Infrared Sauna: Advantages & Disadvantages 😰

Infrared saunas have many benefits to offer, and as it is true of all consumer products, there are some disadvantages too. The best part is, the former far outstrips the latter. 

Here, we will discuss in detail both the pros and cons of an infrared sauna.

We assure you that by the time you finish this article, you will have satisfactory answers to the most important of the frequently asked questions about the sauna. 

  • Are infrared saunas bad for you?  
  • What are the benefits of an infrared sauna?  
  • Do you really burn calories in an infrared sauna?  

So without further ado, let’s get straight to the next section. 

sweating woman inside an infrared sauna

What Are The Benefits Of Using An Infrared Sauna?

The benefits of an infrared sauna can be best explained in comparison to the traditional saunas.

Both of them heat the body, but their mode of operation is different. 

Infrared saunas, as the name suggests, have infrared rays as the prime heating source; whereas, traditional saunas have wood-burning, electricity, and gas.

1. Operates At Lower Temperature: Efficient, Safe, & Economical

As the infrared rays can directly heat the body to stimulate sweating, there is no point in heating the surroundings first as in traditional saunas.

Therefore, it operates at a considerably lower temperature (120-140 Degrees Fahrenheit) than traditional saunas (200 Degrees Fahrenheit). This makes for three key benefits.

a. Wait Less, Heat More

With an infrared sauna, you won’t have to wait for ages to enjoy a crisp heating session.

All it takes is 5-10 minutes to do so. Plus, the heat is intense and so is the sweating. 

b. A Safe Environment

A traditional sauna heats the air and operates on high temperature which may lead to breathing issues despite having air circulation vents installed.

Infrared saunas does not heat the air. It heats just the body therefore provides a comparatively safer environment.

c. Low Operational Cost

Infrared saunas and electric traditional saunas might have the same operational cost, but when compared to wood-burning and gas saunas, they are very economical.

As mentioned earlier, infrared saunas directly and deeply heat the skin tissues, and in general heats the body inside out, so the operational cost is comparatively low. 

Furthermore, the maintenance is easy and doesn’t add much to the bills. 

2. Sweat Out More Toxins

When it comes to detoxification, the results of traditional saunas don’t even come close to half of what we can achieve with infrared saunas.

The toxin removal in a traditional sauna is about 3-5%, whereas, in an infrared sauna, it ranges between 20-30%. 

3. Offers Therapeutic Benefits

Research on the health benefits of infrared saunas is in its early stage. Therefore, we cannot say anything conclusively about therapeutic benefits with regards to cancer and brain diseases.

However, there is enough evidence to believe that infrared saunas can heal sore muscles, improve blood circulation, and speed up the recovery of injuries

4. Weight Loss

Infrared saunas helps burn calories. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, celebrity doctor and physician, we can burn off anywhere between 200-600 calories in a half-hour infrared sauna session

naked man against a sauna glass with smoke inside

What Are The Dangers of Using An Infrared Sauna?

Infrared heat can greatly benefit you but there are many risks as well. Those are:

1. Exposure To High EMF Level

Exposure to high EMF levels can lead to a host of problems like dizziness, irritability, loss of appetite, restlessness, and anxiety, nausea, etc. 

All premium companies ensure that the EMF level in infrared saunas keep below a certain level. But there’s always a chance of faulty equipment or lax quality control by some manufacturers. 

2. Complication For Some Users

Intense and unusually long Infrared saunas can cause overheating, and dehydration.

Also, for users with pregnancy, heart diseases, or those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an infrared sauna is highly unsuitable and potentially dangerous. To learn more, check out this article on Infrared Sauna Dangers.

That said, all disadvantages of infrared sauna can be overcome, if you are meticulous in your choice of saunas.

There are many infrared saunas to choose from. It’s easy to end up making a wrong choice. So we have complied a list of the best portable infrared saunas to help you make the right choice.

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