Infrared saunas help the body to eliminate toxins by sweating them out of your system; the infrared sauna is a dry heat sauna, as opposed to a steam sauna. Infrared saunas range in price from $200 for a portable and personal sized sauna to upwards of $10,000 for an outdoor wood sauna that several people may use.
Saunas have been around for thousands of years, and studies have shown that sweating cleans out the body, strengthens the immune system, provides relaxation and improves health. Sunlight can effect “hormone balance and energy levels, deficiency causes many health and psychological problems, including SAD (seasonal affective disorder), low energy levels, low immunity and low vitamin D, required for calcium absorption,” according to Chad Hosler, LMT in Salt Lake City.
Far Infrared (FIR) technology uses special bands of sunlight and it was first developed by NASA. One of the greatest benefits of using an infrared sauna is pain relief; sore muscles are eased and back pain is relieved.
If possible, you want to get into a sauna without clothes and just let your body sweat as much as possible. Having a few towels available to place over the chair is helpful and these will hold the sweat and help to keep you comfortable. Your head will be outside of the portable models of an infrared sauna, and this will help to keep you a little cool during the session.
Studies have shown that weight loss occurs over time when using an infrared sauna. The weight loss does not occur because of the sweat loss, but because the body is working overtime during the session and as much as 600 calories may be burned in a 30-minute session. One study compared a 30-minute infrared sauna session to the equivalent of running 6 miles; your heart rate is increased during the session and your body is working quickly while eliminating the toxins from your skin.
Make sure that the model of an infrared sauna you purchase has a high voltage so that it gets as hot as you would like it to. Most portable saunas come with a chair that you will sit on; you will be more comfortable if you place a thick towel over the chair before sitting on it. A typical sauna session is 10-30 minutes depending on what your body can handle. If you feel too hot, or dizzy, or overwhelmed then it is time to get out.
Try out an infrared sauna before you buy one. Most spas or gyms have a sauna which you can use for free if you are a member.
A portable infrared sauna is a great way to improve your health and give you an overall sense of well-being. They can easily be folded up and stored out of the way, and they take less than 5 minutes to set up again. The portable models are easy to clean after a session, and they don’t hold the sweat inside.
Infrared saunas work well with juice fasting, and it gives your body that little extra push it may need to get the toxins out of your body that are released during a fast. For more information on juice fasting, click here.
Here are the links to two great articles that provide a great deal of detailed information about infrared saunas. One is from Inner Light Colonics in Salt Lake City and the other is from Sunlighten.com.
Studies have shown that people who lose the weight slowly, and exercise and eat less tend to keep the weight off.
Weight Watchers was recently chosen by US News and World Report as the best overall commercial diet because it is based on simply exercising and eating smaller portions. There are no special foods required and dieters can eat whatever they like, but the focus is on eating more fruits, vegetables and protein. Even after they lose the weight, Weight Watchers dieters can continue eating the plan even if they stop going to weekly meetings, or doing Weight Watchers online.
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Sources: Inner Light Colonics and Sunlighten
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