Detox, Lose Weight, Stimulate Metabolism, & Relax with the Power of Infrared
An far infrared sauna mimics the infrared heat given off by your own body, stimulating the breakdown of fat and the release of sweat, similar to when you increase your body temperature during a great workout.
During this process, your fat cells release stored toxins and then these waste materials are able to exit the body through your skin.
An far infrared sauna treatment is one of the most powerful tools for detoxification, weight loss, stimulating metabolism, and boosting energy, providing all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
Dr. Fong and your Cleanbody Coach will recommend the frequency of treatments for you and other ways to enhance your sauna sessions in your Cleanbody Program. Click to learn more about Our Approach to healing.
Benefits of far infrared saunas
The physiological benefits of far infrared sauna therapy include:
Improved sleep and relaxation
Several studies have looked at using infrared saunas in the treatment of chronic health problems, including:
Fat - your toxin storage compartment
Your fat tissue is your toxin storage compartment. When you get into an IR Sauna, the far infrared heat promotes lipolysis, or the breakdown of fat. Toxins are then released into the blood stream and can then be eliminated from the body through normal routes of elimination such as the skin, urinary and digestive systems.
Toxic overload, chronic disease, & toxin release through sweat
Along with essential minerals, sweat is a known route for the excretion of toxic metals and chemicals. Toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, bisphenol-A (BPA, from plastic), and persistent flame retardants are excreted in high quantities through the skin, and rates of excretion were reported to match or even exceed the amount of toxins excreted through urine in a 24-hour period.
Toxic overload is implicated in many serious chronic conditions. In those whose health is compromised by toxic overload, heat regulatory mechanisms of the autonomic nervous system are often affected, and these patients often fail to sweat readily. In these cases, naturopathic modalities including skin brushing, niacin to assist with vasodilation, and infrared sauna usage can be helpful in stimulating the sweating mechanism.
If you are suffering from a chronic condition, you may want to schedule a Discovery Consultation with Dr. Fong to evaluate your toxic burden and work with her to develop a comprehensive plan to support excretion of toxins to improve your health.
More benefit than a traditional sauna
(and easier to tolerate)
When you are sitting in a traditional sauna, you are sitting in a 180-220 degree room. Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. This level of heat can be difficult for some people to tolerate, and does not provide the additional benefits of infrared rays.
Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, infrared saunas heat the body directly. In infrared saunas, about 20% of the heat is heating the air and the other 80% directly increases thermal energy in your body. The result is deeper tissue penetration, and as the body perspires, it receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna. The warming effect on your body temporarily stimulates your cardiovascular system, your immune system and your lymphatic system.
As the infrared heat increases the thermal energy in your body, you will begin to sweat profusely, stimulating the release of toxins from your body. You will find you may actually sweat more in an infrared sauna than in a traditional rock sauna. Studies show that sweat from a traditional sauna contains about 3-5% toxins where sweat from your infrared sauna contains about 17-20% toxins.
Surround yourself in wellness
One of the keys to infrared therapy is increasing the thermal energy in your body. This is achieved by concentrating the infrared heat on the front and back of your body. Most
heaters in far infrared saunas are placed strategically to warm your body core and support heat generation. The back wall heaters run the full length of your back. The front heaters are located so they direct the infrared heat at your front core.
Is infrared heat safe?
Yes! Infrared heat is all around us. This photo shows everything emits and receives infrared heat. This image was taken with a camera that takes a regular photograph and an infrared image of the subjects at the exact same time.
The human body emits and receives infrared heat in the far infrared band. Other surfaces, like a warm street or heated vending cart, give off infrared in the middle and near infrared band.
Do you want to experience far infrared heat right now? Take your hands and put your palms together. Move your hands about 1/2 an inch apart. You will feel warmth emanating from your palms. This is far infrared heat very similar to the infrared heat emitted from our infrared sauna. Radiant far infrared is all around us and is essential for human life.
Infrared saunas uses low-EMF True Wave™ Carbon/Ceramic heaters that produce invisible, far infrared heat. This is the same type of heat as produced by the sun and our bodies. Infrared heat is very safe and not at all like the heat produced by microwaves. In an infrared sauna, only 20 percent of the energy is used to heat the air, leaving the rest of the energy to heat the body. The radiant heat can penetrate deep below the skin producing a gentle warming inside the body.
The temperature inside an infrared sauna is adjustable and averages a comfortable 100°F to 130 °F. These lower temperatures allow you to sweat faster and to tolerate a longer sauna session offering greater therapeutic benefit.
People with a heavy toxicant body burden – whether from disease, such as Lyme disease, internal bacteria, or absorbed environmental pollutants – might have to start with shorter sessions. When the body releases toxins more quickly into the system than the organs can eliminate them, people can experience flu-like symptoms or nausea – the Herxheimer Reaction. The Herxheimer Reaction can happen when the body is able to release dying bacteria, endotoxins, or toxicants the body has absorbed, and is a response to those toxins being mobilized or dying off in our bodies and being eliminated.
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