When we think of detoxing, we may think of needing to take part in certain actions including drinking a lot of lemon water, eating foods that are high in antioxidants, get more and better sleep throughout the night and limiting your intake of sugary foods. While these are great ways to help accomplish that task and to live a healthier life, there’s one method that many may overlook. That method is sweating.
Sweating, or perspiring, is a bodily function where sweat glands on the skin release a salt based liquid in response to actions including exercise or being in a hot environment for an extended period of time. It is the body’s natural process of regulating temperature, and for detoxing certain chemicals.
Sweating is not only one of the most important involuntary body functions that we have, but it’s also good for you. But, when it comes to how we as humans sweat via a hot environment, working out, or others, is one way better than the other?
There are levels for how we as humans sweat. Different mediums including working out, being in a hot environment, being exposed to different wavelengths of light can all affect how we sweat.
Take a construction worker for example. They may be out working in the hot sun for several hours every day. Since they are walking around a lot, working hard and carrying heavy items, that in fact will cause someone to sweat. The act of being out in the hot sun will also cause someone to sweat as well. But, being exposed to heat from the sun can cause more harm than good if not prepared, causing sunburns, and an increased risk of skin cancer over time.
In essence, there are better and more healthier ways that we can make our bodies sweat. Even if you don’t work in construction, have a more sedentary lifestyle, or just simply can’t work out due to bodily issues, being able to get a deep sweat and enjoy a detox is easier than you may think, and that is through a sauna.
Saunas have been around for thousands of years. While we can’t pinpoint the exact date of when the ancient saunas was invented or used, research tells us that, “the tradition is thought to originate somewhere in northern Europe around 2,000 BC”
The goal of the sauna in ancient times was for more of helping people stay warm in the cold environment, rather than needing a detox. Water would be poured onto hot rocks, which would create steam. The hot steam would heat the air and then warm the surrounding bodies.
Fast forward to the modern world. There have been numerous studies conducted and there are moundfuls of evidence of the health benefits of using a sauna, including detoxing.
When looking at sauna detoxification, the underlying principle here is that the accumulation of toxic chemicals within the body can cause a host of negative effects, including getting sick. What a sauna does is help rid the body of these toxic chemicals, which helps to promote an environment for optimal health.
In looking at how sweat differs, sweating from working out is different from sweating in a sauna. When taking part in a strenuous activity or from being in warm weather, your body sweats out mostly water. When sweating in a sauna that uses near, mid, and far infrared light to penetrate the skin and body, it’s a totally different kind of sweat.
These different wavelengths of light penetrate the deep tissues and other areas of the body, which helps remove toxins and substances and promotes healing from the inside out. Regular sweating can’t do what sweating in a sauna can.
When using an infrared sauna, you are already putting the body in a more optimal environment for health. Using a sauna is a great preventative measure for having toxins enter the body in the first place, and for helping decrease how long they are in your body for if they were to enter.
We as humans experience a host of toxic chemicals throughout our daily lives, whether we know it or not. Some of these chemicals include heavy metals, and bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastics.
Additionally, there have been studies showing the detoxification of other chemicals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury through sweat.
Depending on what is being detoxed, there are various symptoms that the body can experience. Some of the most common symptoms when detoxing can include the chills, a fever, inflammation, muscle pains, headaches, and more undesirable effects. How long the detox process for some people will take can vary, depending on what needs to be eliminated from the body and at what degree.
A part of living comes with having to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Some of these stressors are mental, while many are physical. But what about the stress inside of your body? More specifically, the liver. What role does the liver have on detoxing the body?
The liver, according to hopkinsmedicine.org:
“regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile. This helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down, balances, and creates the nutrients and also metabolizes drugs into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body or that are nontoxic. More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver.”
This goes to show that the liver is a very important part of our bodies when it comes to detoxification.
However, there are instances where the liver may be too backlogged with toxins and chemicals to break down. The overload can cause other bodily issues including feeling sluggish, lead to weight gain, digestive problems, headaches, and much more.
One way to combat the buildup of toxins in the liver is to supplement with infrared sauna use. Since the sauna already helps to remove many chemicals and toxins from the body, it works in conjunction with the liver to help keep everything flowing as it should in a more efficient way.
Taking part in sauna sessions is not only good for helping detoxification of chemicals within the body. There is a laundry list of other benefits that the human body can benefit from. However, not all saunas are made the same, and how we sweat also differs in which sauna is used.
When looking at Health Mate infrared saunas in comparison to the other competitors in terms of safety and quality, our patented Tecoloy heating technology stands alone. Our Tecoloy heaters deliver a full 360 degrees of heat with as much as 40% deeper penetration, all with the fastest to temperature heating time.
Since our ultra low EMF heaters are patented, they are safer and more effective than the competition. As the longest running and top selling infrared sauna manufacturer in the world, we have a duty to the world to provide only the best products.
Reading about the benefits of sauna detoxification is one thing, but actually taking part in it is another. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to preparation. Here are some helpful steps to follow when looking to get the most out of your detox session.
Step 1. Get in Tune With Your Body
Before stepping into the sauna, make sure that you are in a mental state where you can unwind and relax for a short time. While you can enjoy the benefits of detoxification while you’re thinking about work, family, or anything else in your day to day life, it’s important to set aside a few minutes for yourself to get back to center. When doing so, you’ll naturally just feel better and leave the sauna in a better mood and be more relaxed.
Also, it’s important to check in with a medical professional before taking part in a sauna session if you have certain medical conditions.
Step 2. Hydrate
One of the most important things to do before getting in the sauna is to hydrate your body. Since you will be sweating inside the sauna, you want to make sure your body already has water in it. The heat in the sauna will make the human body expel fluids faster. When in the sauna, bring in a tumbler to make sure you have water with you at all times.
Step 3. Find a Comfortable Temperature
While many people think that a higher temperature is better for a more efficient detox, that’s not always the case. The optimal infrared sauna temperature is between 110 and 130 degrees, but the temperature set should be dependent on the needs of the person. Our saunas use patented Tecoloy heating technology to ensure that whatever you set your ideal temperature to, you’re getting the most efficient results.
Step 4. Set Your Time
When first starting out, always start with a lower time frame around 15 minutes or even less to get acclimated. Increase the time as you feel more comfortable. When looking at the length of time in the sauna, it’s not relative to how much detoxing your body will experience. The ideal amount of time to enjoy the sauna while also enjoying the benefits is about 20-40 minutes, but it’s not recommended to stay in longer than 45 minutes. If you start to feel symptoms including dizziness, nausea, headaches, step out immediately.
Step 5. Cool Off
When you finish your sauna session, it’s best to let your body naturally cool off for a few minutes before continuing on with the stressors of your day. Or, if using the sauna in the evening, still cool off before taking part in the next activity. Use a towel to wipe off the sweat, rehydrate your body, and then take a shower.
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