Regular use of an infrared sauna is good for your heart! In the U.S. alone, one in three adults suffers from heart disease, stroke, or some other form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, or serious stroke. Our infrared saunas are backed by clinical research that regular use shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in maintaining a healthy heart.
Infrared Saunas Are Shown to Stabilize Blood Pressure
Our infrared saunas have been clinically determined to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. A 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City concluded that a program of 30 minute infrared sauna sessions three times per week lowered blood pressure. The study also concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.
A study published in The Journal of Cardiology examined the clinical effectiveness and safety of infrared sauna as compared to standard therapies for patients with chronic heart failure. The report concluded that infrared sauna therapy is both safe and effective at improving clinical symptoms and cardiac function, as well as decreasing cardiac size in chronic heart failure patients. Repeated infrared sauna treatments improved impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventive role for infrared sauna use for arteriosclerosis.
Tips to Lowering Blood Pressure in an Infrared Sauna
When using an infrared sauna to lower blood pressure, there are a few tips and tricks to make the most of each session. While every body is different, we have created a helpful guide to using infrared sauna for blood pressure management.
Step 1: Hydrate
Make sure you increase your water intake each day you plan to use infrared sauna. While infrared sauna isn’t harsh, you are still sweating. The sweat produced in an infrared sauna is 80% to 85% water. It is important that you drink plenty of water to rehydrate before, during, and after your sauna session.
Step 2: Set Time Limits
Infrared saunas are not harsh experiences like traditional saunas. However, it’s best to begin with short sessions until your body has time to adjust to the heat. Start with a 15 to 20 minute session, then slowly work up to longer sessions. The optimal time to work towards is our standard 40 minute session.
Step 3: Find the Right Setting
We have the option to adjust the type and intensity of infrared heat in your sauna session. Our standard session uses a blend of near, mid, and far infrared that produces the right amount of high intensity to get your heart rate up and lower intensity to sustain that rate.
Step 4: Supplement Mineral Loss
You are working up a healthy sweat in an infrared sauna. Within this sweat are some minerals your body needs to be its healthiest. You may need to supplement your mineral intake with frequent use of infrared saunas. Speak with your doctor or nutritionist to ensure the proper type and dosage of supplements.