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“Do You Burn Calories in a Sauna?” and Other Sauna FAQs

Saunas and steam baths have been around since ancient times. The Finnish even calls it the “fountain of youth” as it seemingly rejuvenates anyone who enters it. But still, there are many skeptics or those who know. “Do you burn calories in a sauna?”, “Does it hurt?” “Can adults use it?”

To rest your minds, here are the top frequently asked questions on saunas.

HOW DOES AN INFRARED SAUNA WORK?

Simply put, an infrared sauna uses infrared heat to directly heat your body, as opposed to a traditional sauna where you sit in a hot room.

With an infrared sauna, the body core temperature is raised, and the body then reacts to it, stimulating your lymphatic system, immune system, and your cardiovascular system, causing you to sweat profusely.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAR AND NEAR INFRARED SAUNA?

The main difference between the two is the heat source. A far infrared sauna, which is also manufactured as a portable far infrared sauna, uses light in the far-infrared range as a heat source.

Near-infrared lamp saunas, on the other hand, combined heat and light therapy, which can penetrate the body up to nine inches, which allows the heating of the body while maintaining air coolness.

DOES USING SAUNAS HURT?

No, it does not, or else we’ll not be recommending it, would we? It might feel uncomfortable during your first few sessions, but eventually, you’ll come to appreciate its numerous benefits, including stress and pain relief.

DO YOU BURN CALORIES IN A SAUNA?

The short answer is yes. We burn calories on a regular basis as it is used to fuel every bodily function. Saunas, even a portable sauna, can hasten this process by increasing the body’s core temperature. As the body adapts to lessen the core temperature, it burns more calories, resulting to you sweating profusely thus losing weight.

CAN THE ELDERLY USE INFRARED SAUNAS?

As explained above, the goal of saunas is to raise the core body temperature and hasten the body’s process of burning calories to maintain homeostasis. This ability decreases with age. To safely use a sauna, the body must be able to activate its natural cooling system, thus, when being used by older people, operate at lower settings and for no more than 15 minutes a session.

CAN KIDS USE INFRARED SAUNAS?

Because of their higher metabolic rate, children’s core temperature rises faster than that of an adult. Therefore, to be safe, similar to the elderly, operate at a lower temperature when being used for kids and only up to 15 minutes per session.

HOW ABOUT PREGNANT WOMEN?

Better safe than sorry! Consult first with you Ob-Gyn before using any type of sauna when you’re pregnant.

CAN I USE AN INFRARED SAUNA WHILE ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION?

Certain types of drugs like diuretics, barbiturates, and beta-blockers can impair the body’s heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics can cause heat rash, or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. And still, some over-the-counter drugs can cause the body to be prone to suffering heat stroke. Because of this, it is better to consult with your physician first.

Do you have other questions? Contact your trusted provider of portable saunas and reap the rewards right now!

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