Why You’ll Sleep Better With Infrared Therapy

Sleep is the best anti-aging remedy money can’t buy. For some of us, it can be elusive. And like many things, you don’t appreciate a good night’s sleep until it’s gone. Or hard to attain. So, aside from sleeping pills, sleeping masks, weighted blankets, and a bit of meditating, what can help assure we get more Zzzzzs? Enter the infrared sauna. Literally, step inside for 20-30 minutes at night. Let the heat do its magic, and there’s a great chance you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Why would something designed to relax and even detox you provide better sleep, you ask? We wondered the same. But first, we looked at what’s keeping us awake at night in the first place.

What’s The Last Thing You Drank?

A nightcap, a second glass of wine with dinner, or a midday jolt of caffeine to keep us powering through the day—whether we know it or not, each can be a sleep deterrent. The alcohol isn’t as obvious, since it seems to help us wind down and therefore should be followed by a better snooze. Caffeine is a little more obvious. But even if your last sip of coffee was midday, it can still keep you up into the wee hours of the night.

“The half-life of caffeine—i.e., the amount of time it takes for the body to process just half—is usually around five hours but can vary from one to as much as nine hours,” says Dr. Broderick, a neurologist and sleep specialist. This means if you drink a cup of coffee late afternoon or even after dinner, you may not get as much shuteye.

Alcohol, on the other hand, even though it’s a depressant, causes rebound alertness, affecting our REM sleep, leading to insomnia, or leaving you groggy when you do wake. Cut out alcohol in the evening, and you could improve your sleep.

What about a glass of warm milk? Drink milk before you go to bed, and this age-old remedy may actually help, assuming you’re not lactose-intolerant. Tryptophan, which is an amino acid, helps produce melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone in our bodies that signals sleep. So, milk might be a viable option to help you nod off.

However, maybe something else is keeping you up at night.

Step Away From The Devices

The electronic age has left many of us wanting that last scroll, chapter skim, or read-through of whatever it is we’re drawn to on our devices before our head hits the pillow. For some, it’s checking social media. For others, it’s a reading good book or answering your last few emails before the day ends. These are all common practices, however, the thing that’s deterring our sleep is the fact that it’s all happening on a screen.

According to the Sleep Foundation, “The blue light emitted by many devices disrupts the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep and can throw off your circadian rhythm.” Blue light suppresses melatonin, so it makes sense that if you spend an hour or more before bedtime staring at a laptop, phone or tablet, your sleep will be disrupted. Additionally, the stimulating effect of a movie or email on your brain makes it harder to power down.

So, let’s say you stayed away from alcohol and caffeine, set aside your device hours ago, and snuggled in for a final wind down. What else might be distracting you?

Organize Your Thoughts

Have you ever stayed awake worrying about a presentation or test the next day, or replaying a conversation in your head from earlier? Or you finally climb between the sheets and there are swirls of tasks left undone. Now you’re stressing about where they’ll fit in during the week. Any of these can lead to hours of tossing and turning.

Often when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, we really just need to be better at prioritizing. It could be as easy as establishing a bedtime routine. Or, write a to-do list and set it aside for when you wake up.

A study was published several years ago by the Sleep Research Society that showed that de-cluttering your bedroom space improves sleep. Something simple as putting laundry away can reduce sleep anxiety. Getting more organized in the bedroom in general can eliminate distractions and add a sense of ease to your surroundings.

Sounds like sweet dreams can be attainable, right? Let’s talk about the easiest task of all, an infrared therapy session.

Why Infrared As A Bedtime Routine?

Infrared saunas provide an amazing amount of health benefits after just a short, 30-minute session. Used over time, they can help your body recover from pain, injury, reduce migraines and muscle strains, and even strengthen the immune system. We’re still learning one area, which is why you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Here’s what we understand so far—

Shortly after entering your infrared sauna, you’ll begin to sweat, and your body will naturally begin to release tension. The intense heat spurs chemical changes, increasing the production of endorphins. These help calm and relax our bodies. In addition, hormones like cortisol, which triggers a flight or fight response and can be produced as a result of any stress, will balance out as the infrared seeps into your core.

