I am a big fan of Bikram Yoga. Bikram is a system of yoga consisting of twenty six yoga postures and two breathing exercises. What is different about Bikram is the room being set at the high temperature of 104 degrees. This accomplishes not only the exercise from the yoga postures but it also allows the body to perspire profusely; that’s a nice way of saying I sweat alot. A good, healthy sweat isn’t just fun, gross or even sexy, it’s vital. You’d die without expelling this mix of mostly water and salt, naturally produced by the body to prevent overheating. There are many ways to acquire the benefits of a healthy sweat. The other tool I use is my Far Infrared sauna.
After all, without the heavy perspiration from my body it would have no way to rid itself of the many toxins released by the Far Infrared sauna. For years health professionals and health-conscious laymen have been praising Far Infrared saunas for their amazing ability to make people sweat copiously and comfortably. When we perspire, in one of these saunas, we help our bodies rid themselves of nasty toxins like mercury, lead and other contaminants that have accumulated within us over time. Also, by intensely sweating while experiencing Far Infrared we benefit our hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs essential for survival. Far Infrared therapy has also been proven to promote pain relief, muscle relaxation, and emotional tranquility. For people suffering from certain skin diseases, or those just wishing to improve the look and feel of their skin, Far Infrared can be particularly therapeutic. Healthy sweat makes your skin glow.
Our skin is our largest and major organ of elimination however many people do not sweat on a regular basis. This is why repeated use of a Far Infrared sauna, and it’s gentle warming heat, promotes perspiration and slowly releases toxins via skin elimination, which can help reduce your toxic load quite significantly. The use of sweating as a form of detoxification is downplayed by modern medicine, yet it has been valued as a form of cleansing since ancient times. Traditional saunas use steam and a great deal of uncomfortable hot air to promote a heavy sweat. Far Infrared is a great alternative and an option which can significantly expedite the detoxification process. It heats your body’s tissues several inches deep, which can enhance your natural metabolic processes. It also improves circulation and helps oxygenate your tissues. The difference between a Far Infrared sauna and the traditional Finnish-style sauna is that the latter heats you up from the outside in. The Far Infrared sauna heats you from the inside out, raising your body’s core temperature resulting in a deeper, more cleansing sweat. It’s said that using a Far Infrared sauna will cause you to produce a sweat that is composed of 20% toxins, compared to only 3% when using a traditional sauna.
There are other benefits of Far Infrared sauna therapy. As your body temperature rises, it will automatically perspire to release salty liquid from your sweat glands to help cool you down. This is controlled by your autonomic nervous system. However, certain emotions, such as anxiety, anger, embarrassment, or fear, can prompt you to sweat more. Since exercise raises your body temperature, sweating associated with exercise is a sign that you’re exerting yourself and enjoying the many benefits that exercise offers. However, sweating in and of itself may also be beneficial.
You have two different types of sweat glands: eccrine sweat glands, which are distributed over your entire body, and apocrine sweat glands, located on your scalp, armpits, and groin area. Sweating actually has many overall health benefits. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and serves an important role. For example, sweating helps your body maintain proper temperature and keeps you from overheating. It aids in expelling toxins which supports immune function preventing diseases related to toxic overload. A good sweat kills viruses and bacteria and cleanses the pores. Researchers have also noted the promising roles of sweat in terms of detoxification. Sweat is the necessary and important function when a body has been exposed to high levels of metallic poisons such as lead, cadmium, arsenic, trace metals and even some toxic minerals. Sweating is also the preferred method for ridding the body of toxins when urine shows elevated levels of mercury.
So if you decide to add Far Infrared sauna therapy into your health routine get ready to really sweat. Keep in mind that excessive sweating may cause your body to lose valuable fluids and electrolytes. Stay well hydrated and replace your electrolytes naturally by drinking coconut water or water mixed with Himalayan salt. Before a Far Infrared session it’s recommended you drink a full glass of water to be followed by the same when you exit the sauna. Enjoy your personal time in the Far Infrared Sauna and do not be afraid of getting used to a good, healthy sweat. It will truly make your skin glow!