More than likely, you came across Good Health Saunas® after reading our many five-star customer reviews, seeing the thousands of likes on our Facebook page, or by the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend or family member. However you found us, we’re glad you’re here. Welcome!
- Why We Started Good Health Saunas
- Are Infrared Saunas Safe?
- Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
- What Do the Doctors Say?
- How Do Infrared Saunas Work?
- Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas
- Who Benefits the Most from Infrared Saunas?
- Are All Infrared Saunas the Same?
- What is Far-Infrared Light?
- How Do I Purchase an Infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas have been praised by leading physicians, used by the world’s top athletes, and their claimed health benefits verified in the American Medical Association’s own peer-reviewed medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association. And, when it comes to helping families lose weight, detoxify, reduce heart disease-related risks, and simply relax, infrared saunas are truly in a class all their own.
Since they deliver radiant heat (not oven-like convex heat from steam saunas) infrared saunas have been found to help patients reach a number of health and wellness goals, such as:
- Lose Weight
- Recover from Injury
- Relieve Chronic Pain
- Increase Blood Circulation
- Reduce Heart Disease Risks
- Reduce Blood Pressure
- Reduce Cholesterol
- Boost Immune System
- …and Relax!
Infrared saunas use safe, deep-penetrating far-infrared (FIR) light
energy to gently soothe pain in deep tissues, muscles, and joints. For these same reasons, many chiropractors and athletic trainers now use infrared therapies in their own practices. After 125 years after infrared therapies were first proposed, infrared radiant heat is still used in neonatal units around the world to thermally protect and comfort babies.
Because far-infrared saunas recreate a narrow band of light naturally produced by the sun, infrared therapies remain outside the scope of the FDA (and therefore are not prescribed by doctors). This is unfortunate, as many peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated infrared’s effectiveness in treating a host of conditions.
But For all these reasons, we founded Good Health Saunas® with the goal of spreading good health to our family and families around the world.
Why We Started Good Health Saunas®
Before we go into how infrared saunas work to improve your health, help you lose weight, and feel (and look) years younger, we know you most likely have some questions. We’re one step ahead of you. Years ago (before we founded Good Health Saunas®), we were in the same spot you are in right now — intrigued by the many health claims about infrared saunas, but asking each other, “Seriously, can something as simple as infrared light do all this? That’s the same stuff in sunlight, right?” and “What even is far-infrared light? Is it safe?” So, having no concept of this technology, but of course, wanting all the health and weight loss results others were experiencing, we did our research, talked to our family physician, located a spa with an infrared sauna, and tried it out for ourselves.
What started as a curiosity quickly bloomed into a desire to tell our friends, family, and co-workers about the dramatic changes were experiencing in our lives. There was just one hang-up — at the time, infrared saunas were expensive and typically only found in private spas and in the homes of those who could afford them. So, from our hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin, we decided to do something crazy, something beautifully crazy; we decided to start our own company and bring affordable infrared saunas to the masses. The rest (as they say) is GHS® history.
As any doctor will tell you, the benefits of any medication, surgery, or health supplement should always outweigh its inherent risks. That being said, we would like to address any safety concerns you may have about using an infrared sauna.
Are Infrared Saunas Safe?
For a vast majority of users, YES! Far-infrared is one of the safest, most-studied, and well-understood forms of radiant heat known in the scientific and medical literature. In fact, neonatal units around the world use far-infrared radiant heat to prevent thermal stress, hypothermia, and to improve the health and wellbeing of newborns.
That being said, some with life-threatening medical conditions should avoid infrared saunas. These include individuals with multiple sclerosis, hemorrhagic stroke (a type of stroke with bleeding in the brain), severe aortic stenosis, recent heart attack, lupus erythematosus (those not on steroids), unstable angina pectoris, and brain tumors. If you have any of these conditions, first consult with your physician prior to beginning far-infrared sauna treatments. You should also talk to your doctor about using infrared saunas if you are pregnant or nursing, since you will be purging toxins from your body. Due to the increased risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion, alcohol use should be avoided while using your infrared sauna. Those without the above-mentioned diseases and conditions can safely use their infrared sauna every day.
Now that you’ve learned about the safety considerations of infrared saunas, read on to discover how infrared saunas can work to improve your heath, happiness, and wellbeing.
Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
Who doesn’t want to look great and feel great, right? Many weight loss supplements claim to burn fat away, but only infrared saunas can deliver results similar to time spent doing aerobic and resistance exercises in the gym. Infrared saunas have shown to burn 400-800 calories in a single 30-minute session — that’s in the same calorie-burning range as marathon running, racquet ball, and rowing! GHS® infrared saunas achieve these results by speeding up the metabolic process while simultaneously stimulating the endocrine system to burn calories and fat.
