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One thing is known for sure - infrared saunas have immense benefits across the board that drastically improve health and many different aspects of life. But first, let's see how an infrared sauna works and what it does to our bodies to achieve such amazing results.
Infrared Saunas trigger a phenomenon known as hormesis, where the body responds positively to low doses of stressors. The heat stressor from a sauna can help the body adapt and improve resiliency, resulting in improved immune function, reduced inflammation, and cellular repair.
Infrared Sauna vs. Traditional Sauna
Infrared saunas differ from traditional saunas because they use light to heat the body directly rather than heating the air around a person, as traditional saunas do. Traditional saunas can reach uncomfortable temperatures, whereas infrared saunas can reach lower temperatures while still penetrating the body and skin, giving immense benefits without being in uneasy temperatures.
What Are The Top 10 Benefits of Infrared Saunas?
1. Improved Detoxification: Sweating from the heat in an infrared sauna may help flush toxins out of the body, like heavy metals, mercury, mod, and environmental toxins.
2. Stronger Immune Systems: According to Clearlight Saunas, infrared saunas elevate the production of white blood cells, which help the body fight disease and infection. Similarly, by exposing ourselves to low doses of high-temperature heat, we activate hormesis (refer above), thus allowing our bodies to adapt to potential stressors on the immune system readily.
3. Reduced Inflammation: We must first remember that when necessary, inflammation is a beneficial and inevitable process to recovery, but frequent, excessive, or long-term amounts, of inflammation, can contribute to a host of unwanted long and short-term consequences. According to the NIH, excessive inflammation has been linked across the scientific community to many disruptive ailments, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, mental illnesses like depression, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and other age-related disease. And lastly, even cancer (Inflammation, 2021). Employing an infrared sauna can quell this inflammation from taking over your life.
4. Pain Relief: According to the Cleveland Clinic, chronic pain can be reduced with an infrared sauna (2022). Similarly, infrared saunas help relieve muscle and joint pain.
5. Improved Sleep: Anecdotal evidence has shown that people feel their sleep quality improves.
6. Stress Relief: According to Dr. Amy Myers, stress can diminish with heat helping balance your stress hormone, cortisol.
7. Skin Health: Infrared Saunas may enhance collagen production, amplify circulation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help with acne.
8. Cardiovascular Health: Regular sauna use may improve heart health and lower blood pressure.
9. Weight Loss: You may burn between 300 and 600 calories. While weight loss is a contested topic, one fact remains clear, according to the Mayo Clinic: If you ingest fewer calories than the number of calories your burn, you lose weight. Conversely, you may not lose weight if you ingest more calories than you burn in the sauna (2023). It is essential to remember that weight loss has many contributing factors, such as lifestyle, diet, and many other scientific mechanisms that play a part in whether one loses weight. However, it can be concluded that an infrared sauna will help a person burn calories.
10. Energy Levels: Similar to how the BEMER PEMF here at Better Brain & Body stimulates blood circulation and assists in the production of ATP in the mitochondrial cells, infrared saunas do the same thing, but with light and heat. So, when this process happens in the sauna, cell energy levels go up, leading to reduced fatigue and higher overall energy.
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