Heat and its Health Benefits
Fever and Detoxification
When you are sick, the body temperature often increases in order to help fight off the infection. This increase in temperature is known as a fever. The fever is your body trying to eliminate toxins through the pores of your skin. Studies show that saunas, both traditional and infra-red, can replicate a fevers’ detoxification process and can be beneficial or overall health.
Benefits Traditional and Infrared Saunas
Both traditional and infra red saunas are a great way to detox your body. Some people find the sweltering heat in a traditional sauna unbearable, which is why they do not last too long.
In a traditional steam sauna, a fully heated environment is created by a heater that uses a rock mass and the use of water poured over the rocks to create steam. Infra red saunas use invisible light just below red light frequencies to penetrate and heat up the tissues directly, to a depth of up to 1.5 inches into the skin. It is a gentle radiant heat.
One of the biggest benefits of infrared saunas is that they’re comfortable and simple to use. They are especially beneficial for people who struggle with pain or whose skin and stomachs are sensitive to heat, all with no need for medications or doctor visits.
Numerous studies have shown benefits of infrared sauna therapy for people with:
• cardiovascular disease
• high blood pressure
• congestive heart failure
• rheumatoid arthritis
• chronic fatigue
• poor digestion
• depression and anger
• chronic muscle and joint pains
Even if you are not suffering from any of the conditions listed above, you’ll be amazed at all the ways the infrared sauna can help optimize your overall well being through:
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.
3. Pain Relief
If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
4. Weight Loss
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
6. Skin Purification
Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.
If you are looking to purchase an infra red sauna, I recommend one that is hypoallergenic. Mine is made from basswood. They smell nice and are comfortable. There are many companies that offer at home saunas to purchase. It is best to do your home work, and feel comfortable with the customer service and warranty options .
I feel it is a great investment as they are very relaxing and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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