Any soreness, pain, or muscle tightness you are experiencing, even if you’re not aware of it, will gradually disperse as a result of the high heat and sweating that occurs during an infrared session. The sauna works much like a good jog or workout, increasing your heart rate, but also providing a release so that you can more easily cool off and wind down.Sauna Detox Benefits - Health Mate Sauna blog article

Speaking of cooling off, as you near bedtime, your body goes through a change in temperature. Your core temperature decreases before bed, signaling the production of melatonin.  Once you leave the sauna, your body temperature will begin dropping and kickstart the sleep process. For that reason, it’s also helpful to reduce the temperature in your bedroom at night. This assists with the body’s naturally occurring thermoregulation that ensures a good night’s rest.

And Now You Know!

Spending time in an infrared sauna can be a wonderful way to help you beat insomnia, along with many other health problems. While it’s important to have a balanced lifestyle, there’s a reason why this centuries-old tradition has made a strong comeback. It’s one of the easiest, least invasive paths to well-being, without any side effects.

Contact Health Mate for more information on how to get started enjoying infrared therapy in the comfort of your own home.

Can Infrared Saunas Fix My Sinus Problems?

Fall will soon be here, signaling the start of sniffle season. But do you really need to brace yourself for nose maladies, or could you head some symptoms off at the pass? We all would rather avoid the discomfort and downtime caused by stuffiness, sneezing, or worse, painful headaches. While diet and lifestyle have some play, we get asked, can infrared saunas fix sinus problems, alleviating symptoms? The answer is, yes. The best part is, you can enjoy sessions at home, safely and comfortably.

But first, let’s discuss these conditions and some of the causes.

Is It Allergies or Sinus Infection?

Whether seasonal or ongoing, allergies can be hard to get a handle on. At best they’re distracting but at their worst can become debilitating and cause a loss of productivity. Here we’re mostly discussing those that relate to sinus discomfort. Amazingly, allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are listed as the sixth most common chronic illness globally.

Allergies can stem from a variety of things, like pollen, mold, hay fever, pollutants, chemicals, and also food, the latter of which if left untreated can lead to other issues. One cause can be fungal overgrowth from a poor diet, typically too much sugar and other foods that cause bad bacteria to reproduce at high rates.  Sometimes allergies are unavoidable based on where you live and the environment in general.

You might experience allergic rhinitis and no other sinus issues. However, it’s common for symptoms to overlap. Rhinitis can also lead to sinusitis.

So, what’s the difference in symptoms between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis?

Itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes are common with allergic rhinitis or allergies. Sinusitis symptoms can include nasal congestion, discolored nasal drainage, sinus pressure, headache, and fever.”

While allergies are typically treated with antihistamine medications and over-the-counter nasal sprays, sinus infections can be a little trickier. People are often confused about what causes sinusitis and more importantly, how to treat it.

“Viral sinusitis usually lasts less than 7 to 10 days and will resolve with supportive care. Antibiotics are not needed to treat viral sinusitis. Bacterial sinusitis typically lasts longer than 10 days and may present with persistent fever. Bacterial sinusitis is usually treated with antibiotics.”

In general, inflammation is the root cause of each malady, and that’s where infrared comes in.

Infrared’s Role in Allergy and Sinus Relief

It might seem counterintuitive that an infrared sauna can help fix sinus and allergy problems since it’s an intensely warm, enclosed area. Infrared in particular has its benefits, though. Infrared therapy actually enhances our immune response, which is responsible for how our body fights anything foreign to our body, even airborne attacks. This includes reducing inflammation.

Our autonomic nervous system is affected by allergens, including those that assault our sinuses. Not coincidentally “the immune system interacts directly within brain regions that regulate autonomic function.”  While far infrared is particularly beneficial for building our immune response, the near-infrared treatment showed positive results in treating rhinitis as well. Near-infrared, or red light, is part of the chromotherapy feature in a number of Health Mate saunas.

