The Detoxification Benefits of Sauna

Saunas came to us from Finland, and we are so grateful!  There are so many health benefits to regularly using a sauna, including improved circulation, relaxation and stress reduction, improved immune response, pain reduction, improved skin conditions, and the elimination of toxins through perspiration.  In fact, sitting in a sauna for 10 or more minutes opens the skin excretion system and allows the release of water and fat-soluble toxins.  Remember, the tricky part about heavy metals is that they are lipophilic, or fat-soluble.  This makes sauna a wonderful support for your body in eliminating heavy metals and other toxins.

Types Of Sauna

There are many different types of saunas and not all are created equally. Dry saunas are preferable to wet saunas (or steam rooms), as they allow for maximum perspiration.  Some studies show that the best dry sauna for detoxification purposes is the Far Infra-Red (FIR) sauna.  The FIR sauna delivers heat by radiation (not air conduction) and doesn’t heat the air inside as much as other comparable types of saunas.  This allows the heat to penetrate more deeply and evenly and eliminates the risk of burning.

How To Use A Sauna

So, how to effectively use a sauna for detoxification?  Before entering a sauna, ensure that you are well hydrated (2–4 cups of water) and be sure to follow up with water after the treatment as well.  Start with spending about 10 minutes in the sauna, or until you are lightly sweating.  You should wipe the perspiration from your skin, or you may leave the sauna intermittently for a shower or cool bath plunge.  This will help eliminate the toxins from your skin as you excrete them.  You should also ensure that your sauna is well-ventilated.

It is actually safe to use a sauna every day, and you can increase your exposure by a minute or two at each of your subsequent visits.   Of course, be sure to pay attention to your body and leave immediately if you experience a feeling of light-headedness.    It also goes without saying that you should never use the sauna with alcohol or any medications that impair sweating.  Patients with heart conditions should also check with their doctor before using a sauna.

 

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