Near-Infrared Sauna Therapy — A Key Biohack for Health – Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Sauna therapy is one of my absolute favorite biohacks, as it provides so many crucial health benefits. I detailed many of them in “The Stunning Health Benefits of Sauna Therapy,” so I won’t dive too deep into that here.
Instead, this discussion with repeat guest Brian Richards, founder of SaunaSpace, will focus on the differences between traditional Finnish saunas, conventional infrared saunas and near-infrared saunas, and why near-infrared exposure is so important.
Near-infrared saunas provide benefits you simply can’t get from a conventional sauna or even far-infrared sauna.
For all its benefits, a downside of the traditional Finnish sauna is that it offers little or no clinically insignificant amounts of infrared exposure. Conventional electrical sauna heaters and far-infrared saunas are also plagued by high EMF.
Far-infrared saunas claiming to be low-EMF or EMF-free typically have very high electric fields; only the magnetic fields have been mediated. Electric fields are a potent oxidative stressor.
Photobiomodulation (PBM) refers to the use of near-infrared light to heal and repair degenerate and damaged tissue and cells, and also optimize healthy tissue. Additionally, far-infrared has no PBM benefits.
Near-infrared exposure produces melatonin — a potent antioxidant — in your mitochondria, where it is most needed. Near-infrared also structures the water around your cells, and penetrates several inches into your body, far deeper than far-infrared.