People in the United States are increasingly health conscious. They pay more attention to their diet and exercise. People are also becoming increasingly interested in the health benefits of supplementation.
There is another way of generating improved health that does not involve popping pills, eating disgusting green drinks, or doing some intense exercise program.
Spending time in an infrared sauna is one of the easiest ways to improve your well-being.
Infrared saunas use infrared radiation to create a deep heat within your body. They are superior to conventional saunas in that they do not have to heat the air around you to deeply heat your body.
This not only saves energy, it is a more efficient way to generate heat that penetrates deeply into your tissues without the discomfort in being surrounded by hot air. The humidity in the room does not need to be as closely controlled either.
These advanced saunas come in several forms.
Most high-end models are made out of a wooden box that can be placed in any room in your house. They typically seat one to three people and contain a wide variety of comforts to help you get the most out of the experience.
This can include:
- Ergonomically designed bench
- A full sound system
- Reading lights for bookworms.
- Even a TV!
No intense heating element is used in the heating process. A series of carbon heaters that put out specifically tuned wavelengths of infrared radiation are used instead. These are placed to target specific areas of your body.
The regular use of these saunas has been shown to have several different health benefits.
The most obvious of which is the fact that they tend to produce a deep relaxation, a phenomenon for which saunas have been used in general for thousands of years. However, they also stimulate the body in a manner similar to what is experienced in the course of vigorous exercise. In fact, you get many of the benefits without the muscle tension and lactic acid build up that can make long term workouts unbearable for those who are not in shape.
As with exercise, you can actually lose weight while sitting in the sauna. The initial weight loss can appear quite dramatic; however, most of this is water weight loss that is temporary. You will burn more calories the more time you spend in the sauna. It has been estimated that a person that is not even acclimated to the heat can spend enough time in the sauna to burn about 300 calories.
Over the course of only two weeks, that equates to a pound of lost body fat.
Other conditions that have shown improvement through the use of saunas include congestive heart failure, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis. There is also evidence they can improve white blood cell counts and thus boost the immune system.
The increased rate of sweat also helps to detoxify the body.
The infrared sauna is a modern health miracle. It could literally be considered a health-in-a-box product that allows you experience its benefits by sitting down while relaxing, reading, or watching your favorite TV series.
Here is what an infrared looks like along with what it takes exactly to assemble one from start to finish:
It is a standard rule that you should consider all features and factors of an item before making any sort of purchase.
This is particularly important when looking at physical health equipment, because they are most certainly not cheap.
While your gym may have a far infrared sauna available as part of their packages, it may be worthwhile taking points into consideration before even using it.
Traditionally, the sauna was a containment area where people would congregate to enjoy steam and heat. In today’s society, while the reason for use is the same, the method of heating the room has changed considering which changes the factors to take into account.
Instead of using water and hot coals to heat the room, infrared saunas utilize heated panels attached to the walls of the area. This article will provide information on infrared saunas and the considerations to make when choosing the right one for you.
1. What Temperature Will The Heat Panels Reach?
This is potentially the most important factor to take into consideration when finding the ideal infrared sauna. Surveys have indicated that more people will review the type of wood used or sauna appearance when choosing a sauna and often avoid the heat panels; however, the panels are the most significant aspect to a sauna as it will determine the overall effectiveness.
This is due to the fact that the panels control the temperature within the room and inaccurate temperatures can have poor results.
If a sauna temperature is too low, you will be required to spend longer periods of time in the sauna and this can cause damage to the body.
If the infrared heaters are too high, you may feel uncomfortable and not experience the full benefit of this experience.
2. Does The Sauna Have Both Front And Back Heating Panels?
If your aim is to detoxify your body (which it should be) and remove excess fat through sweat, then it is important you have an overall heat control in the sauna. This can be achieved through the presence of both front and back heating panels.
Think about it, a sauna that has only one heating panel will not provide effective temperature regulation and this can negatively affect your goals. There are some infrared saunas that have only one panel in order to maintain an attractive aesthetic, but this may not be the most effective sauna for your specific requirements.
In fact, I can tell you from personal experience it won’t be effective for you.
3. Is The Heat Being Directed To The Most Needed And Important Areas?
While traditional saunas can be effective, they do come with one major disadvantage: they use steam or coal instead of carbon-based heaters.
Carbon heaters will produce a high quality temperature, but it will also keep you much cooler. Traditional saunas heat the room which will make it much harder to breathe. Carbon fiber heaters will also penetrate into your body – which will effectively give you many more benefits.
It is not often that one is presented with a medical treatment that has little to no side effects.
Most people would not consider taking prescription medications if they actually read the warning labels for the potential, side effects.
Positive lifestyle changes have few negative consequences but can be quite hard to implement. However for people who want to experience a dramatic improvement in health with no known side effects, far infrared sauna therapy could be just the right prescription.
Far infrared saunas are enclosed spaces where people can sit and get exposed to long wavelength radiation. This has been explained in other articles on this website.
This is the same type of radiation that is believed by some climate scientists to cause global warming; however, in this particular case, the radiation warms the body instead of the planet. This radiation is natural and perfectly safe.
Really it’s not scary at all! As it takes the healing parts of sunlight not the UV rays.
The great benefit of it is that it can deeply penetrate your body to efficiently heat most of its tissues. It would take a lot more heat delivered directly to your skin via conduction to achieve similar heat in the body, which might be quite uncomfortable.
The reason heating the body in such a manner is beneficial is that it induces an effect similar to strenuous exercise. The heart rate is raised, blood vessels dilate to improve circulatory flow, and the body begins to sweat profusely. In this manner, a person can get many of the benefits of mild cardiovascular exercise without actually having to do work.
This might sound a little suspicious, but preliminary studies have shown its efficacy. In one study, it was shown that an average person could burn the equivalent to 300 calories by sitting in the sauna.
The longer one uses it, the greater the burn. For people who have developed a high tolerance to high body temperatures, it is estimated that one can safely burn as many as 600-800 calories. This is the equivalent to walking six to eight miles!
Studies have also shown that far infrared therapy helps to reduce resting blood pressure rates. This effect is believed to be due to the dilation of the blood vessels when one is in the unit. Studies have also indicated that far infrared sauna therapy can help decrease the sensation of pain and stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. There have also been positive preliminary studies that have been done in patients with congestive heart failure who often find exercise difficult.
One other benefit to this type of therapy is the ability to excrete toxins through the sweat glands. In the modern world, we are exposed to all sorts of chemicals such as pesticides and pollutants in the air we breathe and the food we eat.
One of the ways of getting rid of these is through the sweat glands of the skin. Far infrared therapy is believed by some to be at least 15% more efficient in getting rid of such toxins when compared to standard saunas. By reducing the toxins in your body, you should theoretically be less likely to get a number of chronic conditions such as cancer.
Far infrared sauna therapy is an easy way to improve your health. Just spend as little as 15 to 30 minutes per day while reading, relaxing, or watching television and you can get incremental health benefits without a lot of effort.