This last year, I've heard a lot of buzz around infrared saunas. So January 2020, I decided to purchase one for my home, mainly to help with my arthritis in my thumb/hand from a biking accident in March of 2019!
First of all, I LOVE my infrared sauna. I normally don't sweat when I exercise, but twenty minutes at 130 degrees in this sweet sauna and my body is hot and sweaty!! I feel like I'm really cleansing my skin and detoxifying my body!!
Let me explain what an infrared sauna does: Infrared light is the invisible part of the sun's spectrum that has the ability to penetrate human tissue. It is felt as warmth on the skin. Unlike the dangerous UV rays of the sun, infrared light waves are beneficial. In fact, infrared light is used to keep premature babies warm in hospitals. Heat has been used to help heal the body for thousands of years. A good sweat, like what I and you will experience after exercise, burns calories and also helps detoxity the body.
The benefits of using an infrared sauna are similar to those experienced with a traditional sauna. These include:
relief from sore muscles
relief from joint pain such as arthritis
clear and tighter skin
help for people with chronic fatigue syndrome
Infrared sauna, in many ways, mimic fever - our body's natural way to ward off illness by raising our core body temperature.
Fever-range body temperature causes the body to favor anti-viral and anti-bacterial immune response
Stimulates immune function and makes the body less habitable for pathogens to fight off viruses
Stimulates white blood cells and increases antibodies against germs by increasing cellular energy
Far infrared wavelengths target toxins packed tightly within our fat and tissue, breaking them up so they can be released through sweat
A build-up of toxins can lead to a host of common illnesses. Ridding the body of these toxic substances helps to relieve symptoms and improve the overall health ecosystem
20 minutes in a hot sauna is known to kill viruses
Infrared saunas typically range in cost from $1,500 - $3,500 for a two or three person unit. I purchased mine at Costco.com at the beginning of the year with a coupon - which helps offset the cost. I realize not everyone has the budget or room for a permanent sauna so infrared blankets are a nice, portable alternative at $500.
I found this interesting article from a yoga studio I visited in Martinez, California. It includes some tips about staying healthy during the coronavirus.
Let's all stay healthy - not only for your grandchildren, your families but also for YOU! Here's to a healthier you and hopefully soon, a healthier world!