The benefits of using an infrared sauna will surprise you!
- Lose Weight,
- Recover faster from your workouts,
- Rejuvenate skin complexion,
- Relax and unwind.
Sounds too good to be true, right? The reality is that an infrared (IR) sauna session helps to produce these results and much more! Read on to learn more…
What is the Difference between Infrared and Traditional Saunas?
The main differences between traditional saunas and infrared saunas are:
- How they produce heat,
- The resulting temperatures produced inside the sauna,
- And the Detoxifying effect on the Sauna User.
Traditional saunas produce their heat using electrical heaters or from burning wood and use water to release heat and create steam from heated rocks. As a result, the heat produced in the box has a high humidity and in the temperature range of 50-60 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, the body’s cooling mechanism of perspiration is immediately triggered and causes sweat to come out of the pores of the skin, which is the purpose of saunas. However, because it’s so hot, the immediate sweating only produces a minimal detoxification effect.
Infrared saunas, as their name implies, produce their heat from heating elements that emit light in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is in the harmless end of the spectrum: the infrared rays have longer wavelengths (Between 1000 nm to 0.1cm range) than Visible light (think, the ROYGBIV colours of the rainbow) and Ultraviolet rays (Between 10-400nm).
Infrared saunas produce a cooler range of temperatures in the box: between 40-50 degrees Celsius, which are far more comfortable and relaxing than traditional saunas. The cooler temperatures delay perspiration and helps the infrared rays to penetrate deeper into the skin, resulting in a deeper detoxification effect compared to traditional saunas.
Usually, your body eliminates these toxins through your kidneys, bowel, skin and the mucosal linings of the respiratory tract and eyes. However, due to the excessive amount of chemical toxins, it can build up in your body and create a harmful internal environment for your brain, muscles and other tissues. If the body cannot eliminate these toxins, it isolates and sequesters it as far away from the vital organs as possible by storing it in fatty, adipose tissues, such as those found in the skin and brain. A build-up of toxins in the tissues can negatively affect your productivity, your energy levels, your quality of sleep, your resistance to infection and your overall health and function. Long term, it can create and promote chronic diseases like certain cancers.
A toxic environment creates an imbalance in the body’s systems, creating dis-ease and eventual disease. Water retention and subsequent weight gain results from the body’s attempt at diluting the concentration of toxins in the body. Low energy, mood swings and poor concentration can result from poor quality sleep produced from this same toxic internal environment. Overall, a toxic buildup results in a negative momentum causing health to spiral downwards.
Detoxification through sweating is one of the more efficient ways of cleansing the body. Because the body has already sequestered and isolated the toxins in the skin, it can be coaxed into elimination through the body’s process of perspiration from your largest and most effective detoxifying organ: the skin!