What’s So Great About Tecoloy Heaters?

Health and fitness are so much a part of many people’s everyday lifestyles that home gyms and workout equipment are more common than ever. What used to be considered a luxury item enjoyed by celebrities and fitness fanatics is much more attainable. Plus, working out in your own living room is easy, thanks to online memberships and personal training apps. And, just as fitness has become more home-centered, infrared sauna ownership has also become more popular. What sets each sauna apart the most is the infrared heaters. Some are carbon, and some, like most of Health Mate’s saunas, feature Tecoloy. But, what’s so great about Tecoloy heaters?

Health Mate strives to provide the safest and most effective infrared heat in a sauna. That’s why we developed and patented our own Tecoloy™ heaters featured in the majority of our models. It’s a key aspect that sets us apart from other sauna vendors.

 

Tecoloy heaters are more emmisive that carbon panels

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What Is A Tecoloy Heater?

Health Mate relied on German engineering to design a unique, dual-wave micron infrared heater. This Tecoloy™ heater offers the highest watt density of any other infrared heater on the market. It’s also safe and non-toxic. The heaters are manufactured by Baker Heating Technologies, a leading U.S. heating company.

What does dual-wave mean? Great question.

Infrared heat comes in a spectrum of wavelengths. The dual micron waves produce a wider than the typical range of emissions, considered full-circle heat. That 360-degree heat emits both mid- and far-range infrared. This means your body reaches a high core temperature quickly at the highest level of penetration.

 

 

Unlike steam saunas that surround the air with heat, this state-of-the-art technology delivers penetrating wavelengths that ensure you’ll sweat more and sweat faster at a lower temperature. Tecoloy™ heaters reached desired temps quicker than most saunas, so you can start your session sooner.

How Long Do Tecoloy Heaters Last?

Once you purchase an infrared sauna, you want it to last, right? Saunas can be considered a substantial investment. Health Mate prides itself on providing the highest quality and most durable sauna materials available, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

For more than forty years we’ve been manufacturing our own saunas in our own factory. In fact, for years we made the very saunas our competitors sold until their models and approach changed.

The typical sauna relies on carbon heaters that last about 10 years, maybe longer with extra care. That may seem like a long time, but we knew it could be better. Lots of time and research went into our proprietary Tecoloy, made from incoloy and alloy, to ensure they would last 15-20 years or more. For most of us, that’s longer than our cars!

We’re thrilled when a customer reports back that they’ve owned their Health Mate sauna for decades. Generally, minor parts are all that need replacing to continue use. Additionally, our Tecoloy™ heaters are part of the Health Mate warranty, which covers them for a lifetime.

Tecoloy and Full Spectrum Infrared

The term full spectrum originated with Health Mate, which simply means an infrared experience that combines all three levels of wavelengths—near, mid, and far. To deliver full-spectrum infrared we combine our Tecoloy heaters with a near-infrared LED panel. Near-infrared produces an effective form of infrared heat called chromotherapy, or light therapy.

You may have read about the benefits of light therapy, including Red light. Medical and scientific studies have shown it improves our cellular function. Each of the varied colors in light therapy has its own benefits.

This near-infrared light and heat combined with the mid- and far-infrared in a sauna result in a complete infrared therapy session. You can experience a host of benefits from the full spectrum.

Importance of Low EMF

One of the biggest concerns with infrared heat is the electromagnetic frequency (EMF) emitted since EMFs at certain levels can be considered harmful. Many scientific studies have been done to determine what is harmful. Fortunately, they’ve concluded that non-ionizing radiation produced by infrared saunas is considered safe, posing no significant health risk.

Simply put, non-ionizing or Low EMF can heat an object safely, while X-rays or longer exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful. If you’ve ever gotten sunburned, you’re familiar.

An objective 3rd party conducted a test of our own heaters in order to ensure our saunas are within safe ranges of infrared emissions. All of our Health Mate saunas are considered low EMF.

