Feeling tired, moody and having a hard time getting through the day? You might be in need of a good detox! One way to effectively remove toxins from your body is to sweat them out and a very popular method to do this is in an infrared sauna.
Typically, when you think of a sauna, you think of a traditional steam sauna where the heat is coming from the movement of the hot air around you. Thanks to modern technology, we are now able to use infrared light to not only heat the sauna but also to heat the body.
Infrared saunas are seven times more effective at detoxing than traditional saunas. Instead of heating the air around you, an infrared sauna heats your body directly by using infrared light. This light penetrates the skin, raising the body’s core temperature and promoting a detox at a cellular level. This level of detoxification helps the body remove extra toxins, like heavy metals and radioactive particles. It can also help relieve symptoms of common illnesses and increase overall health and immunity.
Infrared Light Spectrum
Full spectrum refers to the entire infrared light spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared. Near infrared is the shortest wavelength and will be absorbed just below the surface of the skin, creating a sweat that promotes healing and revitalization.
The main benefits of near infrared wavelengths are:
- Cell health/immunity
- Wound healing
- Skin purification
- Pain relief
Mid infrared is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue, increasing circulation. This allows the body to release oxygen to reach injured areas. The main benefits of mid infrared wavelengths are:
- Pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Weight loss.
Far infrared is the longest wavelength that penetrates the body and activates the sweat glands, resulting in the highest levels of detoxification and stimulating metabolism to aid in weight loss. The sweat glands are one of the ways to eliminate toxins. The skin is the body’s largest organ and is often referred to as the “third kidney” due to its ability to remove large quantities of waste material through the sweat glands. It is one of the body’s best processes for elimination. Far infrared waves have the potential to penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches beneath the skin, allowing for the light to raise the core body temperature. The main benefits of far infrared wavelengths are:
- Weight loss
- Lowered blood pressure
Why Detoxing Is So Important
The word detox means “a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body.” It is important to detox to strengthen the immune system. Additionally, it makes the body’s biochemical processes work more effectively so that the body can digest the nutrients in what we eat. Directly, or indirectly, toxic residues find their way into our bodies, whether it’s through air, food or water supplies. The effect of this toxic overload alters the body’s balance or homeostasis. This interference with our body’s natural biological tendencies results in disease, in one form or another.
One health benefit of using an infrared sauna is that it is specifically designed to encourage a deep, healthy and natural detoxifying sweat. For thousands of years and within many different cultures, people have used some form of sweating to maintain good health. Today’s society is moving in that direction and is now giving more attention to infrared sauna detoxification.
Detoxing in an Infrared Sauna
An infrared sauna is a good way to take preventative measures against toxins before they enter the body. Although you can’t always control the toxins that go into your body, if you regularly use an infrared sauna, you can remove a lot of toxins during your session. When you sweat at the gym, or from being outside in warm weather, you are only releasing water. Therefore, you are sweating out what is immediately coming into your body.
A far infrared sauna session allows you to sweat out substances that have been trapped inside your body. Your body is able to get rid of heavy metals, toxins, chemicals, nicotine, and other harmful substances. When the body is contaminated in this way, and left untreated, the substances start to compound within the body. Sweating it out allows the body to release and eliminate these toxins, allowing you to feel less tired, moody and finding it easier to get through the days!
Book a session at your local beem Light Sauna studio and start reaping the benefits of infrared saunas!