Posted by Sunlighten on 20 November 2015

The Simplest Ways to get more out of Infrared Saunas

Have you ever thought about ways to improve your sauna experience?

In this article, we want to give you some simple tips and recommendations so you can see the extra benefits. 

1) Hydrate

It’s logical that being in a sauna will cause you to perspire and lose fluids. Yet , we’d still like to reinforce to you the importance of staying hydrated. So what are the recommendations?

We recommend that you hydrate before and throughout your session. Although, you can get more bang for your buck by using a hydration supplement. We recommend an organically sourced electrolyte or a drink without unwanted extra sugar.

2) Use proper towels

Highly absorbent towels are important for sauna use.  Not all towel materials are the same and we often see grubby towels in saunas.

So you may need to do some research. Bamboo Carbon material is designed to re-emit a large part of the infrared heat in your sauna session. Hence, you get more of the beneficial heat into your body.

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3) Balance your gut

When sitting through a sauna session, your body will work to break down toxins.

A balanced gut is essential to expelling all the toxins built up in your body. This occurs through the natural channels of elimination.

We recommend using a probiotic. Again, we recommend organically sourced supplements to provide that unaltered organic and purifying experience.

4) Use the pre-set wellness options (if your sauna has it)

Have you ever tried pre-set wellness programs in a sauna? These are available only in certain saunas. A blend of well-researched infrared heat helps you to target certain wellness outcomes. See an example of some programs.

5) Stretch it out

Have you tried stretching in your sauna? It can be quite beneficial as shown in a research study at Auburn University at Montgomery. Dr. Michele Olson compared the benefits of stretching in a sauna to conventional stretching.

All types of stretching help to promote joint health and relieve stress. Yet the sauna stretchers displayed significantly greater improvements in flexibility. In particular, they saw improvements in their hips, hamstrings and lower back.

The secret lies in the quality of infrared produced. The heat flushes out lactic acid, helping muscles to loosen. Regular sauna stretching also can also help:

  • Joint function and mobility
  • Reduce friction; and
  • Joint and muscle recovery after intense physical activity.


We want to help your body to perform at its best. These strategies can be incorporated into both your sauna routine and your everyday life.

Do you have any other ideas about getting more from your sauna? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

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*Sunlighten does not provide medical advice. We recommend you consult with a health care practitioner if you are unsure if using an infrared sauna is right for you. For best results, our saunas should be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise program. Individual results may vary.   

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