It’s Wellness Wednesdays! We’ll talk about detoxing with infrared saunas. Infrared saunas are the latest detox craze.
Infrared saunas promise a fast and easy way to detox your body. There are standalone saunas you can purchase for the home, or you can go to one at a spa. Are they safe and worth trying?
Consider these questions:
1. What are infrared saunas?
Infrared saunas rely on light to make heat. They’re also known as far-infrared saunas.
- Infrared saunas make people sweat and increase their heart rates. Many believe that this can detox the body.
- They’re usually not as hot as regular saunas or steam rooms. However, infrared saunas can still reach 100 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Regular saunas can reach 200 degrees.
- These saunas appeal to those who want a way to detox without doing a liquid diet or fasting.
- The process of using infrared saunas is simple. After drinking water and changing into a towel, you’re usually ushered into a small room or box that is the sauna. You spend 30 to 45 minutes in the sauna sweating.
2. Are there negative side effects?
Research hasn’t shown any clear negative side effects from using infrared saunas. However, you have to proceed with caution before stepping into one.
- You shouldn’t use infrared saunas if you’re pregnant, sick, or dealing with an injury.
- They’re also not recommended for those who have certain medical conditions such as heart disease, strokes or heart attacks. You want to avoid saunas if you have lupus or take steroids.
- Talk to your doctor before trying an infrared sauna. Ensure you understand the risk factors for your health condition. Also, remember to mention your medications and supplements.
3. What are the detox claims?
There are many health and detox claims about infrared saunas. The most common claims are that they can help remove harmful toxins from the body by sweating.
- Some people believe that sweating can restore the immune system. They also think that it can help chronic health issues. From fibromyalgia to colitis, you can find claims about multiple medical conditions that are allegedly helped by infrared saunas.
- Several research studies have not shown a direct benefit from using infrared saunas. They have not revealed a cure for any disease. However, the possibility remains that some people feel better after using saunas.The high heat may help them feel more relaxed and calm.
- Health experts also point out that the long-term impact of using infrared saunas has not been studied.
4. Are they worth trying?
Decide with your doctor if infrared saunas might be beneficial to you. There are many spas and fitness centers that offer this type of sauna. Ensure you’re aware of the price and treatment length before signing up for a session.
- Don’t expect an infrared sauna to be a magical cure for any condition!
5. What safety precautions should I take?
If you plan to go to an infrared sauna, it’s important to stay hydrated. All saunas make people sweat, and the water has to be replaced.
- Experts recommend hydrating before, during, and after a session. Drinking water is an essential part of the process.
- It’s also important to make the sessions short in the beginning. Your body may not be able to tolerate the high heat for long. Avoid trying an hour-long session at first. Gradually build up the time and stay hydrated.
Infrared saunas are a hot detox trend. Before you try it, talk to a doctor to ensure it’s safe for your situation.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health, your environment, and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them), and can even help you with detoxification. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency.
For best results make sure you use the supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, help you maintain a healthy weight, and is a great way to detox your body!
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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