What is Infrared Sauna Therapy?
Infrared saunas are a type of sauna that uses heat and light to help relax and detoxify the body. Unlike a normal sauna that heats up quite quickly, it relaxes the body and opens up the pores.
Traditional saunas use temperatures as high as 180 to 210 degrees F, which can overwhelm those who are more sensitive to the heat. Infrared saunas use a much milder temperature environment of between 120 to 140 degrees F. However because the heat of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, they are able to cause a more vigorous sweat at a lower temperature and remove toxins, making it at least 6 times more effective in detoxification than an overly-hot traditional sauna room. As your body temperature heats up, it increases sweat production to cool itself. Then your heart works harder, pumping blood at a faster rate, boosting circulation.
Some of the benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy; assist the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
Using a Personal Infrared Sauna can help strengthen the body’s immune system by stimulating increased production of white blood cells. Sitting in a far infrared sauna in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the disease before symptoms occur. Raising the core body temperature through the use of the infrared sauna can powerfully assist the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. This is the basis of fever therapy (also known as hyperthermia) for infections. Many people have a low body temperature and, for this reason, cannot get rid of chronic infections. Common sites of infections are the sinuses, ears, eyes, bladder, throat and intestines. This can also help as a preventative measure if you have frequent saunas by not giving the virus a chance to replicate. The sauna heats up your body and increases your heart rate. This relaxes the cells in the muscle and expands the walls of the blood vessels increasing blood flow and oxygenation, which helps stimulate white cell production including lymphocytes all working to fight off a virus.
It is important to note; both a cold and flu are caused by viruses. However, a cold can typically be relieved with over the counter medication, drinking a lot of fluids and rest. On the other hand, the flu virus has to be diagnosed by a doctor and you will likely be prescribed an antiviral medication.
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Posted by: Ciara Prendergast, CNP, Certified CH Therapist