Staying healthy and lowering your blood pressure may be as simple as turning up the heat a bit. Numerous studies have indicated the health benefits of infrared saunas could be many, ranging from reducing inflammation, enhancing detoxification, losing weight, reducing joint pain and even, as well discuss today, lowering blood pressure.
The techniques infrared saunas use aren't new—they were used by Native Americans long ago—but the saunas have been gaining in popularity in recent years as an alternative way to stay healthy.
In general, all saunas force the body to create sweat and increase heart rate, similar to how they react when exercising. However, infrared saunas differ from conventional saunas in that they only use light to directly heat the body. They don't heat the surrounding air, which is perfect for people who can't tolerate the warmth of conventional saunas.
Other than comfort, infrared saunas go a step further than their counterparts. They are much less invasive than other medicines used to treat the health problems such as high blood pressure.
In one study conducted by the University of Missouri, subjects were randomly assigned to use either an infrared or conventional sauna. Both saunas looked the same so subjects weren't able to differentiate between the two. All participants had 30-minute sauna sessions three days a week for six months. After testing was complete, researchers noticed the infrared sauna lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. On the other hand, the control group, who used the conventional sauna, showed insignificant signs of decreased blood pressure.
If you are looking for an alternative way to improve your health, using an infrared sauna is a well-tested device to use.