Sweat, detoxify, and stay healthy with infrared sauna!
Why do we need to sweat?
Every day our bodies are exposed to hundreds of toxicants and chemicals through pesticides, herbicides, insecticides in food, contaminants in water, particulates in air, solvents in gasoline, paint fumes and cleaners, new furniture and new car smell, Bisphenol-A, phthalates in plastics, mercury in dental amalgams, perfluorinated acids (PFCs) in non-stick cookware, carpet treatments and microwave popcorn bags, radon gas and many other household and work exposures. The list is staggering and scary.
What can we do to reduce our body burden of toxicants?
First, we can do our best to avoid toxicant exposure. Second, we can help our bodies eliminate our total body burden of toxicants. Nearly every toxicant studied is excreted well through sweat. We don’t sweat nearly enough! Sauna and therapeutic sweating is an incredible tool to help cleanse the body of these toxicants and prevent disease.
Who can benefit from therapeutic sweating?
Nearly everyone (with some exceptions), and people with almost any chronic disease including chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders, diabetes type II, autoimmune disease, degenerative joint disease, neuropathy, IBS, patients post-chemotherapy, chemical sensitivity, low immune function/low white blood cells or low platelet counts and many other conditions. Sauna therapy can be beneficial for anyone wanting to detoxify, decrease stress, improve sleep. boost immunity, calm anxiety, decrease joint inflammation, increase metabolism and encourage weight loss.
What should you bring to your sauna session?
Water (preferably with electrolytes or a good quality trace mineral supplement). We also have Eldorado Springs water available at our office.
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Personal care products if shower is desired afterwards. We supply a sauna gown and towels for your use during your sauna session.
Please do not wear any perfumes and scented products in the sauna.
What to expect from your sauna session?
You may not sweat right away in the sauna. Many people have suppressed sweating mechanisms due to toxic exposure. For some people, it can take several sessions to get their body comfortable with heat and able to seat. You must be well hydrated in order to get a good sweat going. Pay close attention to overheating and dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session.
What is the temperature of the far infrared sauna?
We use traditional dry far-infrared sauna to stimulate sweating. We like our patients to start at 100F for 20 minutes and then work up to 110-120 degrees F for 30 minutes. The temperature and the length of time can be increased based on the tolerance of the patient.
What other treatments can help with detoxification?
Exercise, good nutrition and sleep hygiene is imperative to follow for maximum sauna benefit. During your sauna session, feel free to take breaks for rest, take a cold shower at the end, and snacking afterwards is encouraged. The following supplements and organic foods can be helpful for your detoxification regiment: probiotics, fiber/flax seeds, chlorella, brassica vegetables, green tea, artichoke, garlic, rosemary, turmeric, pomegranate juice, dark chocolate, milk thistle, NAC, and glutathione. Talk to your naturopathic doctor about recommended supplements and dosing.
What are the contraindications for using the sauna?
If you have any of the following health conditions it is NOT recommended to use the sauna:
Serious unstable illness
Severely decreased vitality (elderly, very young children)