Another study conducted with thirty-one patients of varying ages showed significant improvement in allergy symptoms over the course of just a week after infrared treatment. What’s especially significant about Infrared therapy is it produces no side effects, something commonly experienced with medications for the same issues.

A slightly smaller but longer study was conducted to learn if infrared could reduce the frequency of the common cold, and again, it proved helpful. Not only was the occurrence reduced, but those who did experience a cold reported quicker recovery.

You can gain an advantage by taking sauna bathing seriously and treating it like you would any other health regimen. Our immune system responds positively to intense heat.

To learn more about sauna benefits and how infrared saunas can help fix sinus problems, or to get started with your own infrared therapy at home, speak with our sauna specialists. You could be avoiding the worst of cold or allergy season simply by incorporating sauna bathing as part of your daily health routine.

The Heart Wants Infrared Therapy

Heart health is uber important in a time when the CDC reports that one person dies every 34 seconds from cardiovascular disease in the U.S. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking all contribute to the risk of heart failure or heart attacks. So, while many of us are careful about our diets and incorporate exercise into our lives, having an alternative resource also helps. There are multiple tools we can use to naturally keep ourselves healthy, and one of those is saunas. We are learning more every year that the heart wants—infrared therapy.

The Importance of Circulation

When you imagine an infrared sauna, you probably picture a place of relaxation, recovery, and calm. It’s where you might go to unwind, right? Not to mention sweat, abundantly. What’s unique about infrared heat, particularly far infrared, is that it’s working wonders for your health even as you sit still. The intense temperature causes your circulation to quicken. This is a good thing. And the reason it happens is that your heart will start pumping faster at higher temps, equivalent to an aerobic workout or run.

In turn, your blood vessels dilate. This benefits your entire body because it means your organs are getting more oxygen as the blood transports it more efficiently. Having proper circulation is what prevents many health issues, including high blood pressure.

So, what is the role of infrared in blood pressure?

Infrared And Blood Pressure

Blood pressure monitoring is standard practice at most doctor visits, whether you’re there for a general exam or for something specific. Doctors and nurses remind us to keep our blood pressure at a certain level. Healthy is considered a systolic pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic pressure of less than 80. Elevated blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 129 with a diastolic pressure of less than 80, per the National Institute on Aging.guy reclining in sauna

According to a recent Mayo Clinic report, “Regular sauna bathing may improve cardiovascular function via a lowering of systemic blood pressure.” And a 2017 study done in Finland concluded that Compared with men who used a sauna only once a week, the risk of high blood pressure was 46 percent lower in those who use a sauna four to seven times a week.”

Infrared sauna bathing on a regular basis can therefore keep your blood pressure in check while simultaneously providing other health benefits. This includes overall cardiovascular health.

A Sauna Heart To Heart

The core of how our body functions are reliant on a strong, well-functioning heart. And it all ties together with our circulation and blood pressure. As you sit in an infrared sauna, your muscles untighten as they heat up, but your heart will kick into a higher gear.

Scientists have carefully tested infrared on people who have vascular and arterial issues. The results? “Repeated sauna treatment improves vascular endothelial function, resulting in an improvement in cardiac function” Endothelial dysfunction is a type of coronary artery disease.

And as Dr. Thomas shared in a News Medical Life Sciences article, infrared can increase nitric oxide, essential to circulation and ultimately, good heart health.

Again, it seems that the heart wants infrared therapy. It’s a great alternative to exercise, especially when the weather turns cold and your outdoor fitness options are limited. Ultimately, sauna bathing on a regular basis can help improve your overall cardio function, but should not be a replacement for regular exercise, stretching, and movement.

A word of caution: if you have a serious heart condition, always check with a medical advisor before using a sauna.

Health Mate has your optimal wellness in mind as it manufactures infrared saunas for every lifestyle. See our entire line and speak with a sauna specialist for details on how to get started using sauna therapy as a way to improve your heart and so much more. Call or text (877) 595-3221.

Alzheimer’s: Does Infrared Delay Symptoms?

