Sauna Health Benefits You Can Enjoy in Your Home
Infrared sauna health benefits include stress relief, supporting heart health, shedding body fat, healthy detoxing, boosting immunity, natural pain relief, longevity, and more.
Heat therapy has been used to relax, detoxify, and prevent medical issues by many cultures since ancient times.
Some examples include:
- Roman baths
- Native American sweat lodges
- Scandinavian saunas
- Russian banyas, and
- Japanese hot water tubs
In Finland, saunas are a way of life. Some say the sauna is a poor man's pharmacy.
With an infrared sauna from Influence Sauna, you can enjoy the health benefits of saunas in the convenience of your home for an affordable price.
A Home Sauna Is the Ultimate Stress Reliever
Getting in your sauna can help you feel peaceful and relaxed and reduce stress.
(High stress levels cause cortisol production, which results in belly fat. So if you want to avoid or get rid of abdominal fat, having a sauna in your home could help your efforts.)
Saunas also encourage a parasympathetic state for your body—which supports focus and rest.
Heat = Healing
When you regularly raise your core body temperature by a degree or two, you create hormesis, mild stress that is good for your body.
When this happens, your natural healing mechanisms are optimized.
Short-term intense stress makes you stronger and more adaptive.
Immune cells are stimulated. And bacteria, fungus, cancer, viruses, and yeasts are burned out.
7 Top Sauna Health Benefits
A daily sweat is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and to detoxify.
Infrared saunas penetrate deeper into your body, leading to more sweat—and the release of more toxins.
Can you enhance your weight loss efforts by sitting in a sauna? Signs point to yes.
You can burn up to 600 calories in one 30-minute sauna session, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1
Saunas heat your core body temperature, increasing your blood flow and heart rate (much like exercise)—which has been shown to help you lose weight.
Research conducted by Binghamton University found that, on average, participants who spent a 45-minute session in an infrared sauna 3 times a week lost 4% body fat in 16 weeks.2
The heat from an infrared sauna increases your body's production of white blood cells—your immune system's first line of defense when infection strikes.
As mentioned above, infrared heaters raise your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever.
Fever is the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, so it can take the appropriate action against infectious agents, including viruses and bacteria.
The rise in body temperature also makes the body a less favorable host to viruses and bacteria, which are temperature sensitive. In studies, heat has been shown to destroy harmful germs and bacteria.3
A 1% increase in body temperature results in a 40% increase in immunity, according to Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, MD, PhD.4
Additionally, the heat shock proteins that are produced during infrared sauna use (when the sauna gets to therapeutic temperatures, as do Influence Saunas) have also been found to improve the immune system.5
And check out this Austrian study published in the Annals of Medicine: it showed that those who regularly used saunas had 30% less chance of getting a cold or the flu than those who didn't use saunas.6
In a study of 2,315 Finnish men, those who used the sauna 4 to 7 times per week had a 40% reduction in mortality from all causes.7
Another thing: the heat causes activity in the FOXO3 gene, which is a master regulator gene—and is linked to longevity. 8,9
"FOXO3 affects the immune function, DNA repair, alleviating pain, and STEM CELL activation!8,9,10,11
This is one wellness tool that does SO much for you, all in one.”
—Tami Meraglia, MD, best-selling author of The Hormone Secret
In today’s world, your immune system is always up against an abundance of toxins—pesticides, toxic metals, environmental pollution, GMOs, and more. It’s impossible to avoid ALL toxins.
But you can help your body get rid of them.
Sweat is one of the major elimination channels for toxins. Many doctors recommend saunas for supporting your body's natural detoxification systems.
Higher sauna temperatures, like Influence Saunas give you, produce more heat shock proteins, which help detoxify your body at the cellular level.
Toxicologists have shown that sweating is a major method of excreting pesticides12 and toxic metals,13 including cadmium, lead, and aluminum.
Studies have also shown that saunas can help rid the body of Bisphenol A (BPA).14 Additionally, sauna therapy has proven to be useful for people with mold exposure and mycotoxins.15
Our Spectrum heaters penetrate deep, close to 3", detoxing into your muscle and fat, allowing your body to flush out more fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, and other harmful substances.
Pain & Inflammation
Many sauna users report that their muscles and pain felt better, even after one sauna session.
A study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Institute of Medical Research showed that near-infrared heat therapy helped 2 key factors in easing pain—alleviating inflammation and reducing swelling.16
And, notably, a Japanese study showed that chronic pain patients experienced a nearly 70% reduction in pain after the first session of infrared sauna therapy.17
Our Spectrum Plus heaters were designed and placed to offer the most healing benefits possible, penetrating deep into your muscles for relief.
Using a sauna regularly can improve the look and texture of your skin.
Far infrared wavelengths have been shown to impact two essential ingredients to healthy skin—increasing the production of collagen (making the skin more supple) and elastic (making it more flexible).18
Far infrared wavelengths also improve the delivery of nutrients to the skin by increasing blood flow.
Saunas may be able to help:
- Purify skin
- Reduce wrinkles
- Improve stretch marks and cellulite
- Treat and prevent acne and blackheads
One of the most profound and proven sauna health benefits is for cardiovascular health.
In 1981, the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that regular sauna use “may be as effective as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning calories as regular exercise.”19
In addition, a large, prospective study conducted in Finland showed saunas to be beneficial for preventing cardiovascular deaths.
In the study, compared to men who never use the sauna, frequent sauna users (4-7 times per week) were 50% less likely to die from cardiovascular-related causes.20
Every Influence Sauna is made with your health in mind.
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20. Setor K. K., et al. (2018). Sauna bathing reduces the risk of stroke in Finnish men and women. Neurology. May 2018, 90 (22) e1937-e1944; https://n.neurology.org/content/90/22/e1937