A sauna is known to have several health benefits, especially on the skin.
Saunas use heat and or steam to raise body temperature, triggering sweat that expels toxins from the body and increases blood flow, all of which work to rejuvenate the skin, leaving the body feeling refreshed.
But that’s just what you can expect from a regular sauna. Infrared saunas work a bit differently.
Infrared saunas use infrared light to warm your body while the air around you remains the same. These saunas deliver generated heat right through your body, much unlike regular saunas. Infrared saunas are also affordable, and you can even install one in your home.
That said, to maximize the benefits from your infrared sauna session, here are five tips you should consider:
1. Drink a Lot of Water
Just like a regular sauna, you will lose a lot of water through sweating. But as much as sweating is essential in helping the body release toxins, too much of it can cause adverse effects on your body and even counter the effects. Therefore, make sure you take lots of water before your infrared sauna session.
2. Take a Shower Before
Showering helps to remove dirt from your body and opens up the pores of your skin which allows you to sweat freely. Moreover, showering before getting into a sauna prevents you from releasing a bad odor in the sauna room, especially if you are taking the sauna after a workout session.
3. Avoid Taking Alcohol
Before getting into the sauna, your body needs to be as hydrated as possible. But as you might expect, alcohol consumption causes dehydration.
Alcohol can cause you to lose more water from your body than is necessary. This can only leave you with a very uncomfortable sauna experience overall. Therefore, it is strongly advised that people avoid alcohol at least 24 hours before the infrared sauna session.
4. Take At Least One Hour After Eating
Naturally, you will want your body to focus on detoxing during your infrared sauna session. But when you enter the infrared sauna on a full stomach, your body will focus on digesting rather than releasing toxins from your body.
5. Go Naked or Wear Loose Fitting Clothes
Wearing clothes in an infrared sauna session may interfere with the ability of the infrared light to penetrate your body for maximum health benefits. Clothes can also prevent evaporation which causes cooling for your body. However, if you are uncomfortable going naked, wear loose-fitting clothes, preferably made of cotton.
Winding It Up
Studies have shown that infrared saunas have health benefits such as detoxification, lowering blood pressure, loss of weight, and improved lung health.
As long as you practice infrared sauna safety, you are bound to achieve the maximum health benefits. For instance, people with high blood pressure and heart diseases should seek advice from their doctors before getting into a sauna. This is because the pulse rate increases which may cause an increase or decrease in blood pressure.