A high-quality infrared sauna has the ability to eliminate stored waste from the body. According to scientific analysis, infrared heat induced sweat contains substantially more toxins, fat, and impurities than normal sweat. The toxins and waste found include, metabolic wastes, environmental toxins, city pollution, fat, cholesterol, heavy metals, alcohol, and nicotine. Detoxification is accomplished by an infrared sauna in this way: Heat from the infrared sauna increases the skin temperature. Just below the surface of the skin there is a layer of fat and oil. The heated surface skin temperature causes those fats and oils to “melt” and drain out of the skin’s oil glands. The fats and oils contain stored toxins, so when the sweat and oil are secreted, the toxins dissolved in them are secreted as well. By shedding these toxins and then washing them off of your body, you have lowered your toxins load and improved cellular health.
Be sure to shower afterward and wash away these free toxins with non-toxic soaps to prevent them from reabsorbing back into the body. A diet rich in fat-mobilizing vitamins and essential fatty acids make the sauna detoxification even more effective. You may decide to combine your sauna detoxification with our nutrition-based detox program to kick-start a healthier lifestyle.
ASSISTS IN FAT LOSS AND INCREASES METABOLISM
Our body expends energy to produce sweat. Re-hydration will return lost water weight to normal however the calories burned in a sauna session will not be regained. A sauna therapy session can also help to raise your basal metabolic rate meaning you will burn calories at an elevated rate for hours after your session has finished. This can translate to a benefit of burning hundreds of calories from a single session.
PROMOTES HEART HEALTH
Heat from infrared sauna stimulates vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to the skin surface and the extremities in order to dissipate heat. This flushing of blood to the surface engages the cardiovascular system and forces your heart to pump at a greater rate to boost circulation to the furthest reaches of the body. The increased demand on the heart creates the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate increases while diastolic blood pressure drops. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2001) concluded that repeated infrared sauna treatment improves impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol, suggesting a preventive role for sauna use for arteriosclerosis.
If you have advanced heart disease, you must be under the care and guidance of physician prior to beginning infrared sauna therapy.
ENHANCES MOOD & COMBATS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)
Warming the body increases blood flow and the release of beta-endorphins provide the brain and body with calming therapeutic results. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has been widely acknowledged by the medical profession for many years. People suffering from (SAD) can see an increase of metabolic disorders, depression, skin diseases, allergies and conditions caused by impaired/suppressed immune systems. Light deprivation and more time indoors over the dark cold winters create circumstances for severe light deprivation. The infrared rays from our sauna mimic the benefits of natural sunlight and warm the body at a deeper level, naturally elevating mood and combating SAD.
PROMOTES RELAXATION, REDUCES STRESS AND IMPROVES SLEEP
Studies have shown that sitting in a sauna for 30 minutes doubled beta-endorphin (neurotransmitters commonly released during intense exercise) levels in the blood. Beta-endorphins are neuropeptides and naturally occurring opiates possessing morphine like effects involved in natural pain management and the natural reward circuits in our brain. Beta-endorphins relieve pain, are anti-stress hormones and may also produce a sense of wellbeing and euphoria. A reduction in stress hormones coupled with an increase in serotonin (associated with elevated mood, relaxation and sleep) induce a deep state of relaxation that promotes better quality of sleep.
PROVIDES CHRONIC JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN RELIEF & SPEEDS INJURY RECOVERY
Therapeutic heat from the infrared sauna penetrates deeply into the affected tissues causing blood vessels to dilate and blood to move more efficiently. Increased circulation improves the removal of metabolic waste products and increases tissue oxygenation levels that promote healing and recovery. Infrared sauna can be used to aid in the therapeutic treatment of chronic arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic back pain, bursitis, as well as assist in recovery from muscle, joint and soft tissue injury.
PROMOTES A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM
Infrared Sauna therapy creates an artificial “fever” by increasing the body’s set point for temperature. A fever is the body’s natural defense mechanism to kill microbes. By increasing the temperature to a point that certain microbes (i.e. bacteria and viruses) cannot survive, sauna therapy assists the immune system in raising the core temperature to help rid the body of infections, such as colds and flus.