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How Infrared Saunas Improve Our Immune System

As we age, we’re often hyper-focused on maintaining or improving our health. A key element to that is boosting our immunity. Having a strong immune system helps prevent illness and infections, reduces fatigue, and alleviates digestion issues.

How we go about boosting our immune system can vary. Some people opt for exercise, which is a great immunity booster, while others focus on diet, nutrition, sleep, and staying hydrated. In fact, all of these should be incorporated into one’s daily routine in order to live optimally.

There is one additional method that can help our bodies thrive and it’s noninvasive, low-impact, calorie-free, and downright relaxing! This method is infrared sauna therapy.

What Type Of Infrared Therapy Builds Immunity?

Saunas can emit varying wavelengths of infrared heat. Infrared wavelengths produce an energy invisible to the naked eye, but we can feel it on our bodies as heat. Infrared is made up of near, mid, and far-infrared wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Near-infrared is short infrared wavelengths that penetrate the superficial layer of the skin and help with mitochondria stimulation, wound healing, and reducing inflammation.

This also happens to be the best level of infrared to help with immunity. Near-infrared sauna heat, including red light therapy, promotes the healing of the skin, blood, and cells.

Mid-infrared penetrates slightly deeper into muscles. It provides joint and muscle pain relief and boosts the metabolism, among other benefits.

Far-infrared represents the longest wavelengths in the light spectrum. This kind of light penetrates the skin and body at the deepest cellular level. Some of the benefits of far infrared include improved circulation, muscle relaxation, cardio health, and weight loss.

Health Mate saunas utilize near, mid, and far-infrared in our full spectrum saunas as a way to provide a safe and healthy way to heal from the inside. Every Health Mate sauna model features low EMF heaters — some of the safest in the world.

Our bodies are made of layers of different types of tissue. Near-Infrared radiation, including red light therapy, is beneficial for healing and improved immunity.

Going In-Depth Into Enhanced Immunity

Having a strong immune system is the overall goal, but there are various influences that help build it up to ward off illness.

Infrared sauna sessions provide layers of benefits that all contribute to improved immune function. It’s not just a good sweat!

 A Fever Pitch

The heat from the infrared light heats up your body, initially penetrating the outer layers of skin to increases your temperature, causing a fever of sorts. This works much like when you have a virus, signaling your immune system to fend off imposing pathogens and creates an undesirable environment for germs to thrive. A sauna session of 20-30 minutes can activate this process for beneficial results.

Stress Relief

Stress is one of the biggest contributors of an unhealthy body and mind. Deeper infrared wavelengths relax the body, reducing stress. It can also help reduce cortisol, a hormone that must be regulated and kept in check. Too high cortisol levels cause an increase in blood pressure and other symptoms. Lowered cortisol helps maintain your stress and anxiety.

Improved Sleep

Sleep deprivation can directly weaken your immune system. Taking part in sauna sessions works beyond relaxation to even out your circadian rhythm, which your body depends on for proper sleep.

Additionally, s study from the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, states that improved sleep from sauna use has resulted in a positive psychological impact. The study states:

The psychological impact of sauna bathing may be due to a combination of factors that include [the] release of endorphins and other opioid-like peptides such as dynorphins, forced mindfulness, psychological stress reduction, relaxation, improved sleep, time out from busy life schedules, placebo effects, and other aspects of individual psychological and social interactions that likely occur around frequent sauna activity.

The Bottom Line On Immunity

If you’re looking to improve your immunity and health, a full spectrum infrared sauna that incorporates near-, mid-, and far-infrared from Health Mate is a great solution.

Health Mate infrared saunas stand above the competition in terms of safety and quality. Our patented Tecoloy heaters stand above the industry, delivering a full 360 degrees of heat with as much as 40% deeper penetration than carbon heaters, all with the fastest heating time on the market.

Check out our infrared saunas and contact us if you have any questions.