4 Powerful Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Have you tried an infrared sauna? Let’s look at how these became popular and some powerful infrared sauna health benefits.

I was gifted some active recovery sleepwear about a month ago. The thin fabric is lined with a ceramic-infused material and claims to use infrared technology to improve circulation and muscle recovery throughout the night.

While I really don’t understand how this so-called “recovery sleepwear” works—if it does at all—the word “infrared” definitely caught my eye. My boyfriend brought home a portable infrared sauna a little more than a year ago, which I’ve been loving. It got me wondering, what’s so special about infrared anyway?

A Brief History of Infrared Saunas

While infrared saunas sound a little like science fiction, the technology has been around for a while. William Herschel discovered infrared rays way back in the 1800s. Almost a hundred years later, Dr. JH Kellogg debuted an “electric light bath” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, which used incandescent bulbs with a high amount of infrared rays.

The most therapeutic iteration of the infrared sauna came to us courtesy of NASA. They make all the best things, right? In the 60s, NASA was researching far infrared rays for their space program and discovered how to produce this highly therapeutic type of ray themselves. It was only a matter of time before the therapeutic benefits were acknowledged and saunas worldwide began using far infrared heaters.

Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Here’s the science behind why infrared saunas are so incredibly beneficial.

Sunroom With Sauna

1. Massive Detoxification

We all know that sweating is part of your body’s natural detoxification system. We purge a lot of nasties through our skin—and we have a lot of junk in there. Thanks to our toxic environment and the products we use, we’re exposed to over 100 unique chemicals on a daily basis—and not all of them are safe. That’s why deep sweating is so helpful in getting those unwanted chemicals out of your system.

Interestingly, infrared saunas cause you to sweat more deeply and profusely than traditional saunas, thanks to their ability to deeply heat the body rather than the surrounding air.  As a side benefit, this helps to rejuvenate your skin and unclog pores, as well!

2. Weight Loss

Not only can a session in an infrared sauna help you burn up to 600 calories without doing much, but they also help you ditch stress-induced water weight and excess bloating that the body may be clinging on to.

While diet and exercise are still hugely important, an infrared sauna can jumpstart your metabolism and help you release both physical and emotional weight.

3. Stress Reduction

There is a reason why heat relaxes us so much. The quality of heat from infrared saunas deeply releases muscles and lowers cortisol levels to reduce the body’s stress response.

There is also interesting evidence that sauna use in general may support brain health and treat depression. Sauna use also reduces blood pressure, which supports stress reduction, healthy sleep and may even support a healthier heart.

4. Improved Circulation

Your circulation improves in an infrared sauna, which means more oxygen-rich blood can get to your muscles and tissues. That’s not only great for detoxification and oxygenation of your body—it improves workout recovery, reduces inflammation, and even faster cell regeneration (aka speedy healing). Pretty cool, right?

If you’re new to using a far infrared sauna, ease yourself into it. Start out with 10 minutes in the sweatbox, and eventually work your way up as high as 30 minutes to reap serious benefits. Just make sure to really hydrate afterwards, because you’ll be sweating buckets!

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