What’s the deal with infrared saunas? Infrared saunas are a hot topic right now in the health and wellness world. So how do they work, and are they really worth the investment?
Infrared saunas rely on special lamps and electromagnetic frequencies to generate heat. The combination provides the same therapeutic benefits of traditional sweat methods (like a dry sauna, steam room, or sweat lodge) at a lower, more comfortable temperature. In addition to basic perks like weight loss, improved circulation, and better skin tone/texture, sweating offers many other health benefits! Infrared saunas are particularly beneficial, as they heat from the inside out. Because they emit electromagnetic frequencies (which can be harmful in excess), you want to be sure you’re investing in a quality, low EMF sauna such as Therasage.
Some of the main benefits of infrared saunas include:
Increased Immune Function. Think about it this way: what happens when you get a nasty cold or flu? You get a FEVER. This is one of your built in defense mechanisms, as heat helps kill the infection! IR saunas raise your internal temperature, not just surface temperature of the skin and superficial tissues. Raising your core temperature helps eliminate bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites, and viruses. This is particularly useful for people dealing with chronic infection or illness, such as Lyme Disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, long hauler’s (long COVID), or mold illness.
Improved Detoxification. A 2016 study indicated that levels of most heavy metals were lower in people who exercise (and sweat) regularly. Heavy metals and other toxins are found in the sweat and urine. Many toxic metals, including Mercury (linked to brain degeneration), can be effectively lowered through sweating.
Balanced Estrogen Levels. Some of the most common estrogen disruptors are found in plastics, including BPA, or bisphenol A. According to the Mayo Clinic, exposure to BPA can lead to negative changes in the brain, behavior, and hormonal balance. Sweat is an effective removal route for BPA, along with other chemicals that can mimic estrogen in the body. Too much estrogen can lead to irregular cycles, painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, and weight gain.
Other benefits of infrared sauna therapy include:
- Decreased inflammation
- Better circulation
- Pain relief
- Increased caloric burn
- More restful sleep
- Mitochondria support and enhanced energy
- Anti-Aging benefits, including higher collagen production and cellulite reduction
My preferred at home sauna is the Therasage 360. Use code RFH2022 for 10% off. If you’d prefer a larger (or built in) home option, Clear Light saunas are great too! Make sure to stay well hydrated when using an infrared sauna. Dehydration will lower your ability to sweat, and can trigger uncomfortable symptoms with sauna therapy. Drinking 16-20 ounces of water with trace minerals and sea salt before and after sweat sessions will help rehydrate your body on a cellular level, and enhance detoxification.
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