Updated: May 25, 2022
When you think of saunas, what comes to mind? For many people, the word conjures up images of relaxation and luxury. But did you know that there's another type of sauna that can provide even more health benefits than its traditional counterparts? Infrared saunas use infrared light to create a warm and relaxing environment. Keep reading to learn more about infrared saunas and their many benefits!
There's a significant difference between a regular sauna and an infrared sauna. The main difference with infrared is that it helps to penetrate your body's skin barrier. So we're focused on raising the core temperature. Whereas, if you just go to a typical sauna, it's just heating the air around us. It's not quite as hot in that infrared sauna, and it makes a significant impact on our health.
The biggest benefit of the infrared sauna is it lowers inflammation.
Inflammation is at the root of most of our chronic health issues, and it can harm many areas of our bodies. From autoimmune conditions to digestive health concerns and even hormonal imbalance, chronic inflammation has the potential to disrupt our overall wellness by causing disruptions in a wide range of vital bodily functions.
To address this issue, lowering inflammation through regular use of an infrared sauna is the number one priority. By using this cutting-edge technology to reduce systemic levels of inflammation in our bodies, we can achieve better overall health and well-being. Whether we are battling a long-standing condition or simply striving to improve our general state of health and fitness, reducing inflammation through infrared sauna use can help us live healthier lives with more energy and vitality.
It helps restore energy.
Several studies have been done where people were using the infrared saunas consistently for several days in a row. The study revealed that their symptoms improved and they felt better.
Let's be honest, we all could use a good detox every once in a while. Thankfully, our bodies are equipped with everything we need to naturally detoxify. There are a few different ways that our body helps to detoxify. We can detoxify by drinking fluids, having regular bowel movements, and sweating. Drinking fluids helps to flush out toxins, while sweat and bowel movements help to release them. In addition, regular sauna use can also help to promote detoxification. The heat from infrared saunas helps to increase circulation and promote sweating, which can help to release toxins stored in the body. So if you're feeling sluggish or require a cleanse, consider turning to an infrared sauna, and sweat it out. Your body will thank you for it.
Helps improve overall brain function
Needless to say, our brain function is important. It's no surprise that we're always looking for ways to keep our brains healthy and functioning at their best. And one way to do that is by increasing our levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a protein that helps to facilitate the growth of new brain cells and can improve brain fog, memory, and overall brain function. And one of the best ways to increase BDNF is by using a sauna. Sauna use has been shown to increase BDNF levels, so if you're looking for a way to boost your brainpower, a sauna might be just what you need.
Helps with immunity
When it comes to optimizing your immunity and warding off viruses and bacterial infections, a nice added benefit of regular sauna use is hard to beat. Whether you are already incorporating regular trips to the sauna into your wellness routine or considering starting a new practice, it's clear that this little old tradition can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Not only does the build-up of heat in the body boost circulation and help flush out toxins, but many people also report experiencing greater physical and mental energy throughout the day as a result of their sauna sessions.
Helps reduce the effects of chronic pain
Chronic pain is a serious issue that affects millions of people around the world. Whether it stems from an injury or illness, chronic pain can be difficult to manage and even debilitating at times. However, there is hope for those struggling with chronic pain through the use of the infrared sauna. Research has shown that using an infrared sauna helps to relieve the effects of chronic pain by releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. In addition, many people report feeling a sense of euphoria or opiate-like effect while in an infrared sauna, which further helps to manage the symptoms of chronic pain. Thus, by utilizing this holistic approach to combating chronic pain, individuals can get on the path to recovery and experience greater levels of well-being.
It aids healing of certain skin conditions
When it comes to penetrations with an infrared sauna, there are a variety of different options to choose from. While much of the attention is often given to surface penetration and its ability to improve the appearance of skin imperfections, what many people don't realize is that infrared saunas can also greatly benefit overall skin hydration. By promoting increased blood flow to the skin's surface, this type of thermal treatment aids in healing certain types of skin conditions and may even help alleviate dryness or itchiness.
Infrared sauna sessions can help with stress and anxiety
Infrared saunas are beneficial in managing stress and anxiety levels. They work by impacting the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis, which regulates our cortisol levels. Infrared saunas can help to balance the HPA axis, which can lead to improved adrenal function. In addition, infrared saunas can also help with any type of anxiety or depression. An infrared sauna is a great environment for doing any type of meditation or breathwork or guided imagery. It is peaceful and quiet, and it provides an opportunity to focus on self-care. Infrared sauna sessions can provide several benefits, both mental and physical.
Hydration status and safety concerns
People will ask: 1.) Are there any contraindications? 2.) Is this safe for me? With any type of sauna, hydration status is the most important consideration. You want to make sure you're drinking plenty of water and that you’re well-hydrated, We need to make sure you don't have any type of heart condition before going in. We always talk to our patients and make sure they are good candidates for the sessions. Overall, it is a safe therapy. As mentioned, an infrared sauna is not heating the air around you. It's penetrating and rising that core body temperature. If there are any underlying conditions, we make sure and talk to the patients about them, specifically heart problems. We need to note if there are significant heart conditions such as AFib (Atrial Fibrillation), heart arrhythmias, and palpitations. But other than that, it is a very safe intervention that we can use to minimize inflammation and improve overall health in terms of length of time. We want you to take care of yourself, so you don't start feeling too tired. When we talk about how long it takes to start, we usually suggest that our patients start with 5-10 minutes. Then we can gradually build up your time in five-minute intervals. A side note: people who need 5-minute intervals are usually those who are a little bit more sensitive. But, a lot of people can tolerate going in and doing lengthier intervals.
A little bit more on detoxification
IV therapy and specific detox kits are great ways to help rid your body of toxins, but as I tell a lot of my patients, if the exit doors aren't open, you can become sicker and feel crummy. That's why an infrared sauna is a great way to detoxify - it helps to open up those exit doors and allow your body to get rid of the toxins that are making you feel bad. One of our clients said this:
“I just go in there and I will take my iPhone to listen to sermons. Sometimes, I'll take a book and that's my hour to do nothing. I can just sit in there, close my eyes and just relax if I want. I don't worry about somebody calling or I don't answer.” - Jean Furthermore, she adds, “The peacefulness that, that being in there and not worrying about anything else. And then when I get out, I just feel so refreshed and ready to go.” Have you tried an infrared sauna before? If not, now may be the time to give it a try. Infrared saunas offer many benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better skin health, detoxification, and more. Plus, they're a great way to relax after a long day. Ready to experience all of these benefits for yourself? Schedule a discovery call with us today and we'll help you find the perfect infrared sauna for your needs. We can't wait to hear from you!
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