Feeling HOT HOT HOT! – Infrared Saunas

Benefits of Infrared Saunas
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I recently embarked on a week's worth of infrared sauna sessions recommended by my naturopathic doctor. The first couple days, I felt energized, but definitely felt the need for more rest. I had a sore throat and itchy ears that I couldn’t rid myself of no matter how healthy I ate or how much water/clear fluids I drank. I sought out a local health club that offered a very affordable monthly rate, including towel service as well. Everyday after a hectic 9 to 5, I went straight to my infrared sauna session. The first three days, it took me about 10 minutes to relax and enjoy the heat. By the end of the week, I couldn’t get in there fast enough. I feel more energized, lighter and ready for more!!

Today studies show that most of us have between 400 to 800 chemical residues stored in out fat cells! Yikes!! These toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals cause a toxic burden and when the body exceeds the toxic load, we begin to store toxins in our cells, fat and organs. The following symptoms are related to toxicity; allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, eczema, frequent colds or flu, rashes and poor concentration. Infrared saunas are said to be the most efficient way of ridding ourselves of the toxins.

Infrared saunas naturally heat up the body to a temperature of 100-140 degrees Fahrenheit and warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight without the negative effects. Infrared radiant heat is adjustable, and heats objects by direct light conversion using ceramic elements or infrared light. The heat penetrates into the skin 1-2 inches deep creating various therapeutic effects. The body absorbs as much as 92 per cent of the heat inducing perspiration, creating detoxification. When cells and tissues are exposed to infrared rays it stimulates the healing process in the body.

Benefits of Infrared Saunas:

  • Heat up the body causing a “fever like” reaction assisting the body to kill off bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses
  • Inhibits the sympathetic nervous system allowing the body to relax and regenerate itself.
  • Very helpful in times of stress!
  • Skin rejuvenation! The skin is the largest eliminatory organ of the body, we are exposed to numerous chemicals on a daily basis that get stored in our fat cells and can cause damage to the skin. Infrared rays initiate detoxification and can improve cellulite.
  • Increased blood circulation to the skin promotes youthful glowing skin.
  • As you sweat you can increase your heart rate, cardiac rate, metabolic rate and your basil metabolic rate(so you will burn calories at an elevated rate after you leave the sauna)!!
  • Reports claim that you can burn up to 800 calories in a 30 minute session.
  • Improves the flow of the lymph fluid to help reduce swelling and inflammation(dry skin brushing before and during can enhance this)
  • Helps heal wounds, aids in quicker healing and reduced scaring
  • Consumers report relief from fibromyalgia pain, arthritis, back pain, muscle spasms headaches and injuries as it allows oxygen to be repaid more quickly.
  • Correcting dependencies of alcohol, junk food and drugs requires eliminating residual traces in the body. These traces make it very difficult to conquer cravings.

Precautionary Measures:

  • Hydrate, hydrate hydrate! Drink plenty of water prior to infrared sauna session, during and after. Re-hydration is essential. 
  • It’s recommended not to exceed 30 minutes a session. Work your way up to 30 minutes if you are sensitive to heat or carrying a heavy toxic load. Detoxifying too quickly can result in various uncomfortable symptoms. Take breaks if you need to. Listen to your body.
  • If you have blood sugar issues, eat within an hour before entering the sauna
  • Do not use drugs or alcohol in infrared saunas as they can promote overheating and impede sweating.
  • Pregnant, children, elderly and individuals with cardiac conditions, insensitivity to heat, chronic conditions should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna
  • After you session is over, take your time to cool down, rinse off with a warm shower to cleanse skin of toxins, and avoid using heavy amounts of soap which will clog pores.
  • Contact a certified physician or naturopath to discuss supplementation that can support the system and enhance detoxification.

For more information, please contact Michelle Stafford directly at  whole_healing[at]yahoo.ca

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