In-home Sauna Uses Far Infrared Radiant Heat for Better Health and Weight Loss

September 28, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Buena Park , CA – Comparisons between far infrared saunas to steam and conventional heat saunas have shown that the far infrared heat used in Health Mate saunas offers better health and weight loss benefits.

“Conventional or steam saunas heat the air, and then that hot air heats the person’s body. An infrared Health Mate sauna heats the body directly. This allows deep heat with a more pleasant temperature in the surrounding air, thus providing greater health benefits and greater comfort,” explained Tracy Lopez of PLH Products, manufacturer of Health Mate saunas.

Infrared is the band of light that humans cannot see with the naked eye, but can feel it in the form of heat. The sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared segment of the spectrum. Infrared rays heat the human body without having to heat the air in-between, through a process called conversion, according to Lopez.

Steam and other conventional heat saunas need high air temperatures to pull impurities from the body, but far infrared saunas are more effective using lower and more comfortable temperatures.

“Because infrared rays penetrate the body over 1 1/2 inches in the conversion process, there is a deep-heating effect in the muscle tissues and internal organs without giving too much burden to our heart. Our body reacts to the increased heating through the natural cooling process of perspiring,” said Lopez.

The body eliminates many forms of waste through perspiration, such as acid and toxins, sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and the potentially carcinogenic heavy metals including zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, and others. The skin also sheds old skin cells, leaving it glowing and immaculately clean, with improved tone, elasticity, texture and color, according to information on the company’s web site at

A person will sweat two to three times as much in a far infrared sauna as compared to a conventional heat sauna, according to the site. In one sauna session a moderately conditioned person can easily sweat the equivalent of running six to eight miles. While this weight loss can be regained by re-hydration with water, the calories expended can not, making this a valuable form of weight loss and weight control.

The deep penetrating infrared heat also stimulates the heart to send more blood to the cells of the body, which increases blood circulation, bringing relief to pain and other symptoms.

In Japan , there is an "infrared society" composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated to further infrared research. Their findings support the health benefits of infrared therapy as a method of healing.

About Health Mate Saunas:
Health Mate saunas have been manufactured and sold in the United States by PLH Products since 1979. Company headquarters are in Buena Park, CA with offices around the world and over 300 distributors in the United States.

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