Sunlight is both visible and invisible. There are ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths in sunlight that are not visible to the naked eye.
Far infrared is the most familiar of the sun’s invisible photons to our bodies since we produce it. Far infrared from the sun penetrates deep into our skin to help remove harmful chemicals. Infrared rays can rejuvenate your cells and help produce more metabolism.
Far Infrared Wavelength
These waves infiltrate our bodies and stimulate sweat glands. Sweating is one of the body’s methods of removing toxins.
Moreover, as the skin is the largest organ in the body and is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney” due to its ability to sweat out significant amounts of waste material. This is the reason why it’s one of the best elimination processes.
Full Infrared Spectrum
Full spectrum includes near, mid, and distant infrared. Adding mid and near infrared to your sauna will maximize its benefits.
A different kind of sweat is produced that promotes fast healing and rejuvenation especially when this near infrared wavelength penetrates to your skin.
It has a longer wavelength and can easily penetrate deep into soft tissue, improving circulation and oxygenation.
This wavelength enters your fat cells and leads to vasodilation and vibrating to remove toxins leading to maximum detoxification and stimulates your metabolism to aid in weight loss.
However, not all of the sun’s energy is useful. Sunlight is necessary for living, however too much exposure can harm the skin. Infrared heat has all the necessary health benefits to natural sunlight without showing any signs of dangers.
There was a time when healthcare professionals suggested using infrared heat lamps for infrared therapy, but the lamps were pretty hot, bulky, and difficult to keep at a steady temperature. Infrared heaters are now widely used to cure ailments all over the world. However, combining light therapy and infrared sauna can be effective as well.
NASA has recently studied the usefulness of infrared rays. Far infrared photons, with a wavelength of around 6-12 microns, are particularly beneficial to the human body. These waves can penetrate deep to 1.5 to 2 inches into the body, providing for deep heat and raising the core body temperature.
Far infrared rays have wavelengths similar to those emitted by the human body. This could explain why many people feel revitalized and balanced after being exposed to infrared rays. Far infrared radiation may also aid increased blood circulation and tiredness recovery.
This wavelength ranges from 0.75 to 5.5 microns and complements far infrared. By getting more blood to the area, full spectrum infrared speeds up wound healing and reduces inflammation. A broad spectrum sauna adds 10-15% to the benefits.
Differences Between Infrared Heat and Sauna
Carbon or ceramic heaters provide invisible, far-infrared heat. The sun and our bodies both emit this form of heat. Infrared heat is much safer than microwave heat.
Only 20% of the energy utilized in an infrared sauna is used to heat the surrounding air, leaving the remainder to heat the body. Radiant heat may penetrate deep beneath the epidermis, gently warming the body.
An infrared sauna’s temperature ranges from 100°F to 130°F. These lower temperatures promote faster sweating and longer sauna sessions, which are more soothing.
For maximum benefit, sessions can be frequently repeated once or even twice throughout the day. Unlike traditional saunas, infrared saunas make you feel more energized.
Infrared heaters work like natural sunlight. Infrared heat therapy even uses the visible and non-visible wavelengths of sunlight to heat the body. Traditional saunas heat the body by heating the air inside the chamber.
Some people have trouble breathing in this hot air. Infrared saunas are unique. By heating the body, infrared saunas do not heat the air. It penetrates deeper tissue. It’s like a regular steam sauna, but without the dangerous and highly heated air.
Infrared saunas can be beneficial in many ways and can even help you to stay more active due to the metabolism production that can significantly energize your cells and also help for cell repair. However, it’s always recommended to not overdo it as it can also lead to skin irritation. Therefore, take this therapy for a fixed time and stay consistent with it.