In one study performed by American researchers, the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 96% water while the sweat of those using and infrared sauna was 83% water with the non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum), sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. This usually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise.
Increases cardiac output, heart rate and metabolism.
Burns fat and cholesterol without exercise or dieting.
Burns up to 300 calories in a 30 minute session.
Studies have shown that infrared sauna assists in the reduction of inflammation and soreness through direct action on the free nerve endings.
Sauna sessions are effective means of mitigating stress. Not managing stress in widely believed to be more dangerous than smoking or high cholesterol. A 20-year study by the University of London found that unmanaged reactions to stress were a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
Studies have shown that infrared sauna reduces cellulite, acne and fine wrinkles in women after consistent use over time.
In her book Pain Free in 6 Weeks (p.166), Sherry Rogers M.D. refers to far infrared saunas as “the Superior Sauna” and addresses the question, “What is the best way to get rid of toxin chemicals including pesticides, heavy metals and hydrocarbon residues?” The answer: “The far infrared sauna.”
In her newest book, Detoxify or Die, Dr. Rogers cites the benefits of the Far Infrared Sauna (pages 191-205). Here are a few notable quotes from the book:
Let’s face it: high-tech pollution requires high-tech solutions.
I’m convinced that the far infrared sauna is something everyone should should do to restore health.
How can we bring aging and illness to a screeching halt? …Sweat out the poisons is the answer…
A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury. But studies now confirm that diet and environmental chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we have learned that stored or un-detoxified chemicals can mimic any disease. ‘Incurable’ chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household necessity.
Dr. Sherry Rogers is board certified by the American Board of Environmental Medicine, the American Board of Family Practice and is a Fellow of both the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and of the American College of Nutrition.
A leading authority in environmental medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Rogers has published over a dozen books plus scientific papers, textbook chapters and a newsletter. She has a private practice in Syracuse, New York where she sees patients from all over the world. She has taught over 100 physician courses in 6 countries and is a frequent radio and television guest.