I use the sauna quite a bit especially when I feed the need to detox and absolutely relax and enjoy its benefits

And on the flip side, I sometimes use the steam room as well.

I’ve always wondered if there are huge differences between the two and I’m going to find out.


Steam rooms or saunas

Researchers have long told us how the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals. As long as you maintain proper hydration, the more you safely sweat, the more toxins you’ll expel from your body.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and a huge detoxifier when you sweat which is the ultimate effect of both the sauna and steam rooms amongst other benefits.

Both the sauna and the steam room increase your body’s temperature and heart rate, both make you sweat and can be very relaxing.

But what’s the difference?

Steam rooms create very good respiratory conditions with a humidity level of 100%. Stream rooms can soothe your respiratory system if you are suffering from a cough or lung problems.

Steaming helps open the pores, this removes dirt clogged in the pores and helps to prevent acne.

Using a steam room gets the blood flowing which increases brain and organ function.

Benefits that you can only get from a steam room include

– Clearing of throat, sinus and lung congestion

– Relief of dry throat and nasal passages

– Relief from the discomfort of sinusitis

The ultimate effect of dry saunas and steam rooms is much the same.

Both make you hot, induce sweating, increase heart rate and relax you.

Benefits you can only get from saunas

When it comes to saunas though, they do seem to present more health benefits than the steam room, especially if you are using the “Far Infra Red” type.

A regular sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms the body.

Regular saunas increase the body’s temperature, make you sweat and trigger a host of changes in the body.

As the body warms up throughout, the heat relaxes muscles, tendons and ligaments, and oxygen and nutrients are delivered to tissues that are not well supplied at other times.

It stimulates the production of endorphins, our feel-good hormones and aids deep tissue relation.

Regular health benefits of saunas

– Alleviates stubborn skin problems like eczema and psoriasis
– Improves circulation
– Improves chronic neck, back, joint and muscle pain
– Provides relief from environmental toxicity
– Enhances the immune system
– Aids weight loss and can reduce cellulite

Now I want to turn the attention a little bit to Infrared saunas.

health benefits of saunas_2FIR saunas

Earlier I talked about how infrared saunas differ from regular saunas.

An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat –these are sometimes called “Far Infrared (FIR) Saunas,” ‘far’ referring to where the infrared rays fall on the light spectrum.

It hits the body directly without warming the air around, causing the body to heat up and sweat at a lower temperature than regular saunas.

This makes it more tolerable for those who cannot deal with the high heat of regular saunas. 

Far infrared light directly and deeply penetrates the tissues and heats up the core body temperature. As a result, the air is much cooler, making it easier to breathe and allowing you to stay in the sauna longer and work up a better sweat.

Optimal use of an infrared sauna is thirty minutes per session, four to six times a week.

Benefits of infrared

– You sweat more heavily and at a lower temperature
– The sweat you produce in an infrared pulls out more toxins than a regular sauna
– You achieve benefits more quickly than when using a regular sauna
– You use up more calories while you’re sweating, and in this instance, we’re talking about burning calories and not just losing water weight
– It won’t raise your blood pressure and may even lower it
– It’s easier on your lungs and eyes
– Helps eliminate chronic infections
– Control yeast, mold and fungi

Which one is best?

With all this information, it looks like using the sauna more than the steam room is a good choice for me, but now I have to look for an infrared sauna to obtain more of the benefits listed.

At this stage not so many gyms or health clubs tend to have this but from my research, and it looks like, for many, they are quite pricey for home installation but some are portable and easy to install and if you are very health conscious then it’s the kind of investment you might wish to consider.

Best of all you, could actually create your own by purchasing an inexpensive infrared bulb (3 bulbs are sufficient to heat up an infrared sauna). Peace and fabulous health!

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