The use of infrared saunas have been shown to benefit people in many ways. Based on research and personal experience, infrared saunas have been shown to be overall good for your health.
Infrared saunas, unlike the traditional saunas which heat up the air around you, are designed to penetrate the skin directly.
There are some unique advantages that the infrared sauna has to offer. Infrared saunas are shown to improve heart health. This is evident in Japan where they’ve been using infrared saunas to treat patients suffering from heart failure and heart disease for many years.
Spending 15 minutes a day for 2 weeks was shown to lower blood pressure and help decrease oxidative stress. Infrared saunas also help reduce stiffness and pain in patients with arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Infrared therapy is used to improve blood flow and is commonly used in patients with kidney disease. In other studies, it has been shown that patients who used the infrared sauna for 15 minutes a day for 2 weeks reported other improvements such as increased mood, decreased anxiety as well as improved physical performance and energy.
The use of an infrared sauna before any event that may be stressful to the body such as diving, physical exercise, and even sunbathing can be beneficial in preparing your body for the event.
It is also suggested that mitochondria exposed to infrared light produce more ATP. With all that said, it might be worth it to try out the infrared sauna in your area and see how you benefit. If you don’t have access the one, your next best bet could be as simple as just soaking in the morning sun for a bit.
A traditional sauna heats the air around you. An infrared sauna uses infrared light to penetrate your skin and warm you directly without affecting the ambient temperature. This makes them great for home use.