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Some may say it’s just a buzzy, Hollywood trend – doing a “detox” – but in reality, detoxification has been practiced for centuries by many different civilizations around the world. It’s about resting and cleansing your body, so that it can reset and perform at its most optimal level. By removing toxins, then feeding your body healthy, whole foods and nutrients, detoxifying can actually help disease-proof your entire body system. Detoxification generally means cleansing the blood, which is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are then processed for elimination from the body.

Some of the symptoms that may make you eager to try a detox include: fatigue, slow bowels, allergies, skin irritation, menstrual issues, infections, bloating, puffy eyes, and even emotional distress or mental confusion. All of these are pretty unpleasant, right? So, if you’re experiencing these issues and can’t seem to put your finger on why, it may just be that your body needs a good spring cleaning!

There are many different ways to detox: Fasting, meditating, doing a juice cleanse, practicing yoga, or even doing an elimination diet to remove one specific dietary irritant, like gluten or dairy. But there is another really cool way to detox your body that you can safely do every single day, and it’s called infrared sauna therapy.

Sauna detox is being embraced more and more as a healthy treatment option in the world of functional medicine. Why? Because sweating is good for you! Sweating is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to eliminate toxins, and my friends at Sunlighten build detox saunas that are designed to promote a deep, cleansing sweat. They are true leaders in the industry, using the highest-grade materials and state-of-the-art technology to create their beautiful, functional saunas.

So many of us are trying to get away from excess medications and pill-popping, and find more natural ways to treat our various ailments. Sauna detoxification is getting more and more attention, and with good reason – it’s a simple, relaxing activity you’d want to do anyway, AND it’s actually good for you! The build-up of toxic substances in our bodies can lead to a variety of common illnesses, so getting rid of these harmful substances through a natural sauna detox may help relieve symptoms. And hey, it may even contribute to the prevention of future illness, which is never a bad thing.  

Scientists, doctors, and researchers have told us for ages that the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals. But as long as you maintain proper hydration – in other words, drink a TON of water – the theory is that the more you sweat, the more toxins you’ll expel from your body. And one of the safest, most effective ways to work up a detoxifying sweat is in a sauna, where your body perspires tons of different toxins through your pores.

Another quick shout-out to Sunlighten here, because their technology is really different, special, and top notch. Their saunas are highly effective for detox because of their patented Solocarbon far infrared heating technology, which works to better heat your body’s core to expel toxins, rather than simply heating the ambient air in the sauna to draw them out. It’s very cool stuff — and I’m all for embracing devices or treatments that will facilitate good health and optimal wellness.

So hopefully I’ve peaked your interest here, but as with any type of treatment or modality, there are some guidelines to keep in mind if you decide to try sauna detoxification:

  • Hydrate. You’re going to sweat a LOT. So before, during, and after your sauna session, it’s important that you drink plenty of water to rehydrate.  
  • Set Time Limits. The amount of time you spend in a sauna session will vary, depending on a variety of personal factors — so take it slow at the beginning; 10-15 minute sessions every other day. Gradually, you’ll increase towards longer, daily sessions in the optimal temperature range.
  • Find a Comfortable Temperature. There is a general, optimal range for the best detox benefits, but within that window, choose a temp you’re comfortable with.
  • Rinse Off. After each session, remember to dry off with a towel. It’s best to let your body cool off naturally, while still burning calories. Finish it off with — you guessed it — a glass of water!

To find out more about the benefits of infrared sauna therapy and see all their amazing sauna products, head over to Sunlighten’s website. And to keep up with all the latest happenings, research, and news, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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