18 Proven Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

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Infrared saunas have a number of proven health benefits, which many of us aren't actually aware of, which is why we decided to create an article that does exactly that.

In short, an infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light which our bodies then experience as radiant heat, which is absorbed by the surface of our skin.

Many of the traditional saunas heat the body both by conduction and convection from a combination of heated air and radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room, and can't prove to be as or more effective than the infrared sort.

So, shall we find out more about the proven health benefits of these wonderful saunas?

Choose from the health benefits below or simply scroll the list:


1. Effectively Detoxify Your Body

This is one of the most popular reasons for people turning to the use of infrared saunas.

The thought of sweating out all the dirt and toxins in your body without having to move a muscle is appealing to many, I’m sure.

You’re right in thinking that all saunas make you sweat, but why choose an infrared sauna over any other?

With infrared saunas, you sweat a lot deeper which enables your body to release a higher level of toxins than your average sauna. Great for those who may not have the strongest immune system, or who simply want to eliminate the risk of getting sick.

All it takes is around 15-20 minutes a day to eliminate the risk of cold or flu illnesses.

This video from The Renegade Health Show offers more information about the detoxification process:

2. Maintain Your Mental Well-Being

When it comes to relaxing and maintaining a healthy state of mind, infrared saunas have been proven to do just that. For any person to maintain a state of healthy mental health, proven forms of relaxation are required.

The special types of light waves projected help to penetrate the core of the body, naturally promoting an overall healthy body and mind.

For those who are seeking alternative methods for treating anxiety and depression, infrared sauna therapy is an effective method of helping reduce symptoms to these conditions, according to Dr. Lawrence Wilson.

3. Feel and Look Good

It’s pretty simple, because infrared saunas offer so many health benefits; you will naturally feel more positive and happier in yourself.

In terms of physical looks, many of those who have taken part in skin therapy programmes, with the use of infrared saunas, have noticed significant differences in skin purification and appearing to look more youthful.

Although these are great added benefits, the most important benefits include protecting and maintaining your body whilst feeling happy and healthy, all of this thanks to infrared saunas.

Even celebrities like Jennifer Aniston recommend the use of infrared saunas.

4. Creates and Maintains Healthy Cells

Increasing energy at a cellular level is crucial to increasing your levels of immunity.

Whilst your body is being flushed of toxins, this increase in circulation allows cells to rise to the skins surface and help the muscle recovery process whilst also building a strong immune system.

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Dr. Frank Lipman

“Because the infrared’s radiant heat will stimulate circulation, rev up the production of white blood cells and rally your immune system’s response to invaders. 

All that action will make your body a much less hospitable environment for germs to grow - and a great place for them to die.”

5. Lower Your Blood Pressure

People suffering from high blood pressure has more than doubled in the last 5 years, and for people to find a cost-effective, time-efficient and non-medical way of reducing blood pressure would seem pretty much impossible, right?


Regularly using an infrared sauna is massively good for your blood pressure levels and your heart in general, along with decreasing the likelihood of heart disease, kidney disease or a stroke.

6. Improves Circulation

Imagine being able to give your body a beneficial yet relaxing workout every single day, to good to be true, right?

Wrong again.

The infrared rays heats up the muscles in such a way that your blood flow increases, similar to any other form of passive cardio exercise.

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Your blood flow during infrared sauna use doubles from your normal rate of quarts per minute.

This video explains more about the circulatory benefits of infrared saunas:

7. Helps With Weight Loss

This is probably one of the main reasons why many people invest in an infrared sauna, and it’s true, they do contribute to burning calories and helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Of course, you can’t rely on only infrared saunas to lose weight, the healthy life style must also follow, but you’ll be happy to know that they are clinically proven to aid weight loss.

A study found in the journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine found that sauna therapy shows significant changes in body weight within just two weeks of use.

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In just 30 minutes of infrared treatment, you can burn anywhere between 200 – 600 calories.

Robyn Openshaw i.e. GreenSmoothieGirl loves her infrared sauna, and here’s why...

8. Relieves Body Pain

Infrared sauna use has worked for many in terms of pain relief, for both short term injuries and long lasting chronic pain.

No need for endless amounts of pain killers and several doctors’ appointments, use an infrared sauna daily to relieve tension and loosen muscles in to a relaxing state.

How does it work?

The infrareds heat rapidly penetrates your muscles and joints which increases the oxygen flow around the body, which helps in muscle healing and reducing soreness and spasms.

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Kelly, Primally Inspired

“I had my very first infrared sauna experience when I was living in Maryland about 5 years ago. I was involved in a car accident 10 years ago that left me with chronic, nagging, neck pain.

