Lower Blood Pressure and Detoxify in Far-Infrared Saunas

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

It's my hope that more people will start recognizing the benefits of far-infrared saunas now that Oprah's health consultant, Dr. Mehmet Oz, featured one on her program a couple weeks ago. As a holistic health practitioner, I've been promoting the health benefits of these types of saunas since 2003.

As Dr. Oz correctly explained, these saunas emit far-infrared rays, the same kind that come from the sun, but without the UV radiation. These rays penetrate your body's tissues without heating the space around you, unlike conventional wood and steam saunas. This makes the far-infrared sauna slightly cooler than Swedish-style saunas and lowers the risk that you may burn your eyes or lungs while using them.

The penetrating infrared rays have a number of health benefits. To start, they increase blood circulation, which helps speed up your metabolism. Now, on Oprah's show, Dr. Oz claimed that a 15-minute session in a far-infrared sauna could help you burn up to 700 calories. While it's true that a sauna will help you burn a few hundred calories, that number seems overly optimistic to me. Still, infrared saunas are good therapy for anyone who needs to lose weight but has limited ability to exercise.

What I like even more about these saunas is that they are one of the best natural ways to lower blood pressure. Research has shown that sauna therapy reduces systolic blood pressure because the heat dilates blood vessels and reduces the volume of the inner lining of the vessels, thus promoting healthy blood pressure. And, as you know, anything you can do to keep your blood pressure in the healthy range reduces your chance of heart attack and stroke.

Far-infrared saunas are also ideal for sweating out toxins that may cause damage to the cardiovascular system and increase your heart risk factors. Your lungs, colon, liver, kidneys, and skin are the primary organs that help rid your body of toxins. A sauna supports the skin, especially, by opening your pores and allowing toxic metabolites to escape. When our body temperature rises and we begin to perspire, the pesticides, petrochemicals, and other toxins that are stored in our subcutaneous fat rise to the surface to be excreted through the skin. Sweating out these toxins is an excellent way to cleanse the body and improve your heart health.

I hope you'll give the infrared sauna a try.   For more information on lowering your blood pressure, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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