Yes, infrared! Hot yoga studios use infrared heat for the same reason you should use it at home. The heat penetrates more deeply and lends a hand to your body in a handful of very positive ways. Ways like.
- Sweating flushes toxins out of the body. The more you sweat, the more your body cycles out the bad stuff.
Infrared saunas promote more profuse sweating at lower temperatures, usually 40-60 degrees Celsius. Conventional saunas require higher temperature, like 70-100 degrees Celsius, to help you sweat everything out, and higher temperatures aren’t right for everybody.
The gentler heat of an infrared sauna is more tolerable for anybody sensitive to higher temperatures.
- Kick sickness to the curb.
People with good blood circulation tend to get sick less. People with high white blood cell counts get sick less.
The radiant heat from an infrared sauna boosts circulation, white blood cell production and puts your immune system on the offensive.
Similarly, the infrared heat accelerates muscle recovery. It’s part of the reason yogis like to practice in infrared yoga studios. Better muscle engagement, better muscle recovery.
- Relax muscle knots, lower blood pressure.
In 15 minutes, 3 times each week you will see a not-insignificant drop in blood pressure. The improved circulation provided by the infrared heat will lower your blood pressure naturally.
Better circulation + heat will also reduce inflammation in tired muscles and joints. So a few sauna sessions will leave you feeling more relaxed when at work or climbing into bed at the end of the day.
- Drop some weight.
A lot of the weight you lose in the sauna is water weight, which won’t have any effect on your overall health.
However, a growing body of evidence supports the position that some of the weight dropped comes from an increase to metabolism while sitting in the sauna. So anywhere from 200-600 calories can burn off in a half hour session of infrared sauna sitting.
Your infrared sauna isn’t a miracle weight loss tool, but it’s an exceptional way to complement your diet and weight loss program.
- Get young looking skin.
The infrared heat makes your skin look better all over by:
1. Improving circulation
2. Increasing collagen production
As with the other points in this blog, infrared heat improves circulation and collagen production faster than traditional sauna heat.
- Save cash and time.
Infrared saunas require less maintenance, can be installed in more flexible locations and run on normal household electricity. Because the heat is delivered in a more efficient medium, you spend less money each time you have a sweat session in the sauna.
NOW THAT YOU KNOW…
So you know the benefits. What are you waiting for?