The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared saunas are a “Hot Topic” in the fitness industry; many health experts promote their use to help the body detoxify heavy metals. Regular sessions can help you to lose weight, relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation, elevate your mood, remove heavy metals from the body, and purify your skin.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. An infrared sauna emits rays that penetrate into the tissues to a depth of 1.5 inches.  This heat stimulates your fat cells to release the accumulated debris that they have been holding on to in the subcutaneous fatty layer located just below the skin.  The infrared sauna also stimulates the sebaceous glands to release harmful toxins such as petrochemicals, mercury and other heavy metals.

Infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum. You can be exposed to far infrared heat for hours and your skin wall never burn. A far infrared sauna is completely healthy and safe. In fact hospitals use it to warm newborn infants.

The range of infrared waves generated by the body is 6 to 20 microns. The optimal output range is between 7 and 14 microns, which are very close to the resonant frequency of a water molecule. Since our bodies are almost 72% water this resonance release toxins such as sulphur, formaldehyde, heavy metals and more.  The increased depth of penetration provides pain-relief, detoxification and increased circulation. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins.

For therapeutic use, use an infrared sauna weekly. If you are very debilitated, start with once or twice per for 10 to 15 minutes max. As you increase your comfort level in the infrared sauna, you may increase the time and frequency of use. Always start slowly, even if you are in great physical condition. You may experience Healing Reactions, they are temporary symptoms associated with eliminating toxic substances, healing chronic infections or metabolic changes in the body. Symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, odors, and fatigue. Always leave any sauna if you feel faint, dizzy or sick.

To attain the best detoxification results:

  • Wait at least 1 – 2 hours after eating before beginning a sauna session.
  • Stay Hydrated! Most people do not drink enough water to begin with and if you are using an infrared sauna and sweating, it is even more important to stay properly hydrated.
  • Take care not to overheat during your first few sessions. As the body continues to adjust, sweating can increase dramatically and body temperature regulation becomes more effective. An increase of up to 50% above the resting pulse is safe unless a heart condition requires keeping it lower.
  • Wipe off sweat during your session to promote your body to sweat more. You must also place a towel under your body and feet to catch sweat drops because no sweat or oils may touch the wood.
  • Fat and Cellulite deposits begin to breakdown at 101 degrees F. Massaging fatty tissue during your sauna session will help to break down these areas into smaller water clusters which can be more easily eliminated through the pores of the skin.
  • Massage stiff “knotty” muscle areas to help alleviate pain and tightness.
  • Do not use skin lotions, deodorant, or oils during your sauna session as this will inhibit sweating.
  • Complete your session with a cold shower to cool your body completely and close the skin pores..

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*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At PURICA, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.

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