Have you ever wondered what infrared saunas do to your body?

Wellness, functional, and alternative medical centers all over the world use infrared saunas to help their clients heal and detoxify from almost any disease or imbalance.  So, how do they actually work?

What Infrared Saunas do to Your Body

Infrared saunas are different than dry or steam saunas.

Far Infrared technology (FIR) is a non-invasive form of light therapy that penetrates the body as much as three inches. This process heats muscle tissue and internal organs without heating the surrounding air.  This helps the organs and tissues push toxins into the bloodstream where they can be eliminated through the perspiration process.

Infrared wavelengths have the ability to stimulate multiple pathways in the body. These pathways include liver detoxification metabolic pathways, kidney filtration, and elimination and fat cell mobilization. It also kills off pathogenic organisms and dramatically improves immune function.

Benefits of Infrared Sauna

In an infrared sauna session, here are a few things that happen to your body:

Total body detoxification

Through your sweat, what comes out of your body can include both water and fat-soluble components:

  • Xenobiotics such as BPA
  • PCB’s and phthalates
  • Heavy metals like Arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury
  • Environmental pollutants and toxins
  • Food and personal care chemicals and pesticides that are considered carcinogens

The number one cause of low energy, brain fog, and hormone imbalance is a body loaded with toxins. Once you get the toxins out, weight loss, energy, clear thinking, and hormonal balance happen naturally!

Glowing skin

Infrared saunas use a type of electromagnetic wave that has been shown to increase the concentration of collagen and elastin in your skin. The effects of infrared therapy aren’t just on the molecular level since studies have shown an improvement of wrinkles and expression lines after a few sessions.

The infrared also increases the temperature of your skin to about 104°F. This opens up your pores and causes sweating, which in turn flushes out toxins on your skin that are clogging your pores. The result is a restored and rejuvenated complexion, with a reduced risk of future breakouts.

Not only do toxins and environmental pollutions get released from your skin, but they also get released from other organs which in turn enhance your endocrine, digestion, and immune function which in turn will contribute to glowing skin.

Enhances Cognitive Function

Creates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells) and protects existing neurons from damage.

Again, the detoxification aspect is the largest benefit of infrared sauna use. When your body is free from all of the toxins it’s exposed to, every system will work better.

Toxic build-up is a huge cause of brain fog, inability to focus, lack of motivation, and headaches.

Boosts Mood

Significantly increases norepinephrine levels, a hormone that supports focus and attention. Again, when you go through cellular detoxication, you feel amazing. You have energy, amazing sleep, optimism, and motivation about life.

Nothing is a better to cure to the winter blues than getting into a nice cozy infrared sauna.

Activates and Strengthens the Immune System

This part so important in the time in history we are in.

In short, infrared saunas increase white blood cells and stimulate hyperthermia to give cells the ability to destroy virus-infected cells and tumor cells. Many pathogenic organisms cannot withstand the heat.

Sauna is a form of hormesis, which literally makes your cells stronger and hard to kill.

I believe that having an infrared sauna in your home is one of the best ways to protect yourself and stay healthy, especially in the winter!

Mimics Exercise & Boosts metabolism and weight loss

Can I get an amen?!

As this Harvard article puts it, “the high temperatures can drive heart rates to levels often achieved by moderate-intensity physical exercise.”

One sauna session can burn about 300-600 calories! Of course, losing toxins through your sweat leads to significant weight loss.

You just feel lighter and more energized after each session.

How to Choose an Infrared Sauna

Not all saunas are created equal. In fact, some can actually harm instead of promote health.

When I was looking for an infrared sauna, my criteria was this:

  • actual low EMF (most say low EMF and are not)
  • specific far infrared technology
  • made of non-toxic materials
  • easy installation

A good Doctor friend of mine has 3 different very accurate EMF testing devices and he has tested almost all of the top health infrared saunas on the market that claim to be low EMF. Surprisingly, most of them are not.

What Sauna I Chose and Personal Experience

After SO MUCH research, I ended up choosing Clearlight Infrared Saunas and could not be happier. This was one of the lowest EMF saunas that my friend PERSONALLY tested (we all know sometimes ‘claims’ companies make are not true). It was not hard at all to set up (my husband did it all by himself in less than 2 hours), it looks BEAUTIFUL, smells so good, and works perfectly.

The healing institutes I admire most strictly use Clearlight Infrared Saunas. 

Personal Testimony

Before getting pregnant again, I made sure that I was doing regular sauna sessions. I started feeling more energy and mental clarity than I had in ages. When it was time, I got pregnant right away and it was my easiest first trimester I have ever had (and I have had 3 previous ones). Usually, I am so sick and throwing up every day, but this time, I was NOT sick and I didn’t throw up at all! Detoxing my body in the sauna before conception is the only thing I did differently and I think it made the biggest difference in this pregnancy. Which makes sense, if your body has less of a toxic load, it can work better and use its resources for other important processes in the body!

Another benefit I saw right away was how glowing my skin was. I barely wore any makeup after regular sessions.

Where to Go

Around the Holidays is THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR to purchase a sauna because this is the time of year Clearlight has the biggest discounts.

You can check out Clearlight Infrared Sauna here to see their holiday discount + get yours. 

I really wanted to give our readers a special discount too so if you are truly interested, you can also reach out directly to Steve Wright (steve@infraredsauna.com) and mention my name for $200 off!


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