Friday, July 17, 2015

Heat for Health: Benefits of Using Infrared Saunas

The infrared wave, which is next to visible light in the electromagnetic spectrum, is used to detect objects on Earth and beyond through their heat. Not known to many, it also has a therapeutic effect on humans given the right level of wavelength or frequency.

Infrared Light and Energy

This invisible region of light is divided into three segments: the near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared. Scientists refer to the section with wavelengths from 8 to 15 micron as thermal infrared, being similar to the thermal energy emitted by the planet. Though infrared energy is invisible to the human eye, certain devices are sensitive to its frequencies, including digital cameras, night vision goggles, and some mobile phones.

Infrared Sauna

For detox therapy, infrared sauna technology utilizes heaters to apply the right frequencies for the skin. With enough heat, the body is rid of harmful toxins and primed for optimum relaxation, detoxification, pain alleviation, and weight loss, among others. For those who are new to infrared saunas, it is recommended to begin with 10-minute sessions at temperatures of 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit, gradually increasing the average duration from 15 to 30 minutes.

Compared to traditional saunas, infrared saunas are known to eliminate seven times more of the body’s toxins through sweat. This allows for cleaner and healthier-looking skin after every session. Moreover, the high temperature of the sauna keeps the heart pumping similar to when you’re physically exercising.

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