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10 Incredible Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

10 Incredible Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

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10 Incredible Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

By: Your JNH Lifestylist

Benefits of infrared sauna therapy are widely discussed, with more and more scientific evidence proving its advantages. Infrared saunas belong to the centuries-old tradition of using heat to treat various health conditions.

Personal infrared saunas bring all the beneficial properties of a regular sauna into your home and a few of their own. If you are the fence about adding one into your life, take a look at these incredible benefits:  


1. Infrared Saunas Are Practical

You can install an in-home infrared sauna anywhere you want — bedroom, bathroom, basement, etc. They come in various sizes and can fit in any corner of the room, like JNH Lifestyles’ Tosi Corner Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna. This way, you and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of an infrared sauna without leaving your home!

2. Helps With Weight Loss

man happy because he's lost weight

An infrared sauna cannot be a means to lose weight on its own, but when combined with proper nutrition and exercise, it can noticeably boost progress [1]. Since this effect was observed with dry saunas, it is fair to say that infrared therapy can have a similar effect [2]. Infrared light can penetrate deeper into the skin and affect the metabolic rate. This can help the body burn calories, although a big part of that weight lost will be water that you will replenish when you rehydrate.

3. Relaxes Muscles

If you are an athlete or just physically active, then you know how much sore muscles can prevent you from doing your best. Infrared saunas, like the JNH ProSeries 200, can help you increase your endurance and help your muscles recover from exertion [3]. It is best to use an infrared sauna after playing sports or exercising to reduce muscle tension, as well as to eliminate lactic acid.

4. Improves Cardiovascular Health

man drawing a heart in zigzags

When your body temperature rises during infrared therapy, your blood vessels will become wider. This leads to improved circulation and a better supply of organs with nutrients, leading to quicker healing and reduction of inflammation. Spending regular time in the infrared sauna can normalize blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health [4].

5. Great For Pain Relief

Infrared light can help with muscle and joint pain [5]. This is especially beneficial for people with chronic pain and those suffering from certain diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Since infrared heat can help an individual relax, the body will release a feel-good hormone — endorphins. It serves as a natural painkiller and will help to lessen pain.

6. Improves Skin Health

One of the easily noticeable infrared sauna benefits is the improvement of skin health. Since heat opens the pores, all the impurities will come out and leave your skin. This will lead to a reduction in acne and improve your overall hygiene. The infrared sauna can also help with eczema and psoriasis since increased blood flow can stop the itching and even heal the skin.

7. Infrared Sauna Therapy Can Boost The Immune System

Boosting the immune system is a characteristic of the infrared sauna stemming from its various health benefits. Infrared sauna therapy can improve hygiene by eliminating toxins and pathogens from the skin. Better blood flow means that more vitamins, minerals and oxygen will reach organs, helping them function properly. When the body is exposed to heat, the number of white blood cells rises to activate your immune system and gives it the strength to fight potential infection [6].    

8. Aids Against Depression And Anxiety

3 green apples with faces painted onto them

Since infrared therapy can relax the muscles and lessen pain, a person will have a more comfortable and peaceful sleep. When humans sleep, their bodies and minds regenerate, which helps them cope with day-to-day stress better. One session in an infrared sauna can release dopamine — a hormone responsible for happiness. Some infrared saunas, like the Joyous Collection, are equipped with speakers, and can have additional accessories added; like the ergonomic lumbar and head support, and a foot warmer, perfect for unwinding and escaping the world.

9. Detoxes Your Body

Sweating eliminates toxins and helps the liver and kidneys to detox the whole body. Infrared light raises the body temperature from within, causing it to sweat. Some of the dangerous chemicals are purged from the body this way, like lead and mercury, which can cause serious cardiovascular conditions [7].  

10. Infrared Saunas Are Comfortable

man enjoying a far infrared sauna session

Owning an infrared sauna allows you to use it whenever you want. People who are not comfortable sharing small spaces with others usually avoid going to public saunas. This makes them miss out on all the benefits that a sauna can bring. A personal infrared sauna does not make you feel insecure or uncomfortable but brings the ultimate spa experience to your home.

All In All

If you want to improve your lifestyle, infrared sauna therapy may be just what you need. This is a practical solution to help with chronic pain, sleep disorders and stress. It may not be a miracle worker, but it can enhance your quality of life and boost your immune system. Since some models can fit four persons, like the Ensi RED Ultra-Low EMF Far Infrared Sauna, your whole family can profit from the wide array of health benefits.  


Resources:

[1] Kim, Sungwoon, et al. (2017). “Does treadmill walking with near-infrared light applied to the abdominal area reduce local adiposity and body weight?” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, October 2017,  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5684004/.

[2] Podstawski, Robert, et al. (2014). “Sauna-Induced Body Mass Loss in Young Sedentary Women and Men.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, December 2014, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295591/.

[3] Mero, Antti, et al. (2015). “Effects of far-infrared sauna bathing on recovery from strength and endurance training sessions in men.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, July 2015, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4493260/.

[4] Beever Richard. (2009). “Far-infrared saunas for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, July 2009, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2718593/.

[5] Gale, George D, et al. (2006). “Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain: A randomized, controlled trial.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2006, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2539004/.

[6] Pilch, Wanda, et al. (2013). “Effect of a Single Finnish Sauna Session on White Blood Cell Profile and Cortisol Levels in Athletes and Non-Athletes.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, December 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3916915/-

[7] Sears, Margaret E, et al. (2012). “Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, National Center for Biotechnology Information, February 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/.

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