Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
Burn calories, boost your mood, improve muscle relaxation and more with your Jacuzzi® infrared sauna. Unlike traditional home saunas that use heat to warm the air, thereby warming your body from the outside in, infrared saunas use infrared light to create heat in your body from the inside out. From helping your body to release harmful toxins and heavy metals to relieving unwanted pain and cleansing your skin, the benefits of an infrared sauna may be just what you need to improve your overall wellness. Here are a few of the key benefits.
WEIGHT LOSS & INCREASED METABOLISM
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of a sauna imparts a similar boost on the cardiovascular system to running. As you relax in the gentle infrared heat, your body is hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation. This increase in your metabolism will burn calories. Read more about infrared sauna weight loss.
MUSCLE PAIN RELIEF
Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscle, so they recover faster. Muscles relax best when tissues are warm, for greater flexibility and range of motion. Far Infrared heat relieves muscle tension. The deep heat of far infrared saunas helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Infrared heat also reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibres are heated.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
The deep heating from the Clearlight Sauna True Wave II™ infrared heaters will raise your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. How does this benefit the body? Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.
One of the biggest infrared sauna health benefits is its ability to increase your blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins in the body. Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
STRESS AND FATIGUE REDUCTION
Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Many people comment on how much they look forward to their infrared sauna session. It’s like having a day spa in your home, open all the time for your convenience. Infrared Saunas have also been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system putting you in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state allowing your body to heal.
EASE JOINT PAIN AND STIFFNESS
Time spent in an infrared sauna benefits patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Radiant heat has also been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that comes with ageing is reduced or eliminated.
IMPROVES APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
Since the far infrared radiant heat warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells. Sauna use and far infrared heat can increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which essentially reverses the above-mentioned trends towards the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in your sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh colour. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
Infrared Saunas and Weight Loss
Did you know that spending time regularly inside an infrared sauna can help you lose weight? Weight loss is about so much more than how you look. It’s about how you feel. It’s your self confidence. Even more, it’s about your health. Many health conditions are associated with obesity, which can undoubtedly have a significant impact on your life. By spending as little as 20 to 40 minutes a day relaxing in the invigorating heat of an infrared sauna, you can reap the many benefits of heat therapy, one of the biggest of which is weight loss. To learn more about the many benefits of infrared saunas or to see one in-person for yourself, visit your local Jacuzzi Ontario location. We have a range of fully-functional indoor and outdoor sauna models on display in most of our stores, ready to use and explore.
Helping with Stress Relief
Did you know that stress is often associated with weight gain? In fact, high-stress levels can contribute to struggles to lose weight, particularly the fat held in the mid-section. Weight held in areas like the belly, hips and thighs can result in fatigue and the feeling of quite literally being weighed down, making it increasingly difficult to get active, eat healthy and shed the extra pounds. There’s no doubt about it, losing weight caused by stress through diet and exercise alone is tough. That’s where an infrared sauna can benefit you. Using an infrared sauna in combination with a strategic weight loss plan may result in a notable difference in how one looks and feels, not to mention the state of their overall health.
Improving Your Overall Health
While each individual weight loss journey differs from one another, the first step is most often committing to a lifestyle change. This can include regular physical activity and exercise, consuming a nutritious and well-balanced diet, and participating in healthy activities, like relaxing in a sauna. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, losing five to 10 per cent of excess weight can greatly benefit one’s overall health. This weight loss can help improve cholesterol levels, alleviate hypertension, reduce the risk of diabetes, improve sleep patterns and combat sleep apnea, and reduce stress.
Sourced: OAC | Benefits of 5-10 Percent Weight-loss. Available: https://www.obesityaction.org/community/article-library/benefits-of-5-10-percent-weight-loss. [Accessed: 2019-03-15].
How an Infrared Sauna Can Aid in Weight Loss
Not all saunas offer the desirable weight loss benefits of far infrared saunas. Saunas that are equipped with more traditional technology are typically geared toward relaxation and pain relief, as they heat the room rather than the body. Infrared saunas heat the body directly from the inside out by raising core temperature as infrared heat is absorbed. This process can help to boost one’s cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems through a full-body detox. This detox works by creating a fat-based sweat, helping eliminate toxins, while your body is safely and comfortably re-energized. Toxins are often stored in fat cells, which can make it increasingly difficult to lose weight. This means that when the infrared heat starts to help burn away these fat cells and eliminate toxins, one may find a greater ability to lose weight and keep it off.
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