This article is republished from the original at Go Healthy Next.
There are over 100,000 chemicals in regular use in North America. They appear in everything from our air and water to cosmetics, furniture, and clothing. Many have never been properly tested for safety.
Together, they create what many experts refer to as a "chemical soup." This constant exposure overwhelms our bodies' natural detoxification processes. Over time, toxins accumulate in our bodies, driving up rates of acute and chronic illness, and general poor health.
Therapies using near infrared lights can help. Keep reading to learn how near infrared light can help your body detox and improve your health.
What Are Near Infrared Lights?
What we think of as light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. It travels in waves and is measured in wavelength. Wavelength is the distance from one crest of the wave to the next.
The wavelengths of light are extremely important. Shorter wave forms of light are more powerful. They penetrate the body more deeply.
Longer wave forms of light have less energy. They may penetrate the body very shallowly or not at all. For example, radio signals have very long wavelengths, while X-rays have extremely short ones.
Near infrared light is a powerful form of short wave light. Near infrared lights have wavelengths between 700 and 1200 nanometers (nm). Visually, they are perceived as red, or colors close to red, such as orange.
Approximately 40 percent of the infrared light in natural sunlight falls in the near infrared portion of the spectrum.
Near Infrared vs. Far Infrared
Far infrared lights are lower energy lights. They have wavelengths of 3,000 nm or more. They only just barely penetrate human skin.
The Role of Near Infrared Light in Detoxification
Near infrared light promotes detoxification at the cellular level. It penetrates through skin, muscle, soft tissue, and even bone. It prompts the body to begin deep healing in a variety of powerful ways.
Near infrared light therapy benefits are so well documented that it is approved by the FDA. It is recommended for pain management and reduction as well as detoxification. New research is also exploring light therapy's ability to treat:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Heart attacks
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord damage
So how does near infrared light promote detoxification, exactly?
Did you know that you can literally sweat toxins out of your body? Sweating has been shown to remove even toxins that the body cannot excrete through other normal detoxification processes.
Sauna therapy can help your body sweat out:
- Flame retardants
- Phthalate compounds
- Industrial chemicals
This can substantially reduce your toxic load and improve your overall health. Try using a radiant sauna tent (featured below), and adding negative ions to your sauna to increase the amount you sweat during each sauna.
Improved Blood Flow
When you spend time in a near infrared lamp sauna, photoreceptors in your cells named chromophores absorb heat and energy from the light. This increases blood flow. Fresh blood flow carries oxygen and essential nutrients to every part of your body.
With more fuel and oxygen, your body:
- Works more efficiently
- Eliminates toxins more effectively
- Heals damage more quickly
- Can resolve pain and inflammation
Refuels Your Mitochondria
Near infrared light can jump start your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells. Exposure to near infrared light prompts mitochondria to give off nitric oxide and increase production of ATP.
This directly leads to increased cell regeneration and DNA repair. In short, re-energized mitochondria give your body more energy to perform vital functions, making everything in your body run better.
Other Benefits of Light Therapy
Exposure to near infrared lights can also directly and indirectly promote other health benefits, as well. It has been shown to:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce death rates from all causes
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce chemical sensitivity
- Help eliminate infections
- Improve metabolism
How to Detoxify Using Near Infrared Light
As you can see, light therapy (also referred to as photobiomodulation) is a powerful detoxification tool. So how can you make it work for you? There are several easy methods of incorporating the power of near-infrared lights into your lifestyle.
Near Infrared Sauna Tents
A near infrared sauna tent allows you to experience the benefits of infrared saunas from the comfort of your own home, as well as maximizes sweating from the sauna therapy.
Our sauna tents are shaped like large boxes and are comfortably sized to accommodate the average adult. They are constructed from nontoxic wood grain film, space blankets, and large diameter bubble wrap. A set of infrared lamps can be mounted inside the tent.
To use, you simply set up the tent and step inside. You can sit, stand, or lie down, with the Convertible Tent. Combine exercise with sauna therapy in the Hot Yoga Exercise Tent, or share the space with another person to sauna at the same time.
Radiant sauna tents do not need to be pre-heated, making them easy to fit into even the busiest schedule. The radiant tent material also is nontoxic when heated. Even though you will sweat a lot more than taking a sauna without the tent, the panels will not absorb the toxic humidifed sweat.
These sauna tents are:
- Highly effective
- Easy to set up
- Time- and energy-efficient
Sauna tents make it easy to get personalized, long-term phototherapy in the comfort and privacy of your home.
Near Infrared Light Bulbs
If you don't have the space or budget for a tent, near infrared lamps can be used on their own. You can take advantage of infrared lamp benefits by:
- Simply sitting in front of them
- Using them while you exercise
- Turning your shower into a sauna
When using near infrared light bulbs alone, you typically need a longer-term regimen to reap the full benefits than if you were using the lights inside a tent. However, infrared lamps alone are space- and cost-efficient for people for whom sauna tents are not possible.
Increasingly, spas are beginning to offer near infrared lamp sauna options. When seeking out a spa, however, it is important to check their offerings carefully.
Most spas offer far infrared saunas, not near infrared ones. They may claim to match near infrared light therapy benefits, but it simply isn't true. Only genuine near infrared light exposure can provide real health benefits.
Some spas claim to offer "full-spectrum" exposure. Be wary of this, as well. Full spectrum saunas are not as effective for detoxification as dedicated near infrared ones.
When in doubt, it is typically better to purchase your own at-home sauna or lamp. This ensures that you are getting exactly the sauna therapy that you need every time.
Harnessing the Power of Infrared Therapy
Harnessing the power of near infrared lights to improve your health is easy. Let Sauna Fix help you select the best home sauna equipment for your needs and get started today.