Have you noticed that next to looking younger, one of the biggest topics in the news is…wait, what was it? Oh right, it’s helping our minds stay younger! Kidding aside, brain health is key to our longevity and has been a primary focus of doctors for years. It’s important to discuss using infrared to delay dementia and potentially, Alzheimer’s disease.

The continued rise of Alzheimer’s cases has many health providers concerned about preventing brain degeneration. How do we keep cognitive decline at bay? Staying mentally sharp is something we can all work on long before any kind of diagnosis occurs. More than a few studies are showing that light therapy and infrared can help.

Doctors and scientists are devoted to learning what actually causes Alzheimer’s and dementia. Just when they think they discover a genetic marker or link, new studies turn up additional conclusions. They do know that the brain is an organ that performs many functions. Similar to a muscle, to keep it working we must stimulate it and keep it ‘elastic.’

More specifically, our cognitive function is linked to cellular regeneration and proper circulation. Cognitive decline happens as we age. If brain cells become unhealthy or damaged, dementia can result.

First, let’s get a basic understanding of what defines Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a disease, like Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, or Lewy Body disorder, which affects cognitive function. It starts most noticeably as memory loss and progresses with symptoms such as “disorientation, mood, and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.”

Alzheimer’s cause is still mostly unknown, although it has been linked to a build-up of plaques on brain neurons and affects all parts of the brain. Currently, it has no immediate cure and is considered fatal.

A survey done showed that 44% of Americans say they don’t worry about getting Alzheimer’s if it doesn’t run in their family. However, the disease is not entirely genetic, particularly with late-onset Alzheimer’s which normally affects people over 60.

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Dementia is an umbrella term that’s considered “a syndrome; it describes several chronic and progressive brain diseases, of which Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent.” Alzheimer’s causes dementia, not the other way around. Medically, dementia is defined as “when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die.” While people naturally lose some neurons as they age, it’s possible to age without having any signs or symptoms of dementia. Additionally, dementia is potentially reversible.

Infrared To Improve Brain Function

In recent years, studies have been done that link infrared to better circulation, heart function, blood pressure, and other positive health benefits. Since your heart and blood affect the organs and many other body functions, it follows that your brain will benefit from infrared as well.

Scientists have performed multiple studies and trials related to infrared and its effect on memory, brain health, and Alzheimer’s. While medication is still being improved for delaying or reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms, infrared has shown promising results in helping with the regeneration of essential brain proteins. A study being conducted over two years seeks to show that near-infrared, or LED red light treatment, could also help. This study is still ongoing.

A further investigation conducted just this year to determine if near-infrared light therapy helps reduce diseased cells and inflammation proved successful, specifically in addressing Alzheimer’s.

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With any illness prevention doctors have found that lifestyle changes can also help stave off decline, including with our brains. Using infrared to delay dementia along with good diet and exercise is a valid option. Not everyone is aware of it yet, but it can provide lasting, positive results.

Health Mate saunas offer the full spectrum of infrared treatment and are designed for ultimate wellness. For near-infrared treatment, the Chromotherapy option offers the red light desired for enhancing our cell function and regeneration.  Learn more about our models and the range of features offered.

Making Infrared Part Of A Fitness Routine

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to appreciate proper prep before a workout or competition. Warm-up sessions before exercise or sports improve safety and may extend endurance. Making infrared therapy part of your fitness plan is also a smart practice.

As a kid you might have hurried through the whole ‘warm up’ routine in P.E. class, which often took the form of jumping jacks and toe touches. If you played a sport, the coach made sure warm-up was part of practice and competition.

As an adult, you realize the value of warming up and incorporate it into your exercise routine or wake-up regimen. Basically, warming up or stretching is essential. It keeps you limber, increases your range of motion, and helps you avoid injury.

Before you launch into major fitness or physical activity, stretching and doing light movement as a lead-up signals your muscles, “Hey, we’re about to get busy.”

What’s also critical is how you end your workout. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a cool-down, but it’s equally important as a warmup for your muscles and your heart. Slowing the pace of your activity, like swimming, running, or doing a cross-fit class, is a gradual way to cool down. A good stretch helps, too.

