With the amount of toxins and environmental contaminants in the modern world, the need for periodic detoxification is evident. Toxins exist everywhere, from our food, soaps and shampoos to the air we breathe and the clothes we wear.
These environmental toxins are suspected of playing a role in a number of diseases, including cancer, arthritis, weakened immune systems, autism, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and many more. The toxins that infest our bodies come from a variety of sources, including industrial pollutants, pesticide residue, food additives and heavy metals. With all these health challenges coming at us every day, the need to detoxify our bodies is obvious.
There are several methods of detoxification, and there is still considerable debate as to which method works best. The first detoxification method is chelation therapy, in which preparations of enzymes are injected into the bloodstream, where they bind with toxins and remove them.
Another popular detoxification method is fasting, either alone or in combination with herbal therapies and mineral preparations. Fasting allows the toxins in the body to be stripped away.
Another popular method of detoxification is the sauna method, in which toxins are removed through heating. One advantage of the sauna method is obvious. The sauna method is the easiest method, and it can be used effectively by just about everyone. In addition, the sauna detoxification method can be used in conjunction with the other methods to make them more effective and useful.
Sweating and sauna baths are an ancient tradition, and one long associated with good health and healing. The tradition of the sauna goes back at least as far as ancient Rome, with the famous Roman baths, and includes such popular and well-known institutions as the Finnish Savusauna, the Sweat Lodge of the Native Americans, the Russian Banya and the Hammam of Morocco. It is obvious from studying history that people have been enjoying the detoxifying effects of the sauna for many years.
In today’s world, there are a great many choices when it comes to sauna and steam treatments and detoxifying programs. There are choices to fit almost any budget, from exotic and expensive built-in home saunas to simple and less expensive portable units. Some saunas use conventional steam, whereas others use heated rocks and still others use modern and efficient infrared heaters. The effectiveness of any sauna detoxification program will depend in large measure on the type of heat that is used and the protocol that is employed.
There are some important differences between a traditional sauna and the type of steam room often found at gyms. Even though a steam room feels hotter because of the high humidity it contains, it is actually harder for the body to sweat in a steam room than in a sauna.
The traditional hot rocks sauna is still quite popular today, but it has begun to lose ground to the modern infrared saunas, which are able to provide benefits like energy efficiency, increased comfort, deeper heat penetration, and better detoxification.
Infrared saunas have been found to produce sweat that has more toxins and other organic compounds in it. As much as 15% of the sweat produced in a typical infrared sauna, for instance, is composed of dissolved fats, toxins and other materials, whereas only about 5%-6% of sweat in the traditional hot rock sauna contains these materials, with the remaining 94-95% being composed only of water.
No matter what type of sauna you choose, there is little doubt that such sauna treatments can be good for the body as well as the soul. Saunas are a relaxing, and very effective way to remove the many toxins that build up through everyday living.