What about Infrared Sauna Therapy? Just another kind of sweating? People have long known the benefits of sauna therapy. It has long been used as a way to detoxify and cleanse the body from the inside out, as well as a way to relax and simply stay healthy.
However, infrared sauna therapy is a newer kind of sauna therapy that also purports to have other benefits as well.
In fact, proponents of this more newly discovered sauna therapy state that the actual sweat you produce when you sit in this type of sauna is chemically different than the sweat you produce in a traditional sauna or when you sweat during a workout, for example. When using a traditional sauna or when you work out, the sweat produced is 95 to 97% water. However, the infrared sauna produces only 80 to 85% water, while the balance is actually comprised of toxins like heavy metals, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.
However, perhaps more startling, infrared therapy is purported to also help you release cholesterol, as well as fat-soluble toxins. This may be especially useful in today's polluted world, since as a matter of course we all have a least some toxins in our bodies that we cannot get rid of under normal means. Even if we eat organic food, for example, we are still going to "ingest" certain pollutants from the air and sometimes the water we drink. Therefore, this type of sauna therapy can help us release toxins we have no choice but to ingest and would otherwise not be able to release so easily.
Of course, as with any purification therapy, you should check with your doctor to make sure it's safe for you. Nevertheless, these types of saunas have provided not just detoxification benefits but also pain relief from such miseries as arthritis. That's because these saunas work with exactly the same type of heat as the sun. This heat penetrates the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, which causes blood vessels in capillaries to dilate. This produces better circulation, which in turn helps the body get rid of toxins and metabolic waste via the sweat that leaves the body through the skin.
In fact, some people even state that this type of sauna therapy is necessary for good health. One such proponent of this type of detoxification is Sherry Rogers, M.D. Dr. Rogers is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology. Her book, Detoxify or Die, states that sauna therapy and in particular infrared sauna therapy is necessary to help us get rid of toxins we can't otherwise shed.
Why? Because we ingest so many chemicals as a matter of course in our daily lives that we simply must get rid of them, but the point is that we cannot by utilizing normal evacuation and detoxification methods. Dr. Rogers states, for example, that the infrared sauna is the safest of the saunas and should be a daily necessity for people. Sauna therapy simply helps people excrete toxins through the skin and get rid of them by releasing toxins into subcutaneous fat. The subcutaneous fat is then actually excreted through the skin while sweating in an infrared sauna.
What's the best way to take a sauna? Infrared saunas heat objects and not the surrounding air as traditional saunas do, so that they can be utilized at much lower temperatures than can traditional saunas. Often, such patients as cardiac patients can also use them perfectly safely, even though taking a sauna is often contraindicated for cardiac patients. Of course, those wanting to take a sauna should check with their doctors first.
Another advantage to these saunas is that they can be completely portable. In fact, there are one-person units that simply zip around the body and encase it. These are available for several hundred dollars instead of the several thousand you'd need to spend on a standard freestanding sauna. This can allow you to take a sauna whenever you wish, even if you have a limited budget and/or space.
For more information on the benefits of infrared sauna therapy, do some research on the Internet and perhaps discuss its use with a holistic practitioner. It's true that many so-called "mainstream" health practitioners do not yet see the benefits of sauna therapy or other types of detoxification therapy, but it's increasingly becoming known as a beneficial therapy at least among holistic practitioners. If you do decide that this therapy is right for you, there are a variety of models on the market within various price ranges, so that you should be able to find one to fit your lifestyle and budget.
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