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Whichever you choose, the point of ramping down is to help your body properly recover and relax so you’re ready the next time.

Infrared plays a key role in both warming up and recovering.

Infrared for Performance & Recovery

For most athletes, the warmup process is second nature. They understand that their goals, whether it be to win a game, improve their score, or simply achieve a certain level of performance, are more attainable the better prepared they are. Some athletes have even used infrared emitting clothing to enhance their performance.

Many sports participants, whether professional or amateur, turn to infrared as a tool for assuring they get the most from their game or workout. Diet and nutrition, sleep, and mental rejuvenation all play a role, as does proper body care.

 

Ideally, your performance outcomes are improving as you go. You could be a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, or weekend warrior with a workout regime. Whichever the case, you should allow some downtime in between activities for your body to recover.

Studies show infrared therapy helps with recovery and even with building muscle mass, which can ensure consistent or elevated performance.

What’s great is that infrared not only helps with recovery, but with stress, anxiety relief, and better sleep. Overall, sauna therapy will benefit your health even if you take a break from fitness.

Infrared To Treat Injury

Runner’s knee, tendonitis, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, muscle pulls….yikes! For all of the benefits that come with sports and physical activity, there are sometimes injuries along the way. Even with proper warm-up and cool-down practices, accidents can happen.

A black and white image of a woman grabbing her shoulder while relaxing in an infrared sauna.

Fortunately, infrared saunas can improve your body’s rate of healing. Just like the heat helps maintain your muscle’s flexibility and range of motion, the deep penetration of far infrared can expedite cell rejuvenation. This aids in the repair of muscles and tendons.

For prolonged injuries, regular sauna sessions can be the saving grace that keeps pain at bay. Chronic pain sufferers have found infrared makes a great addition to their healing regimen. This finding is backed by science, including a study conducted in the Netherlands.

Health Mate has designed and manufactured infrared saunas for more than 40 years as a solution for people to maintain and regain proper health. If you haven’t already, see our current models and learn more about the benefits of infrared therapy.

 

Infrared Saunas Are IN For Summer

Temperatures are rising and the water is calling! It’s summer–time to get outside and enjoy the weather along with beaches, lakes, rivers, and pools. This is also the time when many dedicated sauna-goers abandon their infrared sessions for cooler activities. It seems reasonable, given that many of us use infrared heat for relaxation, and now that weather has warmed you can do the same away from home. But wait! Infrared saunas are IN for summer!

Better Heat Tolerance

Whether or not you believe climate change is a reality, it’s evident that our summer temperatures seem to be rising every year. You may be a warm-weather person, but even the most heat-tolerant among us will reach a point where temps are beyond comfortable. Escaping to air-conditioned indoors becomes inevitable. For some people the AC goes on the minute the weather turns humid, and for others, it’s the last resort when ice water, ceiling fans, and tank tops have failed to provide enough relief.

Enter the infrared sauna!

Each of us has a varying level of heat tolerance and depending on where you live that can vary. Once you use an infrared sauna on a regular basis, you’ll notice improved endurance in warm weather or heated situations. A 20-30 minute session offers the most robust benefits. Whether it means being able to sit in the sun longer or acclimating well to indoor climates above 75 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit, infrared sessions can aid you in the long run.

A recent U.S. study done in 2021 confirmed, “Repeated sauna use acclimates the body to heat and optimizes the body’s response to future exposures, likely due to a biological phenomenon known as hormesis.” Hormesis at its most basic is cells adapting to a stressor, which in this case is high heat.

If you’re an athlete or if you exercise often, you’ll experience results differently. Being able to endure heat at higher levels will help increase performance as your body will feel less fatigued and you’ll sustain energy levels longer. You’ll also recover faster.

