Before you ask if infrared heaters are bad for your health, the answer is no. Infrared heat is entirely different from X-radiation, microwaves, or UV rays. Since infrared heat emits the same type of heat the sun does, people think it is just as harmful as UV rays. In fact, the sun emits 3 different types of rays. Sunlight, UV-rays, and infrared rays. Infrared rays are responsible for the heat we feel, which is what we feel when we use infrared panels, just without the harmful effects of UV-rays.
The main benefits of infrared heaters.
- Infrared rays heat up bodies, objects and walls directly
- The air won’t be heated which means the humidity level will remain the same
- Infrared panels don’t create air and dust circulation
The health benefits of infrared heaters
Infrared heaters heat up the body directly, causing a rise in core temperature. This is the same effect as the heat from the sun, it penetrates the deep layers of the dermis and through that, it heats up our bodies causing us to sweat. Sweating is good for us; it is the body’s safe and natural way to stay healthy. The buildup of toxic substances can lead to common illnesses and ridding the body of these through detoxification may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health. The increased body temperature also has the benefits of white blood cell and T-cell production to ward off viruses.
2. Pain relief
As infrared heaters work by heating up our bodies directly, you can stay in an infrared sauna much longer as the air around does not reach blistering temperatures. By heating up our skin, our blood vessels expand, and the blood circulation and metabolism is being stimulated. The blood circulation will allow your muscles to relax and blood will be able to reach painful areas, flushing away any acidic wastes that can cause pain, inflammation and stiffness. This can have a positive effect on rheumatics and arthritis and can even alleviate muscle soreness from exercise.
3. Heart and blood pressure health
As infrared saunas work to increase blood flow around the body, it in turn can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure over time. Studies have found that repeated use of infrared saunas improved symptoms of cardiovascular function. The infrared light has a direct impact on the dilation of blood cells, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
4. Younger skin
A study in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after 12 weeks of infrared sauna therapy. The near infrared waves are effective for healing the epidermis and dermis layer of the skin. It also stimulates collagen production, reducing wrinkles and improving overall skin tone. Far infrared waves target deeper down. Removing toxins that can have a negative impact on your skin.
5. Immune system boost
The deep heating from an infrared heater induces an artificial fever as the core temperature in your body rises. This causes the body to react in a similar way to if you had a fever. The increase in strengthened immune response enhances your immune system and this, combined with the elimination of toxins and wastes increases your overall health and resistance to disease.