Our body expends energy to produce sweat (1g sweat requires 0.586 kcal) meaning your body can safely burn up to 300 calories in just one 30-minute session; with sweat loss equivalent to running 10-15km. While this weight can be regained through re-hydration, the calories burned will not. A Far North Wellness infrared sauna treatment can also help to raise your basal metabolic rate meaning you will burn calories at an elevated rate for hours after your session has finished. This can translate to a benefit of up to 800 calories from a single session. At 42 degrees Celsius, body fat becomes water soluble and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals such as lead, zinc, nickel and mercury.
It can also lead to weight loss through:
Effectively reducing heavy metals which have been directly related to metabolic imbalances in the body causing poor digestion and weight gain.
It decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Often weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are first removed.
This benefit was recognized in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association as long ago as August 1981: "Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a Sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise."
Improves Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite is a common term used to describe pockets of trapped fat under the skin which causes uneven dimpling of the skin. It appears in over 90% of women over the age of 20 and is rarely seen in males. The most common areas tend to be the buttocks, thighs and the abdomen. It is not necessarily related to obesity as it does occur in people that are overweight, average or thin. Cellulite is a combination of connective tissue pulling in on your skin and fatty deposits and fibrosis pushing out against your skin, giving the uneven appearance of cellulite.
Because the far infrared produced in a Far North Sauna penetrates the skin up to 2 inches, it is significantly more effective at helping to reduce cellulite. Studies show that slowing the metabolic rates and storage of toxins in fat cells are directly related. Far infrared therapy can help to increase heart rate and localized blood circulation. This can help to reverse the build-up of liquids in the fat cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite.