Are infrared saunas bad for you?
If you love a trip to the sauna, you’re probably wondering whether infrared saunas live up to the hype. Luckily for you, we’ve researched the science behind infrared sauna therapy, so you can judge the benefits for yourself.
Let’s dive in!
Do Infrared Saunas Give Skin A Healthy Glow?
Although no scientific studies prove it, the theory definitely stands. The idea being, infrared saunas help open up blood vessels, consequently giving your skin a rosy glow.
The light reflects off skin slightly differently when your blood vessels widen, causing your skin to look both luminous and healthy.
Do Infrared Saunas Help Burn Calories?
A study conducted by SpringerPlus found that sitting in an infrared sauna doesn’t improve either our oxygen uptake or heart rate. Therefore, infrared sauna therapy doesn’t have much of an impact on our ability to burn calories.
If you notice a difference in your size, there’s a good chance you’ve just lost water weight from sweating in the sauna. The majority of this is quickly put back on by re-hydrating.
Mood Booster And Muscle Relaxer
Again, no scientific studies support this claim. However, if you enjoy sitting in a sauna, and find it a pleasant experience, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a boost in mood.
The same small study in SpringerPlus observed the effects of sitting in an infrared sauna on athletes who had just completed endurance training.
The results show that sitting in an infrared sauna on a low heat admist light humidity helped the athletes relax, causing their muscles to recover quicker.
Ultimately, the benefits are mostly tangential to the infrared sauna itself, but there doesn’t seem to be any harm in it.
So, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you go for a session and see whether you feel the benefits.