After a few minutes in the sauna, Oprah says she’s starting to feel the heat. Dr. Oz says the high temperature helps lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. “It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories,” Dr. Oz says. “It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out toxins through the skin.”