Infrared Saunas Help With Summer Exercise

One thing is essential when experiencing heat exposure, and that is proper hydration. Read on…

H-2-O For Hydration

Everyone, from doctors to nutritionists to fitness coaches, agrees that any sauna experience should include proper hydration. This means having fluids before and even during an infrared session. Since saunas are designed for high heat penetration, the first thing your body will do is sweat, which means a loss of fluids. It’s important that you’re properly hydrated and replace these fluids so you don’t get heat stroke and faint. It also helps aid your kidney function as it eliminates toxins.

Just like you would hydrate before or during a workout, you’ll want to prep before entering the sauna. Water is best, but sports drinks will work as well.

Hydration Is Key For Sauna

When choosing a sports drink, be sure it has a proper amount of potassium and sodium. Drinks with electrolytes are good because they help replenish mineral loss when you sweat while also helping you absorb fluids.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol drinks, as those can actually dehydrate you and will tax your liver and kidneys further. Stick to water and you’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed once your sauna session is complete.

When your sauna session is over and you’ve dried off, you should definitely reach for some water if you didn’t have any during your session. While you might not feel thirsty immediately, your body will definitely thank you.

So, you’ve built your heat tolerance, stayed hydrated and you’re feeling much more energetic? Great! Let’s talk about another way setting regular sauna visits can help during summer.

Boost Immunity Before Winter

As soon as the summer ends and the weather starts to cool off again, you’ll start to see flyers for flu shots and commercials for cough medicine. Winter seems to hail the onset of viruses as if it’s just part of the cycle of life. But it doesn’t have to be!

Build Heat Tolerance And Stay Fit

What infrared can help with, and science has confirmed, is building our immune defenses. But why wait until fall or winter to start enhancing your health? By taking time to use your sauna every week during summer, you can ensure a hardier immune system. Imagine sailing through winter with nary a sniffle. Wouldn’t that be great?

The way that infrared saunas can help is fairly simple. As your core temperature heats up, your cells, like when you have a fever, start to have an immune response. Of course, you also want to maintain a good diet and incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, but an infrared sauna is a great tool to jumpstart and maintain good health.

Take advantage of summer downtime and don’t let your sauna gather dust—get in and stay healthy. Remember, infrared saunas are in for summer.

Sauna Best Practices

Do drink water before, during, and even after a sauna session, since you’ll deplete fluids via sweat
Do try to spend an average of 20 minutes per session to get the most benefits from infrared heat penetration
Do rinse or towel off after a sauna session, since salts produced via sweat can clog pores
Do follow any medical guidelines if you have health conditions, before using the sauna
Do use the sauna after exercise or sports participation as a way to recover quicker and to relax muscles
Do enjoy the sauna as a way to build heat tolerance, especially during warmer weather months

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Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine drinks before or during your sauna session as they’ll dehydrate you
Don’t eat an hour or two before a sauna session as food will require energy for digestion and your heart will already be working harder from the intense heat
Don’t start off with long sessions if you’re new to saunas, rather limit sessions to 5-10 minutes or lower the temperature in your sauna as you get started

Health Mate offers a variety of saunas, some that are portable and use a smaller footprint, others that can offer the comfort of cabin space. Make sauna sessions social by inviting a friend with a larger, two- or three-person model. There’s an affordable sauna for every lifestyle.

Beauty Benefits And Infrared Saunas

Infrared saunas have become synonymous with relaxation and even pain relief. Doctors and naturopaths agree that infrared is a valid treatment for stress, recovery, and pain. There are added benefits as well, many of which we’re really just beginning to understand. Two benefits that are also related to skin health include cellulite reduction and collagen production. And each of these infrared sauna “beauty” benefits can be achieved with the help of far-infrared and near-infrared light therapy.

Yes, you can experience youthful, more healthy skin from infrared sauna sessions! This doesn’t mean you should throw out your moisturizer or scrap your fitness routine. Infrared works as a complement to a healthy diet, exercise, and regular care of your body.

Let’s find out how you can gain beauty benefits from infrared saunas.

