Detox: The largest organ of your body is your skin. Located just below the skin is the subcutaneous fat layer. Infrared sauna's emit rays that penetrate 1.5 inches into the tissues. This heat stimulates your fat cells to release the debris that they have been holding on to.
The humanbody accumulates harmful toxins and heavy metals such as petrochemicals and mercury which are stored in the sebaceous glands. Infrared sauna's stimulate the sebaceous glands to release these toxins, benefiting a variety of illnesses.
Weight Loss: It is true that weight loss due to perspiring is regained quickly. However, increasing the core body temperature increases blood circulation to capillaries, increases your heart rate and converts fat to fuel. There is the possiblility of burning up to 700 calories in one session, some claim that it is the equivalent to doing high intensity exercise for 30 minutes. Heavy metals contribute to metabolic and hormonal imbalances and weight gain, infrared sauna's help to remove this build up to help improve and normalise body weight. Also helping to improve circulation and oxygenate the glands which improves their health and ability to keep the body balanced.
Sports Recovery: Benefits to the athlete/active person is relief from sore, damaged or tired muscles and faster muscle recovery time, the heat from the infrared sauna penetrates muscles, increasing blood circulation and facilitating repair. Infrared heat can also help in the reduction of lactic acid build up enabling tight muscles to relax and ease the pain of muscle spasm and sprain(after use of cold and compression) . The heat from an infrared sauna also eases joint pain by relaxing the soft tissue controlling the joints and increases circulation which enhances healing and recovery
Psoriasis and other skin conditions: Many holistic practitioners believe that many skin conditions including psoriasis originate in the liver. Ingestion of certain toxins inhibits the liver's ability to break down, metabolise and excrete these toxins, instead the toxins are sent to the skin for elimination via sweat. When the toxins reach the bottom skin layer, the body overproduces skin cells by around 10,000 times the required amount and the toxins come out via the dead skin cells. Regular use of the infrared sauna causes profuse sweating which causes the toxins to come out via the sweat rather than through shedding skin. The dramatic increase in circulation to the skin that comes with infrared sauna use is also a major factor in toning, tightening and rejuvenating the skin .
Heart Disease: Studies done at the Mayo Clinic in the 1990’s were performed on 37 congestive heart failure patients. All 37 displayed improvement and some even got off their medications after 6 weeks of low heat infrared sauna therapy.
Arthritis: Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. A pilot study showing good tolerance, short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects.
Asthma: During the 1980’s infrared sauna therapy studies demonstreated that industrial chemical exposure was alleviated in about 4 weeks. Some regular infrared sauna users claim that inhaler use dropped from 3x / week to 3x / year.
Fibromyalgia (chronic pain disorder): Many holistic doctors and medical doctors are beginning to believe that people with Fibromyalgia have a large accumulation of toxins. Additionally, in many cases, the liver (the major detoxification organ) and the kidneys (the major organ of filtration and excretion) are not functioning optimally. Often times when toxic load begins to lighten up, many symptoms begin to decrease. The infrared sauna is invaluable for accelerating heavy metal and petrochemical excretion.
Aging: Common problems associated with lifestyle and aging, such as hypertension and osteoporosis, headaches and digestive problems, are attributed by some scientists to be the result of excess acidity in our system. The American Medical Journal found that in patients with bone loss, alkalizing their system caused a decrease in bone loss. Their conclusion was that our typical western diet is acid producing. The acids deposited in our blood are often stored by the body in forms of cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid. Sang Whang, the author of “Reverse Aging” claims that these excess acids can be eliminated with the use of far infrared products, along with consuming certain alkaline minerals and foods. The far infrared resonance heats up the internal temperature of the body, increasing circulation, enabling the blood to excreet the acidic toxins that have been deposited for years in one’s arteries. – www.takionic.com
FIR and Healthy Arteries: When the normally smooth, firm lining of the arteries becomes thickened and roughened by deposits of fat, fibrin, calcium and cellular debris, it lessens the arteries ability to expand and contract, and slows the blood movement through narrowed channels. These conditions make it easier for blood clots to form, blocking the arteries and stopping blood flow completely. FIR is able to neutralize blood toxicity and smooth the walls of arteries, capillaries and veins.