The Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
by Jenna Greenfield MD
The proven far infrared sauna benefits are amazing! Here at High Tech Health, we pride ourselves on thoroughly researching and understanding the science behind everything we say and do. Every claim we make on these pages is backed by a scientific reference. We invite you to read about the many far infrared sauna benefits below, with links to the studies that have proven them.
We feel it is important to note that these are proven far infrared sauna benefits. There has never been a peer-reviewed study done on the use of near infrared in a sauna. Many other companies have added near infrared to their saunas, and are making claims that there is no evidence for. Read about the evidence for the harmful effects of near infrared.
It is also important to buy a low EMF sauna. This means a sauna with both magnetic field and electric field mitigation. There are two components to EMF: magnetic fields and electric fields. Read our page "What is EMF?" If a sauna company does not mention the electric field component on their website or EMF report, it is likely because they have very high electric fields. EMFs have been shown to have many risks that take away from the far infrared sauna benefits. Read about the importance of a low EMF infrared sauna, and about High Tech Health's patented triple-antifield heaters here, and see our third party EMF report.
We are all exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Many toxins are found in virtually 100% of blood and/or fat samples in the population. These toxins cause cellular and DNA damage, damage to the nervous system and brain, increase your risk of dementia, disrupt the endocrine system, and cause altered metabolism and obesity. Toxins have been proven to be excreted in the sweat, even when levels are undetectable in the blood, proving that our body uses sweat to actively rid itself of these toxins. Read more about the far infrared sauna benefits of detoxification here.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in high income countries including the United States. Virtually all adults have some degree of heart disease. Cardiovascular far infrared sauna benefits are dramatic and proven in dozens of studies. Far infrared sauna therapy lowers blood pressure, has been shown to reverse the signs of heart disease, and significantly decreases your risk of death from all cardiovascular causes! Read more about the cardiovascular far infrared sauna benefits here.
Far infrared sauna benefits include improved fitness! Far infrared saunas have been shown to increase exercise tolerance, speed muscle recovery, and promote muscle growth. They also increase metabolism and rid the body of toxins that promote obesity, promoting weight loss. They have been shown to increase the results of exercise, so that when a far infrared sauna after workout is used in conjunction exercise, you will see better results faster! Read more about the fitness benefits of infrared sauna therapy. Also see our blog post on infrared saunas for weight loss for more evidence on how heat leads to fat loss and increased metabolism!
Decreased Pain and Inflammation
Far infrared sauna benefits include decreased pain and inflammation. Nearly every disease is either caused by, or worsened by, inflammation. The anti-inflammatory benefits of far infrared sauna therapy can improve the symptoms of virtually every chronic disease. Specifically, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, and fibromyalgia have been shown to be significantly improved with far infrared sauna use. Read more about the far infrared sauna benefits of decreased pain and inflammation.
The leading causes of mortality in high income countries are heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer (4). These are diseases of aging, all resulting from the accumulation of damage to our proteins, cells, and tissues over time due to oxidative stress. Far infrared sauna therapy has been shown to not only reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia, but has been shown at the cellular level to reduce oxidative damage, and in some cases completely restore cell viability in damaged cells (5-7). Read about the far infrared benefits of promoting logevity.
Cognitive and Mental Health Benefits
The far infrared sauna benefits of brain cell health and mental health are numerous. Not only have far infrared saunas been shown to improve mood and symptoms of depression and anxiety, but they have been shown to drastically reduce the risk of dementia and neurodegenerative disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder, and is seen in 33% of people over the age of 85 (1). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Alzheimer’s disease is now the third leading cause of mortality in high income countries including the United States (2). A large long term study found that the frequency of sauna use is inversely related to the risk of developing dementia, and showed as much as a 66% decrease in dementia risk with frequent sauna use (3)! Read more about the far infrared sauna benefits on cognitive and mental health here.
Immune System Benefits and Resistance to Infection
Heat therapy, and sauna use, has been shown to boost the immune system and increase our resistance to infections. Regular sauna users have an up to 44% reduced risk of pneumonia! Read our blog post for more on how far infrared saunas boost the immune system.
Far infrared sauna benefits include suppressed skin aging, improved water-holding capacity, improved circulation, and faster healing. Click on the below links to go directly to the published studies.
Improved Allergy Symptoms
Lowered Risk of Complications from Diabetes
Far infrared sauna therapy has many benefits and positive effects in diabetes, including decreased inflammation, improved cardiovascular health, and circulation, three areas which are affected most by diabetes. Far infrared has been shown to protect blood vessels from damage by high sugar levels, as well as promote new blood vessel growth.
Far infrared sauna therapy has been shown to increase the body’s natural antioxidants, protecting us against oxidative damage, which is the main cause of disease and aging.