Radiation surrounds us daily, via cell phones, kitchen appliances, and of course, the sun. We encourage you to stay educated and review a more detailed explanation about low EMF saunas at your convenience.

Health Mate has been in the infrared sauna business for more than 40 years. We’ll continue innovating sauna technology because preventive health care is the sensible approach to wellness. After all, it’s more fun sitting in a sauna than in a doctor’s office, right?

Learn more about which infrared sauna to buy by reviewing our models, and contact our sauna specialists to get additional pricing and details.

Do Saunas Help You Lose Weight?

There are many reasons to purchase a sauna, with one of the most sought-after benefits being weight loss. Eating healthy and being active is great for weight loss, however, over time it can become increasingly difficult to continue making progress. While weight loss is one of the more challenging health goals people face, there is an easy and doable solution that can assist you in your pursuit of better health through weight loss, purchasing an infrared sauna.

 

does an infrared sauna help you lose weight health mate

An infrared sauna is a great tool to use when it comes to your health. But does a sauna burn calories and really aid in weight loss? It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer. Burning that many calories is equivalent to jogging or swimming for an hour. While jogging and swimming can be taxing on the body, sitting in an infrared sauna can be performed by anyone. To answer the question, do saunas help you lose weight? Absolutely, an infrared sauna is a great tool to incorporate into your weight loss plan.

 

“It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer.”

 

One of the main reasons infrared sauna weight loss works is due to the mid and far-infrared light. As they are able to penetrate the skin and reach a deeper level of body tissue compared to a traditional sauna. A common misconception is that weight loss caused by an infrared sauna is temporary. However, what is really being observed is the quick loss and gain of “water weight”. Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital states, “the magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.”

When searching for a sauna to aid in your weight loss journey, it’s important to factor in the quality of the materials, the heater, and who the company is. Many sauna companies use materials that contain toxins in the wood, heaters, and other components such as glue that your body will then absorb. While this sounds scary, it’s easy to navigate away from bad materials through simple and quick research on the brand. Health Mate, in particular, has been producing infrared saunas the longest out of all their competitors. Has a five-stage quality control system to ensure your sauna is up to Health Mate standards, and they only use the best materials that are toxic-free. Since 1979, Health Mate has been producing saunas and aiding in its customer’s pursuit of better health through weight loss as you can see here.

 

The magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.” ~ Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford

 

Another key topic to research when choosing an infrared sauna is the financing options they offer. As this will show how far your dollar can really go. Some infrared sauna brands offer little to no financing options and also don’t offer different sizing options of their saunas. This is another area where Health Mate is superior. With multiple sizing options and financing available, purchasing their infrared sauna is less of a towering financial commitment. You can also purchase exactly what you’d like, in the size that best suits your needs.

Overall, utilizing an infrared sauna on top of your daily health habits can certainly help you lose weight. Through increasing your metabolism, increasing your heart rate, and regulating your body’s stress and cortisol levels, an infrared sauna (Health Mate in particular) is an extremely wise investment.

Infrared Sauna Wood: Which Is Best?

Wood is the second most important factor to consider when choosing an infrared sauna, after heaters. Not only do wood appearances differ, but each has different properties that make it a better or worse choice for in-home saunas 

When looking at sauna woods, important factors to consider include: 

  • Durability 
  • Water resistance  
  • Bacterial resistance 
  • Toxicity/allergens 
  • Odor 
  • Heat Conduction
  • Sustainability/Eco-Friendly 

Below are some of the most popular sauna woods and their pros and cons. 

red cedar planks

Western Red Cedar 

Cedar has long been the standard for infrared sauna wood. Not only does it have a pleasant scent and attractive red color, but it is naturally mold and insect resistant.  

It is a low-density softwood, meaning that while it insulates heat it also doesn’t absorb too much of the heat or become overly hot to the touch. That can be an issue for higher-density hardwoods. 

