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Health Benifits of Far Infrared Saunas

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Escape the cruel winter weather to a warm and relaxing abode that allows for a private detox or a healthy communion with friends and family. Discover the health and weight loss benefits of saunas.

winter activities Health Benifits of Far Infrared SaunasWith the winter season upon us, the temperature is not the only thing changing. I am sure you have noticed pants feeling tighter around the waste, and overall energy level decreasing. Many people experience negative body changes, despite the gay and festive mood.

This is due to many taking a break from their diets during their vacation, less outdoor activities because of the colder weather, and of course the large meal portions that are expected. However, this can be avoided without ruining your winter.

Saunas are a small room or house designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions. It allows for a relaxing and enjoyable escape or a great place to go and warm up with company. It is a healthy and enjoyable experience that is perfect for this winter.

The word sauna is an ancient Finnish word referring to the traditional Finnish bath as well as to the bathhouse itself. The oldest known saunas were pits dug in a slope in the ground (a far distant cousin of todays home sauna units) and primarily used as dwellings in winter. The sauna featured a fireplace where stones were heated to a high temperature. Water was thrown over the hot stones to produce steam and to give a sensation of increased heat. This would raise the apparent temperature so high that people could take off their clothes in an area of the world where cold climate is the norm.

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Infrared Sauna

Infrared light is the light wavelength that lies between the visible and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared light has a range of wavelengths, just like visible light has wavelengths that range from red light to violet. Far infrared waves are thermal. In other words, we experience this type of infrared radiation every day in the form of heat! The heat that we feel from sunlight, a fire, a radiator or a warm sidewalk is infrared. The temperature-sensitive nerve endings in our skin can detect the difference between inside body temperature and outside skin temperature.

In an infrared sauna, the infrared heater produces radiant energy, which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays. Most of these heaters draw on technology developed in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical.

The experience of a far infrared sauna is similar to sunbathing, which gives you the radiant heat that is all your own. The far infrared heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing, Infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax in a far infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn. Far infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things. In fact, far infrared heat is so safe it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Sauna Health Benefits:

  • Detoxification
  • Weight Loss
  • Pain Relief
  • Skin Purification
  • Cardiovascular Workout
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improved Circulation

Heating Surface Area

Most 2-person infrared saunas run between 1600-1700 watts. However, 3,000 square inches heating surface area and a 4,000 square inches heating surface area will yield a different heating results. The larger the heating surface, the faster the sauna heats, with better distribution. It is ideal if the sauna has floor heating panels, to keep your feet warm.

A leader in the home sauna industry, Crystal Sauna, has noted that when deciding on buying a sauna for your home there are several key factors that you should consider and research before buying.

Type of Heaters

Ceramic heaters
Made of ceramic tubes that are low cost (but difficult to replace) and have a small overall volume. They produce high surface temperatures that exceed over 300 and have uneven heat distribution.

Mica Heaters
Made of mica rocks that allows for even heat distribution and have a lower surface temperature. It is a much harder surface and can crack easily even though it may not be visible to the human eye.

Carbon heaters
Made of carbon fiber glass (commonly used in medical devices) that allow for the best heat distribution and best overall surface temperature. A flexible material ideal for sauna heaters.

Material Selection

Almost all infrared sauna suppliers claim their saunas are made with 100% Hemlock Fir or Red Cedar. The truth is many saunas are only “covered up” by the claimed wood, while the insides are filled in with low quality wood. In addition, compare the thickness of the wall and the tempered glass because these are the key factors to insulation and heat up time.

Watch out for: Some sauna factories paint the outside of their saunas with different colors (e.g. dark brown, black) to cover up the lower wood quality. Only buy a colored sauna when it is important to match the overall decor and the wood quality is not a deciding factor.

Wall and Glass Thickness

Each panel is built by placing front and back wood panels over the body frame. The panels are connected using tongue and groove to hold them together. Water based glue and pressure is used to hold the front and back panels to the body frame. Thicker wood panels mean stronger walls. Thicker overall width of the wall provides better insulation. The same goes with glass; the thicker it is the better it’ll insulate the sauna and overall quality.

Sauna Weight Loss

Weigh loss is possible in infrared saunas because of the sweating process and heart rate increase during a sauna session. The majority of weight loss is due to water weight, however regular use is an ideal add-on to any weight loss program. Sauna not only removes water, but salts as well.

Army research results showed that during one session of infrared sauna, the user could burn 300 to 600 calories.

What does salt have to do with weight loss? Well, since salt in our body is deposited under the skin, and remains non-toxic because of water. In order to keep your body intoxicated, you must drink a large amount of water. So the sauna can help reduce weight by removing the excess salt within the body.

Benefits of Infrared Sauna to Your Weight Loss Program:

  1. Effective method to reduce heavy metals, that are related to metabolic imbalances in the body which results in poor digestion and weight gain.
  2. Decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are first removed.
  3. Although water weight is quickly regained, it sends more blood to the capillaries and converts fats and carbohydrates. This process can result in as much as 600 calories burned during one sauna session.

Featured Sauna

Below is one of Crystal Sauna home units. Made from high quality material and heating equipment, Crystal Sauna is the ideal company when deciding on buying a home unit. Review the details below and you will know why.

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