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Far Infrared Saunas and why you should use them

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Many of us have tried sauna’s and think of them as being relaxing and rejuvenating but what you probably don’t know is that a regular sauna routine is also a very pleasant way to improve your health.  I’m a huge believer in doing as many good for you activities as possible and regular saunas, especially infrared saunas, are high on this list.  Why? Because the radiant heat penetrates the skin more deeply than traditional saunas which more effectively helps with a number of restorative body processes?  Here are number of reasons how infrared saunas can benefit your body.

  1. You flush out toxins – most important reason

All saunas make you sweat and sweating helps flush toxins out of the body and by doing this reduces its toxic load.  With infrared saunas the sweating is deeper and more profuse making your body excrete a higher percentage of toxins than with conventional saunas.  Infrared saunas are also a great alternative for individuals who don’t like high temperatures or need to avoid then for medical reason.  Temperatures run between 20-60 degrees lower than conventional saunas.   Be sure to check with you doctor before starting a regular routine.

  1. Heart health and lower blood pressure

Regular saunas may help keep your heart healthy and extend life says JAMA Internal Medicine.  When 2300 men were tracked, for 20 years, by researchers in Finland they found that the more times per week the men used the sauna the less prone they were to sudden cardiac death and fatal coronary disease.  The sauna also extended the life of participants with other illnesses, including cancer.

Also, during your saunas, as you sweat you’ll be stimulating better blood flow and circulation throughout your body.  The increase in circulation is what helps lower blood pressure and makes you feel good at the same time.  A few 15-20 minute sessions per week are all that’s needed.

  1. Boost your immune system

The infrared saunas radiant heat stimulates your circulation which revs ups the production of white blood cells and rally’s your immune system. The Journal of Human Kinetics reported an increased number of white blood cells, lymphocytes, neutrophil and basophil counts in the white blood cells profile showing that saunas stimulate the immune system.

  1. Better Relaxation and sleep

A sauna helps provide a deeper and more relaxed sleep, relief of chronic tension and chronic fatigue issues, likely due to a release of endorphins.  As these endorphins get released into your body they create a tranquilizing effect.

  1. An investment in your health

Infrared saunas tend to be compact and require little maintenance and now water or plumbing.  They offer more benefits for your body than conventional saunas and use fewer resources.  Although they could be seen as a luxury item they are a great investment in your health.  If getting one of your own is not an option consider a gym that has them, day spas or some yoga studios.

As a side note; saunas are also great for your skin and can help with fat loss as well.

For more information check out this reputable company Clearlight Saunas

Protocol for use for cancer patients

  • Start with 10 minutes once or twice every day. Begin at a temperature of about 35 degrees C (95F)
  • Increase your time and temperature every couple days to a maximum of one hour – do not exceed 50C (122F)
  • If you are on chemotherapy limit saunas to less than one hour daily. Do not exceed 50 C (122 F) at any time.

Do not use a sauna if you experience Lymphadema.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Healing our World-Hippocrates Health Institute Volume 36, Issue 1

Volume 34, Issue 2