700 Chemicals in Average Human Body, and How Sweating Can Detoxify Them
A study published in 2008 reported that 90-95% of cancer cases are caused by environmental toxins, and that cancer can be prevented with major lifestyle changes.
With more than 77,000 chemicals in active production in North America, scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within their body at least 700 chemicals, most of which have not been well studied. The effects of this growing burden of chemicals are not seen or felt until years later, when we come down with a chronic illness.
Sources of Chemical Exposures:
The following summary exposes the sources of chemicals in our everyday lives that can lead to disease.
After eliminating from our lives every source of toxic exposure we can, we must detoxify our bodies, because as these chemicals accumulate, they alter our metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, brain damage, and cancer.
3 Studies Showing Sweating Detoxifies Chemicals
If there is any uncertainty in your mind as to whether sweating safely removes chemicals from the body, take a look at the evidence below…
- A groundbreaking 2011 study on sauna therapy found that “Many toxic elements appeared to be preferentially excreted through sweat. Presumably stored in tissues, some toxic elements readily identified in the perspiration of some participants were not found in their serum. Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body.”
- In a 2012 study published in Scientific World Journal, researchers collected blood, urine, and sweat from 20 individuals and analyzed the samples for parent phthalate compounds and phthalate metabolites using high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The results found both parent phthalates and their metabolites were excreted in the sweat.
- Another study from 2012 tested participants to see if sweating would remove the hormone-distrupting chemical Bisphenol A from their bodies. In 16 of 20 participants, BPA was identified in sweat, even in some individuals with no BPA detected in their serum or urine samples.
Saunas should not be considered a luxury. In today’s world, they are a household necessity.
The 3 Types of Saunas
There exists 3 types of saunas, one of which you may not know about. Let’s take a look at all three…
1. Traditional Steam Sauna:
Traditional steam saunas have been used for thousands of years by indigenous to purify their bodies. Although steam saunas do cleanse the body, far more effective saunas have been developed.
- If the steam is generated from tap water, then you’ll be inhaling up to 500 toxic chemicals with every breath.
- Since it operates at very high temperatures (150-210°F), it is costly to heat.
- Heats only the surface of the body.
2. Far Infrared Sauna:
Far Infrared Saunas use ceramic or metallic heating elements that emit far infrared energy. They are effective at lower temperatures (130°F), and the infrared energy can penetrate the body up to 1.5 inches for a more effective cellular detoxification.
- More expensive to operate than Near Infrared Saunas
- Less Effective at detoxification than Near Infrared Saunas
- Emits high levels of electromagnetic fields from their heating elements, which increases stress on body.
3. Near Infrared Light Sauna:
Near Infrared Saunas are on the cutting edge of innovation in Sauna Therapy. They are heated using near infrared heat lamps and penetrate 3 inches inside the body for the greatest cellular detoxification.
- Broadcasts an entire spectrum of frequencies including near, middle and far infrared energy
- Does not emit any electromagnetic fields
- Operates at the coolest temperatures, meaning it costs less money
- Near Infrared bulbs emit red, orange and yellow light for color therapy
“Color therapy is an ancient and highly effective healing modality,
and the red end of the spectrum nourishes the adrenal glands, liver and kidneys.”
– Dr. Lawrence Wilson
The bottom line: Near Infrared Saunas cost less to buy, less to operate, detoxify more effectively, include light therapy, and emit no dangerous electromagnetic fields._
How to Use a Near Infrared Sauna
The amount you use a Near Infrared Sauna is really up to you. It depends on how much time you’re willing to spend on cleansing your body, and your level of health.
If you are sick or have been diagnosed with a disease, you might want to do it more often. In his book Sauna Therapy, Dr. Lawrence Wilson recommends you sit inside a Near Infrared Sauna as much as 3 times a day for 30 minutes each time. Reported in the book Detoxify or Die, a study by Dr. Rea gave 210 patients with a variety of symptoms one or two 40-minute saunas a day for a month. 63% of patients significantly decreased their levels of toxic chemicals and 31% experienced decreased symptoms.
Another protocol for Sauna Therapy is Dr. Wu’s Detoxification Protocol, which involves the use of a Rebounder, Niacin (Vitamin B3), and a Sauna. He claims that if you do it everyday for 30 days, almost all of the chemicals in your body will be eliminated.
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