Heavy Metal Detox with Infrared Saunas
Decades ago, heavy metal toxicity wasn’t on the public’s radar. It would maybe pop up in the news every few years or so. But, now, with online resources, we now know how widespread heavy metal toxicity actually is and its many devastating health consequences.
While the most famously toxic heavy metals are lead and mercury, other types of heavy metals are just as harmful — and they are in so many products! These include arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, beryllium, and aluminum. Heavy metals find their way into our bodies through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Since these heavy metals cannot be digested, they build up over time, working their way into our soft tissues, muscles, and blood. Through regular use of an infrared sauna, you can help to detoxify your body of heavy metals and regain your health — one infrared sauna session at a time.
What Heavy Metals are in Your Body?
While lead and mercury are likely what most think of when the topic of heavy metal toxicity pops up, we would like to highlight how some additional metals that can affect your physical and mental health.
- Aluminum — While aluminum may be one of Earth’s most abundant elements, we are being exposed to aluminum in more ways than we have in years past. Aluminum is found in food packaging, processed foods, cooking trays, cosmetics, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and antacids. In “The Health Effects of Aluminum” (an article found in the September 2017 German medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt International), researchers found that while minimal aluminum exposure appears to be safe in most instances, when aluminum enters the bloodstream and into the brain, it can cause disorientation, memory issues, and dementia (at advanced stages of aluminum toxicity).
- Hexavalent Chromium — This is a heavy metal that is gaining additional attention as more information has become available regarding its negative health effects. Hexavalent chromium is found in the chemicals used to dye our clothes, preserve lumber, and as a byproduct in chrome production. If you do a quick Google search for hexavalent chromium you will soon realize how prevalent this toxin is and how bad it is for your health. Hexavalent chromium is an established “genotoxic carcinogen,” which means it can really mess with your DNA and is known to cause cancer.
- Lead — As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of kids in the United States have lead concentrations in their blood high enough to cause health complications. When most people think of routes of lead exposure, they typically imagine it coming from a child putting lead paint chips in their mouth. In reality, over 18 million Americans are using a municipal water supply source that is currently in violation of federal law. That’s just drinking water. Lead dust can be found in the air we breathe, contaminated soils, and many other sources. Lead exposure can cause lethargy, appetite loss, memory issues, constipation, and a number of other unpleasant health effects.
- Copper — High exposure to copper can cause long-term health issues, affecting the nervous system, reproductive system, mood, and personality. Someone exposed to high levels of copper may also exhibit signs of being “spacey,” fatigued, constipated, and have a “brain fog.” Issues with depression and troubles falling asleep are also reported. Two of the most visibly apparent signs of elevated copper levels within the body are copper-colored halos around eye corneas and also white fingernail spots. So, if someone you know someone who exhibits these tell-tale signs, you may want to recommend getting tested.
- Mercury — According to the United States Geological Survey, mercury contamination is now widespread across many areas of North America. Because mercury passes through the food chain, exposure to this powerful neurotoxin can occur from poor air quality, soil, fish, wildlife — even eating fruits and vegetables from a garden. Even decades after mercury’s toxic effects became known among the general public, contamination is still a major issue.
- Cadmium — Cadmium is a highly toxic heavy metal and carcinogen that usually enters the environment through illegal dumping and discharges from industrial sites. Short-term exposure to cadmium is often mistaken for the flu as the two share many similar symptoms, including muscle aches, chills, and a fever. So long as the lungs and airways are not damaged, the illness usually ends after about seven to ten days. Long-term exposure to cadmium causes more severe issues, such as chronic bronchitis, bone weakness, pulmonary edema, and kidney failure.
Infrared Saunas Help Remove Heavy Metals
Michigan-based cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D. has stated that sweating is one of the best and most effective ways of removing heavy metals from the body. Detoxifying your body of heavy metals has a number of benefits. You should notice sharper mental performance, more energy, and a stronger immune system.
Infrared sauna heavy metal detoxification works by way of its unique far-infrared light source. Infrared rays don’t heat the air around you, they are a radiant source of heat, which means they only heat physical objects that have some mass (such as your body). These light rays penetrate several inches in the skin, fat, and muscles of your body. This has a two-fold effect in removing heavy metals. First, your heart rate increases, which in turn increases your blood circulation. Then, your pores open up and you begin to sweat in response to the heat. While most of your sweat is water, you will also be sweating out some of the trace heavy metals your body has picked up along the way.
Sometimes it Takes a “Genius”
According to Dr. Stephen Genius, lead author of a scientific review in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicity titled “Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bio accumulated toxic elements”, it was noted that study participants who tested negative for certain toxins, such as heavy metals, were found to have significant levels of these toxins in their sweat. In essence, this scientific review is asking the question, “Why aren’t we using sweat as a method to test for heavy metals?” This finding is also significant in that it demonstrates how effective sweating is in purging the body heavy metals and other environmental toxins.
Keep a Towel Handy… and Give Us a Call
Toxins account for up to 3% of the sweat produced in an infrared sauna. Following an infrared sauna session, you will want to wash-off or towel-off this sweat so all those trace toxins (lead, mercury, nickel, zinc, etc.) do not reabsorb through the skin.
The team at Good Health Saunas is here to help you remove heavy metal toxins from your body and introduce you to all the documented health benefits of regular infrared sauna use. You can even call us at 1-888-997-2862 to discuss which type of infrared sauna will work best for you. We are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and make recommendations.