The 6 Reasons an Infrared Sauna Should be in Your Life

The 6 Reasons an Infrared Sauna Should be in Your Life

 

Saunas. They’re relaxing, rejuvenating and can even feel a little

indulgent. But did you know a regular sauna routine is also a very

pleasurable way to enhance health? As you’re probably aware, I’m a big

believer in engaging in as many good-for-you activities as possible, and

saunas, particularly infrared saunas, are high on the

good-for-you-to-do list. Why infrared? Because its radiant heat is known

to penetrate the skin more deeply than traditional saunas, better

aiding in a number of restorative body processes. Here are just a few

ways infrared saunas can benefit your body – and why I encourage many of

my patients to make them part of their health-supporting routines:

1. You’ll flush out toxins

Saunas, infrared or otherwise, make you sweat. Sweating helps flush

out toxins from the body and in so doing reduces its toxic load. With

infrared saunas, the sweating is deeper and more profuse, enabling your

body to excrete a higher percentage of toxins than with a conventional

sauna. Infrared saunas are also a great alternative for those who don’t

like high temperatures or need to avoid them for medical reasons. The

gentler heat of infrared saunas runs roughly 20 – 60 degrees lower,

making them easier to tolerate. But no matter which type you choose,

remember to get the OK from your doctor first before diving into a

regular sauna routine.

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2. Blood pressure will lower and muscles will unwind, without a pharmaceutical assist

You don’t have to sit in an infrared sauna hours for on end to reap

the benefits. For most people, all that’s needed is a few 15-20 minute

sessions a week. During your sauna, as you sweat, you’ll be stimulating

better flood flow and circulation throughout your body. That increased

circulation will help lower blood pressure, and make you feel good all

over, relaxing tight muscles and easing minor aches and pains to boot.

If you’re troubled by muscle or joint pain, or more chronic conditions

like arthritis, infrared heat from the sauna can provide drug-free pain

relief, reducing stiffness and inflammation.

3. Cut a cold or flu off at the pass

Feeling like you’re on the verge of getting sick? Then head to the

nearest infrared sauna as early as possible. Why? Because the infrared’s

radiant heat will stimulate circulation, rev up the production of white

blood cells and rally your immune system’s response to invaders. All

that action will make your body a much less hospitable environment for

germs to grow – and a great place for them to die. Even if you’re not on

the verge of coming down with something, remember that infrared saunas,

and the increased circulation that comes with regular use, are also

great for speeding muscle recovery too.

4. Look younger, no “beauty” creams required

Infrared saunas offer a wonderful bonus for the skin: they help

improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better

circulation, blood flow and increased collagen production – all of which

improve the look of your skin. The increased circulation, elimination

of toxins and flushing out of cellular debris enhance overall skin

health, giving it a more radiant appearance, without a trip to Sephora!

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5. Drop a little weight effortlessly

The plentiful sweating you’ll do during a sauna session will register

immediately on the scale as weight loss. However, most of the weight

loss will be “water weight” which will return when you re-hydrate.

However, there is evidence that infrared saunas, because of their

ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate and

can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half

hour session. Keep in mind though, while a regular infrared sauna

routine won’t melt off a spare tire, it can support a sensible diet and

exercise plan by giving your metabolism a little extra boost while you

literally sit and relax. And remember, hydration is essential if you’re

using infrared (or conventional) saunas, so never skimp on liquids just

for the sake of seeing lower numbers on the scale. Drink up before,

during and after – no exceptions!

6. An infrared sauna is an investment in your health

Infrared saunas could be seen as an indulgence, with top-quality

units starting at about $1,800. But I see them as a great investment in

your health. Infrared saunas tend to be compact, and require little

maintenance, no water or plumbing. Not only do infrareds offer more body

benefits than conventional saunas, but also they’re less of a drain on

resources. Many are made with sustainable materials, most run on normal

household current, and cost just a few pennies per hour to run. Because I

am such a big believer in them, I recently got a Clearlight Infrared Sauna

and I am absolutely thrilled with it – I look forward to using it every

chance I get. If installing your own isn’t an option, consider joining a

gym or visiting day spas, specialized yoga studios and/or resorts with

infrared sauna facilities.

This article originally appeared DrFrankLipman.com.

Editor’s note: We recently came across a company called Sauna Ray.

The President, Rodney Palmer, is passionate about his products and told

me his company does not use any chemicals to treat their saunas’ wood.

According to Sauna Ray’s brochure, Far Infrared Saunas are medically

proven to help with detoxification, heart disease, weight loss, improved

skin tone, fibromyalgia, asthma, and other illnesses and/or conditions.

You can visit their website to learn more: www.saunaray.com.

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