Infrared Sauna – Benefits and How to Use It
by Healthy Homestead Team
A month ago
Who doesn’t love a good 20-minute sweat session that takes all of the stress and toxins away? Some people, however, just couldn’t stand the high temperature of a traditional sauna. Thankfully, technology has moved forward, and we now have infrared saunas.
What is the difference? Unlike the traditional sauna, an infrared sauna doesn’t heat the air around you but uses infrared lamps with electromagnetic heat to warm your body directly. The result is a deep, therapeutic sweat that is well tolerated by most people.
The infrared panels easily penetrate human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air. In terms of temperature, an infrared sauna operates at a lower temperature, between 120 and 140 F than a traditional sauna, where the temperature goes up to 180 F.
Many spas are now offering infared sauna and there a few infared sauna only type centers, as well. While expensive, infared saunas are easily added to the home since they do not use water or require ventilation. Be sure to checkout the ones offered here at Healthy Homestead. Please reach out to us for special pricing or payment plans. We want to help you get into a sauna for all your wellness need.
What are the benefits?
A good sweat session can bring so many benefits to your body, but also mind and soul.
Here are a couple of the benefits of using an infrared sauna on a regular basis.
- Regular use of sauna boosts your cardiovascular system, resulting in more sweat, which leads to weight loss
- Increased blood circulation delivers more oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, allowing them to recover faster, resulting in muscle pain relief
- By raising your core body temperature, the sauna induces an artificial fever, which improves your immune system
- The main reason people use the sauna is to get rid of toxins. Sweating helps detoxify your body, and remove all of the toxins accumulated like toxic metals, alcohol, nicotine, and other compounds
- Patients suffering from arthritis can use sauna treatment to ease joint pain and stiffness. Infrared sauna also helps with muscle spasms, sprains, and other forms of muscle issues
- Try just one session at a sauna, and you will feel all of your stress going away. Just a few minutes in the sauna helps you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and renewed
- For women, the infrared sauna is a nice way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Usage of sauna improves localized blood circulation and prevents accumulation of liquids in fat cells that later appear as cellulite
- Last, but not least, by removing toxins, reducing stress, and losing weight, you improve the appearance of your skin thanks to all of the sweating
What is the recommended use of an infrared sauna?
As you can see by the benefits of infrared sauna above, they are a fantastic tool for improving your wellbeing and maintaining optimal health. The next logical question is how often should you use an infrared sauna?
Truth be told, there is no definite answer. Infrared saunas are safe to use on a daily basis. On average, people use them between 2 and 3 times per week, spending 20 to 30 minutes in the sauna. The first time you try the sauna, it is normal to get a shallow sweat, as your body needs time to adjust.
After a sauna session, you want to help your body rejuvenate and replenish the loss of fluids.
Here are some tips for restoring after your session:
- Be mindful of your hydration, and drink a lot of water after a sweat session. Hydrating prior to your session is important as well!
- You will keep sweating for a while after the session, as it takes time for your core body temperature to cool down. Wipe down with a towel and take a shower immediately afterward to remove toxins that will be on the surface of your skin.
- If you are entering the world of infrared saunas for the first time, start at a lower temperature, and then gradually find the one that works for you
- While you are in the sauna, you can read, meditate, even listen to music. It is all about relaxing and letting the heat do the work.
Possible side effects and precautions
The only risk involved when using a sauna is if your body doesn’t tolerate the heat well. Or using a poorly-made sauna with dangerous materials. When it comes to using a sauna, you definitely want to invest in a quality product. Check the manufacturer and credentials, and ask about the materials used for the sauna. Cheap saunas are made with toxic materials that can emit gas and smell while you are inside.
What do you need to know before trying an infrared sauna? Here are some precautions:
- Do not use an infrared sauna if you have been drinking alcohol in the past day or two and certainly not while intoxicated or drinking before, during or after
- If you feel ill or you have a fever, wait until you are feeling better to hop in the sauna if it’s your first time. Once you are used to it, the infared sauna is excellent to speed up recovery from illness.
- Be careful, once you stand up, you will feel lightheaded. It is only normal due to all the sweating, so be prepared. Get up slowly, and sit down once you leave the sauna.
- If you have health conditions like high blood pressure or heart problems, make sure you get clearance by your doctor before using a sauna.
- Do not use if you have cosmetic implants, or at a minimum check with your doctor. Infared heat can cause some types of implants to rupture