Infrared saunas are the new trend taking the wellness world by storm

Infrared therapy is taking the wellness (and Instagram!) world by storm -- and for good reason!

While it's easy to confuse infrared saunas for the ones you find at your local gym, there's actually a huge difference. First off, traditional dry saunas use temperatures as high as 185 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit, which may overwhelm those sensitive to heat, while infrared saunas are set between 120 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat from infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, meaning you can break a sweat at a lower temperature. 

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Anti-aging

The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy found near-infrared light therapy reduces wrinkles, improves skin tone, elasticity and firmness in 12 weeks. In fact, many notice their skin glowing after just one 30-minute session. 

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Heart health

A University if Missouri study found that infrared therapy showed a reduction in blood pressure after three 30 minute sessions a week -- for two consecutive weeks. Sunlighten's Cardio program combines near, mid and far infrared light for a natural way to lower blood pressure.

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Weight loss

Sunlighten's Weight Loss program is similar to a passive workout --  you sweat and burn calories by simply relaxing in a gently heated infrared sauna! The program works by raising your core body temperatures (inducing a sweat) as well as increasing your heart rate and blood flow.  

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Detoxification

It's not the amount of sweat that matters ... but the type of sweat.  According to Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, when you use a far infrared sauna, your sweat is 80-85% water and 15-20% toxins and heavy metals.  In a traditional sauna, your sweat is nearly all water with a small percent made up of salt. Detoxing regularly strengthens your immune system, improves digestion and is also shown to help with a variety of other health issues including chronic fatigue syndrome. 

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Pain relief

A 2003 study discovered that near-infrared light therapy boosts white blood cell production to reduce inflammation and swelling. Furthermore, it reduces lactic acid which allows the muscles to relax.

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The health benefits of infrared light therapy are endless -- from detoxification to weight loss and even pain relief. 

We got try this out for ourselves with Sunlighten's very own infrared saunas. While it looks complicated, navigating the machine is a piece of cake. Once you step into one of Sunlighten's futuristic-looking saunas, you're able to choose the setting that you want -- whether it be Cardio or Weight Loss -- and your 45 minutes (or however long you want!) of relaxation starts immediately.

Incorporating infrared light therapy may just seem like one big Instagram fad, but it's one incredibly easy step to a healthier you. 

Check out the slideshow above for the top five health benefits of infrared saunas!

To try out infrared therapy for yourself, check out Sunlighten's saunas at New York City's Area Sweat or Los Angeles' HotBox

 

 

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