It Benefits Those with Muscle Soreness
In the Radiant Health Saunas®, the deep heat helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief to muscles and soft tissues. Radiant heat is a form of energy that heats objects directly, without heating the air in between. This is also called “infrared heat” (never to be confused with ultra-violet light). Infrared heaters are used by hospitals to warm premature infants. Safety first.
Far infrared therapy in Japan has been effective for supporting muscular-skeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated in the infrared saunas.
Toxic Load & Detoxification
A cocktail of harmful toxic chemicals was detected in every individual tested in a cross Canada study of pollution in people conducted by Environment Defense. 1
The groundbreaking report, Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution in Canadians, reveals that toxic chemicals, such as DDT, PCB’S, pesticides, stain repellants, flame retardants, mercury, and lead are contaminating Canadians. Many of the chemicals discovered in the bodies of Canadians are associated with cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive disorders, respiratory illnesses, and harming the development of children. 1
The report is the first in Canada to test for a broad range of chemicals in average Canadians from across the country, and it demonstrates that toxic chemicals contaminate people no matter where they live, how old they are, or what they do for a living.
60 of the 88 chemicals tested for were in fact detected, including 18 heavy metals, 5 PBDE’S, 14 PCB’S, 1 perfluorinated chemical, 10 organochlorine pesticides, 5 organophosphate metabolites, and 7 VOC’S.
41 are suspected cancer causing substances.
53 are chemicals that can cause reproductive disorders and harm the development of children.
27 are chemicals that can disrupt the hormone system.
21 are chemicals associated with respiratory illnesses.
An additional Study on the Toxic Load in North Americans
A study in 2004 in the United States spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. 2
The study states: “Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 can cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.” 2
The amount of industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants has increased exponentially since 2004.
In many cases when someone is dealing with a chronic health problem it is often a toxicity issue. A number of Doctors now believe that the “toxic load” of these patients is very high and their detoxification pathways are often compromised. When one is able to reduce the toxins in these patients, their symptoms often greatly improve. Sweating in the infrared sauna takes the detoxifying load off your liver and kidneys by the direct elimination of toxins through the skin. Infrared saunas are effective in removing both Lipophillic (fat-stored) toxins and toxins in the bloodstream.
A number of people are also suffering unknowingly from mercury poisoning or from other heavy metals, such as lead and aluminum. The infrared sauna has been invaluable in accelerating the removal of these toxic metals.
As the body increases sweat production to cool itself, the heart works harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, improving cardiovascular fitness.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), August 7, 1981:
“A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 gms in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal (the equivalent of running 2-3 miles). While the weight of the water loss can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be”
Since an infrared sauna helps generate two to three times the sweat produced in a conventional sauna, the implications for increased caloric consumption are quite impressive. NASA concluded infrared “passive exercise” is the ideal way to keep astronauts fit during space flight.
Athletes are using the infrared sauna to warm their muscles before and after working out, to help with injuries and also to support relaxation. Following a work out or sporting activity, the infrared sauna helps with muscle tension as well as eliminates lactic acid and other metabolic waste products. Increased blood circulation delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen depleted muscles so they can recover faster. Many athletes find stretching in the sauna effective for increasing their range of motion.
The profuse sweating achieved by infrared sauna therapy carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean and it helps support the integrity of the skin. Skin tone and elasticity are improved. Infrared sauna therapy has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, and also reduces the appearance of scarring.
It is crucial to our company, to make sure that our saunas are completely non toxic. The heaters and all the materials used inside our saunas have been independently tested showing they are completely non toxic. (measuring zero VOC’S – volatile organic compounds).