10 TIPS FOR SAUNA SELECTION

Now that you’ve decided to enhance your overall health and wellness with an infrared sauna, how do you decide which one to purchase? Although the sauna selection process may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 helpful tips to ensure you make a sound investment when selecting an infrared sauna.

1: Decide on DIY or Kit

You can choose to build your own custom sauna or you can select from a variety of sauna kits that come with everything you need and install in about an hour.

Ask yourself: ‘How handy am I?’ If your idea of being handy is changing the occasional lightbulb, set your sights on an easy-to-assemble package ready to be put together this weekend. Now, if you’re the jack-of-all-trades, get-it-done-myself type, prove your worth and DIY it from the ground up!

2: Select the Appropriate Sauna Size

Will it just be you or will others be enjoying the sauna as well? Some infrared saunas only accommodate one person at a time. These models may work well if you are looking for a private sanctuary, but can be limiting if used in a family or group setting. A variety of different size FIR saunas are available to ensure you can find a model during your sauna selection to accommodate your individual needs.

3: Choose the Location

Measure the location where the sauna will be placed. What are the dimensions of the allotted space and is there an adequate electrical outlet nearby?

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Although infrared saunas have far fewer space and electrical requirements than a steam room, there are a few things to think about before deciding on a location and a model. Factors like ease of access, impact on existing location utility, and the view from inside are important to keep in mind.

4: Find the Right Sauna Wood

Infrared saunas can be composed of various types of wood. Durable wood choices like spruce or cedar are premium sauna selections and should be preferred over materials such as plywood. Cedar, in particular is highly resistant to splitting and shrinking. During the sauna selection process this is something to consider for sweating and detoxifying.

5: Understand the Heating System – Ceramic vs. Carbon vs. Both

Ceramic heaters represent the original infrared sauna heater and have been around for many years. They can get much hotter than a carbon heater and have a longer warm up time to reach their optimal temperature. They are also challenged when providing an even room temperature and often create hot or cold areas.  The surface area of these heaters can get quite hot and produce a relatively short infrared wavelength so will not offer as much benefit as a carbon based heater.

Carbon heaters are thin, light, and provide an even and safe surface temperature and they can last up to 50 years! One of the most distinctive features of a carbon heater is its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the sauna. It heats up quickly (in about 10 minutes) which results in a less expensive energy bill, yet they are not as hot as a ceramic heater when touched.  Carbon heaters produce a longer infrared wave and will be more in tune with the human body.

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Each heater delivers pros and cons, but which one is best? Clearlight Saunas® is in the process of patenting the only Carbon/Ceramic infrared sauna heater to offer the best of both worlds. The Clearlight True Wave II infrared sauna heater provides the long beneficial waves of a carbon heater and the high output of a ceramic heater combined into one heater.

Also, make sure your infrared sauna has heaters all around you.  Many companies do not use front wall heaters in their saunas.  All Clearlight Saunas® have heaters on the back wall, front wall, side walls, under the bench, by your calves and in the floor.  You are surrounded by infrared heat.

6: Think Safety

Most FIR sauna users are looking to improve health, making safety an important consideration when deciding what sauna to buy. When purchasing an infrared sauna, it is crucial to consider the Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Electric Fields (ELF). The EPA has put in place a 3mG (milligauss) safety limit for EMF levels for human exposure.  Where you are sitting in the a Clearlight Sauna® , the EMF levels are virtually zero.

7: Ensure Quality

Look for the highest quality and craftsmanship possible during your sauna selection process. This will ensure you are making a solid investment in a sauna that is built to last.

Here are a few important quality factors to consider:
• No VOC glues should be used to ensure there is no unhealthy outgassing.
• A timer to monitor your sessions to ensure you are following recommended duration times.
• Kiln-dried/air dried, fine-grain wood construction to minimize warping and cracking and to offer a beautiful look.• An even heat that radiates from all areas of the sauna to ensure a consistent temperature throughout and infrared heat over your entire body.

8: Get an Optimal Warranty

Gather all information about the warranty and what coverage entails. If you are buying from a third party, it may be difficult to get in touch with the manufacturer and the warranty may be limited. Here are a few things to ensure are covered in your infrared sauna warranty.

• Heating System
• Power Supply
• Control Panel
• Wood
• Glass

9: Demand Stellar Customer Service

Consider your FIR sauna purchase an investment. Like any other major purchase, you will want peace of mind in knowing you will be well taken care of if anything happens to go wrong.

Much like the warranty considerations, buying from a third party vendor can leave you without adequate customer service. Be sure that you know where to call with any questions or concerns before you decide to buy.