In those 10 years, I tried just about everything I could think of to end the chronic pain – physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, massage therapy, nutrition and herbal treatments, hydrotherapy, chiropractic care, and a lot more. And while most of those therapies did provide pain relief, the pain would always return just a few weeks later.

And then I visited a chiropractor in Maryland who was a firm believer in infrared saunas for chronic pain, inflammation, weight loss and detoxification. After my first session I was hooked.

Just three sessions a week for three months and my chronic neck pain was finally gone.”

Read the full story over on Primally Inspired.

9. Wound Healing

No matter how small or severe your wound is, the heating technology within infrared saunas has the ability to heal up wounds quickly with minimal signs of scarring.

This is completely unique and isn’t a feature within any other sauna.

It’s important to make the healing process quick and easy to avoid infection and losing the chance of having scars removed from visibility.

How does it work?

Well, it’s fairly similar to the pain relief process. The increase in oxygen circulation simply speeds up the healing process, along with the skin rejuvenating benefits of infrared sauna therapy.

This short video by Healing GrapeVine delves a little deeper in to the wound and skin healing process...

10. Oxygenation of Tissues

As mentioned previously, these types of saunas drastically improve your body’s circulation, and therefore the oxygen levels that travel around the body are increased also.

This helps in bringing higher levels of nutrients, hormones and other useful substances to your body tissues, contributing to an enhanced immune system and a huge reduction in radiation.

11. Cancer Fighting Traits

You may be pleasantly surprised to know that the majority of top hospitals and cancer treatment facilities around the world recommend the use of infrared sauna therapy, for recovering patients and for overall disease prevention.

How does it work?

Cancer cells die at a heat of 109 degrees. So if you take part in a sauna therapy programme or use it regularly, cancer cells become weaker, tumour cells die out and of course, your immune system becomes miles stronger.

Find out the full cancer fighting benefits of infrared saunas in the video above with Dr. Sahni.

You may also remember this tweet that Lady Gaga made public, who joined one of her dancers who was suffering with breast cancer in a round of infrared sauna therapy.

12. Develops Human Growth Hormones

A range of studies show that infrared sauna use can increase our growth hormone by 60 times, which is great for those working in a physical profession or those who are looking to develop their bodies or stay in shape.

It’s also known to be good for those with diabetes, as it’s highly insulin sensitive.

13. Cardiovascular Exercise

Infrared saunas also offer the huge benefit of working your cardiovascular system, which is great for those who may not be able to physically exercise.

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One single sauna session has the same cardio benefits as a 6 to 9 mile run, according to The Journal of American Medical Assocation.

This type of cardiovascular training increases your heart and metabolic rates, whilst also detoxifying your body and relaxing yourself.


14. Improves Immune System

Each time you use an infrared sauna, the increase in body temperature, blood and oxygen flow all contribute to the production of white blood cells, which fight against infection and prevent disease.

How does it work?

People describe it as tricking your body in to thinking you have a fever. So, your body temperature increases and therefore triggers an immune system response and enables the body to fight and remove any viral bacteria’s.

15. Helps Remove Cellulite

This particular benefit goes hand in hand with the ability to lose weight using infrared sauna therapy.

A combination of boosted blood circulation and heat penetration releases these fatty deposits through your sweat, and you will begin to notice much firmer, youthful looking skin when regularly using a sauna or taking part in a therapy programme.

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Kimberly Snyder, Nutritionist and Author.

“The deep penetration of infrared heat (versus a regular old sauna) can help mobilize heavy metals and toxins out of your fat cells, which can contribute to the appearance of cellulite.”

Read Kimberly's full experience here.

16. Improves Sleeping

Many sauna users have reported to sleep much deeper after just a few sessions of treatment.

It’s pretty simple; the use of infrared saunas promotes relaxation through the release of endorphins, both factors that create a much deeper and enjoyable sleep.

17. Helps with Chronic Fatigue

A study was carried out some years ago in Japan that analysed two women who both suffered from chronic fatigue, and after a month of daily sauna therapy, many symptoms including pain, sleep disturbance and low-grade fever were drastically improved.

You can view the full government study here.

18. Relieves Stress

Amongst all the great benefits that infrared saunas offer lays a very important one, and that’s the ability to relieve stress.

As we know, high stress levels can be a major health risk in a number of ways whilst contributing to a wide range of diseases and chronic health conditions.

So, be relaxing your muscles, enhancing circulation and allowing your endorphins to be released, infrared sauna therapy reduces stress levels drastically whilst developing a greater sense of happiness and well being.