An Excerpt taken from a News Article from Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D.
“NEW SCIENCE IS PROVING that a simple, ancient method of cleansing the body used by Native Americans for centuries has widespread positive effects on health and can help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, enhance detoxification, and experience less joint pain. I’m talking about heat therapy-specifically, the use of infrared saunas.
Heat therapy is a significantly underutilized treatment in medicine. However, with the growing movement to find more self-directed, more natural, less invasive ways to overcome health problems and lose weight, it’s becoming more popular among the American public. And that’s a good thing! As we will see in a moment, the science bears out the use of heat as a treatment modality for a wide variety of health conditions.
Infrared saunas in particular, present an interesting and powerful opportunity for people to take advantage of the latest advances in heat therapy. Over the last decade science has finally caught up with what ancient societies have realized for millennia regarding the use of heat therapy, and the evidence that’s surfacing about the benefits of regular use of saunas is impressive.”
The Science behind … Far Infrared Detoxification Sauna with Ozone (O3) Oxygen Therapy (see below)
Far Infrared: Some call it the ‘Light of Life’, others ‘Vital Rays’, NASA calls it ‘Bioenergetic Rays’; but, whatever nickname it is given far infrared has proven to be as important to human life as is oxygen, food, and water. Far infrared is one range of the electromagnetic spectrum of waves emitted by the sun. Humans can not see this light, but know of its existence from the warmth they feel. Far Infrared Saunas use the many health benefits of this wavelength to warm inner tissues and cells without any of the harmful UVA or UVB rays.
How The Body Takes In Far Infrared: People not only absorb far infrared, but also emit it. The ancient art of ‘laying on of hands’ is actually the skill of releasing far infrared energy from the healer to the patient. The level of far infrared produced by each individual mirrors their general health. As they become ill their radiation of far infrared goes down, and vice versa as health is restored.
How Far Infrared Effects the Body: Far infrared causes the water within the body to vibrate. The body is about 70% water, so this vibration has a profound effect on the tissues. This vibratory process allows for a deeper penetration of energy, which both heats the atoms and causes water molecules to break into smaller clusters. Both events stimulate the easy release of toxins. The extra heat generated causes the capillaries to expand which helps blood circulation, and increase the bodies metabolism. This activates the tissues to produce needed enzymes.
Health Benefits Other Saunas Don’t Have: Unlike other saunas, the far infrared saunas’ heat penetrates at least 1 1/2 inches below the skin’s surface. This creates a deeper cleansing of the tissues. Far infrared heats the body directly. It does not use the air surrounding the person as a go between. The direct contact far infrared creates with the individual will result in a more intense sweat, while actually generating a lower temperature. This in turn allows more toxins to be eliminated than with other higher heated saunas.
How Far Infrared Saunas Detoxify: There is a plethora of chemicals the body can not metabolize so when ingested these toxins tend to be stored in fat cells. A Chronic Toxic Overload is created when hundreds of chemicals dwell in the body. This condition causes dozens of debilitating illnesses. Excessive toxins cause the mechanism which creates enzymes to malfunction, resulting in nutritional shortages, which in turn can lead to hormone and brain imbalances.
That is the bad news. The good news is that with far infrared’s deep heat, fat cells liquify. Couple this with the vibrational effect far infrared has on water clusters, and your water molecules begin to split into micro-molecules, making the toxins within them easier to eliminate. These duo processes work together to allow toxins and fat to be released to the eliminative systems of the body.
Far Infrared’s Benefits on the Blood: A 30 minute far infrared sauna is as advantageous to the cardiovascular system as is a 6 mile run. In fact, NASA has used far infrared for cardiac conditioning. With far infrared heat the blood vessels become dilated which helps lower blood pressure, increases blood circulation, boosts cellular metabolism, smoothes the walls of the blood carrying system and increases the production of both white blood cells and endorphins. The blood and its systems gain vigor which results in a strengthened immune system, quicker injury healing, normalized cholesterol, recovered energy and improved oxygen levels.
Other Benefits: Where to begin? Well, it is kind of a no-brainer to deduct that if far infrared liquifies fat and expedites its elimination, weight loss would be a benefit. And, it is. At least 300 calories are burned for every 30 minute sauna taken. Far infrared stimulates the hypothalamus which controls neurochemicals. The benefits of this include a better sleep, improved moods, pain control, a lower body acidic level through the reduction of stress and toxins.
The heat from far infrared along with the ozone oxygen infused essential oils that are applied to the body before entering the sauna, are a beautiful treatment for hydrating the skin and intensifies the detox process. Along with this effect, the infrared heat causes the body to have an ‘artificial fever’ which stimulates the immune system and helps the body to more quickly rid itself of other illnesses.
Conditions Far Infrared Is Known To Help:
Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Digestive Problems, Chronic Fatigue, Eczema and Psoriasis, Weight, Arthritis, Acne, Soft-tissue Injury, Menstrual Pain, Hypertension, Asthma, Colds and Flu, Depression, Tremors, Joint Pain, Allergies, Insomnia, Candidiasis, Burns
How to Properly Take a Far Infrared Sauna
- Drink at least a quart of water for each 30 minute sauna,
- Do not overstay your comfort zone’s welcome, get out if nausea, headache, dizziness, or any other discomfort should come upon you,
- Wipe the sweat off before exiting the sauna as toxins can reabsorb upon hitting the cool air.
- Shower after each sauna.
- Replace minerals and vitamins released through sweating.
People Should Check With There Doctor Before Using Saunas If…
They have Lupus
They have Multiple Sclerosis
They have a joint injury less than 48 hours old
They are, or think they may be pregnant
They suffer from Hemophilia
They have a metal pin, an artificial joint, or other kind of implant.
What We’re Up Against: We are bombarded with toxic substances from the air, our water, processed foods and preservatives. We are also exposed through the soil, plants, animals and on through the food chain as pesticides, antibiotics, hormones etc. are now prevalent in so many things that we ingest. Many of these toxic substances will not simply leave the body by themselves. They store up and will attack your immune system as free radicals. Free radicals can cause a lot of serious molecular damage to your body’s immune function that will leave your body exposed to many serious diseases and illnesses.
Perspiration is the easiest and safest way to eliminate many of the toxins and heavy metals that get stored because they are released through the skin and therefore don’t enter the bloodstream and so usually have very little or no side effects. Caution should always be taken before doing a purifying food elimination detox diet because, unlike detoxing through the skin, if toxins are released too quickly and if the liver and colon are already overloaded, it could cause uncomfortable side effects. It’s always best to consult a professional before starting a program.
Health for the long term should include getting into the habit of limiting our toxin exposure by improving the diet to more whole foods, avoiding chemicals and drinking purified water. By improving the body’s digestive fire, along with aiding the liver, kidneys and colon to more efficiently do their detoxifying jobs, we can avoid many illnesses and disease.
NOTE: Legal Disclaimer. Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. No health claims for these products have been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA approved these products to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. Since every individual is unique, we highly recommend you consult with your licensed health care practitioner about the use of ozone and infrared products in your particular situation.