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Sweating out the Small Stuff: The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

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You love the relaxing feeling of steaming in a sauna, sweating out toxins, and just having a great excuse to get away from your cell phone and work emails for a few minutes. 

However, sometimes the excessive heat of a traditional sauna gets to be too much for you, and you often find you feel exhausted for the rest of the day, even after a shorter session. 

You may also have concerns about dehydration, or even have medical limitations when it comes to using a traditional sauna. 

Infrared sauna is a perfect alternative—and many find they enjoy infrared therapy much more than the traditional option. As opposed to warming the air around you in order to heat up your body (as most saunas do), an infrared sauna warms your body directly. 

This means you’ll be able to enjoy the same, if not better, results of a standard sauna without having to feel like you’re baking yourself. 

Curious about the benefits of infrared sauna therapy? Keep reading to learn why you should give it a try. 

1. Safe Cleansing of the Body


Cleansing is the process of getting rid of toxins in the body that can make you sick, cause you to feel tired, clog your skin, and toxins can even put you at a higher risk of developing serious long-term health conditions. 

However, extreme detox diets, cleanses, and pills aren’t always the safest way to reset your body. 

One of the biggest benefits of infrared sauna therapy is that it provides excellent overall body cleansing without the health risks of crash diets. 

In fact, infrared saunas are able to eliminate about seven times more toxins than standard saunas.

If you’ve been feeling run-down, overly fatigued, stressed, or even if you’ve noticed unusual cravings, head to an infrared sauna ASAP.

2. Natural Pain Relief

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If you’re sore after a tough workout, stepping into an infrared sauna is a great way to relieve tense muscles and soothe soreness. 

The infrared heat actually increases your circulation, meaning that enough oxygen can get to the parts of your body that are the most in need of recovery. Plus, infrared heat is able to penetrate both your fat tissue and your neuromuscular system—something a standard sauna can’t always do.

This means that infrared therapy can help to release and relax stiff and sore muscles and can even shorten your overall recovery time while keeping inflammation levels low.

Studies have found that, especially for those working on endurance and strength training, infrared therapy is an effective form of pain relief. 

3. Clearer Skin 

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If you want clearer and younger-looking skin without having to go under the knife, we suggest you give infrared saunas a try. 

Studies have shown that infrared light can, in addition to stopping acne from coming to the skin’s surface in the first place, actually lighten and fade any acne scars you may have. 

How does it work? 

Instead of sweating due to extreme heat—which causes pimple-producing oils to litter the skin—the gentler infrared heat effectively cleans out your pores. Many people who break out after using traditional saunas, or those who have sensitive skin, find that they don’t break out once they make the switch to infrared therapy. 

Infrared therapy allows the heat to penetrate much deeper into your skin than normal, making the removal of solvents, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other toxins easier. 

The same study referenced above also found that after a few weeks of infrared sauna therapy, the skin’s collagen production and overall elasticity both increased. This means firmer skin, fewer wrinkles, and less visible fine lines. 

4. Improved Cardiovascular Health

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While it’s still important to eat right and exercise regularly, continued infrared therapy is also an effective way to keep your heart in great shape and prevent chronic heart disease

Not only does infrared therapy boost your heart rate to strengthen it over time (more on that in a minute), but it also lowers your blood pressure and reduces stiffness in the arteries. You may even be able to lower your cholesterol with continued use. 

Additionally, regular use of saunas of any kind has been shown to increase the user’s overall lifespan.  

5. A Higher Metabolism 

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It makes sense that if an infrared sauna can improve your overall heart health, it will also come with some weight loss benefits. 

While you’re not going to magically sweat off 20 pounds after a few weeks of infrared therapy, you will be able to burn up to 600 calories per session. Especially if you’re recovering from an injury and can’t currently work out, the passive workout offered by infrared therapy is a wonderful alternative. 

So, how does it cause weight loss? 

When your heart rate increases, your body will have to go into overdrive to keep you cool, pump blood through your system, and manage the faster heart rate. In addition to giving you the same experience as a long run or workout class, all this extra work increases your body’s metabolism. 

Ready to Give Infrared Sauna Therapy a Try?

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Has this post convinced you to try out an infrared sauna for yourself? 

If so, then we invite you to get in touch with Dr. Threlkel to learn more about how to book your session.

In addition to infrared sauna therapy, we also offer numerous other holistic services, including genetic nutritional counseling and naturopathic medicine. 

Click here to learn more about what you should bring to your appointment, what to expect out of your session, and everything else you need to feel prepared for your first meeting. 

Before you know it, you won’t just feel like your old self again—you’ll feel even better than you did before. 

About The Author:

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Karen Threlkel

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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