Beauty & Infrared: Understanding Cellulite

Cellulite

Cellulite affects the cosmetic appearance of your skin, typically your thighs, stomach, or rear end. It shows up as a lumpy or dimpled appearance on the surface. Interestingly, 80-90% of women have cellulite as compared to 10% of men. Experts believe this is because women produce more estrogen than men, and “one of estrogen’s many functions is stimulating the storage of fat.”

Cellulite results when “fibrous bands connecting your skin to the underlying muscle tighten irregularly.” The result is a puckered appearance on the skin. Some call it orange peel or cottage cheese thighs. Whatever you name it, it’s not harmful, but it’s not considered attractive.

How to remove cellulite is an age-old quandary. Skin creams and lotions, even massage, aren’t super effective in reducing what some call ‘the other cheek’ dimples.

So, then how does infrared support a beauty routine?

Fat vs Cellulite: Are they the same?

Cellulite can appear as another layer of fat that stubbornly clings to thighs and other areas, seemingly impossible to get rid of. It’s a condition that’s hard to treat effectively. Hormones play a part for sure, but there’s more to it.

Medical researchers determined that cellulite occurs within the adipose tissue. Additionally, “decreased blood flow in this (cellulite-prone) region of the body makes it difficult for lipids to be released from the adipose tissue and also leads to water retention, which further contributes to cellulite.”

Here’s the interesting part: Adipose tissue, also called brown fat, can be stimulated by heat.

Underlying Results

Infrared heat quickly and painlessly penetrates the body, heating from the inside out. In the process, it stimulates cellulite, or adipose tissue, nearest the surface of your skin. This tissue or ‘brown fat’ is what helps us insulate and stay warm in cooler temperatures. It’s not necessarily bad. In fact, we need a certain amount of it in our bodies.

However, this increased circulation and energy produced from infrared heat stimulates the brown fat which in turn helps burn off detrimental white fat. White fat, or visceral fat, is what can cause serious health issues, including obesity. As visceral fat builds up, it can press against the adipose tissue, causing a bumpy appearance of the skin, or cellulite. As it burns off, cellulite is reduced.

So, while cellulite is not so much unwanted fat as tissue, infrared is a support factor in cellulite reduction and improved health. One study combined infrared with other treatments to reach positive, safe results.

But, how else can infrared help our appearance? Keep reading!

Beauty & Infrared: Understanding Collagen

Sauna For Collagen

If you’re looking for something to help your skin stay looking young you’ve seen the myriad of products incorporating collagen or supplements you can take. Collagen is a protein found throughout the body. It’s found in the structure of our skin, bones, cartilage, and muscle and helps tissues stay elastic and pliable.

Our bodies naturally produce collagen but as we age that production slows. One of its functions is to help skin retain moisture, so a lack of collagen leads to drier skin and wrinkles.

Bad habits like smoking, poor diet, and dehydration accelerate the appearance of wrinkles. Turning these bad habits into good ones helps keep wrinkles at bay. Collagen supplements were created to add to our diet to keep us looking and feeling youthful and healthy.

It turns out that infrared therapy can do the same

Smooth Moves: Collagen And Infrared

Many of us are on a quest, searching for skin solutions as we age. And not just for our face but also for our neck, chest, and arms. There are thousands of cosmetic options, from moisturizers to laser peels and even surgery. Collagen is the one thing we all could use more of as we age.

Several studies have shown infrared can enhance collagen production, safely and regularly.

We shared in a previous article that a small study done in Asia showed, that “the content of collagen and elastin produced increased after infrared radiation proportional to the duration of exposure. Following treatment, all patients reported good (51-75%) improvements in skin texture and roughness.”

Several years later another study concluded that “Infrared irradiation provides safe and effective long-term stimulation of collagen I and III and elastin, which is beneficial for improving skin laxity and wrinkles.”

Additionally, New York board-certified dermatologist Dr. Maria Garshick also believes infrared be beneficial. She shared, “Infrared is next to red light on the electromagnetic spectrum, but because it is a longer wavelength, it can penetrate deeper—so it can be helpful for healing and skin regeneration, even on its own.”

What we’ve learned overall about beauty benefits and infrared saunas is that infrared, while it penetrates beneath the skin, can help improve appearance as much as our overall health. Doctors and scientists are discovering more about this holistic health approach each year.