However, that low density comes with a price: Cedar is actually easy to dent and scratch. While cedar saunas typically last a long time, they can get dinged fairly easily. Protecting your sauna is key, especially if it’s kept outside or used in a gym.  

Cedar is also a known allergen, so the smell of cedar can be irritating to those with certain sensitivities.

Additionally, Western Red Cedar is difficult to grow and harvest sustainably and safely, which gives it a much higher price tag than other woods. Recently, it’s become less available and difficult to procure. 

basswood tree

Basswood 

Basswood is the basic, no-frills choice for infrared sauna woods. It’s inexpensive, relatively durable, and has the advantage of being hypoallergenic (if properly prepared and treated). It has a neutral, pale brown color that blends well with light-colored furnishings and decor. 

As a hypoallergenic wood, it has no distinctive scent, which can be positive or negative depending on what you find desirable in a sauna.  

One downside to basswood is its longevity. It is not as water or bacteria-resistant as other woods. This means that as an infrared sauna wood, it may have a limited lifespan.

american poplar

Poplar 

Poplar is another hypoallergenic alternative wood for saunas. This pale yellow color wood has an even grain that’s free of knots.  

Unlike basswood, which needs to be treated to be hypoallergenic, poplar has no natural phenols, making it a “natural” hypoallergenic choice. And like basswood, it has no scent. 

Poplar and basswood surfaces get much hotter in saunas than softwoods like cedar and hemlock. However, since infrared saunas run at lower temperatures than traditional saunas, it’s less of an issue.

Despite being abundant, poplar is a surprisingly expensive sauna wood, sometimes more so than cedar. And unlike cedar, it has limited natural defenses against rot and bugs.  

Hemlock 

Hemlock is similar to cedar in that it has a distinct scent and is a softwood. It’s also one of the cheapest sauna woods available, far less expensive than cedar. And again, softwoods are more comfortable to the touch since the surface doesn’t get as hot as hardwoods.

Hemlock also produces a pleasant odor. While it isn’t hypoallergenic, many people find the woody scent enjoyable during their sauna experience.  

However, hemlock deteriorates very easily. It should not be used outdoors, and like cedar, it’s susceptible to dents and scratches but has none of the rot resistance.  

Pine 

Pine is the most easily sourced, least expensive sauna wood. It’s a knotty, pale wood that is commonly used in all sorts of construction because it’s affordable and easy to work with.  

Like cedar and hemlock, pine is notable for its scent, which is usually more noticeable as it heats up. Depending on a person’s preference, that can be positive or negative.  

Unfortunately, pine does not hold up well to the elements. In addition, heat fluctuations inherent in infrared saunas can lead to a shorter lifespan of a pine wood unit.  

eucalyptus branches

Eucalyptus 

Eucalyptus is one of the few kinds of wood used for saunas, aside from cedar, that boasts natural insect and rot resistance. It’s a durable and long-lasting hardwood: in fact, it’s often used as an alternative to teak for outdoor furniture.  

Eucalyptus can have great variations in color and grain. It sometimes changes color as it ages. It’s considered sustainable and eco-friendly because it grows quickly in a variety of environments without needing lots of space.  

Though eucalyptus is a popular scent, eucalyptus wood saunas have no noticeable scent, which is good for people sensitive to smell. Also, since it has phenols that repel insects and bacteria, it can contain potential allergens.  

While eucalyptus stands up well to high heat and moisture, it can be susceptible to extreme cold if left unprotected. If using your sauna outside, it’s a good idea to seal and protect the wood. 

Ultimately, there are pros and cons to each wood option for infrared saunas. When selecting your sauna, think about your personal needs and preferences, as well as how you’ll be using and storing it.

Besides the wood, it’s also important to consider heating, warranty, value, and size when considering a sauna.  Get in touch with our Health Mate sauna specialists to learn more. 

