The Science and Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna

Many people ask me if saunas are effective for cancer, the immune system, heavy metal detox, and longevity.

They also ask me if Far Infrared and Near Infrared have any additional benefits with sauna.

Well, I personally use an infrared sauna multiple days a week, not only because the science is so compelling, but because of how amazing I feel afterwards and how great I sleep that night.

Here’s the research we have so far.

Many studies have shown remarkable results of sauna for many health conditions.

Studies have shown:

– improved muscle oxygenation

– improved cardiovascular function

– improved respiratory health

– improved immune function

– decreased viral infection

– improved heavy metal detox

– and improved longevity and decrease in all cause mortality

Additionally, studies have shown unique benefits in far infrared and infrared saunas such as:

– improved blood flow

– improved cell resonance

– improved toxic break down from fat cells

– reduced pain and improved tissue repair

But not all saunas are created equal.

Many saunas are either very expensive, or are very cheaply made and produce high levels of electromagnetic pollution with very low temperatures.

I want my sauna to get to 170 degrees F to get additional benefits as shown in multiple studies.

That’s why I’ve chosen the Relax Far Infrared Sauna as my go-to for a portable house sauna.

It’s affordable (about 1/3 the cost of a wood sauna).

It’s made from high quality materials.

It’s lightweight and portable and takes up very little space.

Your head remains out of the sauna and the chamber you sit in can get up to 170 degrees which is ideal for additional benefits.

And the there are 20 semi-conductors in each of the two 750 watt heaters in the Relax portable dry sauna to help optimize cellular activity, and restore normal body processes that release toxins, and support normal health.

Sauna Protocol

No matter which sauna you use, there’s no doubt that implemting a sauna protocol at least a couple of days a week is beneficial to your health.

I recommend starting with a short dosage, then building up over time.

For example you might start with 2 days a week for 15 minutes.

Then you might go up to 20 minutes after a few weeks, and then 25 minutes after a few more weeks.

Eventually you might add an additional 1 or 2 days to your protocol.

Listen to your body, and don’t start with too much at first, it’s better to ease your way into it to make sure you don’t overstress yourself out the gate.

Sauna is a healthy stressor, known as a hormetic stressor.

But too much too quickly and then you might need to back off because you felt overstressed.

So again, just start with 1-2 days a week with 10-15 mins, and then slowly work your way up from there as you feel best.

Water and Electrolytes

Always make sure you’re drinking around 600ml / or about 20 ounces of water per session as you will sweat a lot of water out of your body, and adding in some electrolytes such as a fresh lemon with sea salt to your water or getting an electrolyte powder to replenish your electrolytes afterwards is a great idea.

You need electroyltes for healthy cellular function and when you sweat your body releases electrolytes, so replenishing them is essential to cellular health.

(I love a nice cold coconut water after a nice hot sauna and it naturally has electrolytes.)

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