The key difference between traditional saunas and infrared saunas is that infrared saunas use infrared lamps, which warm the body directly. Traditional saunas heat the air in the sauna cabin, which in turn heats the body. A more effective way of heating the body, infrared saunas can be operated at lower temperatures than traditional saunas, which is an added bonus for those who find the environment of traditional saunas to be uncomfortable, stuffy or oppressive.
HERE ARE THE KEY BENEFITS TO USING INFRARED SAUNAS
One of the key reasons for using infrared saunas is to sweat, which helps detoxify the body. The heat from infrared lamps penetrates directly into the body’s tissues, allowing people to sweat at lower overall temperatures than traditional saunas, which is better for the body. In fact, experts say infrared saunas allow users to eliminate up to seven times more toxins compared to traditional saunas.
Sweating in infrared saunas can also be beneficial for those who want to lose weight. The increase in core temperature brought about by the infrared lamps simultaneously increases the heart rate. Similar to the effect of exercise, the body works to lower the body’s temperature, which also burns calories. In fact, studies show that a 30-minute session in an infrared sauna can burn up to 600 calories.
People have used saunas for a long time to soothe sore muscles after a work-out, and infrared saunas are even more effective than traditional saunas to help with this. Since the heat is delivered directly and deeply to the body’s tissues in infrared saunas, overall circulation is improved. This stimulated blood flow aids muscle recovery, removes lactic acid quicker and helps to decrease post-workout inflammation.
The detoxification effect of infrared saunas helps to clear the skin’s pores, leading to clearer skin. By the same token, the improved circulation brought about by infrared lamps also contributes to clearer and healthier skin. In addition to this, research shows that infrared lamps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which makes the skin supple and improves nutrient delivery to the skin cells.
Infrared saunas help to remove stress from the body by improving circulation and by balancing the level of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone and many people have it in their systems on a day-to-day basis. Spending time in an infrared sauna temporarily increases the level of cortisol in the body by causing heat stress, but as soon as you step out, the level of cortisol decreases to lower levels than before, giving an all-over feeling of relaxation.
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