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Infrared Sauna Therapy For Detox Of Heavy Metals

We may hear a lot about detoxing heavy metals, or metals contaminating our food and water. If we take a course in biology, these ideas seem to make sense…but do we really know? With the help of international stellar-level research, we now have more details about the way our bodies react to these substances and how they can contribute to poor health.

In this article, I am going to go over some information like what are heavy metals, where they come from, why our bodies react differently, what are possible exposures, symptoms of toxicity, and how to use an infrared sauna at home to detox and restore health.

What Are Heavy Metals?:

Heavy metals are a term used when talking about a metal element that can have biological negative consequences either in our body or in the environment.

The most commonly encountered toxic metals:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Cobalt
  • Lithium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Molybdenum

Now when you look at this list, you may see some elements that are surprising because we have been taught that some of these are essential minerals. Meaning that our bodies need particular amounts of these minerals to support a healthy life. They are often included in vitamins and supplements and have beneficial roles in our whole-body health.

But while small or average amounts of these substances are good for our health, large amounts and exposures can cause things to go wrong in our bodies.

How Do Toxic Heavy Metals Impact Our Health Negatively?

Excess exposure to these dangerous toxic metals can damage your DNA, interfere with critical enzyme activity and interrupt hormone cycles. Additionally, they disrupt the function and health of our brain, nerves, and neurotransmitters.

  • Damaged DNA
    Puts you at a greater risk of developing cancer. (140) (145) (150)
  • Interference Of Enzymes
    As an example, aluminum-induced anemia has been studied since 1985 and researchers think that aluminum interferes with the activity of enzymes used to build red blood cells. (130)
  • Disruption Of Hormone Balance
    This effect of heavy metals has been shown in multiple human studies as well as in wildlife research. As one well-known example, cadmium, copper, zinc, mercury, and lead are associated with changes in estrogen activity. (155)

Pro Tip : As an example of another toxin, which is not a metal, but still interferes with our hormone balance is BPA. We have all heard of BPA and its association with a higher risk of breast cancer. BPA is in the lining of canned foods and it is also found in most types of plastic. It is in high concentrations in food wrappers and in ink on receipts. Sauna therapy has been found to decrease BPA levels by 90 percent after 30 - 60 days of sauna therapy.

Heavy metals also affect our brains and our whole nervous system. In 2016 a study came out that found an association between toxic metals lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury with cognitive dysfunction and dementia. (165)

Multiple researchers have published data on heavy metal toxicity and its association with Parkinson’s Disease. Many studies have shown an association between Parkinson’s and exposure to metals such as mercury, lead, manganese, copper, iron, aluminum, bismuth, thallium, and zinc. (170) (175)

As an individual, we may never know exactly what toxins ( and in what quantity ) contribute to symptoms or illness. And it's probably pretty complex. But we can definitely see the potential need for detoxing heavy metals in order to support a healthy mind and body.

At a quick glance, these are a few of the common symptoms associated with metal toxicity.

Symptoms Of Lead Toxicity:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Infertility
  • Joint and muscle pain

Symptoms Of Copper Toxicity:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fatigue
  • Weak muscles

Symptoms Of Lithium Toxicity:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Hand tremors
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Twitching
  • Shaking
  • Spasms

Symptoms Of Arsenic Toxicity:

  • Thickening of skin on feet and palms
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Symptoms Of Mercury Toxicity:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscle weakness

Sources Of Heavy Metal Toxicity

We come into contact with heavy metals in all sorts of ways. Food, as in mercury poisoning from eating lots of fish. Water sources like the toxic levels of lead in Flint Michigan, and the countless product additives of skin care products like shampoos, lotions, and makeup.

Who Needs Heavy Metal Detox?

I recommend infrared sauna therapy for everyone who receives vaccines or prescription medications. Some people have high levels of exposure at their job, and others get bombarded by toxic heavy metals from recreational drug addiction. Women who are planning to become pregnant would benefit significantly from a detox program. Additionally, anyone who uses antiperspirants also needs a boost of detox. Most commercially sold big brands of antiperspirant use aluminum as the active ingredient.

Who Needs Heavy Metal Detox?

I recommend infrared sauna therapy for everyone who receives vaccines or prescription medications. Some people have high levels of exposure at their job, and others get bombarded by toxic heavy metals from recreational drug addiction. Women who are planning to become pregnant would benefit significantly from a detox program. Additionally, anyone who uses antiperspirants also needs a boost of detox. Most commercially sold big brands of antiperspirant use aluminum as the active ingredient.