How To Care For Your Infrared Sauna

Congratulations! You’ve invested in your health with an infrared sauna. This is a purchase that can last you over a decade when you shop with Health Mate, especially if you make the effort to keep it in good condition. Here are our tips for keeping your in-home, wooden infrared sauna in great working order:

  1. Shower before using your sauna

    pexels karolina grabowska The easiest way to keep your sauna clean is to clean yourself before using it. When you avoid bringing in dirt, dust, and oils in the first place, you can stay one step ahead in maintenance.

  2. Lightly Clean Your Sauna After Each Use

    its easy for backrests, benches, and surfaces you touch to get damagedAfter every session, simply wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth. Make sure to hit the areas you touch like the control panel, the door handle, and the seating. Don’t forget the backrest if you use one.

  3. Dust The Interior and Exterior

    Dust can easily collect in places where you can’t see—like the top of the unit or in crevices. Take some time while cleaning the rest of your home to dust the inside of your sauna. If you have an Inspire model, don’t forget to check around the recessed lighting.

    inspire f Try to dust the top, sides, and back of your unit once a month. This will help keep the electrics in good working order too.

  4. Watch Your Heater

    If your sauna has carbon flat panels, like the Renew series, these can be dusted to maintain the fabric. Our Tecoloy Heaters are designed to provide maximum heat at maximum efficiency. Because of this, their shape is a little harder to clean. Compressed air can be used to clean dust and dirt out of the heater casing.

  5. Keep the floor clean

    You’re likely using the sauna barefoot. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the floor is clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor once every few sessions. It can also be cleaned with a damp cloth like the rest of the unit. It’s not recommended to use shoes in your sauna, as they can scuff the wood and track in more dirt.

  6. Use a towel to protect your sauna

    Putting a towel down before sitting in your sauna will help keep perspiration off the wood surfaces, reducing the risk of staining. If you have a bench cushion, putting a towel down can help increase the longevity of the cushion.

  7. Care for the wood

    health mate infrared sauna wood close upDon’t use any treatments on the interior of your sauna. However, if you’d like the sauna exterior to look shiny and new, you can use wood polish or oil (NOT paint or varnish) to keep the wood healthy. This is especially helpful if your unit is exposed to a lot of sunlight via window or glass door. It will also help protect the wood from warping or buckling over time.

  8. Sweat stains? Sand them out

    Sanding down the stained area removes it from your saunaIf your sauna gets stained from sweat or some other substance, you can lightly sand them away. Be sure to use a high grit sandpaper and work in a small inconspicuous are first. A wood oil can be used after you’re done revitalize the wood. Make sure not to use toxic substances on your sauna’s interior, since heat can release oils and substances in the wood.

  9. Keep Your Sauna Dry

    Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and stains. Try to leave the door open while it cools down so that the humidity can escape. Then close the door to keep excess moisture and dust out. Luckily infrared saunas use dry heat, so you there isn’t a lot of moisture, but sweat is a concern and if you live somewhere humid the air can shorten the lifespan of your sauna’s wood.

  10. Stay away from the rays!

    infrared sauna for saleUV light can bleach and damage wood. Avoid placing your sauna in a spot where it gets a lot of direct light during the day. This can eventually lead to buckling and warping in addition to bleached spots on the wood. If prolonged sun exposure is unavoidable, try rotating or moving your sauna every 6 months.

Now you’re prepared to take care of your sauna for years to come while it takes care of you. Read up on the benefits of infrared sauna or checkout our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

What Is A Low EMF Sauna?

Infrared saunas have become a popular staple in the wellness industry. Many people are enjoying them in their own homes! Choosing the right one can take a little research–sometimes a lot. You might be wondering about something called ‘EMFs’, or electromagnetic fields. But what exactly is a low EMF sauna and what is considered safe?

An Introduction to EMFs  

Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) surround us. Radios, power lines, Wi-Fi routers, cellphones, televisions, microwaves–all electronics output at least a small amount of EMF. It’s natural to wonder what exactly they are, what they do, and if there are harmful effects.

