by Dr. Will Cole
I recently received my own infrared sauna from Sunlighten. The SoloSystem is amazing because it allows me to enjoy the benefits of an infrared sauna in my home without having to commit to an entire sauna room.
Infrared saunas are one of my favorite therapeutic tools that can dramatically affect your health for the better. It’s something I recommend to my patients at my functional medicine clinic who are looking for next-level ways to boost their healing and something that I use on a regular basis to stay on top of my wellness game.
Now, don’t get these confused with your traditional sauna. Infrared saunas are different because they use infrared light to penetrate your body’s skin barrier in order to raise your core temperature whereas a regular sauna has to heat the air before it can actually heat you. Because of this an infrared sauna gets less hot overall allowing you to spend more time inside enjoying the benefits.
Since your body is so interconnected focusing on healing a few key things can make a dramatic difference in how you feel. Infrared saunas are able to target these key factors that contribute to even the most severe health problems. Here’s why no matter what you are looking for in your health journey an infrared sauna is more than worth enjoying:
Next to your gut health one of the biggest battles your body has to fight to maintain optimal health is against chronic inflammation. Out of control inflammation is linked to everything from heart disease, autoimmune conditions, hormonal problems, and more. Infrared saunas help to alleviate this inflammation throughout the entire body.
We are constantly bombarded with chemicals on a daily basis and our DNA has not caught up to properly handle the implications these can have on our body which can leave us battling autoimmune conditions and other chronic health problems. Sweating is your body’s natural way of clearing out toxins so by promoting sweating with your sauna session you are helping flush these out. In addition, you are aiding in opening up your body’s detoxification pathways that can be hindered by inflammation which helps your body to regularly detox on its own.
3. Chronic Pain
Studies have shown that infrared saunas are able to reduce pain even for those suffering from severe conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Infrared wavelengths are able to promote circulation which helps combat stiff joints and achy muscles. Perfect solution for those with chronic pain or even athletes who expose themselves to muscle inflammation after each workout.
4. Reduces Stress
You can be the poster child of clean eating but if you are feeding yourself a giant slice of stress every day you aren’t doing your body any favors. Research shows that long term stress increases rates of depression, can trigger autoimmune conditions, and affect your “second brain” the gut leading to digestive problems. Relaxing in an infrared sauna gives you a chance to recharge and promote reduced stress.
5. Boost Immunity
White blood cells are the driving force behind your immune system and are responsible for protecting your body against disease. Infrared sauna sessions stimulate white blood cells which boost your immune system.
As you can see, just by focusing on proper detox, immune function, and reducing inflammation you can help relieve symptoms of chronic conditions and prevent new ones from developing by keeping your body functioning properly.
When looking for an infrared sauna you want to make sure you are using one that can provide you with the deepest healing capabilities. The great thing about Sunlighten is that they are the one and only infrared sauna system that has all three infrared wavelenghts; near, mid, and far. Near doesn’t go as deep and can help on the surface level by helping fight against aging and heal wounds. Mid goes a little bit deeper into the body to really help reduce any chronic pain, and far goes the deepest to draw out all of those toxins.
What I love about my personal sauna is that while their other systems have all three wavelengths in one, the SoloSystem focuses on just the far infrared wavelengths so every single time I use it I am confident I am getting the deepest healing possible.