The health benefits of infrared sauna's.
What is an infrared sauna?
Infrared saunas use infrared light to penetrate your body’s skin barrier to raise your core temperature. This is different from a traditional sauna that has to heat the air before it actually heats you. Because of these differences, infrared saunas get less hot, allowing you to spend more time inside reaping the benefits.
Infrared saunas typically emit far infrared, but the infrared spectrum consists of three different wavelengths – each with their own healing capabilities. Near infrared (NIR) penetrates the least past the skin barrier to help more on a surface level by fighting against signs of ageing and helping to heal wounds.
Mid infrared (MIR) goes a little deeper to help reduce inflammation and chronic pain and far infrared (FIR) goes the deepest into the body to help with chronic pain as well as draw out toxins.
What are the health benefits of infrared saunas?
Infrared saunas help to heal many chronic health problems through targeting key underlying factors that contribute to many illnesses. Here are just a few of the reasons why we're become obsessed with infrared saunas:
Eases stress and anxiety
You can fill up on as many healthy foods as you want each day, but if you’re in constant stress, your body will still have a problem. Studies show that chronic stress raises inflammation which is linked to multiple different health problems. Infrared saunas promote relaxation and give you a chance to zen out and recharge. Sauna use can restore balance to the (HPA) axis, when out of whack, is responsible for adrenal fatigue. And the rise in BDNF levels also works to improve depression and anxiety.
A recent study showed that after 20 days of consistent infrared sauna use, participants with chronic fatigue syndrome saw significant improvement in their symptoms.
Anti-ageing, improves skin health and enhances glow
One of our favourite reasons… The heavy sweating you experience in the infrared sauna causes increased capillary circulation, helps to eliminate bacteria from the top layer of the skin and increases the rate at which dead skin cells are removed – this is a powerful combo ensures clearer, softer skin. The movement of fluid to the surface and the flushing of waste through the skin increases firmness, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves skin tone and cleanses the pores.
Weight loss and improved metabolism
Studies have shown that simply sitting in an infrared sauna gives you a similar cardiovascular boost as running. The term for this is a “passive aerobic workout,” because the body is receiving all the benefits of a workout, without being stressed in the same way as a normal workout. The body is relaxed and is in parasympathetic mode (as described above).
A study of people who used the sauna 3 times per week found an average reduction in fat of about 4% over 4 months. These results are not surprising since 1 infrared sauna session burns between 400-600 calories! Those participants did not change their diet or exercise routines during the study.
Enhances brain function
BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factors, increase with sauna use and are responsible for facilitating the growth of new brain cells to improve memory and brain function.
Almost every health problem – autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, brain problems, and hormonal imbalances included – can be traced back to inflammation. Infrared saunas naturally calm down inflammation in the body.
The amount of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis has risen drastically. This rise of toxins is pervasive in our environment and bodies with more and more studies linking our exposure to the rise of autoimmune and other chronic diseases.
Sweating is the body’s way of naturally detoxing , so with a simple sauna session, you can help flush out some of these toxin's.
Raising body temperature is a natural way to help your immune system fight off viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.
Getting consistently good sleep is imperative to maintaining a healthy mind and body. Lack of good quality sleep will begin to eat away at all other areas of your life, leaving you feeling flat.
Regular sauna users can attest to the feel good quality of a session in the infrared sauna, and this is due to the endorphins that are released throughout, creating a soothing and tranquilising effect on the body.
Studies have shown that regular sauna use can help to relieve chronic tension and help to provide a deeper, more relaxed sleep.
Reduces chronic pain
Research shows that infrared saunas can reduce pain even for those dealing with painful conditions like, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis, by releasing your body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, which have an opioid-like effect.
Consistent sauna use has been shown to dramatically reduce the risks associated with heart disease. In fact, those who use saunas between four to seven times a week are 48 percent less likely to die from heart disease compared to those who dont.