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How Does Sauna Detox Work?

When we think of detoxing, we may think of drinking a lot of lemon water, eating foods high in antioxidants, or even fasting. While these are some ways to accomplish detoxification and live healthier, there’s one method that many may overlook: sweating.

Sweating, or perspiring, is where sweat glands on the skin release a salt-based liquid in response to exercise or exposure to high heat. It’s the body’s natural process of regulating temperature and cooling us down. It’s one of the most important involuntary body functions we have and it’s good for you.

But, when it comes to how we as humans sweat, some causes are better and healthier than others. Being exposed to the sun for extended periods can cause more harm than good if we’re not prepared, causing sunburns, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Exercising is a healthy way to sweat, as long as you don’t overexert yourself.

However, If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or are injured, it’s still important to sweat–and detox. Saunas can help.

Why Infrared Sauna For Detox?

Thousands of years ago when saunas were first used, the main goal was to keep people warm in cold environments. Water was poured onto hot rocks to create steam. The hot steam would heat the air and then warm the chilly people.

Fast forward to today and we’ve learned from numerous studies the many health benefits of using a sauna, including detoxing.

The underlying principle is that the accumulation of toxic chemicals within the body can cause a host of negative effects, including illness. An infrared sauna helps rid the body of these toxic chemicals, promoting optimal health.

Your liver does the key detoxing for your body, but toxin overload can cause other bodily issues including energy depletion, weight gain, digestive problems, headaches, and much more.

A sauna can work as a complement to your liver function. Health Mate full spectrum saunas use near-, mid-, and far-infrared light to penetrate the deep tissues and other areas of the body and help remove toxins and harmful substances, promoting healing from the inside out via sweating.

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What Kinds of Toxins Can I Sweat Out?

Humans are exposed to 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.

There have been studies showing these and other chemicals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury are eliminated through sweat.

And the beauty, literally, of sweating out these toxins is immediately improved skin tone and brightness, along with reduced acne and other benefits. Just remember, it’s important to stay hydrated before or after sauna use.

Read on for proper steps to detoxing with your infrared sauna.

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Steps on How to Properly Detox

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.

Ready to enjoy the benefits of sauna detoxification? Health Mate Saunas is the leading manufacturer of infrared saunas for over 40 years. For more information on our line of infrared saunas for sale, contact us today to see how you can improve your health and your life.