Saunas for Spring

April 13, 2017
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Include an infrared sauna in your weekly routine.

Anyone who has visited a health club or spa has likely spent time relaxing in a sauna. But, you may not have used an infrared sauna. Infrared represents the next wave of advanced and therapeutic cleansing by sweating out toxins—in large numbers—through the skin. The sweat produced in a conventional sauna is usually about 3% toxins, while a broad spectrum infrared sauna can produce sweat that is nearly 20% toxins. A rise in core body temperature is the key to achieving the deepest detoxifying sweat.

Sweating is one of the safest advanced detox techniques for staying healthy. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and pushes them through the pores. Pores on the surface of the skin—the largest organ of the body—play an unexpected role in the cleansing process.

What’s Hidden in the Skin?

Researchers have identified many toxic substances—including heavy metals like mercury—which are secreted from the body through the sweat. The more we can safely sweat (while maintaining adequate hydration), the more toxins can be released.

Merely sweating outside in the warmer weather may have its benefits, but by far an infrared sauna is the most effective way to stimulate gentle but deep cleansing while bathing the body with healing frequencies that enhance overall health and healing.

In some ways, sweating can be compared to fever—Mother Nature’s emergency healing process. Infrared saunas are an effective tool for just that.

Here are some other well-documented health benefits from infrared sauna use:

• Reduced blood pressure
• Weight loss
• Decreased pain and inflammation
• Improved detoxification
• Enhanced relaxation
• Better circulation
• Skin rejuvenation
• Wound healing

Because infrared heat penetrates joints, muscles and tissues and increases circulation, it also increases oxygen flow to these areas, making more energy available for healing. Many doctors recommend saunas for the pain relief they have provided from sports injuries and such conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis.

Ready to Get Started?

Take caution to not overdo it—especially in the beginning. Start with a five or ten minute sauna at 135 degrees Fahrenheit three times per week. Gradually work your way up to a 45-minute sauna, and then after a month or so increase the temperature to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

When choosing a sauna, keep in mind that not all are created equal.

The infrared heat generated by Sunlighten Saunas produces sweat that consists of that critical 20% toxins versus only 3% that I mentioned earlier. They are also proven to raise the core body temperature to over 100 degrees F.—a major factor in the detoxification process. As a result, regular usage provides a deep and detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

Sunlighten also makes the only full spectrum infrared sauna. Full spectrum infrared consists of near, mid and far wavelengths—all of which provide different health benefits. Rejuvenating detoxification, circulation, relaxation, enhanced immunity, wound healing, balanced blood pressure, and even weight loss are some of the healthy benefits of good old fashioned sweating through full spectrum infrared therapy.

Another important factor not to overlook when purchasing or making regular use of a sauna is its potential for EMF exposure—make sure it’s made with steel conduit electrical shielding and ask to see third party testing for EMF exposure inside the sauna. When I asked Sunlighten about the safety of their saunas, they provided this report.

You can learn more about Sunlighten Saunas at their website. I have one in my home and can attest to the healing—and relaxing—benefits.

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  1. Elaine

    Was all set to buy sunlighten sauna 3 yrs ago, then got breast cancer & lymphedema (stage 1 & is under control). Also have an auto immune disorder. Do u know if sauna would make lymphedema worse? There r so many benefits of their sauna! I am sure i am overloaded w/toxins.

  2. Ann Louise

    Dear Elaine: Thank you for your post. I would personally suggest short saunas of 15 minutes twice per week for healing and immune boosting. Good luck to you. Love Sunlighten

  3. T.H.

    Would a Finnleo infrared sauna be a worthwhile investment or must it be Sunlighten? There is a Finnleo dealer near my house. I have Sjogren’s syndrome with high chronic EBV levels so I’m looking for detox. I would appreciate your advice.

    • Team ALG

      A good quality infrared will have the detox benefits you are seeking. Sunlighten has an especially high detox rate and is lower in EMF’s than some on the market.


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