Far Infrared Sauna

Quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association stating: “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2-3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600-800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be. These saunas, based on infrared technology, are more effective as heat reaches deeper in the skin unlike conventional saunas. Deep heat penetration allows removal of toxins, alcohol, nicotine and metals. It helps in curing chronic fatigue; promotes muscle growth; raises growth hormones level; and reduces cellulite. Calories used in half an hour in an infrared sauna session are more than that used while running for the same time.

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Infrared saunas are very helpful for cancer patients. They raise oxygenation and remove radio active residues. Infrared saunas are good for chronic infections.

The infrared heater produces radiant energy, which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays

Infrared saunas require 90% less energy and heats much faster than traditional saunas. This sauna can also be used for patients suffering from varicose veins, metal implants, hypertension and diabetes where conventional saunas do not help.

In a traditional sauna the air temperature typically runs between 169 to 190 °F (76 to 88 °C), though temperatures over 200 °F (93 °C) are sometimes encountered. The hot air causes the body to heat up, and eventually results in a sweat. Water is thrown on the stones to achieve a “steam shock”. This produces a quick “high”. Some add herbs or oil like eucalyptus. Traditionally, ones skin is beaten with a bunch of birch twigs. When the heat becomes intolerable one cools down under a cold shower or, as in Finland, by jumping into a frozen lake.

One of the ways that infrared sauna use is beneficial for a wide range of ailments is through the increase in circulation that it causes in the body. Increased circulation is often believed to be helpful in a variety of ways, and is generally regarded as beneficial for health.

Infrared sauna may provide benefit to patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. A pilot study involving the use of infrared sauna over a 4-week period resulted in short-term improvement regarding pain and stiffness, reduction in fatigue, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects.

The infrared rays penetrate the body over 1.5 inches, which creates a deep heating effect in the muscle tissues and internal organs without stressing the heart muscle.

After an initial warming up period, the body begins its natural cooling off process of perspiring. Three things are accomplished during this phase:

   1. Waste products and toxins such as alcohol, nicotine and heavy metals are removed from the cells and excreted through the pores of the skin.

   2. The skin sheds any old skin cells leaving it glowing and immaculately clean.

   3. As the body expends energy to produce sweat, the heart beats harder and faster, which has a conditioning effect on the cardiovascular system plus is an effective weight control for people who can’t exercise.

The infrared sauna is an hour well spent supporting the natural detoxification systems of the body and relaxing deeply into a comfortable heat.

Many doctors are starting to recommend infrared saunas to their patients for many ailments, some of which are inflammation, weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure! Another amazing advantage of this deep penetrating heat is its ability to detoxify the body. The heat pulls out toxins deep under the skin and exfoliates them through the skin. Toxins like mercury, lead, car emissions, tobacco, mold and hundreds of other pollutants our bodies are bombarded with on a daily basis.

By detoxifying the body of these pollutants we are able to stop them from accumulating in our system and in doing so prevent possible disease and premature aging of our skin, body and mind. At the same time we are strengthening our immune system which keeps us running at our peak.

Steam vs. Sauna

Steam cleanses the lungs and nasal passages as well as hydrating the skin. Yet both do have a detox effect on the body.

Difference between infrared & traditional sauna

Sitting in a sauna for a period of time will lead to sweating, which has many health benefits. Infrared saunas, specifically, are used for weight loss and relaxation. Infrared, a type of light, is used to heat objects in the sauna instead of air. One’s respiratory system is not exposed to high heat as in conventional sauna. It saves lots of time as well.

The traditional saunas are very hot and can be difficult to breathe, the infrared sauna permeates heat like the sun directly into the body whereas the traditional sauna, first heats the room, the outside of the body and then inside.

Sitting in a sauna for a period of time will lead to sweating, which has many health benefits. Infrared saunas, specifically, are used for weight loss and relaxation. Infrared, a type of light, is used to heat objects in the sauna instead of air. One’s respiratory system is not exposed to high heat as in conventional sauna. It saves lots of time as well.

The traditional saunas are very hot and can be difficult to breathe, the infrared sauna permeates heat like the sun directly into the body whereas the traditional sauna, first heats the room, the outside of the body and then inside.

Is there any difference between saunas?

A traditional sauna is great for short sessions Unfortunately, the traditional sauna does not have as many of the benefits you could be experiencing from using an infrared sauna.

First, the temperature that the traditional sauna needs to reach for your body to sweat is way too high to safely handle for any extended period of time. Doctors typically say that anything longer than 20 minutes at those high temperatures is not good for your body. In fact, it could actually be putting a strain on your heart.

This is the exact opposite of what you could expect from using an infrared sauna. Because the infrared saunas heat penetrates the body much deeper (up to 1 3/4 inches compared to the traditional sauna which only penetrates approximately 1/8 of an inch), your body can get a good detoxifying sweat going at about 120 degrees as compared to 180 degrees required from a traditional sauna.

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