Saunas have been around for hundreds of years throughout all sorts of different civilizations, and are coming back in a powerful way in the health and wellness space.
The benefit of using a sauna truly depends on the TYPE of sauna you’re hopping into. There’s wood burning saunas, smoke saunas, electric, steam, and infrared.
The most common type of sauna most people have been in are steam saunas- these are heated by putting water over hot stones or a heater of some sort and the steam from the stones creates a hot and humid environment perfect for sweating out toxins. These types of saunas get up to 195-200+ degrees fahrenheit and are meant to induce large amounts of sweat.
Though all saunas have a detoxification benefit of some kind (since sweating and heating the internal body temperature to mimic a fever is a great way to detox) there’s a type of sauna that is more beneficial than the others when it comes to cellular detoxification, and that is an Infrared Sauna.
Infrared Saunas use infrared light to penetrate deep into the body’s tissues and essentially heat the body from the inside out. By doing this, your internal body temperature is more easily effected and the detoxification benefits are greater than other sauna types.
According to Sunlighten, “Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep-tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.” BUT not all Infrared saunas are created equally.
Stu and I had been in the market for a sauna for a while, looking at different brands and not imagining we’d get one so soon. But, last year I had the pleasure of partnering up with Sunlighten Saunas after they reached out to me and we ended up with our very own M-Pulse 3-in-1 infrared sauna! I had been in their saunas multiple times in spas and gyms, so to think of having our own was a literal dream come true. They were already on the top of our list!
So why did we ultimately choose Sunlighten over other brands?
All saunas get hot which makes the body sweat, but it is not necessarily a detoxifying sweat. Sunlighten’s patented far infrared technology offers the highest dose of infrared energy into the body – proven to 95-99% effective. This significantly quickens the detoxification process by raising the body’s core temperature and heating the tissues several inches deep causing cells to vibrate. It is the only sauna clinically shown to raise core body temperature by 2 to 3 degrees vs. simply heating the air around the body.
Research shows that specific parts of the infrared spectrum are effective at producing different health benefits. We have the Sunlighten 3-in-1 infrared sauna that has three separate heating elements that emit near, mid and far infrared at peak wavelengths. This is unique because it allows you to personalize each session to your needs. The 3-in-1 Wellness Programs include detoxification, anti-aging, pain relief, cardio, weight loss, relaxation or custom programs.
To breakdown the different types of infrared and their benefits:
- Near Infrared: penetrates the skin and outer cells of the body. Mid infrared is great for skin health, anti-aging, collagen production, etc.
- Mid Infrared: penetrates the muscles and tissues of the skin. Great for muscle recovery, injury recovery, and overall support.
- Far Infrared: The deepest penetrating infrared light, gets into the deepest parts of the body and helps to detox the body on a cellular level.
If you have any questions about sauna’s, you can leave a comment below or check out the FAQ page on Sunlighten’s website at sunlighten.com. Tell them I sent you to receive a discount!