Blood Pressure Therapy with Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas benefit blood pressure health and are validated by clinical research showing a decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Both are key factors in keeping the heart healthy.
In the United States alone, 1 in 3 adults will suffer from heart disease, stroke, or some other form of cardiovascular disease in their lifetime. High blood pressure raises the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and a serious stroke.
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Only Sunlighten saunas have been clinically proven to provide one of the best natural ways to reduce blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by Kansas City University of Missouri, Sunlighten's Solocarbon far infrared heaters were shown to lower blood pressure when used 3 times a week through a 30-minute infrared sauna session program. The study concluded that Sunlighten infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and decreased the size of their inner lining, thus raising circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.¹ In addition, a Japanese study published in The Journal of Cardiology, October 2008, investigated the medical efficacy and safety of infrared blood pressure therapy compared to standard therapy. The report concluded that far-infrared sauna therapy in patients with chronic heart failure is both safe and effective in improving clinical symptoms and heart function as well as decreasing heart volume. For patients with high blood pressure, hypertension and high cholesterol, repeated infrared sauna treatments improved damaged blood vessel functions. This indicates a preventive role for arteriosclerosis use in infrared sauna. ²
Infrared Sauna Lowering Blood Pressure Tips
When using an infrared sauna to lower blood pressure, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of each session. While everyone using far infrared sauna is different, we've developed a helpful guide.
Tip 1: Hydrate
Make sure your water intake increases on the day you intend to use an infrared sauna. While the far infrared sauna detoxification isn’t harsh, you still sweat–some far more than others. The sweat created in a far-reaching infrared sauna is 80–85% water, so it's important that you drink plenty of water to rehydrate before, during, and after your sauna detox session.
Tip 2: Time Limits
While infrared saunas are not harsh experiences like traditional saunas, starting with short sessions is best until your body has adjusted. Start at a couple of minutes, then work slowly towards longer sessions. Ideally, 30 minutes is where you want to work up to.
Tip 3: Replace Mineral Loss
No matter what your sauna session entails, you will be sweating. There are a few minerals in this sweat that your body needs to be its healthiest. The need to increase the mineral intake with supplements comes with regular use of infrared saunas. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist to ensure adequate supplement type and dosage.
Becky Edwards, M.D., Heather Kort D.O, Faculty Staff Advisor: Dr. John Foxworth, PharmD. A Study of the Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy – Conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2005.
Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.
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