Storing Toxic Metals In Our Body

As toxic metal levels start to increase in your body, the body works hard to eliminate them. But sometimes they can't keep up and our immune system wants to sequester them, kinda like burying barrels of toxic nuclear waste. The most common places that our body shuts these substances away is in fat tissue. Its one thing to think about toxins in our stubborn body fat, but also remember that most of our nervous system cells are made out of high concentrations of fat. That means that these toxic metals can be stored away in our brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. 

How To Detox Heavy Metals

One of the most effective and safest ways to detox heavy metals is by using sauna therapy. And this type of detox is best done with an infrared sauna. Traditional saunas heat up your body through the steam in the air. When your skin starts to get hot, you start sweating. But this heat transfer comes from the outside of your body to the inside.

A much better way of using sauna to detox metals is by using an infrared sauna. An infrared sauna uses non-visible infrared light to heat you up from the inside. As the internal tissues heat up, your body moves fluids out and away from those hot areas. Which results in a slightly different type of sweat and the movement of sequestered toxins.

Data To Prove Heavy Metal Detox From Sauna Therapy

It has been shown in multiple research studies that this sweat from infrared sauna sessions contains high amounts of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. A comparison of internal blood measurements and the concentration of these toxins in the sweat produced during an infrared sauna show these differences. Additionally, testing done on individuals by hair or by blood sample show significantly reduced levels of these substances after undergoing infrared sauna therapy.

How Long Does Infrared Sauna Therapy Take To Detox Heavy Metals

The exact amount of time that infrared sauna therapy takes to remove heavy metals varies widely. We all face different issues and we all respond differently to sauna therapy. The time duration suggested by doctors indicate that detox of heavy metals may take 2 months or in some people, 2 years. That's okay though because using an infrared sauna for this purpose is actually pretty safe and feels oh-so-nice.

Safety Of Heavy Metal Detox With Infrared Saunas

Sometimes the detoxing process can be risky, and it can lead to large amounts of toxins all being released at once. This huge rush can damage your filtration organs such as your liver and kidneys, or even drive heavy metals further into your brain tissue. People undergoing Infrared sauna therapy do occasionally have large “healing reactions”. Healing reactions are events that may happen during sauna therapy that looks like the worsening of a disease. It looks as though sickness is worse as the body pulls out toxins, and metabolizes them for excretion.

In Asian medicine, this is sometimes referred to as “it gets worse before it gets better”. These symptoms indicate that indeed large amounts of substances are being detoxed and released into your body systems. If this happens with you, I recommend cutting back sauna sessions to just 5 minutes per session, twice a day. Do this until you feel better. I also recommend drinking copious amounts of water to flush things through.

How Long Does Infrared Sauna Therapy Take To Detox Heavy Metals

The exact amount of time that infrared sauna therapy takes to remove heavy metals varies widely. We all face different issues and we all respond differently to sauna therapy. The time duration suggested by doctors indicate that detox of heavy metals may take 2 months or in some people, 2 years. That's okay though because using an infrared sauna for this purpose is actually pretty safe and feels oh-so-nice.

Showering After Infrared Sauna Sessions


These detox reactions are one reason why it is so important to remove sweat and shower soon after an infrared sauna session. As the sauna removes those toxins from the sweat, those substances can be reabsorbed by the body if left on the skin too long. I recommend taking a shower within 20 minutes of getting out of the sauna if possible. If it is not possible at the time, take time to towel off as much sweat as possible, and change your clothes till you can clean up.

Conclusion

So now we can see, how infrared sauna therapy can help you detox heavy metals and improve your overall health. There are so many benefits of sauna therapy that I could fill a whole book or two. I’m passionate about teaching people how to heal by getting an infrared sauna for their home. 

They don't take up too much space, it doesn't take up a lot of your time, and it's pretty affordable. They are easy to set up and operate, and the best bonus is that it feels amazing to relax and heal in a sauna.

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Dr. Candy Akers

About the Author

Holistic Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinic Owner, Veterinary Medical Supervisory Board Leader, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and Author Dr. Candy completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Delaware and graduated veterinary school in 2009 from Oklahoma State University. In high school, she was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehab gave her unparalleled experience in animal healing in a field that has limited resources and a wide variety of conditions to treat. Before vet school, Dr. Akers spent two years working full time providing oil spill response for wildlife all over the country. Since graduating with her Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2009, Dr. Candy has specialized in companion animal nutrition. Extensive education in nutrition has made her a firm believer in species specific-biologically appropriate diets. One of her passions is educating pet parents about the natural alternatives that actually work. She brings the best of holistic health and conventional medicine together in a unique approach to pet health. This approach is often applied to chronic diseases, allergies, and autoimmune conditions. She started her own veterinary practice 9 years ago in Colorado. Overall, she has dedicated her entire life to improving the health and happiness of animals everywhere.

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