Humans have been detoxifying using heating therapies for tens of thousands of years. Infrared sauna therapy aids the release of toxins by resonating the bonds that hold toxins locked in the subcutaneous fat layer under the skin.
Researchers analysed the sweat from both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from the conventional sauna users was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Infrared saunas produced sweat that was only 80 — 85% water. The remaining 15-20% was made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.
One of the key benefits of detoxification through the natural sweating process is that toxins are removed directly through the skin, bypassing the kidneys and liver. Detoxification systems based on treatments taken orally rely on the toxins being taken out of suspension, into the bloodstream and then filtered out through the organs. This effectively reintroduces toxins into the circulatory system before they can be removed.
Infrared sauna decreases cortisol and increases serotonin levels. A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine looked at a group of 28 mildly depressed patients. Half of the patients were treated with an infrared sauna once a day for 4 weeks and the other half just had bed rest for 4 weeks. The sauna group showed a significant improvement compared to the control group.
Infra-red heat penetrates tissues, joints and muscles to relieve aches and pains.
Infra-red stimulates the circulatory system, improving muscle recovery, decreasing pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
Infra-red is the most effective wavelength to heal the dermis and epidermal layers of skin, stimulating collagen production. Detoxification and circulation-boosting effects will result in softer, healthier skin.
Infra-red saunas cause your core temperature and heart rate to increase and your body to burn more calories. You can bur up to 600 calories in one session!
Our body uses energy to produce sweat. We burn 0.586 of a calorie to produce 1 gram or mililitre of sweat. A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in a sauna session. 1000mi x 0.586 cal = 586 calories burned!
Hydrate well, remove all jewelry, wear loose clothing, towel off sweat, and rest afterward to maximize the benefits of your infrared sauna session.
It’s generally recommended to use the sauna before a massage to relax muscles and enhance the therapeutic effects.
Consult with a healthcare professional if you have cardiovascular conditions, pregnancy, open wounds, fever, or are under the influence of alcohol before using a sauna.
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