What is Infrared Sauna?
Sweating is a great way to help the body detoxify, and saunas can help increase the body’s temperature to encourage sweating. While most people are aware of the traditional saunas that heat the air around you, there’s a newer, more efficient sauna called an infrared sauna. Many people are unable to tolerate long stays in traditional saunas due to the extreme temperatures. With an infrared sauna, the environment is generally a lot smaller, and most people can stand longer visits. Infrared saunas are great at helping people to detoxify, sweat, and can help with weight loss.
Traditional saunas use heat or steam to make a hot atmosphere that raises your body’s core temperature. As your temperature increases, the body will sweat and increase your heart rate to help cool the body down. While doing this, it helps the body release toxins through sweat.
Who is it for?
Infrared saunas are generally safe for adults of all ages, provided there aren’t any underlying health conditions that would contraindicate the experience. Younger children typically aren’t the best candidates, but teens may find benefits from using an infrared sauna. People that suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, those with skin issues, and even those that experience high blood pressure can benefit from an infrared sauna session.
When you have an infrared sauna session, it’s important to be hydrated before and after the session. Most first-time users choose to spend between 10-15 minutes in the sauna, working the time up as they go. The average temperature in an infrared sauna ranges from about 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and beginners usually start out on the lower end and then increase the temperature as the sessions increase. It’s better to start out with lower temperatures and time and slowly increase as time goes on to give your body the ability to adjust to the temperatures.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of an infrared sauna can range from weight loss, detoxification, pain management, lung health, and even cardiovascular conditions. Most of the weight lost from saunas can be “water weight”, but infrared saunas are believed to increase the metabolic rate and can help burn 200-600 calories in just a half-hour session. Saunas may help with pain management, as the heat can help the muscles of the body relax.
For people that deal with higher blood pressure and cardiovascular conditions, the infrared sauna’s sweating induction helps the heart pump faster. In turn, blood flow is increased, increasing circulation and lowering blood pressure. Since the infrared sauna is a dry heat sauna, it may help people with lung conditions. Whether you’ve never used a sauna or are an experienced sauna-goer, using the infrared sauna can help provide many different health benefits depending on the individual.
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