We all want to be slimmer and healthier versions of ourselves but with the frenetic pace of our modern lives, who has the time? Thankfully there is an innovative solution that promises to do all of the above and more, all in the comfort of your own home.
Say hello to iHealth Far Infrared Saunas.
Studies show that infrared sauna therapy helps with weight loss, detox, pain relief (including rheumatism, arthritis, fibromyalgia) and improves your skin too.
So how does it work?
These compact saunas harness the life-giving properties of pure sunlight while eliminating the harmful UV wavelengths. Without the sun’s energy, life on earth would cease to exist. Regular treatment using far infrared energy can vastly improve our health in many ways. iHealth Far Infrared Saunas combine the highest quality Carbon Fiber Infrared panels and Pure Wave Ceramic elements to selectively emit the most healthy wavelengths from the sun’s energy spectrum.
Unlike conventional ‘hot rock’ saunas, iHealth Far Infrared Saunas provide their benefits at lower, more comfortable temperatures; meaning longer, healthier, more enjoyable sauna sessions. The infrared panels of an iHealth Far Infrared Sauna are especially tuned to emit their energy at the same wavelength as that emitted by the human body. As such, the body absorbs this healthy heat as much as 45mm into muscles and joints. This deep, penetrating heat soothes, loosens and repairs sore joints and muscles.
Here are the top 7 health benefits;
1. Pain relief
Controlled medical tests have consistently shown that deep tissue far infrared heat therapy, can reduce chronic back pain. It has also been attributed to aiding in the rapid recovery from muscle spasms, arthritis and joint and muscle stiffness.
A recent study published in Internal Medicine, showed that patients with chronic pain saw their pain levels drop by nearly 70% after their first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores remained low throughout the observation period.1
Due to the iHealth Far Infrared Sauna’s ability to activate the water molecules that comprise 90% of the human body, Far infrared energy can bring heat therapy deep into pain effected muscles.
In fact, a study reported in Clinical Rheumatology, showed that infrared saunas gave significant relief for patients with chronic pain such as rheumatoid arthritis. Using the sauna for 30 minutes only twice a week for four weeks resulted in a 40 percent improvement in pain and stiffness.2
2. Weight loss and management
A 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine discovered that the circumference of your waist alone is a critical factor for assessing the risk of premature death.
The results of a study on the health benefits of far infrared saunas concluded that “infrared sauna use is beneficial for lowering blood pressure, weight and waist circumference.”3
You can burn up to 600 calories in one session!
Our body uses energy to produce sweat. We burn 0.586 of a calorie to produce 1 gram or milliliter of sweat. A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off up to 1000gms or more in an iHealth sauna session.
1000ml x 0.586 cal = 586 calories burned!
While this weight loss can be regained by re-hydration with water, the calories burnt will not be regained. This is a valuable system for those who don’t exercise and those who can not exercise.
3. Healthier and younger-looking skin
A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of infrared skin therapy.
Participants saw a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.4
The simple act of sweating cleans and detoxifies the skin from the inside. A session in an iHeatlh infrared sauna can provide better results than any topical cleaning regime. The sweating process removes build ups of make up, dirt and dead skin cells from deep within the pores.
Sessions in an infrared sauna will also dilate blood vessels just under the skin bringing oxygenated blood to the dermal layer to improve your skin’s health and appearance. Healthy blood flow to the skin can also assist in flushing away toxins leaving you looking glowing and fresh.
4. Detox made easy
The most natural way for the body to rid itself of toxins is through the sweating process. Humans have been detoxifying using this process for tens of thousands of years. Infrared sauna therapy aids this release of toxins by resonating the bonds that hold toxins locked in the subcutaneous fat layer under the skin.
Researchers analyzed the sweat from both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from traditional sauna users was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Infrared saunas produced sweat that was only 80 — 85% water. The remaining 15-20% was made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.5
One of the key benefits of detoxification through the natural sweating process, is that toxins are removed directly through the skin, bypassing the kidneys and liver. Detoxification systems that are based on treatments taken orally, rely on the toxins being taken out of suspension, into the blood stream and then filtered out through the organs. This effectively reintroduces toxins into the circulatory system before they can be removed.
5. A healthier heart
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that infrared saunas help improve the function of impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease.
The infrared heat of the sauna opens capillaries to improve blood flow. 15 minutes in an infrared sauna each day for 14 days improved the function of the endothelial cells lining the arteries by 40%.7
In another study published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure, researchers reported statistical improvements in blood pressure, strength of heart (ejection fraction on echocardiogram), and exercise tolerance in patients treated with saunas. Saunas also helped reduce the number of hospital admissions for this condition.8
6. Low blood pressure naturally
In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, infrared saunas were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30-minute infrared sauna sessions just three times per week.
This study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the thickness of their inner lining. This increased circulation and promoted healthy blood pressure.9
7. Infrared saunas and depression
A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine looked at a group of 28 mildly depressed patients.
Half of the patients were treated with an infrared sauna once a day for 4 weeks and the other half just had bed rest for 4 weeks. The sauna group showed a significant improvement compared to the control group.10
Because iHealth Far Infrared Sauna therapy relaxes muscles it also aids in reducing headaches and other stressed related issues. Sleep deprivation or interruption is a major contributor to many psychological illnesses. Relaxing before bed in an iHealth sauna has been reported to significantly improve the quality of sleep.
For more information on the health benefits or to purchase an iHealth infrared sauna, visit ihealthsaunas.com.au
1. Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008 by Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C. The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan.
2. Oosterveld FG, et al. Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Clinical Rheumatology. 2009;28:29
3. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
4. B.A. Russell, N. Kellett & L.R. Reilly. Study to Determine the Efficacy of Combination LED Light Therapy (633nm and 830 nm) in Facial Skin Rejuvenation. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 2005; 7: pp 196-200.
5. Dr. A. J. Adams, International Institute of Holistic Healing: What is Far Infrared Therapy and How Does it Work Toward Healing the Body? (drajadams.com/SaunaDomeInfrared)
6. Wilson, L. Saunas and Cancer, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, June 2004
7. Imamura, M, et al. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001, 38 (4): 1983-88.
8. Miyamoto, H. et al. Safety and efficacy in repeated sauna bathing in patients with chronic systolic heart failure: a preliminary report. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2005; 11(6): 432-6.
9. Becky Edwards, M.D., Heather Kort D.O, Faculty Staff Advisor: Dr. John Foxworth, PharmD. A Study of the Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy – Conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2005.
10. Masuda A, et al. “Repeated thermal therapy diminishes appetite loss and subjective complaints in mildly depressed patients.” Psychosomatic Medicine. 2005 67 (4): 643-47. – See more at: http://www.ihealthsaunas.com.au/benefits/#sthash.J465PGVo.dpuf