Last winter during a particularly rough snowstorm I realized all the cold, wind and gray light was bringing my mood down. I proceeded through my day feeling a bit blue. By the evening when I entered my sauna I was tired and ready to relax. What I didn’t expect was a boost in my mood! It totally caught me by surprise! I decided to do more research on the possibility that Far Infrared Therapy (FIR) could be used as a tool to fight daily stresses, a blue mood, even depression. I found the answer to my question was yes; research from a 2005 study from Psychosomatic Medicine concurs!
There is a preponderance of evidence linking depression and it’s sometime accompanying by-product, anxiety, with not only weather and low light but also some of the many toxic chemicals stored in the fat cells within your own body. Most of these chemicals are fat-soluble. These deposits leak into the bloodstream slowly (with some remaining there our entire lives). It is basically impossible to rid the body of these chemicals trapped in fat cells. FIR therapy detox’s the body and rids it of these chemicals and toxic metals. A toxic body is even more susceptible to depression! Whatever the reason, a 2005 Psychosomatic Medicine study reveals results from a group of 28 mildly depressed patients with appetite loss and other subjective symptoms. “Twenty-eight mildly depressed patients with general fatigue, appetite loss, and somatic and mental complaints were randomly assigned to thermal therapy group (n = 14) or non-thermal therapy group (n = 14). Patients in the thermal therapy group were treated with 60 degrees C far-infrared dry sauna for 15 minutes and were then kept at bed rest with a blanket for 30 minutes once a day, 5 days a week for a total of 20 sessions in 4 weeks.”
Patients given sauna treatment displayed noteworthy improvement in depression, bodily complaints, as well as hunger and relaxation scores as compared with the control group. These findings suggest that repeated infrared sauna therapy may be useful for depressed patients with appetite loss and subjective complaints. As with many of the benefits of far infrared saunas, science proves what consistent users already know. Adding infrared sauna therapy (FIR) into a daily routine elevates mood. Infrared sauna therapy will not cure depression; however, it has been proven to attack some of the underlying issues causing depression. Added to your other healthy, daily activities a session in your infrared sauna can surprisingly elevate either temporary or long term depression.
Utilizing FIR therapy and adding it into your daily routine will find you enjoying profoundly positive effects on your overall health. Infrared sauna users continually point to their experience as less expensive than drugs and as an holistic approach to wellness accessing the body’s own properties to strengthen health. Additional information on Far Infrared Sauna Therapy and how it can reduce symptoms of depression and other symptoms, caused by toxic chemicals, can be found by using our search function on our site or by calling us at 800-370-0820.