There are two main types of EMF:   

  1. High-Frequency EMF: These include x-rays and gamma radiation and they emit ionizing radiation. These have the potential to damage cells and DNA. UV rays also fall into this category. That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen when you go outside.   
  1. Low to Mid Frequency EMF: These EMFs are commonly produced by electronic devices. They also include infrared and visible light. Yes, visible light is a form of EMF! Fortunately, low and mid-frequency EMFs are not known to cause any damage to cells or DNA. 
The electro magnetic spectrum showing low and high frequency EMF
Image Source: National Cancer Institute

Are EMFs Dangerous? 

Researchers have spent decades learning the potential health impacts of EMFs. We know High-Frequency EMFs are dangerous and that other forms of ionizing radiation can cause health issues. Is it possible for low and mid-frequency EMFs to cause problems, too?  

Luckily, according to the World Health Organization, major studies have found there’s no link between low-frequency EMFs and adverse health effects. The CDC, World Health Organization, National Cancer Institute, NIH, and numerous other medical authorities agree that low to mid-frequency EMFs (or non-ionizing radiation) are considered safe and pose no known health risks.   

Conclusive long-term studies are limited and still ongoing. Increased exposure to low-frequency EMFs with the advent of the internet and personal tech understandably leaves some consumers nervous. But having an infrared sauna at home should not be a health concern. In fact, it’s a health benefit. 

EMFs and Saunas 

There is a misconception that traditional saunas don’t use infrared radiation to create heat. In fact, all heat sources emit infrared radiation which is why thermal cameras measure infrared light/radiation. However, most are not considered to be dangerous.  

Thermal camera image showing infrared radiation from hands

Traditional saunas and infrared saunas deliver radiation differently. A traditional sauna uses a heat source to warm the air, which warms your skin (and the blood flowing through it) to create the sauna experience.  

An infrared sauna emits infrared radiation directly and penetrates your skin and muscles, warming you from the inside out. This means the air doesn’t get as hot (making it safer for people with cardiovascular issues). Plus, the health benefits of sauna are delivered more directly.   

What about low EMF saunas?  

As discussed above, people want to enjoy the benefits of an infrared sauna without exposing themselves to EMFs unnecessarily. Health Mate designs and manufactures its own saunas, and customer safety is a priority with all our models. Each one features low EMF exclusively.  

In fact, we have a unique heater that outlasts most carbon heaters. Even better, our patented Tecoloy Heaters penetrate 40% deeper than the carbon heaters used by other brands. These heaters reach high temperatures faster and are low EMF certified. They’re also more energy-efficient—the major advantage they have over carbon heaters. Plus, they are positioned to emit heat a complete 360 degrees, surrounding your entire body.  

Tecoloy Heater versus Carbon Heater

Additionally, our Inspire series has bridged the gap between smart saunas and low EMF technology. Most smart saunas rely on Bluetooth to connect a phone to the sauna’s controls, which increases the EMFs in and around the sauna. Our smart saunas use an app that connects via Wi-Fi. This means there is no increase in the number of EMFs being generated to operate your in-home sauna.   

Does an Infrared Sauna Kill Viruses?

Staying healthy and maintaining a strong immune system is crucial in the current health climate and for the foreseeable future. But it’s not just about COVID-19 issues. We experience an onslaught of exposure to bacteria and viruses every single day. What’s important is how we prepare our bodies to fight off viruses and build our defenses. Some of the common methods include using hand sanitizer, washing hands regularly, taking vitamins, getting enough sleep, and having a proper diet. Using a sauna as a wellness tool can also help, but does an infrared sauna kill viruses?

To answer that question, we need to look at what an infrared sauna is and how it affects the body, including the immune system. 

