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EMFs and Infrared Saunas: Understanding the Science Behind Sauna Health

Saunas are an ideal place to rejuvenate and relax. They provide many health benefits that will aid in the immediate and long term health goals of its user. If you are a sauna enthusiast, chances are you are a health and wellness-minded individual. You care about your body and invest in ways to improve your overall health. Whether you are a fan of the traditional sauna experience and enjoying a good steam, or are interested in infrared heating panels and the benefits they offer, you want to ensure you are doing what is best for you and your body. To find confidence in this, it is important to conduct the necessary research and to educate yourself on the variety of sauna options. With hybrid models, you get the luxury of being able to choose between both types of saunas to reap all the benefits that traditional and infrared saunas have to offer!

What Are EMF’s:

EMFs, also known as electromagnetic fields, are a common topic sauna enthusiasts research when looking into infrared and hybrid sauna models. EMF is the energy that is created when electricity and magnetism is combined, and can be found all around us in our everyday lives due to both natural and man-made sources. For example, you come into contact with EMF by simply standing outside in the sunlight, making a phone call, blow drying your hair, listening to music on a bluetooth device, vacuuming your house, and so many more ways. 

It is important to note that EMFs can be categorized as either ionizing or non-ionizing. When concern is raised regarding EMFs, it is commonly due to our knowledge of the harmful radiation that can come from sources in the ionizing category, such as x-rays and UV rays from sunlight. EMFs in the ionizing category have higher frequency radiation, which can hold the potential to cause cellular and DNA damage to the average human. 

The EMFs in the non-ionizing category are far less harmful to humans. These EMFs have lower frequencies, which are generally perceived as being harmless to humans due to their lack of potency. These low frequency non-ionizing EMFs radiate from devices such as your computer, cellphone, TV, and other similar devices. We expose ourselves to these EMFs for hours on a daily basis. 

Infrared EMF’s: 

How do EMFs relate to infrared saunas? The infrared heating panels use infrared light to create heat. Although we cannot see infrared light, we can feel it in the form of heat as it warms us at a cellular level. This can easily be compared to the type of heat you feel standing in a ray of sunlight. The surrounding environment may not necessarily be hot, but you are still able to feel the warmth. We can also find infrared heating elsewhere, such as infant incubators used in hospital care units.

When developing our infrared saunas, we were careful to ensure they have low EMF to provide the many benefits of an infrared sauna without causing the harmful effects of high EMF. Given the two categories of ionizing and non ionizing previously mentioned, which are relatively extreme from one another, you may be asking yourself where an infrared sauna finds itself on the EMF spectrum. It may surprise you to find that your cell phone puts you into contact with a higher frequency EMF than an infrared sauna ever will. 

Our Low EMF carbon heater panels range between an average of 5mG-10mG at about two inches from the heater panel, our Ultra Low EMF carbon heater panels range between4 3mG-5mG, and our Near Zero EMF/Full Spectrum models range at less than 3mG (NIR heaters range at about 5mG-7mG at the same approximate 2 inches). To make this information a bit more relatable, we have provided a chart below to show a variety of common household EMF sources and their mG ratings.

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Benefits of Infrared Saunas: 

Unlike a traditional sauna that heats the room as a whole, an infrared sauna directly penetrates into the body’s tissue to produce perspiration. An infrared sauna user is able to achieve the same heat therapy benefits as a traditional sauna, but at lower, more tolerable temperatures. This results in easier breathing and less of a burden on the heart.

There are many benefits to reap from using an infrared sauna. As part of the natural cooling process, the body will begin to perspire as it is introduced to the heat of the sauna. Through the perspiration process, acid and waste residue like toxins, sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol, and the potentially carcinogenic heavy metals are removed from the cells (especially zinc, lead, nickel, cadmium, etc.). The pores of our skin open and discharge waste products shedding any old skin cells leaving the skin glowing and clean, with improved tone, elasticity, texture, and color. 

Infrared sauna users may also experience health benefits such as reduced stress, relaxed muscles, pain relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis, increased blood circulation, cardiovascular conditioning, cleared rashes and acne, reduced cellulite, enhanced skin tone, among many other benefits. 

With this newfound knowledge and information, you are now well-equipped to make an educated decision on which sauna type is right for you. You now have a thorough understanding of what EMFs are, how they relate to infrared saunas, and the many benefits you can receive from using an infrared sauna. 

Here at Almost Heaven Saunas, we have an excellent selection of both infrared and hybrid saunas! Our expert sales staff is eager to help you to find the perfect model for you and your home. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out by email at sales@almostheaven.com or by phone at 888.355.3050.