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Benefits of Sauna: Infrared Sauna

Updated on September 13, 2011

Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Infrared saunas have been widely used over the years and have recently been in the media as an alternative medicine for its numerous health benefits. This is due to infrared rays that are produced by infrared sauna heaters. They have been found to help with health benefits ranging from detoxification to weight loss. It has even been said to ease disorders like fibromyalgia and diseases such as Lyme disease. I have also even heard of people using it to relieve stress and anxiety.

Below I have put together a list of some of the top health benefits of an infrared sauna.


The infrared heat from an infrared sauna increases your blood circulation and stimulates the sweat glands. Sweating is your body’s natural and safe way to heal, detoxify, and stay healthy. Sweating carries toxins to your pores and out of the body. This is why a high concentration of infrared heat is important when choosing an infrared heater, not just the length of the infrared wave. Additionally, daily sweating also helps your body get rid of highly accumulated toxins such as: mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, as well as several other toxins: nicotine, sulfuric acid, and, many other organic and inorganic compounds.

Weight Loss:

As your body heats up in the infrared sauna it increases sweat production to cool itself. This causes your body to pump more blood, which increases the metabolism in your body. The increase in your metabolism will burn calories, resulting in weight loss. It is also said that just a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories.

Improves Immune System:

Infrared sauna heaters raise your core body temperature, which induces an artificial fever. This fever is one of the body’s natural mechanisms to strengthen as well as accelerate the immune response. This is similar to that seen in the case of an infection. The increase in you immune system, when combined with the elimination of toxin, will increase your overall health and resistance to disease.

Improves Blood Circulation:

When the far infrared heats the muscles it produces an increased blood flow level that is similar to the same levels seen during exercise. The increase in body temperature also produces an increase to blood flow, which increases circulation as well.


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