28 Jun The Benefits of Infrared Heat
TOXICITY-HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME TOXIC?
Our busy lives and hectic schedules take a major toll on our bodies. We feel the impact in certain obvious ways: soreness, fatigue, headaches, weight-gain, and exhaustion. STRESS. While we can’t necessarily change the circumstances of our lives, we can certainly address the impact on our health and well-being.
Modern food productions, processing, farming, and dental procedures can contain and contribute to our exposure of a number of toxins such as pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, industrial chemicals, petrochemicals, preservatives, heavy metals such as mercury and more. When you ingest food products that contain multiple toxins and do so on a regular basis, your body does not have the time or resources to process and gradually becomes overwhelmed by the burden. Infrared therapy can really accelerate your body’s ability to get rid it of these poisons.
Men tend to be exposed to more industrial chemicals and pesticides, while women are more exposed to toxins in beauty products and household cleaning agents. Historically, men have a much higher rate of smoke inhalation and alcohol ingestion than women. Though the average person, man or woman, is exposed to 60-70 chemicals a day by diet alone, women have a higher BMI (body mass index – the ration of lean tissue to fat) than men and because of this can store more toxins. It is estimated that as much as 50% of women have an overloaded liver and lymph system, the systems of the body responsible for processing fats, fluids, and toxins. Overall, this can lead to weight gain, brain fog and fatigue. Many of these symptoms can be substantially improved by a series of infrared sauna treatments.
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy and our saunas are designed for the deepest, most detoxifying sweat. The leading detoxification belief is that illnesses can be caused by the build-up of toxic substances. Ridding the body of these toxins can help relieve symptoms, prevent illness, and increase overall health and vitality.
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Regular infrared sauna use helps detoxify the body as it rids of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.
Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.
The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that the root causes of more than 80% of all illnesses are found in personal environments or lifestyles. In other words, the world around you can make you sick. It’s in the air we breathe, and in the food we eat. There’s very little we can do to reduce exposure. We can, however, use sauna detox as a treatment.
Researchers have long told us how the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals. As long as you maintain proper hydration, the more you safely sweat, the more toxins you’ll expel from your body. In fact, the infrared heat generated by our saunas produces sweat consisting of nearly 20% toxins versus only 3% in a traditional sauna. As such, detoxification in an infrared sauna is up to 7 times more effective than a traditional one.
As a result, regular usage of infrared sauna will provide a truly deep, productive sweat where toxins reside, at the cellular level.
The plentiful sweating you’ll do during a traditional sauna session will register immediately on the scale as weight loss. However, most of the weight is “water-weight” which will return when you re-hydrate.
If you’re looking to lose real weight, we can help. By simply relaxing in the comfort of our infrared saunas, you can reduce your waistline by burning calories in comfort. Studies show that one 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories. As the body works to regulate its core temperature, attempting to cool itself in response to the infrared heat, it experiences an increase in heart rate, metabolic rate and cardiac output. In addition, since body fat becomes water soluble at 110°F, fat molecules can be released through the pores during a session.
Infrared Saunas are the ONLY natural and healthy way to burn calories without exercising.
One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with infrared sauna therapy. You too can toss the pain pills and step into one of our healing infrared sanctuaries to relieve tension and relax muscles. Infrared wavelengths provide deep penetrating heat therapy to joints, muscles and tissues by increasing blood circulation and speeding oxygen flow to areas of discomfort. In addition, it breaks up and reduces lactic acid deposits, accelerating connective tissue repair and allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax.
By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally.
Doctors often recommend infrared heat therapy to patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Infrared therapy is also widely used among athletes for relief from sports injuries.
Relaxation is more important to health than most people realize. The American Institute of Stress estimates that 75 to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems. Long-term stress is the cause of countless physiological effects on the body, including increased blood pressure, weight gain and weakening of the immune system.
The more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection. Scientific evidence shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward. In fact, infrared saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.
Our private studio suites have been designed to encourage relaxation and comfort, like a day at the spa! It is the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction.
IMPROVED BLOOD PRESSURE & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
The increased heart rate and cardiac output associated with infrared sauna therapy demonstrate how infrared sauna sessions also benefit the circulatory system. Studies indicate that regular use of an infrared sauna will improve cardiovascular health by lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.
When the normally smooth, firm lining of the arteries becomes thickened and roughened by deposit of fat, fibrin, calcium, and cellular debris, it lessens the arteries ability to expand and contract, and slows the blood movement through narrowed channels. These conditions make it easier for blood clots to form, blocking the arteries and stopping blood flow completely. Infrared heat is able to neutralize blood toxicity and smooth the walls of the arteries, capillaries and veins.
A STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
A weakening of the immune system is one of the many physiological effects of long-term stress. Stay healthy by taking advantage of the natural preventative properties of infrared.
Infrared heating technology aids in cell health, muscle recovery and overall immunity defense. Heat charges the immune system by promoting blood flow and oxygenation and increasing lymphatic drainage. This, in turn, slows the multiplication of viruses and bacteria in the body, thus aiding in the prevention of illness and infection. Several studies have shown that infrared light can stimulate white blood cell production and collagen growth by increasing energy at the cellular level.
ANTI-AGING & SKIN REJUVENATION
The removal of toxins from the body through perspiration is a key component to achieving healthy, radiant skin. The sweating achieved in an infrared sauna carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Regular infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells.
Many infrared sauna users have reported a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles as well as improved skin tone and elasticity. Infrared therapy may also help burns and incisions heal faster and may make scars less visible.
Because of its ability to heal and rejuvenate skin, infrared therapy is often recommended for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and cellulite.
PSORIASIS & OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS
According to many forms of holistic medicine, psoriasis and many other skin disorders actually originate in the liver. When certain toxins are ingested, the liver does not have the ability to break down, metabolize, and excrete the toxins. The toxins are sent to the skin for elimination via sweat. When the toxins hit the cell just below the skin, the body overproduces skin cells by a factor of 10,000. The toxins come out on the dead skin cells. By sweating regularly and profusely, the toxins are eliminated via the sweat and sebaceous glands as opposed to through the shedding of skin. The dramatic increase in circulation to the skin that comes with infrared sauna use is also a major factor in the toning, tightening and rejuvenating the skin.
Cellulite, known for its dimpled or “orange-peel” appearance is caused by 3 things: a) connective tissue not doing its job in maintaining a solid structure for the skin and fat cells beneath the skin, allowing small pockets of fat to poke through to the surface and become visible, b) excess fat, makes the web of connective tissue have to work even harder to hold it smoothly in place beneath the surface of the skin, c) bloat, which increases the appearance of cellulite, often due to toxicity and build-up in the body.
Your skin is connected to the underlying muscle by vertical strands of tissue. The combination of this connective tissue pulling in on your skin and fatty deposits and fibrosis pushing out against your skin cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
Far infrared heat penetrates deep into the fatty, subcutaneous layer, (the place where cellulite begins) targeting the source of our bathing suit woes. Warming 3 times deeper than conventional saunas, the increasing caloric burn (up to 600 calories per session), increasing heart rate, localizing blood circulation, and eliminating accumulation of liquids in fat cells, all directly impact the appearance and recurrence of cellulite.