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INFRARED SAUNA THERAPY

Is this ultra-warming light treatment really the path to improved skin and less stress? healthy looks at the evidence

Should I try it?

You’re familiar with a sauna, right? Well, instead of sweating it out around hot coals, infrared sauna therapy uses light to warm the body via special heaters positioned to target your core. Also found in toasters and remote controls, infrared is a type of radiation that we can’t see (it sits just outside of the visible spectrum), but can feel as heat. We humans emit it (as seen on thermal imaging cameras) and it’s all around us – the biggest infrared heater of them all is the sun – but the good thing about infrared is it doesn’t radiate any harmful rays such as UVA. It’s just pure, sweat-inducing warmth and the heat can trigger many healing processes in the body, reduce stress, improve skin and just be a lovely thing to experience when the weather’s so unrelentingly British. As well as being used in the traditional cabin setting, stylish London fitness studios like Triyoga and Good Vibes offer yoga sessions where you can be bathed in infrared light. And the sauna version has a celeb following; fans include Jennifer Aniston.

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.