Infrared is invisible to the naked eye, but technology like night vision cameras and glasses can reveal it in the form of images. Infrared has a number of uses across a range of fields including the military, law enforcement, industry, science, and medicine. Astronomers use it to see through gases and dust and observe celestial bodies in space. Companies use it for things like wireless communication and remote temperature sensing. Medical professionals use it to help patients with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Similar to visible light in that it exists as a range. The colors in the visible light spectrum–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet–all range in frequency and wavelength, and therefore, in energy (red has the least, violet has the most). The same goes for infrared. Basically, the infrared spectrum ranges from near infrared to mid-infrared to far infrared. Each division has a specific use. For example, the saunas that have been shown to help those patients with rheumatoid arthritis operate within the wavelength and frequency specific to near infrared. “Heat-seeking” missiles used by the military target the mid-infrared range.
The ceramics in the Gladiator Blanket responsible for improving circulation operate in the far infrared range. Far infrared is the lowest frequency, longest wavelength portion of the Infrared spectrum, and therefore, the portion of the spectrum with the lowest energy. Which means that, unlike near infrared which emits its energy in the form of heat, far infrared does not emit heat. Instead, far infrared emits energy in the form of photons. Photons are basically particles that travel in waves at the speed at light. Think of this photon energy as a “cold heat.” It is this energy, this cold heat, that interacts with the body to improve your circulation.
The patented ceramics in the Gladiator Blanket are a blend of rare earth minerals that are specially shaped then baked at a specific temperature. As they bake, each ceramic forms an internal lattice. The ceramics are then embedded in a hypoallergenic silicone rubber blanket. When the blanket is placed on a specific body part like the lower back or abdomen, it begins to absorb the heat given off by the body. That heat, called ambient heat, travels through the ceramics’ lattice, and there it’s converted into far infrared energy, or photons. Those photons are then redirected back to the body.
As the photons penetrate the body they interact with plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood that does a lot of important work: it carries red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and dissolved oxygen. It transports nutrients to nourish and repair cells and also carries away waste products. There are also water clusters in plasma that are essentially groups of molecules that have bonded together, and they aren’t bad, but the smaller each cluster, the more mobile the plasma. The more mobile the plasma, the faster the blood can move throughout the body and perform its vital functions. The photons emitted from the ceramics help break up these clusters and cause the clusters to vibrate, and break apart. That is why far infrared and the Gladiator Blanket has such a profound effect on health and well-being and essentially clears the way for better blood flow.
Good circulation is synonymous with good health. Blood carries numerous vital substances like sugar, proteins, salts, vitamins, minerals, wastes, hormones, germ-fighting chemicals, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Reducing water cluster sizes helps cells more efficiently get what they need, and eliminate what they don’t. The benefits to enhanced blood circulation are many: reduced pain, stiffness, and inflammation, increased energy levels, enhanced immunity, faster metabolism, decreased stress, and perhaps the most important benefit: improved quality of life.