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7 Easy Tips for the Best Infrared Sauna Detox

Infrared Sauna Detox – How to Get the Most Benefit

One of the primary reasons for using a sauna and possibly the most beneficial is that of detoxification.  An infrared sauna Detox can result in elimination of heavy metals, chemicals and many other toxins which are detrimental to your health.  While any sauna time can result in some amount of benefits, following some guidelines can safely increase the benefits significantly.

Infrared saunas typically result in a much better detox than traditional steam saunas.  This is primarily due to the way they heat the body and the air, and also your skin temperature.  We want to use this to our advantage. Our Reviews page highlights the brands that provide the best proven detoxification benefits.


Lower Sauna Temperature = A Better Detox

Sweat fulfills two primary functions.  It cools the body and it removes waste products out of the body, accomplishing this through two main types of sweat glands.

The Apocrine glands, which are located in areas such as the armpits and scalp,  secrete sweat which contains higher levels of fats and organic compounds.  The second group called Eccrine glands are scattered all over the body and handle most of the sweating process, numbering more than 2 million.

These Eccrine glands, over the course of a normal day pump out nearly a quart of sweat.  However, in a high temperature steam sauna (180 degrees+), they produce this amount in only 15 minutes.  Using an infrared sauna at 130-140 degrees results in the same heavy amount of sweating. While this cleans the pores and skin, it is also excretes higher amounts of electrolytes.  Using a sauna at these temperatures requires replacing the lost fluids and electrolytes.

However, using an infrared sauna at the lower temperatures of 110-125 degrees results in a sticker, more fat-laden sweat and less electrolyte loss.  In fact at lower temperatures, the sweat from an infrared sauna session is comprised of up to 20% toxins compared to only 3% toxins in the sweat produced in a high temperature steam unit.  This is a main reason the infrared  is the better choice for detox purposes.

Some users report beginning the session at a lower temperature of 110-125 degrees for the first 20 minutes and then raising the temperature to around 135 to produce a more profuse sweat for the final 10 minutes.


Dry Brush for Increased Lymphatic Cleansing

One of the important roles your skin plays is that of supporting detoxification.  However, if the skin is saturated with dead skin cells and toxins, its ability to eliminate these wastes is reduced.

As you will be using yours for detox purposes, preparing the skin to be effective in its detox role by dry brushing can often increase the results you experience.  In fact, dry brushing not only helps by removing dead skin cells, but also aids  in waste removal through the lymph nodes.

Few activities can really activate the lymphatic system in its removal of cellular waste.  When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, the cellular wastes build up in the hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubes.  This lymphatic congestion causes inflammation and even sickness.  As dry brushing stimulates the lymph nodes, it is a powerful detoxification protocol on its own.  But adding it prior to a session compounds these detoxification effects.

Brushing the skin also increases circulation, another benefits that makes it a great pre-sauna activity. Simply purchase a dry brush made with natural bristles and make long sweeping strokes on the skin towards the heart.  Start at the feet and move upward, always brushing towards the heart.


Pre-Session Protocol for Optimal Benefits

A proper protocol for using a sauna for detox starts with something that is obvious. Hydrate.  Drink a glass of water before beginning the session.  The higher the temperature will be, the more water should be consumed before, during and after.

Showering Before and After using a Sauna

Although not necessary, some users find showering prior to using their sauna results in a faster and heavier sweat and a more invigorating experience. It can also stimulate your body’s circulation even before entering the sauna.


Benefits of Sauna After Workout

Exercise raises the body’s temperature and increasing the oxygenation of the cells.  While this is true some people do not sweat as easily as others during exercise and others do not release the toxins as easily.  Ironically both of these often occur as a result of a toxin overload clogging up the detox process.

The benefits after a workout include the release of these toxins and a faster result as the body is already at a higher core temperature and primed for release of the toxins.  Less time is needed after a workout and it is important to monitor the time and your body’s reaction.


 Fiber for Mobilized Toxin Removal

Once the toxins are released and mobilized in the body, those that are not secreted in the sweat are released into the digestive system.  Without proper fiber in the intestines, a portion of these toxins will be reabsorbed back into the body, being again deposited into fat cells.  While eating a heavy meal prior to entering the sauna is not recommended, having fiber in the form of a smoothie, green powder, fruits or vegetables more than an hour before or after your time in the sauna use can be beneficial in aiding the removal of these toxins.


Which is the Best Detox Sauna?

When choosing for detox purposes, true infrared heaters and powerful, penetrating infrared are necessary.  Clearlight appears to be the preferred choice of many informed users and Doctors including those at The Whitaker Wellness Institute and the Hippocrates Health Institute.

