By Peter Zulim |
The benefits of sweating have been known through out history. There have been many forms of sweat bathing as in the Finnish sauna, the Turkish sweat bath, the Native American sweat lodge, and the Russian bania. It was not until the mid 1960’s that the benefits of far infrared were discovered when NASA started experimenting with producing heat to keep astronauts warm in outer space. Further research by Japanese and Chinese researchers led to discovery of the amazing health benefits from the use of far infrared energy.
What makes the far infrared sauna better than the traditional saunas?
Sweating in and of itself is a healthy thing because the body releases toxins through our sweat. A sauna by definition is a bath that uses heat to induce perspiration. Therefore, all saunas have some health benefit to them because they all make you sweat. However, as will be explained below, not all sweat is created equally. What makes the far infrared sauna vastly superior to the other types of saunas is far infrared energy penetrates the body’s tissues 1.5 to 3 inches and far infrared energy closely matches the body’s radiant energy. As a result the ionic bond between toxins and tissue is broken, which enables more toxins to be eliminated through sweat. It has been estimated that a person sweats eight times more toxins through the use of a far infrared sauna than through the use of a traditional dry sauna or a steam bath. You will even sweat out more toxins from using a far infrared sauna than from sweating through exercise!
Another advantage to the far infrared saunas it the temperature is much lower than a traditional saunas. The temperature range that the traditional saunas operate at is from 180 degrees to 230 degrees while the far infrared sauna operates in the range of 110 degrees to 130 degrees. Despite the lower temperature, you will sweat more in a far infrared sauna because you are sweating from within. The cooler temperature means you can spend more time in your sauna sweating out toxins. The intense heat from a traditional sauna not only hinders the amount of time you can spend in a sauna it also is not good for people with heart conditions and high blood pressure. Forcing the body to bear a very high temperature of 160 degrees and higher can actually cause toxins to be pulled from tissue and placed back into the bloodstream causing symptoms to reappear. A lot of people cannot tolerate the intense heat from a traditional sauna for even a minute. On the other hand, far infrared heat is so gentle that it is used in hospitals to keep newborn infants warm.
The far infrared sauna requires very little upkeep because water is not used. Other saunas use water, which can cause problems with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew contain toxins and the cleaning agents used to keep the wet sauna clean can contain toxins too. A far infrared sauna is as easy to clean as periodically wiping it out with a wash cloth dampened with water. You sit on a towel and place a towel under your feet while you sauna, afterwards you wash the towels and it’s as easy as that!
The amount of energy used by an infrared sauna is very low when compared to other types of saunas. The typical far infrared sauna uses the same amount of electricity as the average home hair dryer. You only need to have the sauna on during a brief warm up period of 10-20 minutes and while you are using it. An average two-person sauna uses less than 1800 watts. Therefore, a typical half hour sauna session should cost less than eighteen cents at current electrical prices, which also takes into account running the sauna for twenty minutes to warm it up.
Since the far infrared saunas has been clinically proven to treat so many ailments, the purchase of a far infrared sauna can qualify as a medical deduction on your personal income tax return as a durable medical device with your doctor’s prescription. Also, many health insurance companies will cover the purchase of a far infrared sauna.
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2. Sweat It All Out; How Stuff Works; Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN; TlfDP, October 1992.
3. Detoxify or Die, By Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D, 2003.
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