Daily use of infrared cabin - is it healthy?
Is it healthy to use an infrared cabin daily? The short answer in advance: Sweating in the cabin under infrared light once a day for about 30 minutes is completely ok. Several times a day would be too much of a good thing and would not bring any more health effects - but (if you drink enough) hardly any damage.
Classic sauna versus infrared cabin - aren't they similar?
The classic sauna with electric heater and sauna control unit is based on very hot air, which practically pushes the heat into the body. This dilates the vessels and promotes blood circulation, we sweat a lot in the process. The subsequent shower removes the toxins that have been flushed out through our skin. The infrared cabin works with heat rays whose heat penetrates deeper into our skin. The circulation is less stressed and the temperatures are also significantly lower (~40 - 50 °C). The heat production takes place in our body, a deep warmth effect is created. Some of our body structures absorb the infrared radiation very well, muscles are one of them. This leads to an intramuscular increase in blood circulation, which very effectively reaches the entire body via the circulation system. Sweating in a classical sauna causes us to lose mainly common salt and only a few toxins, in the infrared cabin we also sweat out lactic acid and even more harmful substances.
Daily use of the infrared cabin: How long per session?
We go to a sauna several times, to the infrared cabin only once for a slightly longer period of time (about 30 minutes). Most people use their infrared cabin at least two or three times a week for this purpose, while regular sauna-goers hardly ever practice sweating more than once in two weeks. When it comes to comparing the frequency in principle, the infrared cabin is ahead, it can also be visited daily. This has its reasons. Although it leads to the secretion of considerably more sweat (twice or even three times as much as in the classic sauna), the low temperatures are more gentle on the circulation. People who fear cardiovascular problems are better off in an infrared cabin than in a classical sauna.
The infrared cabin should also achieve somewhat healthier effects overall, because it removes more chemical pollutants from the fatty tissue. In winter, some people frequently visit their infrared cabin to stimulate the release of endorphins and the formation of vitamin D, to significantly strengthen the immune system and thus protect the body and psyche.
How does the infrared sauna work?
Apart from the pure feel-good effect, sweat transports away dead skin cells during a stay in an infrared cabin. This improves the tone and elasticity of the skin, it helps with skin problems such as eczema, acne and cellulite. The infrared rays are also considered to be a "fat killer". The dehydration of the body takes place in the infrared cabin just like in a classic sauna. It is therefore important to drink a lot in any case.
Operation of the infrared cabin
Unlike a sauna, an infrared cabin does not need to be preheated. The infrared rays heat the skin tissue on impact and not or hardly heat the room air. The temperature can be adjusted, some users choose only 30 - 35 °C, but this is considered to be of little effect. In an infrared cabin users can lie or sit. It is advisable to take a shower before and after use - before, because cleansed skin sweats better, and afterwards to wash off sweat and thus all pollutants. There is no age limit for the infrared cabin. In case of health problems of any kind, it is recommended to consult a doctor in advance. Small children are placed on the lap of their mummy. The hand on the child's forehead indicates whether the temperature could be too high: The forehead should be intensely warm, but by no means hot. Smaller children should never use the infrared cabin alone.