Far infrared sauna is a great new type of sauna, that has certain differences compared to traditional Finnish sauna. It does not use hot stones or rocks to create heat and instead it uses a device that emits a type of infrared radiation called Far infrared radiation. These saunas are today widely available in gyms, day spas and similar establishments, and they can also be easily installed at home.
Benefits of far infrared sauna
The main purpose of infrared sauna is detoxification. It stimulates perspiration, which is one of the body’s natural ways to eliminate accumulated toxins and harmful agents. In a conventional sauna, which also stimulates sweating, the steam and the heat warm the air around the person using it, and in far infrared sauna the actual objects are heated, which causes more direct heat in a cooler atmosphere. Since the air itself is not heated, it makes it much easier to breathe.
It is believed that the sweat produced in a conventional sauna mostly contains water, around 95 percent of it. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, stimulate perspiration that contains around 80 percent water and the rest is made of cholesterol, heavy metals and other harmful substances. In addition, this type of sauna removes certain toxins that normally could not be removed using a conventional sauna. This includes nicotine, alcohol, ammonia, lead, mercury, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, sulfuric acid and many more.
People who wish to eliminate all those harmful substances they have been regularly exposed to are advised to give far infrared sauna a shot and to see how much better they will feel afterwards. Those who have tried it swear that it feels great and that it greatly improves health, energy and even the mood.
Studies on benefits of far infrared sauna
The benefits of far infrared sauna have been confirmed in many scientific studies done in United States and abroad. Those studies have focused not only on the detoxifying effects of infrared sauna, but also on several specific health issues that can be solved or relieved by using this type of sauna.
For example, one study monitored the effects of infrared sauna on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis and it showed a significant reduction of pain, swelling and other symptoms associated with those disorders.
Another study, performed by the University of Missouri, focused on effects of infrared sauna on blood pressure and it showed that the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertension patients who have visited infrared sauna three times a week for 30 minutes was significantly reduced.
Canadian Journal of Diabetes conducted a study which found that infrared sauna has positive effect on obese patients and reduced body weight especially in those persons who lead a generally sedentary lifestyle. Several other studies have focused on effects of this type of sauna on weight loss, and they all have found that it increases the process of calorie burning.