Infrared Saunas in the Summer: Hazard or Healthy Living?
Voluntarily sitting in a 34-degree Infrared Sauna while it is already hot outside? Why in the world would any sane person do that?
Saunas are a no-brainer in those cold and dry winter months. But as it starts to get warmer, you would want to jump into the nearest pool rather than sweating it out in an infrared sauna. As a matter of fact, many people believe that saunas aren't supposed to be used in summer at all.
The normal tendency is to associate saunas with cold climate. However, in Scandinavian, where saunas are a way of life, people almost always have a home sauna that they use when it is cold, they also have one at their summerhouse. So, the nation, where saunas were reportedly invented and who tops the sauna-loving nations use the saunas all year round. Why? The reason is obvious - because they know that saunas are equally beneficial in summer.
The benefits of using far infrared sauna do not stop or diminish during warmer months. They still help you burn calories, relax your muscles, lose weight and improve your cardiovascular health and respiratory system.
Help your Body Acclimatize to the Higher Temperatures
If you find it difficult to adjust to the summer heat, the idea of getting into a sauna will seem crazy. However, there are plenty of studies suggesting that using a sauna in hot weather can help your body acclimatize to the higher temperatures. If you spend 15-20 minutes in an infrared sauna at 90-95 degrees and cool down in a pool or shower, then the 30-35 degree temperature outside will not be as unbearable.
This was the very tactic used by the Italian football team In the year 2014 before they left for Brazil to participate in the World Cup.
During the summer months, we all know that our bodies sweat a lot; however, they sweat a lot more in a sauna. Sweating in the sauna helps the body and skin get rid of toxins. This becomes all the more important during summer months when we tend to eat more sugary foods including ice creams and carbonated soft drinks and cover our skin with sunscreen all the time.
Many undertake gruelling exercise regimes during summers. Far Infrared Sauna heat can help soothe joint pain and aching muscles and help you wind down after a workout.
Despite all the positive aspects of using saunas during summer, doctors do ask to practice caution. In order to reap maximum benefit from infrared sauna during warmer months, a few simple rules need to be observed.
One very important precaution as given by experts is not to overdo it when it is already hot outside. On average, a session should last no more than 10-20 minutes. There should be an interval of at least 20-25 minutes between two sauna sessions otherwise you risk losing too much fluid. One very important precaution as given by experts is not to overdo it when it is already hot outside. On average, a session should last no more than 10-20 minutes. There should be an interval of at least 20-25 minutes between two sauna sessions otherwise you risk losing too much fluid.
Since the body loses too much fluid due to sweating, it is important that you keep yourself well-hydrated. You should be drinking enough water all through the day, but make sure you drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before, during and after the session. Coconut water makes an excellent natural drink to replenish electrolytes lost through sweating.
Shower - the Right Time
We all know how important it is to take a hot shower before starting with an infrared sauna session. It is just not for hygiene reasons but it also prepares your skin for the session by opening the pores. However, not many know what experts have to say about showering right after your sauna session. As tempting as it can be, experts advise refraining from heading straight for a cold shower after a sauna session. The body should be first allowed to take on the needed oxygen and adjust to the fresh air. After cooling off, one is advised to take a warm footbath. Doing so helps the body to discharge the excess warmth.
Don't allow the heat to deter you from indulging in that relaxing session of an infrared sauna. People who take a break from their regular sauna usage, report feeling less invigorated, fresh, and healthy than when they do use their saunas regularly. Come shine or rain, winter or summer, an infrared sauna is always beneficialâ€“ all year round.