Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna

The health benefits of infrared sauna are comparable to, but outnumber the benefits offered by the traditional steam sauna.

These infrared sauna benefits are discussed here.

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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.

In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. Taking these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of certain holistic remedies.

Infrared energy is known to penetrate 2-3" deep into the body and is reported to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue. The health benefits are varied and many, as listed below:

  • Improved Circulation - Far Infrared Radiation, or FIR, has the ability to penetrate, refract, radiate and reflect. Its deep acting features allow FIR to reach the subcutaneous tissues and the thermal effect on deep layers of tissue causes dilation of blood vessels boosting the circulatory system. This helps in flushing out impurities from the blood and other metabolic wastes are expunged via sweating.

  • Pain Relief - The deep tissue heat provided by FIR is ideal for relieving sore muscles and joint pain from chronic conditions like arthritis.

  • Better Circulation and Energy - Another of the health benefits of infrared sauna therapy is better circulation and increased energy. The heat radiated by FIR saunas causes a phenomenon called "resonance" when it is absorbed by the cells in the body. This invigorates and boosts cellular metabolism and blood circulation instantaneously.

  • Weight Loss - FIR heat therapy can be used as a complementary aid in weight loss programs for accelerating metabolism which results in large quantities of calories lost in a single sauna heat session.

  • Improved Heart Health - The health benefits of infrared saunas extend to cardiovascular health, too. FIR therapy increases heart rate and circulation, which is vital to good, robust cardiovascular health. Having a far infrared sauna therapy session is equivalent to a good physical workout.

  • Promotes Healing - Another of the health benefits of infrared saunas is that it encourages speedy recovery from injuries. Since FIR therapy causes vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels, sprains and strains and related pain are relieved much quicker and the natural healing process is aided.

  • Detoxification - One of the most important health benefits of infrared saunas is its ability to effect massive detoxification. Due to the sweating induced by FIR therapy, extra toxic waste products are quickly expunged during intense perspiration. The skin is the largest eliminative organ and it is possible to get rid of large quantities of impurities through its surface area during FIR heat therapy.

  • Reduces Stress, Induces Relaxation - Infrared sauna therapy helps in stress reduction. Prior to a massage, FIR therapy is an excellent method of inducing relaxation and relieving stress.

  • Cosmetic Glow - FIR therapy is much in demand since it puts the much sought after glow that accompanies healthy skin, due to its propensity to enhance blood circulation and skin nutritive features, promoting healthy tone and texture to skin.

  • Improved Immunity - Another of the most important health benefits of infrared saunas is its ability to enhance immunity of the body. This is due to the artificial fever inducing properties of FIR therapy. This stimulates the immune system and also helps the body to fight off any invasive organisms like bacteria or virus in the early stages of cold, cough, or flu, preventing disease from occurring.

    Infrared Sauna versus Traditional Steam Sauna - More Benefits

    There are additional benefits of infrared saunas, when compared with traditional steam saunas.

  • Infrared heaters use direct light energy to warm the body in a manner which is similar to sunlight.

  • Infrared saunas work in a manner where only the body inside the sauna chamber is heated directly, while the surrounding air remains unaffected. Traditional saunas heat the entire enclosure and some people experience difficulties breathing in this hot air. This feature of infrared saunas also results in power conservation, as well as deep tissue penetration, which most people find very beneficial.

  • It is likely that a conventional sauna may spread and cultivate bacteria due to its humid, heavy air, but this is not the case in an infrared sauna where the environment is not humid and therefore more hygienic and free from bacteria.

    Overall, it is a matter of personal preference of users, as to which is better, infrared or traditional saunas. While, on the one hand, many steam sauna advocates feel that an infrared sauna is not as satisfying in providing the relaxing and invigorating experience of a steam sauna, on the other hand, infrared saunas actually have more benefits.

    Personally, I find the infrared sauna therapy experience more comfortable and pleasant.

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