Let’s dive in.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit light of varying wavelengths within the infrared light section of the electromagnetic spectrum. This light penetrates the skin as heat and is able to, depending on which wavelength is being absorbed, have an effect on the internal systems of the body. There are 3 types of wavelengths: Near, mid, and far-infrared.

Near-infrared, with wavelengths from 0.76 to 1.5 microns, is the shortest wavelength in the infrared light spectrum. Some of the benefits include wound healing, improved skin, increased collagen production, and muscle recovery. Some saunas feature chromotherapy lighting, a type of near-infrared, which uses colors at varying wavelengths in order to produce additional benefits. 

Mid-infrared, with wavelengths from 1.5 to 5.6 microns, penetrates deeper than near-infrared, but not as deep as far-infrared. Benefits include improved circulation, joint pain relief, and weight loss.

Far-infrared, with wavelengths from 5.6 all the way to 1000 microns, has the deepest level of penetration within the infrared light spectrum. Some of these benefits include strengthening the cardiovascular system, boosting immunity, eliminating toxins, and lowering blood pressure. Sunlight is considered far-infrared light and is helpful in boosting our vitamin D levels. 

The combination of all three of these types of infrared light within our infrared saunas, including chromotherapy lighting, is the best recipe for a healthy immune system and so much more. 

The Role Of Infrared Sauna In Killing Viruses

The main topic of this article is addressing the question of – does an infrared sauna kill viruses?

A blue boxing glove punching a virus.

We’ve learned that far-infrared light helps boost immunity, detoxify, and provides other cellular health benefits. Does that mean that viruses, including SAR-CoV-2, are killed along the way?

An article from Marc Cohen, MD from the Extreme Wellness Institute in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, explores whether or not heat can be a therapeutic intervention for COVID-19. In it, it says:

“Enveloped viruses such as SAR-CoV-2 are sensitive to heat and are destroyed by temperatures tolerable to humans.”

It also indicates, “Heat is a widely accessible therapeutic modality with a long history of traditional use, yet it remains to be seen if heat can be effective in the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.” So, we can’t say for sure if infrared saunas (heat therapy) can be directly responsible for eliminating COVID-19. 

However, infrared saunas ARE excellent for helping reduce inflammation and expanding blood vessels to transport blood more efficiently. Additionally, infrared can increase white blood cell production to help combat viruses and promote cell regeneration.

So yes, an infrared sauna kills viruses indirectly as it aids in other processes that ultimately work to build immunity and keep the body healthy.

What Have We Learned?

The sheer number of benefits gained from regular use is reason enough to make an investment in an infrared sauna. With more people staying home or avoiding crowded gyms and spas, having a personal sauna at your disposal is extremely convenient and more hygienic. At the same time, you can increase your immunity and ward off viruses and other bacteria.

If you’re looking to boost your immunity and stay healthy, consider Health Mate. We’re the leading manufacturer of infrared saunas for the home for over 40 years. Our infrared saunas are made with 100% natural, whole wood that is naturally anti-bacterial and sustainably sourced. For more information on our line of infrared saunas for sale, contact us today so we can help with your wellness journey.

The Difference Between Red Light & Infrared Light Therapy

Light therapy is an umbrella term that’s been batted around for a while, not always clearly defined. You’ve probably heard of it due to its booming popularity either from watching videos, word of mouth, or from advertisements for a variety of holistic and wellness products that have flooded the market. Under that umbrella fall various kinds of light therapy, including red light and infrared light therapy. In general, light therapy is ususally a type of healing modality.

Infrared saunas are one of those modalities. And before you buy one, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what to look for and what type of therapy each provides. First, let’s define what the terms mean and what each type of light provides.

What Is Light Therapy?

Light therapy, also called bright light therapy or phototherapy, is a natural healing method for certain conditions and issues within the human body. One type of light therapy is sun exposure or something that mimics that light, like a sun lamp. The second type is more controlled and comes from a fabricated heat source. This includes light panels, light wands, and more.

