Infrared saunas utilize light in order to create heat. An infrared sauna is basically a room, generally constructed from high grade cedar or other soft woods, that produces an invisible light designed to raise core body temperature in order to promote better physical health. A traditional sauna uses moist, warm the air whereas infrared saunas use light (hence, why it is dry). Infrared saunas require less heat to accomplish what the traditional saunas use as the goal is to raise your core body temperature instead of increasing the air temperature. This in turn warms the body from the inside, increases circulation, provides passive aerobic exercise and cleanses toxins from the entire body.
The elevated heat produced in an infrared sauna causes the heart rate to increase. As this increased heart rate pumps blood to circulate more quickly it aids in those with poor circulation allowing blood flow to practically double. This occurs as the body’s pulse rate can increase by up to 30 percent allowing blood to more efficiently circulate throughout the extremities–arms, legs and feet.
The dry heat also assists in moderate weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism. When metabolism is increased the body burns more fat. Coupled with mild water loss through sweat, weight loss can be realized after only a few sessions. Another benefit of dry infrared heat is increased flexibility. In the long term this also aids in promoting weight loss as increased flexibility relieves sore muscles and can make the body feel more invigorated and ready to become more active.
There are many other benefits with the continual use of a infrared sauna, however detoxification may be the most important.
The human body is an amazing and efficient machine programmed to rid itself of toxins in three ways. Toxins leave the body through the bowel, urine and sweat after being filtered by your liver. Consistent use of a dry infrared sauna definitely promotes healthy sweating thus allowing the body to rid itself of the many toxins bombarding it. This is accomplished when the body reacts to becoming heated while in the sauna. Circulation is increased, blood vessels relax, oxygenated blood pumps to the more poorly accessed areas of the body and the sweat mechanism is activated, carrying with it all the toxins that have accumulated over a period of many years. It is the body’s avenue of efficiently ridding itself of toxins in the quickest and most efficient way possible; through sweat.
Last but not least, an added and necessary benefit of infrared dry sauna use is relaxation. Reduction in stress is a very necessary component to overall health. Consistent use of infrared heat aids in deep relaxation. This is accomplished when cortisol levels (the body’s primary stress hormone) become balanced. The heat generated by the infrared light also relaxes muscles and relieves tension throughout the body. Couple this with simply being alone and in a quiet environment and daily stress melts away and the body feels relaxed, refreshed and regenerated. A great nights sleep is virtually guaranteed.