For the health conscious out there, doing all you can to ensure you are at top physical peak is imperative.
Simply working out and eating healthy may not be enough, and with the rise of a number of age-related diseases, going on step further is even better.
This is where infrared saunas come in, with the biggest bonus being that you just need to simply sit to gain maximum health benefits.
Infrared saunas are fast becoming a new health craze in the UK and with its ability to lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis risk, improve sleep and reduce pain – it’s easy to see why.
What is an infrared sauna?
An infrared sauna is a small room which uses light to make heat.
“Instead of steam or flame-stoked heat, infrared saunas use infrared lamps and electromagnetic magic to create warmth,” explains the Cleveland Clinic.
The site added: “The process allows infrared saunas to operate at a lower temperature while still providing therapeutic benefits.
“Consider it a modern twist on how our ancestors sweated their way to better health and wellness.”
What are the benefits of infrared saunas?
The benefits of using an infrared sauna include:
Improved heart health
Soothing sore muscles
Improved skin complexion
Improved results from exercise
Benefits of infrared sauna use on chronic fatigue syndrome
In a study published in the National Library of Medicine, the effects of an infrared dry sauna on fatigue levels were analysed on 10 inpatients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
They stayed in a 60 degree sauna for 15 minutes and then rested on a bed under a blanket for an additional 30 minutes outside the sauna room.
“Perceived fatigue significantly decreased after therapy,” noted the study
It added: “In addition, a negative mood, including anxiety, depression and fatigue, and the performance status significantly improved after therapy.”
Because infrared saunas penetrate the body directly, they can be also be a great method of relieving pain caused by chronic conditions such as arthritis.
The average time spent in an infrared sauna to enjoy maximum benefits is about 30 minutes per session, three to four times a week.
While sauna use is not dangerous for most individuals, it is advisable to consult a doctor before purchasing an infrared sauna for home use if you have pre-existing medical conditions.