Some say they burn as many calories as exercising when sitting in an infrared sauna,
but the other benefits are just as good!
Here's a excerpt of an article that talks about the benefits of an infrared sauna.
“There is a mild cardiovascular work load, but not as much as running,” Dr Beeker told Coach. He doesn’t believe a 45-minute session could burn 600 calories, as claimed by the 1980s study that many infrared sauna places cite as proof.
“That’s based on the amount of energy that is needed to evaporate the sweat from a sauna session — however most of that energy comes directly from the heat of the sauna”.
Dr Beeker did however confirm some benefits of infrared sauna use, including improved circulation. “[Infrared sauna use] seems to upregulate NOS (nitric oxide synthases) which is a strong vasodilator and a marker of vascular responsiveness.”
He also confirmed the likelihood of a mood boost, although he says there’s been no solid scientific research into it.
“Saunas have been shown to increase QoL [quality of life in neurological disorders], however, I am not aware of any studies that specifically measure brain serotonin pre-and post-sauna.”
Dr Beeker also said infrared saunas can make skin look healthier: “Improved circulation and sweating to 'clean out the pores' could certainly improve the appearance of the skin; of course that is subjective.”
Japanese research could confirm another possible benefit of infrared saunas: treating chronic fatigue syndrome. In the 2015 study, 10 patients sat in a 60 degrees Celsius infrared sauna for 15 minutes, once a day, five days a week for a month.
The subjects perceived fatigue levels, pain, and mood were evaluated before, during and after the sauna sessions, and on average the patient’s fatigue on a scale of 1-10 dropped from 6.7 to 4.8. Anxiety and depression also improved post-therapy.
Preliminary research has also shown infrared saunas can lower blood pressure and ease muscle pain – which makes sense given the hot and relaxing environment.
Most of the claims around infrared saunas do need more scientific research to prove them in the eyes of the medical community, but the extensive testing required for the machines to be sold to the public found no dangers of using them. So if heating your muscles and sweating it out makes you feel good – as it did for me – then go for it.
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