Some of our favorite people, folks like Bob Greene, Jorge Cruise, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight as part of overall wellness. For many of us, that means we should probably lose a few (or more than a few) pounds. And if you’re looking to lose weight, Sunlighten can help. In a recent study, our infrared saunas were shown to promote weight loss by burning calories while you relax in total comfort.
Weight loss is a key to health and wellness for many. Our ultimate goal at Sunlighten is to support the health and wellness efforts of our customers – and we think that regular infrared sauna use can be a key component to creating a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss and heart health (two benefits which often go hand-in-hand) are two major benefits of infrared heat therapy.
A 10-year study published by The New England Journal of Medicine found that waist circumference by itself is a critical factor in assessing the risk of premature death. In other words, if you can maintain a healthy weight, you may increase your likelihood of a longer, healthier life.
When it comes to burning calories with infrared heat, only Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to dramatically aid in weight loss. Results from a 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten saunas are beneficial for lowering weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period. And for those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, results were even more profound. (1)
Another study showed that 30-minute infrared sauna weight loss sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. During a sauna weight loss session, your core temperature increases and the body works hard to cool itself. While using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. Blood flow is reported to rise from a normal 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. (2)
Regular use of a Sunlighten sauna may be an effective means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, akin to regular exercise. So owning and using a Sunlighten sauna for infrared weight loss therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – whenever you need it!
Studies have shown that both far- and mid-infrared heat waves are effective in weight loss efforts. Our new full spectrum mPulse infrared saunas offer both far- and mid-infrared settings. We’ve even pre-programmed the mPulse with a weight loss setting, custom blending the infrared output for the most effective use. But you can go even further and adjust the settings to the best custom output for you – on a session -by-session basis.
For workout aficionados and athletes, infrared sauna can be used to minimize injury downtime and expedite recovery after competition. Many sports medicine pros believe that the regular use of a Sunlighten far infrared sauna is essential in promoting muscle recovery, reducing tension and eliminating performance inhibiting toxic burdens from the body.
Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acids, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression).
To learn more about infrared saunas and weight loss or to talk with a representative about the mPulse infrared sauna, please contact us via our Sunlighten.com website or by phone at 877-292-0020.
(1) Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Measurable Health Benefits? A Sequential Longitudinal Interrupted Time Series Design Study. 2009. Dr. Richard Beever BSc, MD, CCFP. Do Far-Infrared Saunas have Cardiovascular Benefits in People with Type 2 Diabetes? Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2010; 34 (2) :113 – 118.
(2) Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.