Eliminating Two Types of Toxins
One of the most powerful benefits of an infrared sauna is detoxification. But what is this process of detoxing talked about by so many websites? To clarify the terms, these substances fall into two main categories. They are internal poisons and external poisons.
But what exactly are toxins? A clinical definition is any poison type substance that enters the body or is a result of our body’s metabolic activity. Basically this is anything that is harmful to our bodies. It sounds vague and inclusive of many things and that is a result of all the different types of toxins.
It does help to understand a bit more about the types and causes as this helps in understanding how to remove them.
How do we get rid of these Contaminants?
There are a few good ways to remove them from our bodies. Far Infrared is one the best and easiest way to accomplish this. The following is advice from Clearlight Sauna, one of our top recommended brands and an industry leader:
Sweating is a natural process for the elimination of toxins in the body. While we can’t avoid all harmful toxins out there, we can encourage the removal of toxins from our systems through our skin – and sweating is a great way to do it! Using an infrared sauna on a regular basis can help to remove heavy metals and toxins quite quickly.
Research shows that far-infrared saunas work better than traditional saunas because they deliver deep infrared energy into the body. Infrared sauna detoxification helps remove toxins more effectively than traditional steam saunas.
IR units are also generally more comfortable to use than steam-based saunas, so you may be more likely to actually detox your system as often as possible. What are Toxins and How Can You Get Rid of Them? | Clearlight Infrared® Saunas Blog
It is generally recommended to start out slowly, with 10-15 minute sessions twice a week. Then gradually increase the amount of time of each session. Detoxification is more productive with at least 3 sessions per week and at least 25 minutes at at time.
An ultimate goal would be 30 minutes at least 5 times per week. When you can comfortably handle this, you will be dramatically improving your overall health and helping your internal processes perform their normal cleansing activities.
What are Internal Toxins?
Internal poisons are part of our everyday lives and are produced as a normal part of daily activities. Our body will constantly repair and replace worn out cells. This is a normal part of our body’s energy production.
However, this also produces internal waste materials that can poison us from the inside. So these simply need to be broken down and eliminated. The problem arises when we do not properly break these down or fully eliminate them. When we have what is referred to as toxic overload, these actually can be stored up in the body.
Especially today as we over stress ourselves and are faced with an ever increasing amount of external poisons, we can have significant build up. All of this build up can sometimes harm surrounding tissues.
We simply need a way to properly detox so that our systems function smoothly and fully. The following article describes this internal type:
Organic chemist Ludwig Brieger defined a toxin as a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms. This excluded manufactured substances (chemical) created by artificial processes.
Simply put, metabolic toxins are toxic waste byproducts produced throughout every metabolic pathway in the mind and body that must be eliminated from the body.
Think of it using this analogy. Gasoline is the fuel (food) for your car’s engine (mind and body) and the exhaust (metabolic toxins) is the toxins produced by the natural processes occurring during internal combustion of your car’s engine. Metabolic Toxins | Metabolism | Nutrition | Hair Analysis
What are External Toxins?
The above article excluded chemical substances that are manufactured and enter the body from the outside. These are known as external poisons. These would include substances that are ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
One main culprit is glyphosate, also known as RoundUp. This weed killer is used pervasively in large scale farming and in local neighbor yards. Over 9 million Tons have been sprayed on yards and fields worldwide. Glyphosate has been shown in research to be an endocrine disruptor. This means that it greatly interferes with the production and functioning of hormones. This alone is a great reason to detox.
BPA is another toxic substance which is used in plastic bottles and the lining of cans. Unfortunately, nearly half of all food producers still use this although it has been proven to poison the body.
Global Healing Center talks about the pervasiveness of these contaminants:
Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects.
“Toxin” is a very broad term and it’s even, unfortunately, become a bit of a buzzword to some. Artificially created chemicals can be toxins, but naturally occurring substances can be toxic, too. Arsenic is a natural toxin. Technically, so is cobra venom (though you’re less likely to find this contaminating your town’s water supply).
There is no practical way to protect yourself from all the toxins in the environment. You would have to live the rest of your life in a hermetically sealed suit (and it would be a short life since you couldn’t eat or drink.) Fortunately, there are ways to counteract some toxins and pollutants. Your body’s natural detoxification processes exist to deal with the ones we can’t avoid. You can help your body perform these processes with the help of regular cleansing. Body Cleanse: 6 Ways to Do a Body Detox
As we can see from even the above article, we are bombarded with poisons in many forms on a daily basis. Choosing to eat organic foods and avoid ingesting synthetically manufactured substances are terrific initial steps in helping the body deal with cleansing on its own.
But we also have decades of exposure to foreign substances which accumulate in our bodies. These need a direct approach to remove.
Infrared saunas are one of the top methods of removing these from our bodies. However, remember that not all saunas provide infrared that will deeply penetrate and release the contaminants from your cells. Many lower priced units actually provide little benefit.
Before selecting a sauna, we encourage you to read our individual brand reviews. These will help you choose one that has been proven to positively detoxify the user.
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