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Common questions people ask is, “Does infrared saunas really work? And are they safe?” The short answer is, yes, absolutely. Not only are they safe, but they can aid you in making leaps and bounds when it comes to your fitness, your recovery time, and your health in general. The long answer depends on what you’re looking for in a sauna, and the amount of time that you spend in one. The following is some helpful information that can address your questions and concerns when purchasing an infrared sauna, and how it can become an integral and holistic aid in your well-being.
As with a conventional sauna, an infrared sauna does not heat up the air surrounding you. Instead, they work by using infrared lamps, which use electromagnetic radiation (EMF) to heat your body, rather than hot air to heat you. This affords many more benefits than traditional saunas. Because infrared saunas operate at a lower temperature, this makes them much more efficient and easier to install in your home. They do not require a water supply in order to function. Understandably, though, some might still have concerns about being continuously exposed to a magnetic field.
Infrared heaters function at very low frequencies, much lower than even your wifi or bluetooth. Their EMF levels strengthen or weaken depending on your proximity to the source. However, if you’re using your sauna as recommended, there shouldn’t be any cause for concern about exposure. You should use it for no longer than 30 minutes, 2-3 times a week, and it helps to shower when you’re done. It’s best to consult with your physician for any further concerns.
Infrared saunas are not only good for those that want to lose weight, recover from a workout routine, and even achieve clearer skin, but they are also helpful for those that need to treat some more serious health problems, like high cholesterol, diabetes, or arthritis.
In a study published in Acta Medica Okayama in Japan, results showed that oxidative stress levels were “significantly decreased” in patients with type II diabetes. And this was with just 15-minute sessions over a two week period. Infrared is especially beneficial to those who are prediabetic.
Another benefit of using an infrared sauna is because the sauna itself is a natural detoxifying agent, which removes any toxins that may be in your body. Many of these toxins can be found in various foods that we eat, so it’s nice to know that you can get rid of them through simply relaxing and sweating.
Saunas obviously raise your core body temperature. We often think of a fever as a bad thing, but inducing an artificial one sparks the body’s immune response, providing you with an active immune system to fight off infection.
Another benefits associated with using an infrared sauna are the results of the increased blood flow to your skin that infrared heaters cause. This increased blood flow is actually one of the main reasons why people use infrared saunas, since it increases circulation and the overall health of your circulatory system.
Plus, by getting into a sauna that has been infrared, you will feel healthier and more energized than if you use a conventional sauna.
So, not only is an infrared sauna safe, it is extremely beneficial for your health and the overall health of your loved ones. Having a sauna in the home is a game-changer and will ensure that you use it and take advantage of all it has to offer, as opposed to telling yourself time and again that you’ll use the one at the gym, and never following through.
The great news is there are plenty of options and information when it comes to home infrared saunas. Owning a sauna is now easier, healthier, and more efficient than ever.