People all over the world have long associated sweating with weight loss. While you do lose weight through sweat, it’s mostly water weight. However, recent studies on individuals who have spent time in a sauna have shown a variety of health benefits.
The study on Finnish men who spent three days per week in a sauna saw a drop in their risk of heart disease by 23%. Their health benefits increased the longer they spent time in a sauna. Relaxing in a sauna can increase your heart rate, reduce vascular resistance, and decrease blood pressure. Traditional saunas use electricity or wood to warm the air. Usually, the temperature will reach 185 degrees which is unbearable for some. There is speculation about how much heat is too much when it comes to saunas.
What Is A Infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas are unlike traditional saunas as they do not heat the air around you. They use electromagnetic radiation via infrared lamps that directly warm your body. A professor at the University of British Columbia has concluded that infrared heat can penetrate deeper into the body than warmed air. This, in turn, can create a vigorous sweat at a much lower temperature.
Are Infrared Saunas Healthy?
Studies have shown that those who spent 10 minutes per day in an infrared sauna for at least two weeks saw a significant drop in blood pressure. Individuals who spent long periods of time in an infrared sauna saw improved scores on fitness tests and a boost in the function of the heart’s vessels. Chronic pain sufferers noticed a 50% improvement in the quality of their sleep.
Infrared saunas may be able to promote weight loss, enhance blood circulation, detoxify your body, lower blood pressure, relieve aches and pains, improve the appearance of your skin, increase immunity, reduce muscle soreness, and even fight cancer. There are three types of infrared sauna’s. Near infrared has the shortest wavelength that is absorbed just below the surface of your skin. Mid infrared is a little longer and can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue. Far infrared is the longest wavelength of the three and can penetrate fat cells expelling toxins that can result in weight loss.
There doesn’t seem to be any significant health risks when it comes to infrared saunas. In fact, more health care professionals today are recommending short stints in them. Just 10-15 minutes per day can ease pain symptoms and benefit your heart.