The Healing Powers of Infrared Saunas
Detox, Health & Wellness, Heart Health, Infrared Sauna Benefits, Pain, Weight Loss
We receive thank you notes and testimonials from many different customers each month, each with their own success story. For some, their Sunlighten infrared sauna is part of their workout regimen – a great way to relax muscles that have been worked to the max. For others, the sauna is a terrific means to relieving daily stress. For many, though, the infrared sauna is purchased and used for very specific healing reasons. And, in that regard, few things compare to an infrared sauna.
Just like light from the sun, infrared waves in a Sunlighten sauna penetrate up to 1-1/2 inches below your skin to detoxify and revitalize your cells. The resulting deep, highly efficient sweat eliminates toxins at the cellular level.
The deep penetration of infrared heat releases toxins from the fat layers just beneath the skin. It also helps your body eliminate toxins from your internal organs. These toxins pass from the organs to the fat tissue under the skin. Then they are eliminated in perspiration.
Researchers have analyzed the sweat produced in both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from traditional saunas was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Sweat produced in infrared saunas was 80-85% water. The remainder (15-20% of the perspiration) consisted of toxins such as heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid other fat-soluble toxins.
“Automatic” Weight Loss
A ten-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. It is key then to maintain a healthy weight in order to increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life.
Infrared saunas have been clinically shown to aid in weight loss. A 2009 study conducted by Dr. Richard Beever showed that infrared saunas provide significant results in lowering weight and waist circumference in just 3 months. For those who were sedentary due to certain medical conditions, results were even more profound.
Thirty-minute sessions in an infrared sauna can burn upwards of 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works hard to cool itself. While using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in blood flow, heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
Regular use of an infrared sauna may be an effective means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, akin to regular exercise but in by relatively passive means.
Drug-free pain relief
Infrared rays also help you naturally reduce pain and inflammation. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues. It increases circulation, and boosts oxygen flow to the tissues. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.
Infrared saunas provide substantial pain relief for many with sports injuries, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a sports medicine expert, “infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.”
Healthy blood pressure WITHOUT drugs
Infrared saunas have been clinically shown to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten infrared saunas were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30-minute infrared sauna sessions just three times per week.
The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the thickness of their inner lining. This increased circulation and promoted healthy blood pressure.
Boost Cellular Energy
Most infrared saunas on the market produce only far infrared. However, a new development in the field is full-spectrum infrared (available at Sunlighten in the new mPulse full spectrum infrared sauna models). These are saunas that provide all of the benefits associated with far-, mid- and near-infrared rays.
Near-infrared energy especially stimulates the body’s natural healing powers. It helps your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin, and other detox organs to neutralize toxins and work at peak efficiency. This can help support your immune system and your overall healing. You can read more about this and many of the scientific studies supporting the healing powers of infrared heat therapy in this recent newsletter.