[Editor’s Note: Part one of this article covered how this health secret can help you slash your Alzheimer’s risk by 65% and burn 600 calories while sitting still. To review part one, please click here.]
If your memory is fuzzy, the real cause might not be aging. It could be toxins.
Chemicals, heavy metals, and other factors can kill brain cells and interfere with your brain’s ability to make energy.
Toxins are everywhere in modern life. Pesticides, mercury from “silver” tooth fillings, lead, arsenic, cadmium and many other toxins in our food, water, and air.
What can you do? Sweat, that’s what! Let me expand on that idea. . .
The Secret to Effortless Detox
Most of us don’t sweat enough regularly. We live in air conditioned homes, cars, and offices. We use antiperspirants, and most of us don’t exercise enough.
The problem with this lifestyle is that your body was designed to sweat. And sweat is a key way to cleanse your body.
A far-infrared sauna is one of the best ways to help. Increased sweating in a sauna is shown to significantly eliminate a wide range of toxins such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and others.1
The deep penetration of infrared heat releases toxins from the fat layers just beneath the skin. It also helps your body eliminate toxins from your internal organs. These toxins pass from the organs to the fat tissue under the skin. Then they are eliminated in perspiration.
To see how this works, researchers analyzed and compared the sweat from both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from traditional saunas was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Infrared saunas produced a sweat that was only 80-85% water. The remaining 15-20% was made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and fat-soluble toxins.2
Once you realize all your body has all that junk in it, I think you can see the point of doing what I do: Get yourself a home infrared sauna and use it regularly.
Infrared saunas are powerful because they’re such a simple, easy way to detox compared to fasting, exercise, colon cleansing, and other detox therapies.
A sharper memory and detox are just the beginning of sauna benefits.
Increase Human Growth Hormone by 142%!
A study published in the Annals of Clinical Research showed that saunas increased levels of human growth hormone (hGH) by an average of 142% during the sauna sessions. Many longevity experts refer to hGH as “the fountain-of-youth hormone” for its remarkable ability to help the body heal and repair, and grow new cells to revitalize aging organs and tissues.3 Muscle builders and athletes work hard to keep their hGH levels elevated, but you can just relax in a sauna!
70% Less Pain AFTER JUST ONE SESSION
Infrared rays also help you naturally reduce pain and inflammation. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues. It increases circulation, and boosts oxygen flow to the tissues. Infrared saunas provide proven relief for sports injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions.
A recent study published in Internal Medicine, showed that patients with chronic pain saw their pain levels drop by nearly 70% after their first session of infrared sauna therapy. Pain scores remained low throughout the observation period.4
Cut Fatal Heart Attack Risk by 63%!
A 21-year study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that men who used a sauna 4 to 7 times a week cut their risk of sudden cardiac death by 63%.5,6
Reduce Blood Pressure WITHOUT Drugs
Infrared saunas have been clinically shown to provide one of the best, natural ways to lower blood pressure. In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, infrared saunas were shown to lower blood pressure when the participants took part in a program of 30-minute infrared sauna sessions just three times per week.
The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the thickness of their inner lining. This increased circulation and promoted healthy blood pressure.7
How Infrared Saunas Work
Ever get in a car on a sunny day in winter? Wonder how it feels so warm inside when the air outside is freezing? That’s the infrared light from the sun. In a similar way, infrared saunas penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches below your skin to detoxify and revitalize your cells. This produces a deep, detoxifying sweat that eliminates toxins at the cellular level. Infrared energy is powerful, yet it’s so safe it’s used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.
The Healing Difference of Full-Spectrum Saunas
Most infrared saunas on the market produce only far infrared. However, a more-recent development in the field is full-spectrum infrared. These are saunas that provide all of the benefits associated with far, mid, and near-infrared rays.
Different wavelengths of infrared energy have different healing effects. For example, near infrared works better for pain relief and far infrared is
more effective for weight loss. (See chart at right.) Full-spectrum saunas give you a clinically researched mix of far, mid, and near-infrared rays for targeted healing.
How to Use Infrared Saunas
If you’re already in good health, a 30-40 minute sauna session three or more times a week will do. Or if you’re trying to heal a specific health condition, some doctors prescribe daily or even multiple sessions each day. It’s always important to talk to your physician before beginning sauna therapy.
You can try an infrared sauna at a local health club or spa. Some massage therapists also provide them. A typical fee is $30-$45 per 30-minute session.
I also recommend purchasing one yourself. An excellent, cutting-edge manufacturer is Sunlighten, offering clinically backed 3-in-1 infrared and full-spectrum saunas with a simple plug-and-heat design for easy home installation. Visit their website or call 1-877-292-0020.
Another reputable (albeit more expensive) brand is TheraSauna. Infrared saunas, with their myriad health benefits, are definitely an at-home therapy option worth checking out.
If you decide to contact these companies please mention that you read about infrared saunas in Brain Health Breakthroughs. But be aware that these companies can’t give you advice about treatment for dementia or any other disease. It’s against the law for them to do that. That’s why you need to read Brain Health Breakthroughs.
- J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 184745. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/
- Dr. A. J. Adams, International Institute of Holistic Healing: What is Far Infrared Therapy and How Does it Work Toward Healing the Body? (https://www.naturalnews.com/022847_body_skin_detoxification.html)
- Ann Clin Res. 1976 Aug;8(4):266-71 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/999213
- Internal Medicine (Tokyo) Aug 15, 2008 by Matsushita K, Masuda A, Tei C. The First Department of Internal Medicine, Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan.
- Tanjaniina Laukkanen, Hassan Khan, Francesco Zaccardi, Jari A. Laukkanen. Association between Sauna Bathing and Fatal Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.8187
- Becky Edwards, M.D., Heather Kort D.O, Faculty Staff Advisor: Dr. John Foxworth, PharmD. A Study of the Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy – Conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2005.