It is 100% forgiven if you didn't know about the body detoxification powers of infrared saunas. I mean, it's not that some scientist invented this or something, infrared is a totally natural phenomenon. And that's the beauty of it. You don't need to swallow pills, start a stringent diet or use obscure patches or a detox product to clean out your body and start looking and feeling better.
I think infrared therapy is a healthier solution. It gives you an all natural body detoxification. Everybody's talking about infrared saunas and the amazing effect they have on your health (there was even an infrared sauna segment on Oprah Winfrey's show), but few people know about the natural purifying and regenerating power they have for your body. One liter of sweat in an ordinary sauna contains approximately 3% toxins, in an infrared sauna this is 20%! Analysis of sweat in an infrared sauna:
- 80 to 85% water
- Heavy metals : lead – cadmium – nickel – copper – sodium
Talking about natural body detoxification: you are going to lose a lot of bad stuff during an infrared session! Drink enough water before and after the session. That makes it a lot easier for your body to get rid of all this unwanted material. And it prevents you from dehydrating. Healthy nutrition, fresh water and clean air. These are indispensable for your health. Unfortunately we are exposed to toxic elements even in many different ways. Toxins are everywhere, even in our food. Experts agree that exhibition to toxic substances can make certain organs overreact. Your body reacts to accumulation of these factors in a predictable fashion. Up to a certain critical limit, no reactions or symptoms occur. Once this critical limit is exceeded and some toxic substance disturbs your general chemical balance, a chain of reactions breaks loose. This indicates the need for a chemical equilibrium, which keeps the toxins in your body at an acceptable level, below the critical value.
Get rid of body fat and toxins. Human body fat starts to liquefy at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. When fat leaves your body through transpiration, it takes heavy metals along on the way out. The deep penetration of infrared energy in your skin makes this happen. This does not occur in a traditional sauna, only in an infrared sauna. Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.
The human body bioaccumulates toxins, meaning that the body can’t immediately rid itself of all its stored toxins. These toxins accumulate and can block circulation and cellular energy. Far-infrared heat is the safest and most economical way to eliminate these stored toxins.
The far-infrared sauna is far safer and more tolerable than a conventional sauna because it uses a heat energy that penetrates tissues, triggering mobilization of chemicals from fat storage, directly into the sweat. Your body can then release stored toxins through a deep detoxifying sweat that comes from Good Health Saunas. Inducing a heavy sweat in the sauna for detoxification purposes is an ancient tradition practiced by different cultures around the world, and wisely so. The skin is our largest organ and sweating is one of the body‘s most important 'detoxification' pathways. The combination of modern far-infrared heating technology with the ancient sauna ritual has resulted in an effective ways to deeply cleanse the tissues of the body.
- Today we're exposed to chemicals and heavy metals in our air, water and food in unprecedented amounts. The EPA estimates there are more than 20,000 chemicals that our bodies can't metabolise. PCB's, Dioxins, Furans, Heavy metals, herbicides, insecticides, xylene, ethyl benzene and phthalates are just some of the toxins that are accumulating in our bodies. Studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in our fat cells. These chemicals and heavy metals add to our "toxic load", often reaching a point where this bioaccumulation seriously compromises our health and leads to chronic disease. I had my 'silver' amalgams removed (actually 50% mercury content) from my teeth by a dentist that specialized in that process. Be very careful if you go this route, for having them removed incorrectly can increase the mercury content in other parts of your body. Taking 5 grams of activated charcoal 30 minutes before your dental work and 5 grams right after, will minimize your uptake of any mercury that is released.
- Sweating in an infrared sauna is very effective in reducing toxins and heavy metals. This kind of sauna has a comfortable temperature of 110 - 130°F vs. 180 - 210°F in a conventional sauna, but you sweat two to three times as much. The far infrared heat also penetrates 1-1/2 inches below the skin, mobilizing deep seated toxins and giving significant pain relief.
- Sweating through your skin will allow you to reduce your "toxic load" while taking the stress off your liver and kidneys.
"A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury. But studies now confirm that diet and environmental chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we have learned that stored or undetoxified chemicals can mimic any disease. "Incurable" chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household necessity."
Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for Environmental Medicine: Author of Detoxify or Die and Wellness Against All Odds