FIR (Far Infrared Rays) Benefits

What is Far-Infrared Heat?

Every living creature needs sunshine. As humans, we crave the sun’s warmth and take pleasure in bathing in its rays. Where does this instinct for sun-worshipping come from? One reason we’re all familiar with is Vitamin D, but there’s a lesser-known and equally significant reason: Far Infrared Rays.

The sun emits a spectrum of rays. We see some of those rays as visible light, which includes violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. However, many of the rays emitted by the sun are totally invisible to us, yet can have enormous effects on our bodies. For example, we use sunscreen to protect ourselves from harmful ultraviolet rays, which are below violet on the sun’s spectrum.

On the other end of the spectrum, above red, we find near and far infrared rays. Far infrared rays (FIR) are emitted by the sun and are essentially the “warm energy” found in all living things. These rays cause us to feel an internal warmth when the sun shines down on us. Plants and animals need these rays to grow, and in fact, FIR are what make human beings so dependent on the sun.

The intensity of FIR in the human body is constantly changing. When your body is receives high-intensity FIR, you will feel healthy, energetic, and equipped to deal with physical challenges. When the intensity level decreases, your body may become more susceptible to environmental hazards, physical disease, and rapid aging.

Unlike ultraviolet rays, FIR do no damage to the body or the skin, so you can be exposed to pure Far Infrared heat for hours. This is what makes FIR therapy so effective. Research has shown that increased body temperature aids normal body function and improves overall health. Infrared heat relieves inflammation, speeds up circulation, burns calories, releases toxins, and relieves stress. In Japan, FIR therapy is used to treat sunburns and promote skin health. FIR therapy is a safe, natural method for achieving overall health and well-being.

The benefits of FIR are evident in the growing popularity of infrared saunas. With a HealthyLine mat, however, you can receive all the benefits of FIR therapy in your own home at a fraction of the cost.

FIR therapy provides natural relief and healing for a growing list of symptoms and conditions. This is what makes HealthyLine so different from pharmaceuticals. We capture naturally occurring, beneficial forces and bring them to you in a practical, affordable way. Below, you will find more details on just some of the benefits of FIR therapy.

  • FIR Detoxifies Your Body

    As we go about our daily lives, we are exposed to countless environmental toxins: heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine, ammonia, sulfuric acid, and more. These toxins cannot be expelled instantly, so they accumulate in our bodies, encapsulated in water molecules. These trapped toxins lead
    to blocked blood circulation, impaired cellular energy, and illness. When we are exposed to FIR waves, the molecules trapping toxins inside us vibrate and break apart, eliminating the harmful intruders. FIR is a safe, effective, healthy way to detoxify, and is considered seven times more effective than steam saunas or conventional heat. (1)

  • FIR Reduces Pain and Stiffness

    Whether you are managing muscle soreness after your workouts or suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, FIR can provide relief. Recent studies published in Clinical Rheumatology found that infrared saunas can reduce pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis patients. While infrared saunas are not easily accessible for many people, FIR mats provide the same healing benefits. By having access to a FIR mat in your own home, you can take control of your chronic pain. (6)

  • FIR Relieves Back Pain Symptoms

    Back pain relief is one of the most exciting FIR therapy research areas.  If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you know that most treatment options are risky and require long-term recovery periods. However, FIR mats, which have no adverse effects and no recovery period, have been shown in a recent study to provide significant pain reduction with daily use. FIR therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free option for anyone coping with chronic lower back pain. (9)

  • FIR Helps Chronic Fatigue

    FIR can provide solace and improve quality of life for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. If you are searching for answers to your struggle with CFS, FIR therapy may be the solution. Research indicates that consistent daily thermal therapy (including FIR therapy) has promising benefits for CFS patients. FIR therapy can improve your sleep, reduce the number of nightly sleep disturbances, and minimize aches and pains associated with CFS. (5)

  • FIR Improves Quality of Life and
    Overall Well-Being

    Anyone seeking a non-pharmaceutical solution for boosting mood and reducing chronic pain should consider FIR therapy. Thermal therapy has been used for years as a drug-free treatment for chronic pain patients. Researchers at Japan’s Nishi Kyusyu University discovered that infrared sauna heat therapy can have a significant impact on chronic pain sufferers’ overall well-being and ability to function. Whether you are suffering from pain or overall malaise, FIR therapy can help you heal and live more happily and comfortably. (8)

  • FIR Reduces Blood Pressure Levels

    High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiac problems. However, new studies show that FIR therapy may help to reduce and normalize blood pressure. Researchers in Germany discovered that, after just one hour of FIR therapy, patients experienced significantly decreased blood pressure, improved blood viscosity, and increased cardiac output. These findings suggest that regular FIR exposure may be an essential new treatment for the millions of patients coping with high blood pressure. (2)

  • FIR Treats Some Forms of Cancer

    There is a possibility that far infrared treatment may inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells. Research is still ongoing, but a recent study by Medical Oncology in London suggested that FIR can inhibit some cancer cells by causing a change in body temperature. The cells studied so far include breast, lung, and tongue cancer cells. Although the findings are limited so far, the possibilities of FIR therapy offer great hope to these patients. (10)

  • FIR Lowers Side Effects of Diabetes

    If you are living with diabetes, you are likely familiar with the many complications of the illness, including chronic fatigue syndrome, pain, depression, and congestive heart failure. Researchers have investigated the effects of countless different lifestyle changes, but far-infrared sauna use has been found to be one of the most effective ways to improve quality of life and diminish pain for diabetes sufferers. Regular 20-minute treatments over a period of three months can improve overall health, lower stress, reduce fatigue, and improve social functioning. (7)

  • FIR Improves Motor Functions

    A team of doctors in Taiwan found that FIR therapy can have a significant effect on nerve regeneration and motor function improvement. FIR treatment is non-invasive and effective, and can treat a wide array of peripheral nerve diseases and injuries. These findings can make a meaningful difference for sufferers of nerve pain. FIR therapy is a long-term, drug-free alternative to traditional treatments for nerve function loss. (11)

  • Far Infrared Therapy Prevents Sunburns

    Sunburns are itchy, uncomfortable, and dangerous. To preserve our health, we must do everything we can to prevent them. Extreme sunburns can have a lifetime of negative health effects, and sometimes, sunscreen is not enough.  A recent study conducted at the Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine found that exposure to infrared radiation (including FIR) prior to sun exposure can stop the formation of sunburn cells and prevent sunburn.  A few minutes spent on your FIR mat can make your beach day worry-free. (3)

  • FIR Treats Arteriovenous Fistula

    If you are a hemodialysis patient, you will find that FIR improves the quality of your treatment.
    Researchers at National Cheng Kung University found that FIR can improve blood flow to and from an arteriovenous fistula and reduce the risk of malfunction. FIR therapy is an easier and more effective strategy for increasing blood flow. Many patients will find it more comfortable than traditional methods. (4)

  • FIR Treats Allergic Rhinitis

    Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world. If you are afflicted with hay fever, you are experiencing inflammation in the nose as a result of allergens in the air. Medication is typically ineffective in treating hay fever, but FIR therapy can provide relief. Researchers at Chung-Yuan Christian University found that, by reducing inflammation, FIR therapy improves irritating symptoms like nasal itching, stuffiness, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. (12)