How Do Infrared Saunas Work?
While electromagnetic spectrum might sound like something straight out of a science fiction book, it is actually something that you encounter every day of your life. The electromagnetic spectrum is the varying degrees that are made up by wavelengths of light. Infrared is part of the spectrum, and is classified into three categories itself: Near, Middle, and Far.
Infrared saunas employ far infrared, known from here on out as FIR. Through the use of this invisible band of light, objects are warmed without warming the air. A great example of how this works:
Imagine it is a chilly but sunny winter day. You’re bundled up and you can feel the air around you is cold, but when you stand directly in the sun, you can feel the warmth. The sun is able to warm you without warming the air around you. This is FIR at work. As a matter of fact, over 80% of the sun’s rays are actually infrared. The energy coming from infrared waves are not visible to the human eye, but there are cameras that are able to see these waves, known as infrared cameras.
Infrared as Therapy
Now that we have a technical understanding of what FIR is, let’s look at how it works on the body for healing. Infrared saunas mimic the same infrared frequencies emitted by the sun and the tissues in the human body absorb these waves. This process is called "resonant absorption", and it occurs when the frequency of the water in the body cells match the frequency of the infrared waves. When this occurs, toxins are released into the blood stream and are excreted from the body. Since the body is absorbing the heat and not the air, the body quickly begins to perspire and release the toxins. your paragraph here.
Benefits of Using Infrared Sauna
There is a good chance that if you’re reading this, you have at least heard of infrared saunas and are interested in learning more about the many health benefits it delivers. Unlike the traditional sauna which relies on heating the body by radiating surfaces in the sauna room, infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit infrared heat that is directly absorbed by the skin. It is this difference in heating methods that unleash the total healing properties which infrared saunas provide by heating the body directly and not just warming the air.
By heating the body directly, infrared saunas raise the core body temperature and creates an environment that promotes a detoxifying sweat which allows the body to unlock many health benefits. Here are just a few:
Lower Blood Pressure When in an infrared sauna, your heart rate increases and pumps blood faster through your body. Much like aerobic activity that increases blood flow through the body, infrared saunas have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. In fact, studies have shown that two infrared sauna sessions a week can provide a similar reduction in blood pressure as two 30 minute weekly workout sessions.
Improved Circulation The heat that is distributed through the body while in an infrared sauna produces an increase in blood flow that is quite similar to the increase that is seen during exercise. Blood flow can be stimulated to up to twice the speed experienced at rest, resulting in improved circulation with minimal exertion.
Weight Loss In much the same way as the infrared sauna helps you lower your blood pressure, it also has been scientifically proven to lower your weight. A typical session in an infrared sauna can torch as many as 600 calories. Doesn’t seem possible to burn that many calories while you’re relaxing? Science confirms it. As your body is working hard to cool itself, your heart rate elevates and your metabolism boosts. This causes your body to destroy calories and help you lose weight.
Pain Relief Infrared waves deeply penetrate and heal muscles, joints and soft tissue that regular massage just can’t touch. Studies have shown that infrared saunas are effective in pain reduction for fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions. It is also hugely effective in speeding recovery time in injured individuals and athletes.
Anti-Aging We’re all looking for the fountain of youth, and you don’t need to look any further than an infrared sauna. The infrared heat penetrates and rejuvenates both the epidermis and the dermis layers of the skin, allowing healing and increasing collagen growth. Because of the increase in collagen and the healing properties of the infrared waves, wrinkles are reduced, pores minimized, and result in an overall improved skin tone.
Detoxification Our body’s immune system is based on a biochemical process, which is a fancy way of saying that the chemicals in our body have a direct impact on our immune system. One of the most efficient and healthy ways to detoxify our body and improve our overall health is through sweat. The infrared sauna allows the body a relaxing way to sweat out the toxins in the body.
Relaxation Don’t forget that stress has a major impact on your overall health and wellness. Stress and anxiety cause and worsen several medical conditions, mental conditions, and lowers the body’s immune system, making it more susceptible to other disease. Relaxation is critical to maintaining a healthy and balanced life. Infrared saunas provide a gentle and soothing heat that is therapeutic and powerful. And the relaxation goes beyond the sauna. Infrared saunas increase the amount and the quality of sleep.
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