Infrared saunas are considered by many to be the next generation of health technology. It’s a topic we get asked about here at Diversified Health. So…
What are the Pros & Cons of the Infrared Sauna at your local health clinic?
The pros, in a nutshell:
- Infrared waves penetrate deep into our body for a deep heating action which allows for the body to activate the sweat glands.
- The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body it is apparently a very good means for elimination.
- It is also believed that infrared waves help improve blood circulation and recovery from fatigue.
A little more about infrared light:
Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight.
Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air.
Infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, infrared saunas heat the body directly.
The result is deeper tissue penetration. In the infrared sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna.
What are the benefits to this type of heat:
- Heat improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin. This makes it ideal for detoxification and can boost your immune system.
- Increases blood circulation and strengthens your cardiovascular system.
- The high temperature helps lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation. It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories as it raises your metabolism a little bit. The heart rate increases as more blood flow is diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin without heightening blood pressure.
- For injuries, heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints and extremities , speeding the healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain.
- The increased blood helps aching and injured muscles recover faster because the stronger the flow of blood, the quicker metabolic and toxic waste products are purged from the body, through the skin during perspiration. The skin is often known as the third kidney, because it is believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 30% of body waste..
Many people will use infrared saunas before a massage or before a serious work out to heat up their muscles and ligaments.
What are the risks to this type of heat:
- It can lead to overheating & dehydration
Make sure to check with your doctor in the case of:
- Pins, rods and other implants
- Certain medications can be affected by the increased blood circulation/elevated body temperature
- Medicines applied by skin patches
- Silicone implants
Infrared saunas use technology that is designed not to heat the air inside the sauna, but the human bodies directly. Much like sunlight, the infrared light waves and increased temperature both act to increase circulation within the body.
Now when anyone, asks what are the pros & cons of infrared sauna: you’ll know the answer!
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