What is Lyme Disease?
When a person is infected with Lyme disease, it is often because a tick has bitten them. Typically, this is one of the by-products of when the weather gets warmer, and many times with the start of black-legged and deer tick season. Bacterium borrelia burgdorferi is the technical term of the parasite (bacteria) that the ticks carry – and they must be attached to you between 26-48 hours in order to transmit the disease. Typically, Lyme disease symptoms start to occur between a few days and a month from when the bite first occurred. Additionally, when these symptoms occur depends on the state of the tick infection – and how bad it is. Once a person is infected, Lyme disease can cause extremely debilitating lifelong effects such as fatigue, arthritis, general aches and pains, and a weakened immune system. To say the least, it is not a fun disease to deal with, or live with. The typical toxins that can infest your body can range from poisons to pesticides, to heavy metals and more.
How Can Infrared Saunas Help with Lyme Disease?
Ok so now you may be wondering, what can an infrared sauna possibly do to help positively affect someone with Lyme disease? Well, we have the answer for you… DETOXIFICATION. When Lyme disease infects a person’s bloodstream, toxins build up. Thankfully, infrared heat from a sauna helps to detoxify the body, and expel the toxins that currently inhabit your body. Far infrared saunas are one of the most effective methods for detoxification (in our humble opinion), as the toxins are expelled through sweating.
Compared to traditional saunas, infrared saunas eliminate significantly more toxins, as the heat is able to penetrate deeper into muscles, tissues, etc., and are typically less aggressive than traditional steam saunas. The gentle heat that’s given out helps to debilitate the parasite, and can potentially kill other organisms within the body. It is said that the parasite is very sensitive and can’t survive in the heat itself. While it might not get rid of it all together, these saunas can absolutely provide some major relief. By using an infrared sauna, you are using a non-toxic way to help get lessen the effects of an unfortunate disease.
Infrared heat has also been proven to relax tense muscles, which promotes overall pain relief on your body, and in your muscles and joints. These infrared saunas have been known to be the most widely used for Lyme disease patients
How to Use An Infrared Sauna Properly
Start slowly when using your infrared sauna, as you don’t want to over exert yourself or your body. You don’t want to release too many stored toxins at one time or have any sort of negative reaction. Using the sauna a couple days a week for no more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time is a good way to start. The more you detox, the more quickly you can add on time to your sessions (just make sure you’re comfortable!) It is important to be patient throughout this process, and to stay consistent with your sauna detoxification. The healing sweat that is produced from the infrared heat will assist in removing the Lyme toxin from the blood and from the bodies largest organ, your skin!
Also, please be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any sort of sauna therapy – just to make sure you are able to withstand the heat. Also – if you do have Lyme’s, sometimes you can get Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which can make the sauna sessions and far infrared heat more difficult. Infrared heat lowers blood pressure as well; therefore people with POTS need to be aware of the risks associated with that. Overall – by using an infrared sauna long-term, Lyme disease is treated in a safe way and can positively impact your body.
Additional Help for Lyme Disease
While we highly recommend using an infrared sauna consistently to help with Lyme disease, we also encourage other healthy behaviors to enlist to contribute to the success of the overall treatment. This would include drinking lots and lots of clean water, eating a balanced nutrition everyday, getting plenty of fresh air, and of course – positively exposing your body to healthy amounts of infrared heat. By doing this, typically antibiotics aren’t always needed (which is a great thing!)
If you have any questions when it comes to more benefits to using an infrared sauna, or infrared heat, when it comes to Lyme’s disease, please don’t hesitate to contact Good Health Saunas. We are dedicated to helping you live your best life, and want to make sure you have all the information and resources you need to make the best decision when it comes to your health and sauna!