Infrared sauna therapy is one of the many ways to enhance your cleanse and make it more enjoyable. Adding sauna therapy to your detoxification or colon cleansing program can be an effective way to help your body detox chemicals and heavy metals.
Many of the 3,000 or so chemicals used in our foods, including pesticides, can be stored in the fatty tissue as well as the fat cells themselves. As the blood and lymphatic system circulate, many of these toxins can be transported out of the body. Increased circulation makes for a healthier body.
When you begin a colon cleanse or body detox program, you incorporate herbs and a temporary change of diet to induce your body's natural cleansing processes. By adding increased nutrition through high quality foods and supplements, you help your organs become stronger.
The lighter, healthier detox diet eases the burden on your digestive system, so your body can begin removing stored toxins and waste to be eliminated via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. In other words, more toxins will be circulating through your system as they are finding their way out. The sooner you can help your body to get these toxins out, the better you will feel and the more efficient your organs will be at continuing to keep you lighter, healthier and more refreshed.
Sweating is one way our bodies attempt to detox chemical or environmental toxins and waste from our bodies. Besides exercise, healthy sweating can be induced with time spent in a dry sauna, infrared sauna, steam room or through the use of body wraps. Sauna therapies are popular due to the research and comfort level utilizing modern technology.
Infrared Sauna therapy induces whole body hyperthermia (a rise in body temperature) similar to that of a cardiovascular workout. However, because of the waves of this type of sauna, body temperature stays low enough to be safe for those with heart problems while creating the same effects of increased blood flow, increased metabolic rate and increased tissue repair.
The August 7, 1981 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the regular use of a sauna may be as effective for cardiovascular conditioning and burning calories. Infrared sauna therapy is deemed safer due to the lower heat, resulting in lower heart rate.
Because of studies such as this, NASA has done their own research and concluded that infrared therapy would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular strength in astronauts during long space missions.
Sweating and saunas have long been used by Native Americans for cleansing and detoxification of the mind and body. Infrared sauna therapy is used by practitioners and doctors in China, Japan, Europe and Australia. Japanese studies have shown infrared heat treatment to be effective at speeding the healing process.
Arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury are known toxins that are prevalent it today's environments. They have no biological benefits and, in fact, are all known carcinogens and all are associated with health issues that can adversely affect the body through various systems including; cardiovascular, renal (kidneys), endocrine (hormonal) and immunological.
Contamination may be through soils from which your food derives from. Environmental toxins enter our food through soils that have been treated with fertilizers, pesticides, mining and other industrial processes, vestigaes of older products (paint, plumbing parts, electronics, etc.) as well as emissions from coal or other incineration practices.
Luckily, our bodies are equipped with a natural system of detoxification through our sweat. But you have to "train" your body to sweat through regular exercise or at least mild exercise and then a practice such as sauna use.
Sweat is not all sodium and chloride as some used to believe. In fact, salt loss is minimum and reabsorbed back into the system, thanks to the sweat glands located just underneath the skin. (1)
In fact in at least one study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health (a peer-reviewed and open access journal for public health professionals), sweating has long been a preferred method of mercury detoxification.
Not only that, all of the aforementioned toxins may be excreted in amounts exceeding urinary excretion. In fact, those who experience health issues due to environmental toxins are also found to have inhibited sweat processes. Once the ability to sweat is regained, the ability for healing follows. (2)
Since avoidance is not probable, cleansing our bodies is something we can control and even assist with. And luckily for us, our built-in detox process of sweating may be the best way to eliminate these toxins from our bodies; and using infrared sauna therapy may be the best prevention of future ailments.
(1) Cage GW, Dobson RL. Sodium secretion and reabsorption in the human eccrine sweat gland. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 1965;44(7):1270–1276.
(2) Sears, Margaret E., Kathleen J. Kerr, and Riina I. Bray. "Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review." Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 22 Feb. 2012. Web. 10 Apr. 2018.