Beyond their nearly of their nearly 125-year safety record, infrared saunas have been shown to be a great weight loss method by the American Medical Association’s own in-house, peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
While many Good Home Saunas® employees love working out at the gym, we also love reaping the cardiovascular and fat-burning benefits of using our GHS® infrared saunas while at home.
In their ability to reduce pain, infrared saunas have more in common with massage, acupressure, and acupuncture therapies. The radiant energy of Infrared saunas, especially those from Good Health Saunas®, penetrate deep within the skin, muscles, tissues, and joints in order to improve circulation to all areas of the body.
One Amazon.com reviewer has this to say about their Good Health Saunas® infrared sauna:
“Love my sauna! I suffer from chronic leg and back pain and this has helped so much! Looks great in my sunroom as well!”
Even chronic pain sufferers can benefit from infrared sauna use! In many studies, patients with chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, arterial disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other pain-inducing conditions were found to greatly reduce their pain after regular infrared sauna use.
A majority of users purchase infrared saunas as a convenient way to relax, but soon discover their saunas delivering more than promised — improved health in the form of detoxification. “Detoxification” sounds like a marketing buzzword, right? We believed the same thing until we too noticed improved mental clarity and focus, as well as general sensation of simply feeling better all over. This is detoxification in action. Through the deep-penetrating heat and improved circulation infrared saunas provide, you will soon discover what it feels like to finally begin purging toxins from your body.
An owner who purchased their GHS® on Amazon.com had the following to say about their infrared sauna:
“We have one at the fire department I work at. We bought it to eliminate the carcinogens from our body from fighting fire. What I didn’t anticipate is how good you feel and the mental clarity you get after a session. I truly believe every person should have an infrared sauna in there house. This is the best investment you can make for your health! Hands down. Great service! Love it!”
Medical experts have stated many people will encounter up to 2.1 million forms of toxins in a day — that’s just in one day. Think of all the toxins that build up over the course of a lifetime. Because exposure to toxins begins when we are young, a majority of people will never learn what it feels like to reverse the accumulation of toxins.
Infrared saunas work to reduce toxins by increasing blood flow to muscles, tissues, and vital organs while also opening up the pores and triggering the sweat glands.
Blood Pressure Reduction
As in many in many aerobic exercises, your heart will pump harder while you spend time in your infrared sauna. This extra demand placed on your cardiovascular system will help drop your diastolic blood pressure (the amount of pressure within the heart chambers between beats). In some studies, such as those performed at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, average diastolic blood pressure went from 130.5 to a more than six-point drop at 124.
…and Many More Health Benefits
While we pointed out how your infrared sauna can help you to lose weight, relieve pain, detoxify your body, and reduce blood pressure, these are only the start of the many proven health benefits your infrared sauna can deliver. Your infrared sauna can also help you recover from injury, increase blood flow, reduce risk of developing heart disease, reduce cholesterol, and boost your immune system.
One Amazon reviewer says:
“I ordered this sauna for my dad who is a 65-year-old cancer survivor and overweight. They delivered it on time and were very friendly. They also set it up and explained it to us. My dad, since then, in 6 months, has lost 30 pounds, and states that he feels better than he has ever felt. I have sat in a lot of different saunas and this is by far the best one, with the best heating elements. Please people: do your research, there are a lot of bad products out there. Good Heath Saunas has the best infrared heat there is.”
What Do the Doctors Say?
After observing the results obtained by patients using infrared saunas, world-renowned physician and author Dr. Sherry A. Rodgers, M.D. had this to say about infrared saunas:
“No surgery, no drug is available to give this type of therapeutic result. The whole family can use the far-infrared sauna…”
Dr. Richard Beever, clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of British Columbia, reviewed all the studies he could find on infrared saunas and states that the evidence shows infrared saunas do indeed work in treating high blood pressure, relieving chronic pain, and reduce the odds of congestive heart failure. When Dr. Beever applied infrared sauna therapy to his own patients suffering
from chronic pain, a 54.1% increase in sleep quality was found, as well as a 27.3% improvement in the speed at which injured employees returned to work. (These figures are well beyond the measure of statistical significance prescription medications must demonstrate before being approved by the FDA.)
Dr. Brian Clement, medical director of the Hippocrates Health Institute said the following about infrared saunas’ unique ability to detoxify the body:
“We know that[…] for every 17 micrograms of lead in your body, your IQ [intelligence quotient] is reduced by 10 points. Now, think of that. How many of us would have been much brighter if we didn’t grow up in a time where they used lead paint or lead in the automobile fumes? So, we are detoxifying disease-causing elements from the body.”