Much like plants that use the sun’s energy for photosynthesis, humans use the energy of sunlight, or similar types of light to create energy and use it as a sort of ‘healing fuel’. When skin is exposed to certain light it kickstarts chemical interactions within the body and causes positive changes including boosting circulation, healing wounds, and changing our overall mood.

Even though we can’t see what’s happening, there are many internal interactions occurring that are working hard to help heal and repair. Lack of sunlight in particular can cause a host of cognitive issues, cancers, and bone development issues to name a few.

So, let’s compare and contrast red light therapy and infrared light therapy.

Red Light Therapy vs Infrared Light Therapy

Red light therapy, often referred to as low-power laser therapy (LPLT), photobiomodulation (PBM), or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can be explained, according to Cleveland Medical Clinic asa treatment that uses low wavelength red light to improve your skin’s appearance, such as reducing wrinklesscars, redness and acne. It’s also used to treat other medical conditions.” When it comes to red light therapy, one of the questions that people ask most is whether tanning booths are considered red light. Rest assured, it is not the same. Tanning booths emit UV rays that could damage the skin and the cells, while red light does not.

Medical professionals frequently offer red light therapy as a more homeopathic, less invasive, skin treatment at certain clinics. However, there are many products you can purchase that are easy and safe to use at home. Red light therapy is also referred to as near-infrared light. If your sauna comes with chromotherapy, you can benefit from red light, or near-infrared, in addition to mid- and far-infrared.

Infrared light waves, unlike red light, are invisible to the naked eye, but you can feel it. Infrared light therapy’s most natural source is the sun. However, you can gain the benefits of infrared  without risking sunburn or damage from UV rays. Health Mate saunas feature low-emf, nonharmful infrared.

Infrared light therapy is especially helpful if you experience acute or chronic pain, muscle issues and circulation problems. Because it penetrates deep below the skin layers, it provides a greater range of healing from the inside. The penetration ultimately increases blood flow, which helps to repair injuries or bodily trauma.

Let’s learn more about the benefits.

What Are The Main Benefits Of Each?

Although there is some overlap on what kinds of conditions and issues these two kinds of therapies treat, the differences are there, and depending on what your specific needs are, you can choose accordingly. If you’re unsure about what kind is best for you, consult a medical professional.

According to this graphic, we can see the differences of how red light therapy vs infrared sauna light affects the body, and how deep they go inside subcutaneously.

Infrared light levels
Image credit: It’s Now You

Both red light therapy and infrared light therapy offer their fair share of health aids. While studies and clinical research are ongoing, evidence suggests the following benefits.

Red light benefits:

  • Decrease wrinkles
  • Help heal scars and wounds
  • Increase melatonin production
  • Enhance eye health
  • Reduce anxiety
  • And much more

Infrared light benefits:

The great news? Health Mate offers saunas that provide both red light and infrared, through its full-spectrum saunas. These offer the benefit of red light or chromotherapy via LED panels along with high-quality, lasting heaters that provide a dual-wave mid- and far-infrared.

But, what about safety?

Are There Risks Or Side Effects?

As with any type of procedure or treatment, complications can occur with overexposure or misuse. This applies to both red and infrared light therapy, even with regular use. Ultimately, you should always follow any medical or product guidelines to ensure you are exposing yourself within proper timelines, at safe temperatures, and are not prone to any particular medical reactions based on your existing health condition.

Since studies and findings are still being reported, we are continually updating any supportive claims and negative outcomes in order to ensure the safety of our customers and potential customers.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, light therapy is a safe, effective way to improve your health. If you make sure to follow the advice of your medical practitioner, health professional, or product guidelines, you should reap the many benefits it can provide.

Check out our large selection of saunas and take the next step to improve your health with infrared sauna therapy. Health Mate has been the industry leader in manufacturing award-winning saunas for over 40 years. Contact us today for information regarding our saunas, quotes, and how to order.

