Far infrared, an invisible part of the light spectrum that is used as a deep penetrating heat that inspires sweating at lower temperatures than conventional saunas. It absorbs easily and can aid in improving circulation and detoxification. Infrared saunas differer from traditional saunas in that they use infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate into the body's tissues to produce perspiration. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air inside the sauna, which then heats your body until you begin to perspire. In order for this to be effective, temperatures would need to reach in the upwards of 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Infrared saunas only need a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to obtain the same effect. This lower temperature makes the environment more tolerable and allows you to breathe easier.
Sweating in general has many essential functions in the human body one of the most important of which is that of detoxification or elimination of various toxic elements. The promotion of sweating through various methods would therefore potentially promote enhanced detoxification of certain toxins. Infrared light saunas heat the surface of the skin promoting toxic elimination; infrared sauna acts differently than a “regular sauna”
Researchers discovered the following:
In individuals with higher exposure or body burden, sweat generally exceeded plasma or urine concentrations, and dermal could match or surpass urinary daily excretion
Arsenic dermal excretion was several fold higher in arsenic-exposed individuals than in unexposed controls.
Cadmium was more concentrated in sweat than in blood plasma.
Sweat lead was associated with high-molecular-weight molecules, and in an interventional study, levels were higher with endurance compared with intensive exercise.
Mercury levels normalized with repeated saunas in a case report.
MORE POTENTIAL BENEFITS
Because infrared rays penetrate the body through conversion, there is a deep healing effect in both the muscle tissues and internal organs without putting too much burden on the heart.
Our body reacts to the increased heating through the natural cooling process of perspiring. Though the perspiration process, acid and waste residue like toxins, sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and the potentially carcinogenic heavy metals are potentially and partially removed from the cells (especially zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, etc). the pores of our skin open and discharge waste products shedding any old skin cells leaving through skin glowing and clean, with improved tone, elasticity, texture, and color.
Over the last 25 years, Japanese and Chinese researchers and clinicians have completed extensive research on infrared treatments and have reported many provocative findings. In Japan, there is an "infrared society" composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated to furthering infrared research. Their findings support the health benefits of infrared therapy as a method of healing.
Benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis
- General relaxation and stress reduction
- Relaxing muscle spasms
- Increasing blood circulation
- Cardiovascular conditioning
- Clears rashes, acne
- Removes toxins and mineral waste
- May improve metabolic rate and promotes water weight loss
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Enhances skin tone
The researchers concluded, "Sweating deserves consideration for toxic element detoxification."
An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infra red light experienced as radiant heat that is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Traditional saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room.
a groundbreaking 2011 study published in the Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology, which explored the effects of bio-accumulated toxic elements within the human body and their method of excretion:
“…toxic elements were found to differing degrees in each of blood, urine and sweat. Serum levels for most metals and metalloids were comparable with those found in other studies in the scientific literature. Many toxic elements appeared to be preferentially excreted through sweat. Presumably stored in tissues, some toxic elements readily identified in the perspiration of some participants were not found in their serum. Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body.” (1)
Sweating Also Removes The Insidious Petrochemicals BPA and Phthalates
But it gets better. Two additional studies published in 2012 found that sweating enhances the elimination of dangerous endocrine-disrupting petrochemicals.
The first study, involving 20 subjects made to undergo induced sweating, found that the ubiquitous petrochemical Bisphenol A (BPA) was excreted through sweat, even in some individuals with no BPA detected in their serum or urine samples. (4) This clearly indicates that the body uses sweat to rid itself of the BPA that has bio-accumulated in tissue.
The second study by the same research group, also involving 20 subjects, found that phthalate, a plasticizer tied to breast cancer and various other conditions associated with endocrine disruption, was present in concentrations twice as high in their sweat compared to their urine, and in several individuals was found in their sweat but not in their blood serum, "...suggesting the possibility of phthalate retention and bioaccumulation."
The researchers concluded:
“Induced perspiration may be useful to facilitate elimination of some potentially toxic phthalate compounds including DEHP and MEHP.”(5)
2. Stephen J Genuis, Detlef Birkholz, Ilia Rodushkin, Sanjay Beesoon. Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2011 Aug ;61(2):344-57. Epub 2010 Nov 6. PMID: 21057782
3. Margaret E Sears, Kathleen J Kerr, Riina I Bray. Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review. J Environ Public Health. 2012 ;2012:184745. Epub 2012 Feb 22. PMID: 22505948
4. Stephen J Genuis, Sanjay Beesoon, Detlef Birkholz, Rebecca A Lobo. Human excretion of bisphenol A: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. J Environ Public Health. 2012 ;2012:185731. Epub 2011 Dec 27. PMID: 22253637
5. Stephen J Genuis, Sanjay Beesoon, Rebecca A Lobo, Detlef Birkholz. Human elimination of phthalate compounds: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. ScientificWorldJournal. 2012 ;2012:615068. Epub 2012 Oct 31. PMID: 23213291
7. Jump up^ Oosterveld FG, Rasker JJ, Floors M, et al. (January 2009). "Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. A pilot study showed good tolerance, short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects".Clin. Rheumatol. 28 (1): 29–34. doi:10.1007/s10067-008-0977-y. PMID 18685882.
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