When sitting in a hot sauna, we expect ourselves to sweat. We see pictures of people coming out drenched in sweat or have family members come out of the sauna completely soaked. But, when you step out of the sauna, you may find that you are barely wet, even if the sauna is at a high heat setting. You many wonder if you are still receiving the sauna detox benefits.
The answer is yes! Even though your body is not drenched in sweat, your body is still detoxifying from harmful toxins, just feel your skin. Your skin will feel a little moist or possibly sticky.
Theory of Sweat
Connie Zack, co-owner of Sunlighten saunas, explains that when you sweat in an infrared sauna (the saunas we use at ºdegree Wellness), it is different than if you were sweating after a workout or on a hot day. You will feel that your sweat is thicker because the content of the sweat is more than just water. You are sweating toxins that are trapped in your body.
If after you step out of your sauna and you are not “sweating” feel your skin. Is it moist? Does it feel sticky? If the answer is yes, your body is releasing toxins. Some people sweat more than others. But, toxins are released during every session.
Some Reasons Why You May Not Be Sweating to Your Body’s Potential
Are you drinking enough water? Are you only hydrating on days you know you will sit in the sauna? It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces. Statistically, up to 75% of the American population are dehydrated. Over time, failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical complications, from fatigue, joint pain and weight gain to headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
Like many people, water is not the first drink that we want to reach for. It is refreshing on a hot day, but most often it is not what we are wanting, although it is what our bodies need to function properly. There are many free apps available to help us drink more water.
Here are the 6 most popular apps:
- Aloe Bud for IOS
- Plant Nanny Available on Android and IOS
- My water Balance Available on Android and IOS
- Drink Water Reminder Available on Android and IOS
- Aqualert Available on Android and IOS
- Water Time Available on Android and IOS
For those that want to sweat more than their body is providing and are hydrating properly, Pure Sweat amplifying cream is a great option. Pure Sweat increases your sweating potential three times higher than without Pure Sweat.
There are many health benefits to ºdegree Wellness sauna detox sessions. One of the main reasons people purchase a far infrared sauna is for the detoxification of heavy metals.
It is important to follow these 4 steps of healthy sauna detox:
Step 1: Hydrate
On the day you plan an infrared sauna session, make sure your water intake increases. While our far infrared sauna detoxification isn’t harsh, you are still sweating – some much more than others. Detoxification expert Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt states that the sweat produced in a far infrared sauna is 80 – 85% water, so it is important that before, during, and after your sauna detox session, you drink plenty of water to re-hydrate. Dr. Klinghardt recommends replenishing with a mineral replacement such as BioPure Micro Minerals.
Step 2: Set Time Limits
The amount of time spent in a sauna detox session may vary depending upon your tolerance and daily activity level. To get your body accustomed to infrared therapy, start with 10-15 minute sessions every other day. Gradually increase towards 40 minute daily sessions in the optimal temperature range. Listen to your body. Be aware of excessive detoxifying. If you begin to feel symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms during your sauna session, discontinue use.
Step 3: Find a Comfortable Temperature
Preheat sauna and begin session when your sauna reaches 100°F. The optimal sauna experience occurs between 100° and 130°F. With our infrared saunas, there is a detoxification program that combines far and mid infrared, starting at a high intensity to increase core temperature then reduces to a low, comfortable intensity level.
Step 4: Rinse Off
After each sauna detoxification session, dry off with a towel. It is best to let your body cool off naturally while still burning calories. Finish it off with a cool glass of water and you are ready to take on the day. Remember to listen to your body, and your infrared sauna does not have to be extremely hot and uncomfortable. Infrared is more effective at cooler temperatures. The cooler the surface area of the heater, the more far infrared energy will be produced.