More people than ever before are turning to infrared saunas instead of sticking with traditional saunas. But what’s driving this change, and what are the health benefits of infrared saunas? Let’s break down both of these questions and more below.
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Infrared Saunas vs Traditional Saunas
Infrared saunas function differently than traditional saunas. Here’s what you need to know:
- Indirect vs Direct Heat. Traditional saunas warm the air around you while infrared saunas utilize the power of high-tech heaters that penetrate the core body temperature.
- Temperature Range. Most infrared saunas operate at temperatures between 120F-150F. Traditional saunas reach higher temperatures, but infrared is more effective because it penetrates the core body temperature and not the air.
- Penetrating Warmth. Infrared radiation penetrates the skin and warms the body’s deep tissues, changing your body’s metabolic rate and offering other key health benefits as well.
- Efficiency. Infrared saunas are more effective than traditional saunas, with up to 80% of the heat produced reaching your body. This also results in the heat penetrating more deeply, which ties into some of the health benefits we’ll discuss below.
Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
Now that we understand how infrared saunas work, let’s break down the top five health benefits of infrared saunas:
Muscle & Joint Recovery
Many people utilize infrared sauna therapy to relieve aching and sore muscles. Remember, infrared heat penetrates your body much more effectively than traditional sauna heat.
Since your muscles relax when they warm-up, increasing the temperature of your deep tissue via infrared sauna therapy may help your muscles to relax and repair themselves after an intense workout. Furthermore, boosting your body temperature can result in increased blood flow throughout your body, including to your muscles and nerve endings. The result? Many people experience significant muscle tissue relief—and even some relief from chronic joint conditions like arthritis.
As with regular saunas, infrared saunas can also help you to sweat out various toxins by forcing your body to perspire at a greater than average rate. Your body naturally sweats to get rid of toxins and to cool off its surface. infrared therapy can rid toxins like phthalates, flame retardants, Bisphenol A, pesticides and PCBs, heavy metals, mold and mycotoxins.
Weight Loss & Metabolic Boosts
Some people use infrared sauna therapy for potential weight loss benefits and metabolic boosts. In a nutshell, infrared therapy significantly warms up your core body temperature. Your body works harder to produce sweat, and your heart beats faster and stronger to pump warm blood around. All of that internal effort burns through calories and increases your metabolic rate to a minor degree.
While you won’t burn as many calories through infrared therapy as you would from a regular workout, infrared saunas can help stimulate your metabolism and accelerate weight loss results.
Immune System Support
Have you ever wondered why our bodies start heating up when we become ill? Our bodies induce fevers on purpose, since increasing our internal temperature makes it harder for certain viruses and bacteria to survive. Similarly, infrared saunas can help provide boosts to your immune system through artificially increasing your body temperature and stimulating white blood cell production. Even if you aren’t currently ill, periodically increasing your body’s temperature using an infrared sauna could help to boost your immune system.
Relaxation & Stress Relief
Feeling a little stressed out after a long day at work? You might consider using an infrared sauna to relax and benefit from its stress release benefits. Gentle, soothing heat like the kind provided by infrared saunas can help to relax your body and rejuvenate your mind after just a short session. That’s the main reason why people started using traditional saunas in the first place!
But infrared saunas are much more effective than traditional sauna environments, both in terms of how quickly they can heat your body and how easy it is you enjoy their health benefits. In effect, infrared saunas are the new, improved version of regular saunas in every way, offering the ultimate in relaxation and stress relief from the comfort of your own home.
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There are a variety of potential infrared sauna health benefits. The only way to tell how much you’ll enjoy an infrared sauna experience is to try one out for yourself! Be sure to check out the infrared sauna models available at The Sauna Life, and request a quote today.