TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It will burn up to 700 calories without you lifting a finger. Doctors say that sitting in a FAR infrared sauna will increase your metabolism and burn fat without exercise or dieting. And, losing weight is just the tip of the ice-berg of the possible health benefits.
Lani Fitzgerald, 31, says that twice a week, for about 30 minutes at a time, you'll find her relaxing in the FAR infrared sauna.
"It really improves circulation, helps to detox my body, makes me feel really good [and] makes my skin glow and shine," said Fitzgerald.
"It helps with inflammation [and] lowers cholesterol," said Becky McCarty, the assistant manager of Shapes Fitness for Women. "There are just many great benefits that it has to offer."
The FAR infrared sauna emits dry heat, producing radiant energy, which is the same kind of heat produced by the sun without the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays.
"It's the part of the spectrum, the electromagnetic spectrum, that can penetrate through the skin into the deeper tissues, causing a release of toxicity in those tissue," said Dr. Pieter de Wet, with the Quantum Healing Institute.
Meaning, all of the toxins we take in from the food we eat or the air we breathe are pulled out of our deep tissue, helping to lower blood pressure, burn calories and heel certain ailments.
"By accelerating detoxing, you have a much better chance at major impact at treating these diseases like chronic arthritis, obesity, and neurological diseases more successfully," said Dr. De Wet.
"And, it also helps with fine lines," said McCarty. "And, what woman doesn't want that? Haha."
The traditional sauna operates at higher temperatures and it usually produces steam. Doctors say that steam makes it more difficult for the skin to sweat. That's why the FAR infrared might be a healthier option.