Why doing regular saunas is one of our most recommended health practices
Heat therapies have long been used for healing and wellness, dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Mayans.
Our body excretes waste from toxins and waste that comes through our gut into our body and then out of our blood into the lymphatic fluids. Toxic waste is held in the body’s sewerage systems: the interstitial and lymph fluids (between the organs and between the skin and the muscles) and fat cells.
The fastest and easiest way to get rid of this waste fluid, is to sweat it out, rather than forcing it back into your blood to be filtered through the liver and kidneys for excretion.
1. During the cleansing process, be sure to eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli and seaweed are excellent.
When we sauna, we improve our bodies’ detoxification capacity. This automatically lowers the internal burden on cells and organs from the exposure to heavy metals, plastics, pesticides and other toxins in the environment and food. Studies have found that we sweat out everything from mercury, to BPA (a hormone-disrupting chemical from plastics), to DDT, to prescription drug residues, to fluoride, to countless other harmful chemicals.
Saunas help us excrete water as well as fat soluble toxins from our sweat and sebaceous glands!
Studies show that our risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 27% less in a group using a sauna 2-3 times per week, and a staggering 50% lower for those using the sauna 4-7 times per week.
The same benefits we get from exercising can be experienced by increasing our use of a sauna regularly. It reduces brain de-generation by increasing norepinephrine production, which stimulates neuron formation, improves focus and concentration and revitalizes nerve cell repair.
Due to the improved circulation and waste expelling capacity of our body following regular sauna sessions, our skin becomes healthier and clearer due to better delivery of nutrients to our skin cells, which has visible rejuvenation effects on our appearance.
Traditional saunas can expose us to higher heat than infrared saunas, which do not become as hot, although they have many other benefits due to the infrared light. See what kind of saunas you have access to near you if you are not buying and installing your own yet. Work your way up to longer sessions to build up tolerance if you are new to the practice. Start at 15 minutes per session and increase to 45-minute sessions by increasing your session time by a couple of minutes more each day.
By having a hot hydration drink whilst in the sauna, (electrolytes and minerals added to a lovely ginger lemon honey tea for example), you will raise your body temperature faster and improve the elimination rate of waste whilst simultaneously keeping yourself hydrated.