Infrared Sauna FAQ
WHAT IS FAR INFRARED RADIANT HEAT?
Sunlight is a combination of visible light and invisible light. The seven colors of the rainbow are visible lights, and infrared rays and ultraviolet rays are invisible lights. Infrared rays are one of the sun’s rays. Infrared rays are the healthiest, penetrate into your skin deeply and they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The Infrared Rays vitalize your cells and metabolism.
Far infrared waves penetrate deep into our body for a deep heating action which allows for the body to activate the sweat glands. The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body it is apparently a very good means for elimination.
When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules (comprising 70% of our body) these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gases and other toxic materials to be released
The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin. Far infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
For years, the healthcare industry recommended infrared heat lamps as a source of far infrared heat but the lamps were cumbersome, extremely hot and difficult to maintain at a constant temperature. Today, many healthcare professionals use far infrared infrared heaters to treat a variety of diseases throughout the world.
The efficacy of far infrared waves is very broad and the subject of recent study by NASA. Among the infrared waves, the far infrared rays, which have a wavelength of 8-14 microns, are especially good for the human body. These waves have the potential to penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches or more into the body allowing for deep heat and raising your core body temperature from deep inside. The deep heat and far infrared is why scholars believe that the Ondol (traditional warm floor of Korea) is good for health because the materials for the Ondol are stone and earth both of which radiate far infrared waves when heated.
The far infrared rays consist of similar wavelengths as that which is emitted naturally by the human body. This is one potential explanation of why many feel energetically rejuvenated and balanced from contact with far infrared waves. It is also believed that far infrared waves help improve blood circulation and recovery from fatigue.
WHY FAR INFRARED TECHNOLOGY?
Clearlight Infrared Saunas use Far Infrared energy to penetrate the body’s tissue.
Tests have shown that the energy output is tuned so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies absorb as much as 93% of the far infrared waves that reach our skin.
By comparison, conventional saunas must rely only on indirect means of heat: first, on convection (air currents) and then, conduction (direct contact of hot air with the skin) to produce its heating effect. Your Clearlight Infrared Sauna is best used at temperatures between 100 to 125F versus 180 to 220F for traditional hot-air saunas. Since conventional saunas require 30 to 90 minutes of warm-up before use, electricity costs are reported to be a lot higher than those of Clearlight Infrared Saunas which are ready to use in 10-15 minutes.
IS INFRARED HEAT SAFE?
Yes! Infrared heat is all around us.
The human body gives off and receives infrared heat and 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 you hands and put your palms together. Move your hands about 1/2 an inch apart. You will feel warmth eminating from your palms. This is far infrared heat. Radiant far infrared is all around us and is essential for human life.
WHY IS INFRARED HEAT BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL SAUNA?
Clearlight Infrared far infrared saunas use low-EMF True Wave II Carbon/Ceramic heaters, which do not turn red hot, but instead produces 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 140 °F This allows a person to sweat faster and to tolerate a longer period of time inside the sauna, allowing for the therapeutic effects to occur. Typical sessions last 20 to 45 minutes and can be repeated once or twice during the day to maximize the benefits. Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas.
Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Far Infrared Heat therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally. Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air. Far infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, far infrared saunas heat the body directly. The result is deeper tissue penetration. In the far infrared sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna.
- Increase Metabolism, Burn Calories & Lose Weight
As you relax in the gentle far infrared heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart will work harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation. This increase in your metabolism will burn calories.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a Sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise.”
- Relieves Muscle Pain
- The deep heat helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries.
- Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscle, so they recover faster.
- Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm,for greater flexibility and range of motion. Far Infrared heat relieves muscle tension and thereby helping your body to make the most of its intended healing abilities. Infrared heat reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibers are heated.
- Improves the Immune System
- Raises your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection.
- This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.
- Remove Toxins
- Infrared Sauna heat increases your blood circulation and stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built up toxins in the body.
- Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
- “Traditional wisdom has suggested that saunas work largely by promoting detoxification through the sweat… Saunas also stimulate cells to release toxins which can then be eliminated by the liver and bowel. Several published studies have now shown that this hypothermic therapy can bring about the rapid removal of a wide range of toxic substances from the human body.” John C. Cline, M.D., B.Sc., C.C.F.P., A.B.C.T., Medical Director of the Cline Medical Centre and Oceanside Functional Medicine Research Institute, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
- “The best way to get rid of heavy metals and pesticide residues? The infrared sauna. It has been known for decades that sweating is a wonderful way to get rid of stored chemicals, including heavy metals. In fact, sauna is one of the detoxification procedures used in the Environmental Units in Dallas (Dr. William Rea) and North Charleston (Dr. Allan Lieberman) where the sickest of folks go to heal. But many people, myself included, never could tolerate a sauna. We felt weak, sick, fast heart rate, faint, dizzy, headachy, or just miserable. Thanks to improved technology, the infrared sauna is tolerated much better, because it uses a heat energy that penetrates the tissues better, allowing an overall lower temperature to be used.” Dr. Sherry Rogers, Total Wellness, May 2000
- Improves Appearance of Cellulite
- Cellulite is a common term used to describe superficial pockets of trapped fat, which cause uneven dimpling or “orange peel” skin. It appears in 90% post adolescent women (almost all women over the age of 20 have cellulite to some degree) and is rarely seen in men.
- Common but not exclusive areas where cellulite is found, are the buttocks, thighs, and the abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not related to obesity, since it occurs in overweight, average, and thin women. The appearance of cellulite is not always reduced by weight loss.
- Cellulite occurs in the subcutaneous fat layer just beneath your skin. Your skin is connected to the underlying muscle by vertical strands of tissue. The combination of this connective tissue pulling in on your skin and fatty deposits and fibrosis pushing out against your skin cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite.
- Since the far infrared radiant heat of the Clearlight sauna warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells. Sauna use and infrared heat can increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which essentially reverses the above-mentioned trends towards the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Eases Joint Pain and Stiffness
- In many countries radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Radiant heat has also been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.
- Reduces Stress and Fatigue
- Relax as the stresses and tensions of every day life melt away! Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth and you’ll feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed.
- Many of our customers comment on how much they look forward to their Sauna session daily as it’s a great time to get away.
- Improves Skin
- The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface.
- You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
MEDICAL STUDIES AND ARTICLES
- Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat.
Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
- Atomic Absorption Spectrometry of Nickel, Copper, Zinc, And Lead In Sweat Collected From Healthy Subjects During Sauna Bathing.
- Kaiser Permenante Article On The Health Benefits Of Saunas.
- Detoxification Through The Skin.
By Mark Sircus Ac., OMD March 6th, 2005.
- Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology Study On Repeated Far Infrared Sauna Treatments.
- Circulation Journal.
December 2004 study on infrared sauna use in patients with chronic heart failure. (PDF)
- Saunas Improve Results For Heart Patients.
By author Patricia Palmer.
- Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function In Patients With Coronary Risk Factors.
By Imamura M, Biro S, Kihara T, Yoshifuku S, Takasaki K, Otsuji Y, Minagoe S, Toyama Y, Tei C. October, 2001.
- Repeated Sauna Therapy Reduces Urinary 8-Epi-Prostaglandin F(2alpha).
Masuda A, Miyata M, Kihara T, Minagoe S, Tei C. Department of Cardiology, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan March, 2004.
- The Polution Within.
By David Ewing Duncan October 2006.
- How Heat Helps Kill Cancer.
By Megan Scudellari May 2011.
- Heat In The Treatment Of Patients With Anorexia Nervosa.
By Gutierrez E, Vazquez R. March 2001.
- The Effects Of Repeated Thermal Therapy For Patients With Chronic Pain.
By Akinori Masuda, Yasuyuki Koga, Masato Hattanmaru, Shinichi Minagoe, Chuwa Tei 2005.
- The Effects Of Repeated Thermal Therapy For Two Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
By Masuda A, Kihara T, Fukudome T, Shinsato T, Minagoe S, Tei C, April 2005.
- Targeted Light Therapy Destroys Cancer Cells
By U.S. Department of Health & Human Services / National Institutes of Health
- Thermal Therapy Benefits Depressed Patients.
- Clinical Implications Of Thermal Therapy In Lifestyle-Related Diseases.
By Sadatoshi Biro, Akinori Masuda, Takashi Kihara and Chuwa Tei 2003. Obesity And Diabetes: Pathophysiological Mechanisms And Therapeutic Approaches.
- Repeated Thermal Therapy Diminishes Appetite Loss And Subjective Complaints In Mildly Depressed Patients.
By Akinori Masuda, MD, PhD, Masamitsu Nakazato, MD, PhD, Takashi Kihara, MD, PhD, Shinichi Minagoe, MD, PhD and Chuwa Tei, MD, PhD 2005. From the Psychosomatic Medicine, Respiratory and Stress Care Center, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan (A.M.); the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Miyazaki University, Miyazaki, Japan (M.N.); and Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan (T.K., S.M., C.T.)
- Sitting In Sauna May Prevent Cancer.
Dr. Jason Allen.
Components Of Practical Clinical Detox Programs–Sauna As A Therapeutic Tool.
- By Crinnion W. Environmental Medicine Center of Excellence, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
- Benefits And Risks Of Sauna Bathing.
By Hannuksela ML, Ellahham S. Source Department of Internal Medicine and Biocenter Oulu (MLH), University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.
- Is Your Family Toxic?
By James Ferguson. Published in the London Daily Mail May 22, 2007. Extracted from The Vitamin Murders: Who Killed Healthy Eating in Britain, By James Ferguson, published By Atlantic Books.
- Bringing Devon Back… A Family’s Crusade.
October 24, 2004; A couple says mercury agent in vaccines caused son’s autism.
- Toxins Are All Around Us… In The Air, Drinking Water, Etc.
Read a recent Washingon Post article about the toxins in our driking water.
- Read An Interview With Actor Jeremy Davies In The New York Times Describing How He Lost 33 Lbs For The Movie “Rescue Dawn” Using An Infrared Sauna.
- Effects of far-infrared sauna bathing on recovery from strength and endurance training sessions in men By Antti Mero*, Jaakko Tornberg, Mari Mäntykoski and Risto Puurtinen
- Far-infrared saunas for treatment of cardiovascular risk factors By Richard Beever, MD CCFP CI
Summary of published evidence