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7 Amazing Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
Just 30 minutes, 3 times a week for 4 weeks can improve your health and wellness. 60 minute sessions are also available.
Infrared Sauna Therapy is for everyone. It is a safe effective way to improve your well-being for a better quality of life!
Stay on your path to wellness with regular sessions of Infrared Sauna Therapy.
Studies show a 4% body fat reduction in just 8 weeks.
The heat generated by Infrared Sauna therapy will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in weight loss. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.
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Infrared light, which we experience as heat, is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum. Although we can’t see it, we can feel it in the warmth of sunshine on our skin.
The infrared wavelength is highly beneficial, penetrating deeply into tissues to induce a detoxifying sweat.
It’s so safe it’s used to keep babies warm in the NICU, and our bodies radiate it naturally. Hands emit about 8-10 microns of infrared.
Traditional wet and dry saunas use heated air to warm the body, which means they typically have to be uncomfortably hot to reach therapeutic levels. Infrared sauna therapy, on the other hand, penetrate into tissues directly, causing the body to sweat at a more comfortable ambient temperature.
Dr. Rhonda Patrick dropping a bombshell on the amazing health benefits of frequent sauna use and its link to longevity.
Infrared sauna therapy is sometimes called passive cardio because it raises your heart rate in a way that is similar to exercise, or as Harvard puts it, “the high temperatures can drive heart rates to levels often achieved by moderate-intensity physical exercise.”
A 30 minute session burns about 600 calories, says the Journal of the American Medical Association, while a study published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes found that patients receiving infrared sauna therapy showed “a trend toward decreased waist circumference.”
Does the time of day affect metabolism?
A two-phase study conducted at Binghamton University says yes. When participants used infrared suana therapy an average of three times a week, they lost up to 4% body fat in sixteen weeks. One unexpected result was that participants who used the infrared suana therapy later in the day lost more weight. They found that people who used infrared suana therapy after 3pm lost the same amount as those in the first study, but in half the time.
They attribute the difference in results to lower evening cortisol, and slightly increased levels of human growth hormone (HGH).
The average person carries about 700 pollutants in their bodies at any given moment. Even babies are affected – a recent study found more than 200 chemicals in newborn cord blood alone.
An estimated 30-50% of the American population has the MTHFR genetic mutation, which may impair detoxification.
Our detoxification systems need support, and there are many ways to go about that. Dry brushing is one, and the other is infrared suana therapy. All you need is 30 minutes of time to relax in an infrared sauna therapy device.
According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, who holds a PhD in biomedical science, the fact that sweat contains both hydrophilic (water soluble) and lipophilic (fat soluble) components makes it an elimination pathway for a variety of toxins, including: xenobiotics such as BPA (often absorbed through store receipts), PCB’s, and phthalates, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury
-Sauna Use And Building Resilience to Stress –
One important note: Sweating also eliminates electrolytes, so you’ll need to replace calcium, magnesium and potassium. According to Dr. Patrick, kale is also a concentrated form of electrolytes, so you can put some in a smoothie after you sauna to replenish electrolytes as well.
far-infrared sauna body wrap
Infrared wavelengths increase the production of collagen (which makes skin supple) and elastin (which makes it elastic), and also improves the delivery of nutrients to the skin via increased blood flow. These benefits of Infrared suana therapy result in rejuvenation of your face and body.
Infrared sauna therapy results in skin purification and anti-aging outcomes.
We have two ages: Our chronological age (the actual time we’ve been alive) and our biological age, or the rate at which we’re aging on a cellular level.
According to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, “Almost all the primary causes of aging have stress at their root. Inflammation is a prime example and in fact it’s been identified as one of the key drivers of the aging process.
However somewhat paradoxically, stress isn’t always bad. Short term stress can result in a reduction in long term chronic stress – in other words we can build resilience. This is because short-term exposure to stress can strengthen the cellular response mechanisms in the body to stress. This is called hormetic stress.”(Source: Sauna Use And Building Resilience to Stress)
Exercise is a type of hormetic stress, as is cold stress and – you guessed it – heat stress. Being in a sauna creates heat stress, which causes the body to increase its production of heat shock proteins, which help repair damaged proteins and protect DNA.
Normally we produce fewer heat shock proteins as we age. However, some people have genetic mutations that cause them to maintain higher production.
Centenarians, or people who live to be at least 100, tend to have an increased expression of heat shock proteins – the same proteins that are produced in a sauna.
Also, the “longevity gene” – FOX03 – is also activated by heat. Just like with heat shock proteins, people with a higher expression of FOX03 genes are more likely to live to 100.
Our lives are typically full of chronic stress. Unfortunately, unlike short-term stressful experiences, which produce a rise in cortisol and a physical response (such as running away) followed by a reduction in cortisol after the event, our bodies stay in “high alert” stage for hours, days and even sometimes months without a reset.
Our bodies often can’t distinguish life-threatening situations from non-critical situations, and therefore react to everything just in case. That’s a problem because:
When you repeatedly experience the mobilization or fight-or-flight stress response in your daily life, it can lead to serious health problems.
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can shut down your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to many mental and physical health problems.”
Fortunately, you can manually reset your stress response. Exercise is one way to do it – sauna therapy is another.
When you expose your body to heat stress, your cortisol levels (an indication of stress) will typically stay the same or even rise. However, when you remove the stress by stepping out of the sauna, they’ll drop almost immediately and set a new baseline that is lower than before.
In addition to helping with stress, sauna therapy stimulates the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which is why you will feel AMAZING when you finish a session.
Soothing infrared heat penetrates into sore muscles and joints, increasing the flow of nutrients such as, glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, and oxygen) to the area while removing lactic acid and other metabolic byproducts.
In 2006, The Journal of Pain Research and Management found that Infrared Heat Therapy reduced back pain by 50% with no side effects. The Infrared rays penetrate muscle, joints, tissue, and nerve endings, increasing the rate of oxygen to these areas, promoting a natural healing process.
Creates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells) and protects existing neurons from damage
Significantly increases norepinephrine levels, a hormone that supports focus and attention.
Increases “prolactin, a hormone which encourages the growth of myelin (the insulation around the nerve fibers in your brain), which determines how fast your brain works.”
Infrared sauna therapy is sometimes called “passive cardio” because, as Harvard states, “the high temperatures can drive heart rates to levels often achieved by moderate-intensity physical exercise.”
“The cardiovascular effects of sauna have been well documented in the past. It lowers blood pressure, and there is every reason to believe that its effects are good for blood vessels,” says Dr. Lee of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
According to Mark Timmerman, M.D. of the North American Sauna Society, “During a sauna session, white blood cells increase in the bloodstream, suggesting an elevation of the body’s natural defense against illness.”
Dr. Jari Laukkanen on Sauna Use for the Prevention of Cardiovascular & Alzheimer’s Disease
Jari Laukkanen, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist and scientist at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Dr. Laukkanen has been conducting long-term trials looking at the health effects of sauna use in a population of over 2,000 middle-aged men in Finland. The results? Massive reductions in mortality and memory disease in a dose-response fashion at 20-year