10: Make it Fun with Customization!

Are you interested in light therapy? How about an audio system? There are a variety of entertainment options that can be added to your infrared sauna to make your experience more exciting and customized to your tastes.

The considerations may seem endless when shopping for the right infrared sauna. Using these sauna selection tips as you start your search can help you make an informed decision in no time! Taking the time to research the specific models, materials, and companies ahead of time will ensure you find a reputable infrared sauna company and the right sauna for you.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, WEIGHT GAIN AND INFRARED SAUNAS

Clearlight Infrared Saunas have been clinically proven to be a great tool for weight loss.  A study at Binghamton University in NY using a Clearlight Premier IS-3 found, on average, sauna users lost 4% body fat using an infrared sauna for 30 minutes three times per week.  Weight gain may not be tied to just diet and exercise.  There is a recent study linking environmental toxins to weight gain.

In the medical journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, the recent article, Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity, looks at the link between weight gain and our environment.

You can read the full article at the following link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279464/

IS YOUR BODY TELLING YOU IT’S TOXIC? HERE ARE THE WARNING SIGNS!

Day in and day out our bodies are exposed to toxins. Car exhaust, plastic containers, preservatives in food and toiletries among many others bombard our bodies with toxic chemicals every day. These toxins get stored in the cells, organs and tissues and over time, can cause a number of diseases and disorders. How can you tell if your body is becoming overloaded? Some symptoms include:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • skin disorders like acne and eczema
  • nausea
  • digestive problems
  • viral or bacterial infections
  • acne
  • depression and anxiety
  • insomnia
  • allergies

On the extreme end of the spectrum, fibromyalgia, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cancer!  The best way to eliminate heavy metals and toxins is through sweating. Because infrared heat penetrates into the body vs. simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, your Clearlight Infrared Sauna can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.

A recent study published in The Journal of Environmental and Public Health stated that Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury are excreted at significant levels in sweat produced from sessions in an infrared sauna. 1  In addition, the natural healing processes of the body are activated through raising the core body temperature, or hyperthermia. By creating an “artificial fever” that raises body temperature up to 2 or 3 degrees, the immune system also gets activated. So not only are you excreting harmful toxins, but you are giving your body the opportunity to switch on its innate healing for overall better health and longevity.

And remember, proper hydration is always foundational to great health! It is especially necessary when introducing infrared therapy into your health routine.

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1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/ J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 184745.

Published online 2012 Feb 22

CAN RELAXING IN A CLEARLIGHT INFRARED SAUNA REALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

Can Relaxing in a Clearlight Infrared Sauna Really Help You Lose Weight?

In short, the answer is YES!

How is that possible?

First of all, weight gain and the inability to lose weight can be attributed to a build-up of toxins. Often times these toxins are stored in fat cells making it impossible to lose fat and thus lose weight. By detoxing your body through sessions in a Clearlight Infrared Sauna, your body has the ability to then shed fat that results in weight loss.

Second, the warm radiant heat stimulates your cardiovascular system and increases circulation. Your heart rate is raised and blood flow improves which pushes blood to capillaries and extremities. This of course burns calories resulting in weight loss. Burning calories combined with the elimination of toxins in fat cells can also result in a reduction in cellulite. So you will look thinner and toned as you are achieving your weight loss goals!

Finally, relaxing in your sauna is excellent for reducing stress levels. High stress levels cause cortisol production and that is associated with excess fat around the hips, thighs and belly. By ending this cycle of cortisol production, your body has the opportunity to shed that excess weight caused by stress.

Many studies show that a 30-minute session in your infrared sauna have been documented to burn 250+ calories! How many other ways can you sit and relax, watch your favorite show, meditate or read a book and still shed unwanted pounds?

A recent study at Binghamton University State University of New York showed conclusively that people using a Clearlight Infrared Sauna three times a week can eliminate an average of 4% body fat over a four month period. For a 175 lb man, that represents a reduction of seven pounds of unneeded weight. Control groups that did not use the Clearlight Sauna in the study showed no weight loss. i

A healthy diet and proper hydration are key to good health as well, but a Clearlight Infrared Sauna can help you achieve your weight loss goals much quicker and easier!

STAYING HYDRATED CAN TASTE AND EVEN LOOK GOOD TOO!

Our bodies transports most of our nutrients in the blood and the blood is made up of 82% water. Our muscles are composed of 75% water: our brain 76% water; our lungs 90% and our bones contain 25% water. It is imperative we drink enough water when you sit in your Clearlight Infrared Sauna.

