Your Complete Guide to Saunas
The many health benefits, and a complete guide to what to look for when buying a sauna.
What’s all this I hear about EMF and VOC’s?
EMF (electromagnetic radiation)
In past few years there has been a growing public concern that long term exposure to high and low-level of EMF’s / electromagnetic radiation (i.e. cell phones, computer monitor screens, WiFi signals, household appliances, electrical power lines), can be directly linked to a variety of cancers, heart disease and other health ailments. Because of all the wiring in far infrared saunas, they can have particularly high EMF if they’re not properly shielded. Several of the better quality sauna brand names offer low EMF carbon panel heat emitters or ‘Zero Rated EMF’ ratings for their carbon panel infrared emitters.
Having low or zero rated EMF heating / infrared panels is not adequate to guarantee your total safety and protection while you are enjoying your sauna sessions. Infrared saunas have a substantial amount of wiring throughout the wall panels and the roof cap of their saunas. Many of the sauna manufacturers that offer low or zero EMF panels have neglected to properly shield all the wiring in their saunas. Look for a manufacturer who provides proper EMF shielded wiring throughout the sauna, not just in the panels.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “many experts and public officials, as well as the few governments that have made an effort to offer public protection, have adopted the 3 mG (milli-Gauss) cutoff point. The EPA has proposed a safety standard of 1 mG. Sweden has set a maximum safety limit of 1 mG.”
VOC’s (toxins in the air)
Unfortunately, the majority of home saunas sold in the USA are either made or assembled in China with toxic glue, and have wood that off-gases. So even if detoxing in a sauna via sweat, one may actually be re-toxifying by breathing in and absorbing different chemicals and toxins.
These saunas are made using thin panels of wood glued together, to save on cost. Don’t be fooled: there is no “non-toxic” or safe glue. It simply doesn’t exist. All glues (even “water-based”) produce carcinogenic and otherwise highly toxic particles into the air, especially when heated. Look for a sauna that does not have any glue used in the wood or its construction.
Very cheap Chinese saunas sometimes try to scam consumers by using plastic covered in a thin spray-on carbon, instead of real carbon heaters. The plastic produces particles that are highly toxic when inhaled. Make sure your sauna isn’t like this.