The Clearlight’s heating panels, with their combination of carbon and ceramic fibers, has faster, deeper penetrating infrared than many brands.  As well, their True-Wave heater panels were designed to be as close to the optimal 9.4 microns frequencies as possible.  This results in the best cellular vibration, called resonance frequency, causing the cells to “shake off” more toxins than when using standard carbon panels.

A cheap brand with weak carbon panels may heat the body, but is a poor choice for detox.  Without producing the proper resonance frequency, it will not result in significant detoxification.

If you are serious about true cellular detoxification and greatly improving the deep health of your body, invest in a product that is built for this purpose.  Our reviews page shares information on our top recommended brands that include Clearlight, Health Mate and Therasauna.  These brands manufacture products that will provide deep detoxification and will last for decades.


Most people are laden with toxins – even those that regularly consume organic foods and actively avoid all types of chemicals and drugs.  Beginning an Infrared Detox Program may result in tremendous health benefits noticeable not only by you, but by others as well.   An infrared sauna can be one of the best health decisions you can make.



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Low Emf Infrared Sauna – Why This is So Important

Low Emf Sauna – Why is this So Important

Choosing a low emf sauna is a critical factor when selecting a sauna. Carbon Heaters have many advantages over Ceramic heaters when used in a sauna, however, carbon inherently  emits higher emf (Electro Magnetic Fields) which are measured in milligauss (mG).  While both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Sweden Agencies consider levels below 3.0 milligauss to be safe, many saunas currently on the market have levels of 10-30 mG and a few are even over 100 mG.  Extended exposure at these levels can be dangerous to your health. and should be avoided.

Fortunately it is possible to find saunas which operate at a level low enough to be considered low emf saunas and it is even possible to find no emf saunas.  The sauna that was the first to have a carbon heater which was low emf is Clearlight and they continue to lead the way with what can now be considered no emf infrared saunas.

What makes selecting a sauna that is in this category is the various different ways that manufacturers test and share this information.  Levels are highest right next to the neater and drop as you move away from the heater.  Many companies will test at distances away from their heaters and therefore report lower readings.

The only  company I am aware of that reports independent testing results is Clearlight.  Their heaters were independently tested by testing lab VitaTech Electromagnetic and the results, which were taken directly on the heater, are posted on their website.  I have included there results here as well.  It is important to note that when sitting in these specific saunas a couple inches away from the heaters, it is essentially zero.


What exactly is EMF – Electro Magnetic Fields?

Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) are electric energy waves at frequencies below 300 cycles per second. We encounter electromagnetic fields on a daily basis which are emitted from hundreds of electrical devices including power lines, cell phones, television and computer screens, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens,  and even house wiring.

In the past several decades, these levels from human-made sources have increased as new technologies and new uses of electricity have increased.  Research into the dangers of increased exposure have also increased In the past decades. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) created  a program called the California Electric and Magnetic Fields Program to study and educate regarding these potential health risks of continued exposure.


Is EMF harmful to You?

It has been suggested that nearly a third of the population has sensitivity to emf levels and approximately 3% can have severe reactions to exposure.  Studies have shown that people using a cell phone before the age of 20 have a five times greater risk of brain cancer.

In the California EMF report published in 2002 stated that “To one degree or another, all three of the DHS scientists are inclined to believe that EMFs can cause some degree of increased risk of childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and miscarriage.” and indicated that levels below 3mg are safe.

The study is on the California EMF Program website found here.

Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, New York State University believes that likely 30% of all childhood cancers could result from exposure to EMFs. The EPA has warned “There is reason for concern” and advises prudent avoidance”.

Martin Halper, the EPA’s Director of Analysis and Support says “I have never seen a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the weight of evidence that we’re seeing with EMFs. Clearly there is something here.”

Concern exploded after Paul Brodeur wrote a series of articles in the New Yorker Magazine in June 1989. Because of Paul Brodeur’s reputation. his articles had a catalytic effect on scientists, reporters and concerned people throughout the world.

The Department of Energy reported in 1998 that “It has now become generally accepted that there are, indeed, biological effects due to field exposure.”

During 1989 and 1990, research gained more exposure when Paul Brodeur wrote a group of articles in the New Yorker Magazine which raised awareness to many scientists.  Even stronger articles were written in Time magazine,  the Wall Street Journal and  Business Week.  Soon after specials on EMFs aired with Ted Koppel at ABC and on CBS’s Dan Rather reports.

The health effects reported to be linked to high levels vary but include memory loss, headaches, a weaker immune system, Depression and energy loss.



While some studies have been inconclusive on the level of danger,  when choosing between a low emf infrared sauna and one that has stated levels of 30-175, it makes sense to strongly consider the sauna you know will not pose any dangers, especially when these saunas also have the best penetrating infrared heaters offering the highest levels of infrared benefits.

It was those considerations, combined with the recommendations by Whitaker Wellness Clinic, Hippocrates and others that promoted me to purchase a Clearlight Sauna for my persona use.