How a Sauna Helps with Weight Loss

Saunas have been shown to help detoxify your body from harmful toxins and improve your cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as helping heal muscles and chronic pain.

 

 But is a sauna good for weight loss?

 

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of a sauna compares to the same cardiovascular effect of running. Infrared heat therapy helps raise your core body temperature as your body absorbs the infrared heat, which then boosts your cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems creating a fat based sweat to help your body detox and yes, help lose some weight. 

 

Of course, having a healthy diet and regular exercise are imperative to a weight loss journey. There aren’t any shortcuts there, so make sure a healthy diet and exercise routine are part of the plan. 

 

But if you’re looking for wellness that goes deeper and also helps with the process of weight loss, an infrared sauna can provide a wealth of health benefits. 

 

We’ll dive into how a sauna helps in losing weight as well as all the tips and tricks in using your infrared sauna to help optimize your overall health. 

Does a Sauna Help You Lose Weight?

 

According to research, dry saunas have been proven to help lower weight in overweight people with a large body mass index. 

 

The way you lose weight with a sauna, happens in these different ways: 

 

  • Sweating Probably the most obvious way to most of us, sweating is one of the way’s our body loses weight. Water weight that is. When it comes to water weight, it can (and should) easily come back when you rehydrate. 
  • Detoxification Your immune system is constantly going up against an arsenal of toxins such as pesticides, toxic metals, PCBs in plastics, environmental pollution, and even GMOs (genetically modified organisms). These toxins can also inhibit your metabolism according to Physical Therapy Doctor and Functional Medicine Specialist, Tim Jackson. When you detox by using a sauna, those toxins can be reduced and allow your body to burn fat more easily. 
  • Burning Calories We often think of burning calories in the form of sweat, but it’s more complex than that. Infrared heat raises your body’s temperature which then raises your metabolic rate, as much as by 20% according to Jackson, which allows you to keep burning calories a few hours later after spending time in your sauna. 
  • Lowering Stress. That’s right, infrared heat helps your body lower it’s cortisol level, which is a hormone that has been proven to cause weight gain. So don’t forget to add a mediation session to your routine sauna time so you can get those stress levels down even more. 

 

 

How to Use a Sauna to Lose Weight

 

There are important and safe ways to use your infrared sauna in order to really maximize on the health benefits, including weight loss. 

 

A sauna routine is unique to everyone – but there are some core guidelines you can follow to shape and create your sauna routine. 

 

  • Hydration – Always make sure your are well hydrated before and after a sauna session.
  • How often to use a sauna – While an infrared sauna is safe to use every day, start off with 1-3 times per week. Maximize this time by having the session after a workout (that you have cooled down from). 
  • How long to stay in a sauna – It’s recommended to keep your sauna sessions 15-20 min long. You can also adjust the temperature based on your comfort level. 
  • Cool down – Allow your body to cool off after your sauna session. 

 

Tips for Safely Using Your Infrared Sauna for Weight Loss

 

Using your infrared sauna for weight loss should be done with safety and health in mind. 

 

Here are some tips to using your infrared sauna safely:

  • Avoid alcohol before using a sauna
  • Don’t stay in a sauna longer than recommended 
  • Use a temperature your body is comfortable with
  • Start off with shorter sauna sessions and you can gradually increase the time 
  • Don’t use the sauna pre-workout as it could increase your chances of injury or dehydration
  • Stay hydrated! Look out for signs of dehydration and make sure you are replenishing your electrolytes 
  • Avoid using the sauna when you are ill 

Weight loss, like any health goal, is truly about keeping in mind the long term. Eating healthy and exercising become a way of life and a mindset rather than just a phase for those who really experience a positive weight loss journey. 

 

Make the most out of your weight loss journey and increase your body’s health from the inside out in a holistic and natural way using an infrared sauna to help detoxify, heal chronic pain, improve muscles, burn calories, and improve your body’s internal systems. While many good things may take some hard work and  time, it’s always worth it in the end.