You might have heard that sweating is a great way to get rid of toxins and may even help you to burn more calories. You can take this up a notch with a far infrared sauna. They have been linked with a wide range of health benefits. Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of an infrared sauna and how to start reaping them for yourself!
How Does an Infrared Sauna Work?
Far Infrared (FIR) Saunas produce a deep heat that can warm the body’s core. They do this by using light to produce heat that penetrates the body’s tissues and heats them up. You can’t see it but you’ll definitely feel the effects! Because it doesn’t use dry heat, it can be a great option for people who can’t tolerate the humidity of a traditional sauna.
There are three levels for infrared sauna treatments. This depends on the exact size and strength of the wavelength that is being used:
- Near-infrared: This level can work well for boosting immunity and helping wounds to heal.
- Middle-infrared: This level is a good option for improving circulation and encouraging muscles to relax.
- Far-infrared: This is ideal for detoxification.
Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
Because of the way that far infrared saunas work, they can have a wide range of health benefits.
Relief from chronic pain and stiffness:
In a 2009 study published in Clinical Rheumatology, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were able to reduce fatigue, pain and stiffness after 8 infrared sauna treatments. Researchers at the Kagoshima University Hospital in Japan used short infrared sauna sessions on 13 women with fibromyalgia. Pain was significantly reduced for all patients, often by as much as half after one session and by up to 78% after 10 sessions. Infrared sauna treatments have also been shown to reduce chronic pain associated with peripheral arterial disease.
What about chronic pain that isn’t linked to these conditions? Infrared saunas are thought to improve chronic pain in general. Japanese researchers recommend shorter sauna sessions on a frequent basis to tackle pain.
Sweating is one of the ways that your body tries to detox itself so it’s probably no great surprise that saunas are a great chance to get rid of toxins. Far infrared saunas are even more effective than Swedish saunas when it comes to eliminating toxins. FIR saunas can help you to get rid of up to 7 times more toxins. They may even be helpful for encouraging heavy metals such as lead to leave the body. A systematic review from 2012 even suggested that levels of heavy metals such as mercury can be reduced through regular sauna sessions.
One of the main weight loss benefits of using a far infrared sauna comes from the effects on your heart rate. The deep heat that is produced raises your heart rate in much the same way as exercise. This means that your body has to work harder and can burn more calories. According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, you can burn up to 600 calories in a 30 minute infrared sauna session.
Improving heart health:
Infrared sauna therapy can help to manage blood pressure and may even be able to protect against congestive heart failure.
Lower levels of inflammation:
When it comes to saunas, infrared is the best option for reducing inflammation. Studies have shown that infrared sauna treatment can help with inflammatory conditions. This include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Using an infrared sauna can help to improve your immunity. This is thought to be linked to higher numbers of white blood cells. Your body needs white blood cells to fight illness and infection.
Raising your heart rate can also improve your circulation. This can help with blood flow and encourage your muscles to recover more quickly.
Getting rid of toxins and improving circulation can also have positive effects for your skin. Many people find that their skin becomes clearer and looks healthier with regular infrared sauna sessions. A German study found that using infrared saunas regularly was more likely to result in a healthy pH and skin was less dry or acne prone.
An infrared sauna can help you to relax by balancing your body’s cortisol levels. The deep heat is also great for relaxing your muscles and reduce tension in your body.
Recovery from workouts:
If you tend to experience sore muscles after exercising, regular infrared sauna sessions can help you to recover more quickly. Blood can flow more easily to your muscles, which is a key part of workout recovery.
Want to Get Infrared Sauna Sessions at Home?
Want to start getting the benefits of an infrared sauna without even leaving home? You don’t even need a lot of room if you go for this space-conscious LifeSpace option. Got a bit more space to play with? You’ll love the luxurious and super comfortable Twin and TwinC Lifespace options!
You can even take FIR technology outside of your home with the portable 8-in-1 FIR Heat Therapy Wrap. This wrap targets joints and muscles in the shoulders, elbows, lower back, wrists, neck, knees and ankles. Just strap it on and let the heat relieve pain and stiffness.
The LifeSpace models that we sell here at Neustar are low-EMF. If you’re not familiar with EMF, it refers to Electro-Magnetic Field. Most of us use a lot of electronic devices these days and are exposed to plenty of EMF in our day-to-day lives. Research into EMF is still in the early stages but so far, there’s some evidence that it could be harmful for health. That’s why we’re keen to keep EMF to a minimum in the saunas we offer.
Our focus here at Neustar is on helping to manage pain and discomfort, and improve quality of life through the products that we offer. We only stock products that are proven to help with this and that we have personally tested and can vouch for. We’re here to help you to find a solution that works!