So how can we spruce up our water to make it enticing? These recipes will make you want to drink more water . By washing your organs daily with fresh water, we assist our bodies in eliminating toxins.

Ideally one would drink your water at room temperature but cooler is fine too – and for me more enjoyable while in my infrared sauna. You can flavor water quickly with just a slice of fresh ginger and a slice of something citrus and an ice cube.. If you want to make a pitcher to drink throughout the day, here are a couple quick recipes. (The pitcher can be left on the counter or refrigerator for the day, but discard at the end of the evening)

Tasty Citrus Water
Fill a pitcher with 8 cups of purified water
Cut citrus fruits thinly:
2 organic organic lemons
2 organic limes
1 medium size organic orange
3 one inch pieces of raw organic fresh ginger (great for digestion and gives the water a “kick”)
For maximum taste, let the water marinate for a few hours before drinking
Berry Good Water
Fill a pitcher with 8 cups of purified water
-Cup of strawberries raspberries – any berries cut in half,
-A couple lemon and or lime slices
Ice Cubes
Into each cube of your ice tray, fill and freeze overnight:
Add purified water and place a single mint leaf and a small piece of pineapple in each cube
Place lemon water in each cube
Add a single strawberry and piece of lemon rind
Note: These fancy ice cubes can spice up any water glass of still or sparkling water.

Stay hydrated during your infrared sauna sessions. Drink water before you get into the sauna and then bring a large bottle of water into the sauna with you to keep hydryated. One rule of thumb we recommend is if you feel thirsty after you get out of your sauna, you did not drink enough water during your sauna session.

INFRARED SAUNAS AND PAIN RELIEF

Relieve Pain With Infrared Sauna Therapy

The soothing and relaxing heat from a Clearlight Infrared Sauna offers a variety of healing benefits including a significant reduction in chronic pain often even after the first use! According to Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a sports medicine expert from the University of Southern California and consultant to Lance Armstrong, “infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.” 1

A study reported in Clinical Rheumatology showed that infrared saunas gave significant relief for patients with chronic pain (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Four weeks of 30-minute, twice-weekly sessions in an infrared sauna resulted in a 40 percent improvement in pain and stiffness. 2
A recent study published in Internal Medicine, showed that patients with chronic pain saw their pain levels drop by nearly 70% after their first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores remained low throughout the observation period. 3

How Do Infrared Saunas Work To Ease Pain?

Our bodies are held together by a web like structure that weaves itself all through the body called fascia. A good metaphor for understanding how fascia plays a role in relaxation is to think of a knitted sweater: if you pull on one string of yarn the entire sweater can unravel. Similarly, as one part of the fascia web begins to relax and unwind, your whole body follows in kind.

With infrared therapy, the infrared wave penetrates 1.5” to 2” into the body stimulating a relaxation response allowing the muscles and tendons to unwind and release tension. The penetrating heat also raises the core body temperature which creates a “false fever” in the body forcing the immune system to spring into action and start making more white blood cells. The result is a reduction in swelling and inflammation, two major factors in easing chronic pain.
In addition, as the infrared heat elevates your core body temperature, capillaries and arteries dilate to increase blood flow allowing more oxygen rich blood to travel to areas of tension and pain. Your muscles, joints, and soft tissue experience relief and healing.

You emerge from a 20-30 minute session in your infrared sauna feeling relaxed and renewed!

  1. http://www.cancerdefeated.com/newsletters/Infrared-Saunas-A-Fun-Relaxing-Way-to-Detox.html
  2. Clinical Rheumatology, January 2009
  3. Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008 by Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C. The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan.

BENEFITS OF SWEATING – INFRARED SAUNAS

The health benefits of infrared saunas are numerous.  In a Clearlight Infrared Sauna you will sweat profusely.  In addition to the detox benefits, there are actual benefits just from sweating.  Ward Dean, MD, a US Army flight surgeon who has researched the physiological effects of sweating in a sauna, finds that it can be as effective as regular exercise in conditioning the cardiovascular system and burning calories. Sweating in a sauna, he says, is a good workout for people unable to exercise, such as disabled people in wheelchairs or immobilized athletes recovering from injuries.

You can see the article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) by CLICKING HERE.

INFRARED SAUNAS AS PART OF YOUR ARSENAL AGAINST LYME DISEASE!

One of the concerns our customers come to us with is Lyme Disease. We have seen so many of our customers mitigate if not eliminate many of the symptoms of Lyme and they include an infrared sauna in their healing process.  How does this happen?  First, some facts about Lyme. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi or the more common name, Spirochete. Ticks get the bacterium by biting infected animals, like deer and mice. It’s important to note that not all ticks are infected. Most people who get tick bites do not get Lyme disease.  However, the risk for contracting the disease increases the longer the tick is attached to the body.

Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms including sore muscles and joints, dizziness, headaches, muscle weakness and even depression.  In many cases, traditional treatment using antibiotics are not entirely effective. As a result, many Lyme disease patients seek relief through alternative treatments like an infrared sauna. The warmth of an infrared sauna has a soothing effect on joint and muscle pain so infrared sauna treatments can provide an effective compliment to traditional Lyme disease treatment. The deep penetrating heat of an infrared sauna also makes the body a far less desirable host for the bacteria and it dies off as the body temperature rises.

Lyme also creates a build-up of toxins in the body. Although skin detoxification is beneficial for just about anyone, there are several reasons why it is helpful for those dealing with Lyme Disease. As we have seen, the bacteria present in the bodies of those with Lyme Disease creates an accumulation of a greater quantity of toxins. Sweating can help eliminate these toxins. Those suffering with Lyme Disease have an over worked liver and kidneys due to the stress incurred by the inflammation and toxic burden created by a chronic infection. Because the liver and kidneys are the primary detoxification organs of the body, detoxification is often stagnated.

Detoxifying through the skin (via sweat) lifts the burden from the liver and kidneys because it completely bypasses them. Sweat production allows toxins circulating in the blood to be excreted directly through the skin. The vast surface area of the skin allows for efficient detoxification without placing a burden on other detoxification organs.  We have seen many of our customers with all manner of disease and disorders, including Lyme, add Clearlight Infrared Saunas to their regime to help reclaim their health!  We have seen many of our customers with Lyme disease reduce their symptoms greatly and engage in everyday activities again. These reports indicate that for at least some Lyme disease patients, infrared saunas are able to help alleviate the suffering of this condition, including muscle spasms, constant chills, an overwhelming feeling of fatigue and the sensation of being in a mental fog.

AGE BEAUTIFULLY WITH CINDY CRAWFORD’S ANTI-AGEING SECRETS

Supermodels are typically some of the best people to go to when looking for beauty tips, advice and even secrets. Cindy Crawford is no exception to that rule.  Infrared Saunas are part of her anti-aging regime.

Cindy puts high regard on indulging and relaxing. In fact, she sits in an infrared sauna for 20 minutes at least once a week to detoxify her body.

Crawford also adds that the infrared sauna is less harsh than a normal one, because its “gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat” allows her to relax and “improves her sleep.”

Much like a Japanese hot spring, an infrared sauna also helps boost collagen production to combat wrinkles, “improve circulation” and develop a better skin tone.”

Check out the entire article by clicking here.

HOW DOES YOUR CLEARLIGHT INFRARED SAUNA REDUCE STRESS?

Today, our fast paced lives can be exciting and rewarding, but doctors tell us that the chronic stress that comes with it is literally killing us with increased levels of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, digestive disorders, premature aging and even death that can arrive years before our time.

Regular use in an infrared sauna has been shown to reduce stress, but just how does this actually work?

Our autonomic nervous system is set up with two opposing positions, fight or flight (sympathetic) and rest and digest (parasympathetic). We need both to survive but our ANS system evolved when we lived under real survival threats (think tiger). When faced with such a threat the sympathetic part of our ANS informs the hypothalamus to immediately release sugar from our liver and cortisol from our adrenal glands so we can run like lightning and live to see another day. Today, our higher thinking brain can perceive threats like being stuck in traffic or being behind at work or a news program about trouble far away as actually being a real threat, just like a tiger. We can get caught in what is called a cortisol cascade until we are burned while our immune function becomes depressed making us susceptable to colds and flu. We can literally get stuck in this harmful loop. It is only when we get back more into the parasympathetic mode that our health has a chance to return. This is where the infrared sauna comes in.

When we get into the infrared sauna, the first thing that happens is vasodilation. This is the blood vessels opening up as the warming infrared wavelengths penetrate into the soft tissue. Your muscles relax and pain starts to disappear both in muscles and joints. When the body senses these changes it naturally starts to relax and calm down. Breathing becomes slower, blood pressure drops and you may even feel a little smile appear feeling this good. This is the parasympathetic part where healing occurs and it happens naturally in the sauna. This is the simple secret.

Using the infrared sauna for twenty minutes, three times a week is a good way to affect this   sympathetic /parasympathetic set point. Regular sauna usage will actually diminish stress over time. The harmful cortisol cascade will lessen or leave entirely as the body/mind learns how to live without the harmful effects of paper tigers. It works, it really does.