If you are new to the world of infrared heat saunas, if a sauna to you is a hot rock sauna, then you are about to learn the crucial difference between the two and how the infrared sauna can change your life.
I have long been a fan of a traditional hot rock sauna like the ones found at spas and gyms. I love the intense, dry heat. However, these saunas offer little in the way of health benefits when compared to infrared heat saunas. The two different forms of heat are vastly different and therefore have very different affects on the body.
Traditional versus Infrared Heat
Traditional saunas are a very dry, intense heat. Anywhere from 185 to 195 degrees. Because of the intensity of this heat you generally should not stay in a traditional sauna for very long. These saunas require extreme heat which warms the room, the walls, and the air which in turn warms your skin on the surface. This is the biggest difference between the two saunas.
Infrared saunas heat up to about 100 to 120 degrees and the opposite is true of this heat. The longer you stay in the more beneficial to your body (within reason, of course.) Infrared heat does not do its job by heating the room and thereby heating you. Far infrared heat spectrum matches the human body which allows it to penetrate deep into the body directly to the organs and fat. This is where the healing begins.
Health Benefits of Infrared Heat Saunas
When the proper spectrum of infrared heat quickly and deeply penetrates your skin several things happen, not the least of which is detoxification. This intense heat goes right to your deep fat cells and melts them, releasing untold amounts of stored toxins and acids which are then secreted out of your sweat glands. Fat is where the body stores and holds on to the 1000's of chemical toxins that we come in contact with every day. When those toxins build up it can cause disease in many different forms. The immune system is compromised, we are unable to lose weight, we develop chronic inflammation and the pain that goes with it such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and so many other conditions.
The benefits you will receive as a side effect of daily detoxification with an infrared heat sauna are tremendous, but the list goes on. This internal heating also provides cardiovascular conditioning and improved circulation, improved healing from injuries, relief from muscle pain, and a list of other benefits that quite honestly are hard to believe, but none the less true and backed by research.
I encourage you to take a look at the research on the health benefits of infrared saunas. If you are considering adding an infrared heat sauna to your health regime then you are on your way to making a very wise decision and creating a healthier life for yourself. Enjoy.
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