8 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

What Is Infrared Heat Therapy?

Infrared light is the part of the light spectrum that is invisible, although we can feel its heat on our skin. These light rays have zero radiation and do exactly what the rays of the sun do to our body. It is a healthy and safe way to remove harsh chemicals and toxins trapped in our cells, detoxifying the body on a cellular level and feeding our bodies’ vital needs with oxygen and vitamin D.

Why Sweat?

Before you start questioning why sweat? Think about the time where you got up and ran a mile or two and broke a sweat. Think back to how you felt after, can you remember how relaxed you were, how accomplished you felt? It is no lie that releasing chemicals and toxin in the body make you feel better and even look better. Now imagine all of this, but with no actual physical endurance. Gaining this feeling from sitting or lying down in one of our infrared saunas.

Now Is It Safe?

100% safe. Down below are 8 of the most profound benefits that a person can achieve with sitting in one of our medical grade saunas here at the Sweat Box Sauna Bar.

#1: Detoxification

Sweating helps the body detox from heavy metals. Heavy metals are easily released through the pores when the body reaches high temperatures, causing the body to break a sweat. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a hormone-disrupting plastic additive that is used in many food packages in America. From the foods we eat and fluids we drink to the use of substances like alcohol and drugs, the consumption of heavy metals is very common. Although it is avoidable, life today makes it more challenging than it used to be.

Luckily, sweating is the easiest way to eliminate the body of these harsh chemicals. We think that improving health requires so much energy, but all health really requires of us is to release the toxins stored in our body. Combined with a clean diet, sweating is a powerful detoxifier.

#2: Joint Relief

Infrared heat activates deep penetration of the body tissue, which increases cell growth from the inside out. For example, take fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common discomfort mostly experienced by women. Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the entire body.

Additionally, the most common source of pain in the human body is lower back pain. What infrared saunas do on a cellular level is penetrate the tissue and muscles, increasing blood flow. More blood flow allows more oxygen to nourish your body.

If you have fibromyalgia, lower back pain, or painful injuries, increased blood flow could help with relief. Studies have shown that not only does infrared sauna use help with natural pain relief during treatment, but even months after ending sauna treatment, people experienced significantly less pain.

#3: Muscle Recovery

The muscles in our body are constantly working. Every day, we put new tasks and duties on our muscles to perform a certain way—especially athletes. But regardless of whether you are an athlete or not, the body is always being subjected to stress. Stress is caused by lack of vital nutrients and vitamins such as oxygen, glucose, amino acids, proteins and electrolytes. Infrared saunas relax the muscles through infrared heat. Infrared heat takes stress off the body by penetrating fat tissue and the neuromuscular system.

According to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, the neuromuscular system is essential to body movements, posture control, and breathing. When there is muscle strain or any type of injury on the muscle, it makes it harder for the neuromuscular system to do its job. How infrared heat affects the body is something those who suffer from muscle pain or who are recovering from an injury should consider. The solution is increasing blood flow so the body can heal itself.

#4: Weight Loss

Weight loss has always been a hot topic. Something everybody wants but also is something everybody struggles with. Weight gain is cause by stress, toxic foods and drinks we consume, genetics, but overall caused by an unhealthy way of life. Not only do infrared saunas decrease your body mass dramatically, but they also recalibrate your hormones and tune your body back into balance. With the body’s hormones balanced, you will experience a curb in appetite as well as a clearer state of mind.

A two-phase, sauna weight loss study conducted by Binghamton University in New York revealed that an increase in core body temperature resulted in a decrease in body fat. The study concluded that people who used a Clearlight Premier IS-3 infrared sauna 3 times a week for 30 minutes per session dropped an average of 4 percent body fat over a 4-month period. For a 175-pound man, that represents a weight reduction of 7 pounds.

Participants who experienced infrared sauna weight loss did not change their exercise or diet patterns during the study. Control groups in the study who did not use the Clearlight Sauna® showed no drop in weight. The study findings illustrate the significant boost that infrared therapy provides for our weight loss goals.

#5: Chromotherapy

Chromotherapy is a method of treatment that uses the visible spectrum (colors) of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. Studies have proven that the electromagnetic spectrum we see as colors impact human health. All the colors we see every day carry their own frequency. The vibration of a color determines how deeply it can penetrate dense tissue and affect the mind and body. For example, red is the longest wavelength and penetrates the deepest.

As a result, red light can be used for:

  • Rheumatics
  • Arthritic pain
  • Liver stimulant
  • Pigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Circulation

#6: Regenerates Skin

Infrared saunas have been proven to increase cosmetic wellness. When infrared heat begins to penetrate the body, particularly near infrared heat waves, the heat increases blood flow throughout the whole body. This increase blood flow nourishes the skin with healthy nutrients. People who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, cellulitis, and rosacea, scarring, or other forms of inflammation are missing nutrients such as oxygen to replenish the skin. When the skin is missing vital nutrients, the layer of sebum that coats the body is not thin enough to prevent skin disease. By using infrared saunas, the sebum will thin.

A German study found that the skin of regular saunas users could better hold moisture and maintain a healthy skin pH. In addition, these sauna users had less sebum on their foreheads, suggesting that they were less likely to get acne.

It is no secret that infrared saunas are the key to gorgeous youthful skin. After a 30-minute session, you will feel the difference. Your complexion appears much brighter and the texture is as smooth as a baby's skin. Infrared saunas also help those with naturally oily skin.

#7: Prevents Brain Dysfunction

Brain dysfunction is caused by many things, yet it can be prevented by many healing modalities. It is no question that with time and age, the human body begins to operate at a slower rate. Over the last few centuries, studies have proven the effective health benefits of using infrared saunas. Moderate to high frequency of sauna use was associated with lower risk of dementia, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.

According to the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney:

"Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are the two most common neurodegenerative disorders. They develop after a progressive death of many neurons in the brain. Although therapies are available to treat the signs and symptoms of both diseases, the progression of neuronal death remains relentless, and it has proved difficult to slow or stop. Hence, there is a need to develop neuroprotective or disease-modifying treatments that stabilize this degeneration. Red to infrared light therapy (λ = 600-1070 nm), and in particular light in the near infrared (NIr) range, is emerging as a safe and effective therapy that is capable of arresting neuronal death.”

#8: Reduces Overall Mortality

An Infrared sauna does more than just make you sweat. Studies have proven that men and women who use infrared saunas frequently reduce their risks of fatal cardiovascular attacks, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Not only do infrared saunas preserve one’s youthful physical appearance, it also preserves the internal organs, brain function and bone function. Cells within the body accumulate toxins and chemicals that wreak havoc on our body over time. The buildup of toxins and chemicals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum lead to many problems and diseases such as cancer.

Cancer cells also produce high amounts of toxins that inhibit immune function, damage tissue, and create further health complications. The more cancer spreads, the bigger the load of toxins, which diminishes the possibility to control the progression of the disease. A healthy body is capable of eliminating the toxic substances generated by its normal functioning. Infrared saunas eliminate toxins from the body, helping the body heal at a faster rate.

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