Most sensible people are trying to find ways to cool down and avoid heat during the hottest months of the year. If you happen to live in an area that is currently scorched by the summer sun - or stays constantly blazing all year - then stepping inside of a hot sauna for a session may be the last thing on your mind.
But the truth is, it should be the first.
Let’s challenge the rule of thought that sauna therapy is only therapeutic on cold, snowy or rainy days. The truth of the matter is that near infrared sauna therapy is therapy.
Anyone undergoing any type of medical or physical therapy has probably heard this fact from their doctor or nutritionist already.
Sure, saunas are a great way to get your blood moving, generate warmth and help the body sweat during the winter. But near infrared sauna therapy in particular is, first and foremost, an extremely beneficial detoxification and general health protocol that should be utilized all year-round.
Part Time Detoxification Just Doesn't Cut it Anymore
Let’s face it, anyone who chooses to eat healthy or to exercise only six months out of twelve, isn’t going to achieve better health or obtain total fitness. The same applies for detox, because toxins aren't taking a month (or a week or a day) off. Nutrition and exercise can only improve a person’s health when they are integrated into a daily routine, practiced consistently all year round.
Near infrared sauna therapy is also an integral part of, and most effective as, a daily detox routine that is practiced all year round. For some people, near infrared sauna therapy is actually a preferred daily wellness and detoxification option than running, walking or exercising outdoors; especially in the heat of the summer sun.
Daily Detoxification through Exercise vs Near Infrared Sauna Therapy
Toxins are hard to avoid. They are found in food, household products, and in the air. Other toxins are actually generated by our own body during illness and times of stress. They can accumulate every day of the year inside cells, tissues, and muscles throughout the human body.
No matter the source, this excess accumulation of toxins always leads to a myriad of health problems.
Among the many types of detoxification protocols popping up everywhere, sweating through the skin will always be one of the best ways to stimulate the release of toxins from the body.
Unfortunately, not everyone is healthy enough or motivated enough to exercise in order to generate toxin-releasing sweat. Other people have trouble with the functioning of their skin, because their bodies produce more toxins than their skin is able to eliminate.
Near infrared sauna therapy can help anyone (particularly those who cringe at the thought of exercise) to generate toxin-releasing sweat. The powerful heat generated by a properly configured near infrared sauna lamp also aids in killing harmful pathogens, improving digestion, rejuvenating the skin, and decreasing inflammation. Exercise, on the other hand, can’t do all of that - no matter what time of year it is.
Sweat from Exercise vs Sweat Generated in Near Infrared Sauna Therapy
Exercise causes sweat through the activation of the sympathetic branch of the nervous system, much like what happens to the zebra when running for dear life from a lion. However, near infrared shifts the body through the activation of the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which enables detoxification, relaxation and healing.
So, there is a huge difference between the fight or flight neurological response (generated by exercise) and absorbing light rays that relax and produce cellular energy for healing and deep detoxification (sitting in a near infrared sauna).
infrared saunas are safer than exercising under the summer sun
Unlike sunlight, that can shower the body with intense light frequencies, near infrared sauna therapy focuses its heat energy on one side of the body at a time. This triggers what is known as the “shunting of blood”, a unique benefit that is exclusive to near infrared light therapy.
Blood shunting is beneficial because it activates the skin, which happens to be the body’s biggest toxin elimination organ. Whether sitting, standing or sleeping in a near infrared sauna, the body will respond to this beneficial energy and shunt blood in the direction of the near infrared light.
On the other hand, exercising outdoors for a lengthy period on a hot and sunny day presents certain risks. The thermal load generated by warm sunshine can increase stress on the heart. During summer outdoor exercise, the human heart strives desperately to send oxygen and blood to muscles, and must simultaneously shunt blood to the skin in order to generate sweat and keep the body cool.
Because the heart beats about 10 bpm faster with every degree the body’s internal temperature rises, the combined higher internal body temperature and increased shunting of blood can quickly cause additional stress on the heart. Persons without a healthy heart, or those beginning a fitness or medical therapy program for the first time, may not be able to tolerate this stress.
Near infrared sauna therapy helps the body to engorge the tissues that are close to the skin surface, which enables water to escape out of the blood stream and form sweat. It does this without causing high levels of stress to the heart.
Near infrared saunas also increase circulation without damaging skin
Anyone exercising outdoors for an hour on a hot sunny day is going to experience increased circulation, but not without exposing their skin to intense sunlight rays that can cause skin damage. Depending on the length and intensity of outdoor exercise, sweating can begin in as little as 5 minutes. This increase in perspiration produces moisture on the skin surface, which increases the likelihood of sunburn (a.k.a. skin damage).
Near infrared saunas, on the other hand, use red heat lamp bulbs to generate healing light rays. These light rays also improve circulation, but without causing damage to sweating skin.
Near infrared sauna therapy employs a “no exercise required” rotating technique that stimulates circulation throughout the body. By simply rotating at regular intervals during a sauna session, the side of the body that is not engorged with blood will react to the heat stress from the near infrared light. The body will begin to shunt blood back towards the light on the opposite side, which results in improved circulation.
Invest in Near Infrared Sauna Therapy for Daily Detoxification in all Four Seasons
Perfect health may be impossible to achieve, but it is important to at least make an effort to maintain a healthy, toxin-free body all year round. A home near infrared sauna is a worthy investment for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle and a low risk therapeutic detoxification regimen that requires minimal effort.
Considering the ever increasing costs of doctor visits and medications, it will always be more affordable to invest in consistent and preventative healthy habits. Near infrared sauna therapy is a worthy investment that should be enjoyed daily in all four seasons.
A Quick Note for naturally faster detoxification with sauna therapy
Consider the addition of negative ion therapy during each sauna therapy session for optimal and faster detoxification. Sauna studies show that a person’s sweat volume doubles during heat stress therapy if they simultaneously inhale at least 20,000 ions per cubic centimeter. The Breathe Safe Sauna Ion Booster is a popular and compact plasma generator that blasts over 23,500,000 negative ions throughout a sauna enclosure, enough to stimulate an intensely powerful detoxification boost, and increases oxygen levels too.