Read on to learn the specific mechanisms by which infrared saunas work.
How Do Infrared Saunas Work?
Within our Forest Stewardship Council-certified hypoallergenic saunas, we use high-quality heating elements, which include a combination of carbon and ceramic heaters. Although you can’t see the infrared light being emitted by these heating elements, you will soon begin to feel a warming sensation in your skin, muscles, and tissues throughout your body.
Traditional saunas use convection to warm the air around the user (the same way an oven works), while the infrared that radiates from far-infrared saunas are more attracted to objects with a high moisture content, such as your skin, muscles, and underlying tissues. While this type of radiant heat may sound weird, it’s important to note that this is the same type of radiant heat that makes us feel warm when we step outside on a sunny day.
Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas
Before we compare traditional saunas to the infrared saunas designed by Good Health Saunas®, we’d like to first explain what a traditional sauna is and how they work. Water is then heated by the stones or stove in order to heat and humidify the room through the release of steam. Traditional saunas work by heating the surface of the skin, which then warms the underlying muscles and tissues. Too much time in a traditional sauna can cause heat-related exhaustion and dehydration.
In contrast to traditional saunas, the infrared energy in infrared saunas directly heats the skin, tissues, and muscles without the need to dramatically warm the air around you. This ensures the radiant energy goes to the areas of the body where you need them the most, without stifling the user with hot steam. Plus, since the inside of an infrared sauna is cooler than a traditional, steam-based sauna, you can spend more time enjoying all the health and relaxation benefits that come with the experience.
Studies comparing infrared saunas to traditional saunas showed only the infrared variety to help improve brain function, reduce blood pressure, and assist in real weight loss (not simply loss of water weight).
Who Benefits the Most from Infrared Saunas?
This is actually a question we receive quite often. While our egalitarian response is “EVERYONE!” if you think about who has the most to gain (or lose) by their bodies functioning at an optimal level, we’d have to say professional athletes. That is why the highest earning sports stars and Olympians are all investing in infrared saunas. And, the reason is pretty simple: competing aggressively in sports heavily strains the muscles, tissues, joints, and immune system. The deciding factory in many professional sports competitions is often dependent on whoever has the best recovery time between training and competition.
Because of the money at stake and the odds of receiving a sidelining injury, many professional athletes are turning to infrared saunas as an investment toward their physical health and career longevity.
But, it is true that nearly everyone can improve their health, happiness, and wellbeing by using an infrared sauna.
Are All Infrared Saunas the Same?
We could only wish that all users of infrared saunas could experience the benefits of using those made by Good Health Saunas®. But, unfortunately, not all infrared saunas are made equally. Because of the research and technologies that go into creating infrared saunas from Good Health Saunas®, it is highly likely that you can expect less-than-stellar results from other brands. There are some fairly decent models out there, but GHS® has invested in delivering a superior user experience. Before you purchase an infrared sauna from another brand, see if matches the quality and features of our infrared saunas:
- Hypoallergenic FSC-Certified Canadian Hemlock or Red Cedar
- High-Quality Carbon and Ceramic Infrared Heating Elements
- Audio: CD, FM, Stereo, MP3, and Bluetooth
- Oxygen Ionizer Air Cleanser
- Premium Chromotherapy Lighting
- High-Tech Digital Control Panel
- …and more
What is Far-Infrared Light?
Far-infrared light is literally in everyone and everything. In fact, if you humans could see part of the light spectrum, we would notice that people and everything around us exhibit an infrared glow. Infrared “night vision” cameras and goggles work by capturing the glow of infrared light.
Although the infrared band of light is found in sunlight, it will not cause you to tan or prematurely age your skin. Infrared saunas are actually quite beneficial in this way, helping to detoxify and clarify the skin and clarify the skin by safely opening pores and increasing nutrient circulation to all layers of your skin. Similarly to traditional saunas, you will sweat, although not as much as traditional, steam-based variety of saunas since the heating effect is not as intense. This also means you can safely relax in your infrared sauna for longer periods of time than you would otherwise in a steam sauna.
A majority of today’s infrared sauna devotees discovered these types of saunas after researching alternatives to certain medications and surgeries.
How Do I Purchase an Infrared Sauna?
For additional information on the infrared saunas sold by Good Health Saunas®, be sure to check out our range of infrared saunas.Then, simply give us a call at 1-888-997-2862 or fill in the short contact form on our Contact Us page. Here’s to your good health!