The fundamental goal of infrared saunas is to raise your core body temperature. Every other benefit that comes from an infrared sauna is from this core principle. This is how it works:
When you sit close to the infrared heat coming out of an infrared heater, your body absorbs the infrared energy, which charges your body’s molecules and raises your core body temperature. When this hyperthermic rise happens the following systems are effected:
Your heart begins to beat faster, pumping more oxygenated blood to your blood vessels and venules and eventually to your capillaries.
This brings blood to the capillaries just below your skin’s surface so sweat can be released through your skin (to keep cool) and to facilitate a faster oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.
Because your heart is beating faster and your body is put into its parasympathetic mode, your blood vessels dilate–allowing for greater circulation and naturally lowering blood pressure.
Having a healthy immune system is essential to staying healthy and fighting off disease. By giving yourself a false fever in an infrared sauna, you are stimulating your cardiovascular system, endocrine system (skin) and your metabolism, which when working together, will boost your white blood cell count, detoxify your body, keep your cells healthy and make you lose weight. This will help fight off disease and poor health.
By giving your body a passive aerobic exercise in an infrared sauna, you burn calories by increasing your heart rate and metabolism. In fact, our infrared saunas have been clinically proven to assist in weight loss. Click here to learn more about how infrared saunas help in weight loss.
Toxins are stored in adipose tissue, i.e., fat cells. There are many new chemicals, pesticides and preservatives that exist today that didn’t exist 100 years ago. The body has no natural reaction to these toxins and does not recognize them. They simply accumulate in the body until it’s too late. There is a way to get rid of them–sweat! Click here to learn more about how infrared saunas detoxify the body.
The increase in your heart rate allows your body to go into the parasympathetic mode of your autonomic nervous system.
This is your body’s “rest and digest” mode of unconscious actions that are responsible for transmitting sensory information from your body’s organs to your central nervous system. This transmission tells your body to relax. The opposing and complementary nervous system response is the sympathetic nervous system. This would be the fight or flight response which tells your body to be alert and to act in the face of danger or challenges requiring quick responses. Your body must be in one mode, but not both, at all times.
When your body goes into relaxation mode in the parasympathetic response, your blood vessels expand through vasodilation. Your nervous system tells your heart to pump faster and for your arteries, vessels, venules and veins to allow more blood through.