Heating Up for the Holidays

December 1, 2011
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

sauna detoxTap into the detox dieting power of infrared sauna therapy.

Footbaths. Vibrational exercise machines. Infrared technology. It seems that high tech cleansing therapies are “hotter” than ever for the 2011 holiday season. Interestingly, the age-old method of sweating for body purification is even making a comeback.

And that’s a good thing because 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. Researchers have identified many toxic substances—including heavy metals —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.

Sweating in some ways can be compared to fever—Mother Nature’s emergency healing process. When heating up the body in a sauna, microbes and latent viruses are killed and pH is raised to a more alkaline level which is inhospitable for pathogens to survive. When you profusely sweat, fatty tissues vibrate much faster and then dump toxins like aluminum and mercury into the body’s interstitial fluid which in turn are released through the skin’s pores. Toxic substances like formaldehyde, nicotine, alcohol, and drugs are also released.

Heat therapy has a long history associated with detoxification. In North America, Native Americans turned to sweat lodges for both spiritual and body purification. The Finns, Swedes, and other Scandinavians sweated the winter blues away with steamy saunas. Heat therapy was specifically used to help miners eliminate heavy metal poisoning in the 1950s. Today, many integrative medical doctors and naturopaths promote the use of the infrared sauna as the most effective way to stimulate gentle but deep cleansing while bathing the body with healing frequencies that enhance overall health and healing.

Infrared is much more thorough than other steam or heat sauna therapies. Infrared energy waves—which are part of the invisible spectrum of light emitted from the sun—can easily penetrate tissue to about three inches deep. By penetrating more deeply, the cleansing impact is dramatically enhanced. Just 30 minutes in a far-infrared can increase the metabolic rate to such a degree that you can burn up to 600 calories.

That said, not all infrared saunas are created equal!

The infrared heat generated by a Sunlighten sauna produces sweat that consists of on average nearly 20% toxins versus only 3% in a traditional sauna. Detox from a Sunlighten sauna is up to 7 times more effective than in a traditional one. The advantage of Sunlighten infrared saunas is their proprietary heating technology. Sunlighten’s saunas can raise the core body temperature to over 100 degrees F. — a major factor to successful detoxification. As a result, regular usage of a Sunlighten sauna provides a deep and detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

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—the infrared way. 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.

Make the Sunlighten Sauna your holiday headquarters to regenerate for the upcoming New Year. It’s a gift that the whole family can benefit from and enjoy. The good folks at Sunlighten have graciously agreed to offer my blog subscribers a gift with sauna purchase. Call 877-292-0020 and mention promo code ALG to receive an all-Natural Sauna Cleaning Kit with your order.

Ready, set, glow!

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. administrator

    Sauna therapy is the most non-invasive but effective of all detox techniques. Happy sweating!

  2. Liz

    I would love to have a sauna. I go to the one at my gym, but infrared is so much better. Plus it is such a good way to warm up in the winter.

  3. Administrator

    For those of you concerned about EMFs in your saunas, contact [email protected] to get info re a specially designed “earthing” mat to ground you during your detox sweat.

  4. Maire

    Didn’t realise until recently that sitting by a window also the glass breaks up the UV radiation from the sun- therefore giving you all the benefits!


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