Infrared Sauna Tips
Here are some do's, don'ts and things to consider when you purchase - or use - your infrared sauna.
Drink lots of water and keep lots of water available. Since you're elevating your core temperature, you're likely to need and desire more hydration than you usually do! Consider treating yourself to a bottled water that replaces electrolytes.
Remove jewelry - rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
Begin use of your sauna with moderation. Don't go cranking the dial up to "nuclear" until you've gotten used to how it effects you!
For any number of reasons...avoid use of alcohol in conjunction with your infrared sauna, if for no other reason than alcohol impairs judgment and can cause drowsiness. It is a myth that you can "sweat out" a hangover. Sorry!
Consult your doctor before use, especially if you have certain physical conditions or illnesses, or are taking particular medications.
Infrared Sauna Tips and Precautions - illnesses
People with Adrenal Suppression, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Multiple Sclerosis might be advised against raising body temperatures in this fashion. Hemophiliacs should definitely avoid infrared.
Parkinson’s, M. S., Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are all illnesses associated with impaired sweating. Unless your doctor advises otherwise, you should probably avoid infrared.
If you have cardiovascular illness or conditions - hypertension or hypotension, congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation - or take medication which might effect blood pressure, consult with a physician before use. Heat stress can increase cardiac blood flow and your pulse in ways that may not be good for you.
Stay out of the sauna if you have an enclosed infection, or a recent joint injury that remains hot and inflamed. Don't use the sauna if you're running a fever.
Of course, if any illness or condition worsens with infrared, use of your sauna should be discontinued.
Infrared Sauna Tips and Precautions - age and medical conditions
Pregnant women may also be advised to stay out of the sauna. Also, infrared may increase menstrual flow if used during a woman's period.
Metal pins, rods and artificial joints and other surgical implants generally reflect infrared rays and pose no danger. Make sure your doctor agrees! Stop use if you feel pain near any of these implants. If you use a pacemaker, check with your doc before use.
Silicone does absorb infrared, though it typically doesn't melt at less than 200 degrees Celsius and should not pose a problem. Again: Make sure your doc agrees!
Core body temperature rises faster in children than adults. Talk to your child's pediatrician before allowing use of the sauna.
Age may decrease sweat gland function, and the elderly may have circulatory conditions that change how the infrared sauna effects them. Physicians should be consulted before use.
Infrared Sauna Tips and Precautions - medications
Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers can effect your body's inherent heat loss mechanisms. Even some over the counter drugs, like antihistamines, may make a person more prone to heat stroke.
I know that read like a lot of small print, but we want people to be safe. Now here's your number one infrared sauna tip:
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