If you are struggling with chronic health problems, chances are you would benefit greatly from a detoxification program. In this day and age, everyone is exposed to pollution, heavy metals and toxic chemicals; many of which are stored in our fat and other fatty organs, such as the brain. We encounter these toxins in our day-to-day life through food, water and air pollution, household products and more. Removing these toxins can be a difficult process, especially for slow metabolizers and those who have difficulty sweating.

A very effective and natural method to detoxify the body is the Infrared Sauna.  Its dry, warming energy is highly compatible with the human body. It heats the tissues several inches deep to cause a rise in core body temperature. This helps to stimulate the circulatory system and enhance the metabolic processes, while oxygenating your body’s cells.

Your skin is a major organ of elimination, but many people have difficulty sweating or do not sweat on a regular basis. Repeated use of the sauna slowly restores circulation and the ability for toxins to move from the cellular level to the skin’s surface, expediting the detoxification process.  Not only will it help rid your body of heavy metals and chemicals, it will also help kill off viruses and other microbes, strengthening the immune system.

For those considering the infrared sauna for heavy metal detoxification, it may be beneficial to include binders to your treatment to bind with metals that have been dislodged from your tissue but have not been excreted. This will help to ensure they are not reabsorbed into the tissue and can be eliminated through the stool. It is recommended to talk with your healthcare provider prior to adding binders to your sauna treatment, as they may also bind to other medications, pulling them out of your body along with the metals.

Unlike traditional saunas which intense temperatures can be difficult to tolerate, the infrared sauna’s gentle, soothing, therapeutic heat warms you from the inside out. In addition to the effects of detoxification on the body, this is also a particularly good treatment for those dealing with chronic pain conditions.  The infrared heat penetrates deep into the tissues and joints to decrease pain, reduce muscle spasms, and restores tissue. Scientific research has concluded that infrared therapy enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting human cell growth, increasing the body’s ability to repair wounds and prevent infection.

When first incorporating the infrared sauna into your detox routine, it is best to spend no more than 5-10 minutes in the sauna to see how you tolerate the heat and detoxification effects.  The goal is to slowly work up to 30 minutes. The reason for this is because the detoxification process can in some cases be severe, depending on your toxic load.  If debilitated or very heat-sensitive, begin with a shorter time and work up to 10 minutes.

Before entering the infrared sauna, drink a glass of electrolyte water and keep another glass of  electrolyte  water on-hand for after your sauna, to help to replenish your system and to stay hydrated.  It is ideal to have as much skin exposure as possible while in the sauna, as it will not work through clothing. You should remain in the sauna no more than 30-minutes per session.

When finished, it is recommended to  skin brush to enhance the cleansing and detoxifying effect. Brush the entire body, including the face and neck. This may feel slightly uncomfortable at first but will soon feel wonderful and invigorating after the sauna.  These simple steps will enhance your sauna experience and improve your overall health as your body begins to detoxify more easily.

The results of the sauna are improved when they are part of an integrated program. It is important to reduce the amount of exposure to toxins and molds. Eat organic foods grown in mineral-rich soils whenever possible, get plenty of rest and sleep, and maintain a positive environment. Treatments that assist with detoxification and that work well with the infrared sauna include lymphatic drainage, castor oil packs or body wraps, colonics, and ionic foot bath.

Talk with your healthcare provider to see if adding infrared sauna to your detox and pain management program is right for you.

By Kari Carlson