Health Mate saunas are designed with your health in mind. Learn more about our models and the variety of infrared sauna beauty and other benefits you can experience from regular sauna therapy.

Do Infrared Saunas Help With Detoxification?

More people are making wellness a priority than ever before, and infrared sauna therapy has become a popular part of wellness treatment nationwide. Saunas are regarded as a key to good health, both as a preventative tool and treatment method. One of the popular benefits of infrared saunas is that they help with detoxification.

Each time you use a sauna, detoxification occurs via perspiration, a direct response to the intense heat from infrared wavelengths. It’s a safe process that provides immediate results.

Paired with a healthy diet and exercise, infrared therapy can complete the perfect trifecta of an established wellness routine. But how does it work and what toxins are being released, exactly?

Let’s examine further.

How Infrared Works

Infrared Saunas are designed for regular use as a way to help you relax, recover, and improve your health. What’s unique about infrared compared to other saunas is that the heat is emitted at a lower temperature than a steam or rock sauna. Rather than heat the air around you, it heats your body from inside out and penetrates deep into skin and muscle layers.

Soon after entering the sauna, you’ll start to sweat, and this is normal, even desirable. Heaters are strategically placed for maximum results. With Health Mate full spectrum saunas, the combination of three wavelengths, near-, mid-, and far, provides a myriad of benefits.

Near-infrared heat is delivered via LED lighting. The mid and far range are delivered via our patented dual micron heaters that emit a full 360-degree surround of heat, safely and within minutes.

Total heat wattage of ultra low EMF heaters inside of a Health Mate infrared sauna.

As your body heats up and you begin to sweat, you’ll feel your muscles start to relax. Your core will warm and your circulation will improve as your heart rate increases. You’ll experience benefits that may not seem apparent. One of the most immediate benefits is that infrared will help with detoxification. During a single 20–30-minute session, your body can undergo a significant amount of cleansing. Afterward, you’ll feel refreshed, much like after a good fitness workout.

Sweat And Toxin Release

There are some conflicting reports that suggest infrared therapy causes water loss and a little salt secretion via sweating but no flushing of anything else through your skin.

Sauna Detox Sweating

However, studies have shown that infrared sauna therapy will induce a detox through sweat that actually supports the liver and kidney function.

We all have a certain amount of toxins in our bodies. Doctors use the term ‘bio-accumulators’ to explain how our system accumulates all sorts of by-products from our air, food, and water faster than we can expel them. Sometimes we don’t properly expel them at all. This includes toxic chemicals, pollutants, and heavy metals. Research suggests that many metals are carcinogens, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. Exposure levels to these toxins may vary depending on where you live.

Infrared sessions enjoyed on a regular basis can aid in the elimination of toxins. They can even help people on dialysis by increasing blood flow and relieving the load on their kidneys. As always, you need to stay properly hydrated. Also, check with a medical advisor before making sauna therapy part of your regular routine.

Your Optimal Sauna Routine

To optimize your time and results from your infrared sauna sessions, it’s good to develop a routine. While it might take little time to prepare, there are some key things to keep in mind before, during, and after use:

  1. Before entering the sauna, make sure that you’re hydrated. Since your body temperature is going to increase and you’re going to sweat, you want to be sure to drink plenty of water.
  2. As you’re starting out, limit your sessions to 5-10 minutes and increase by a few minutes each time until you work up to 20 or 30 minutes maximum.
  3. If you work out or exercise before using the sauna, be sure to wipe or rinse off any sweat buildup since it contains salt that can clog your pores and lead to acne troubles.
  4. Be sure to wear clothing that can easily and comfortably absorb sweat. We recommend wearing a terry cloth robe or using a towel to wipe away sweat.
  5. After using the sauna you’ll want to quickly shower or towel off, for the same reason as above.
  6. When your sauna session is complete, don’t forget to rehydrate with more water. You may also want to apply moisturizer to your skin since the heat from the sauna tends to cause dryness.