Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a kick a$$ day planning out their weekly to do list and getting organized for the hustle ahead. This week I’m sharing one of my all time favorite ways to detox the bod of toxins- INFRARED SAUNAS and all their detoxification glory. Yazzzz. It’s gettin’ hot in hur, so take off all yo clothez… (Nelly memz). But I digress. Let’s get to it so you can add this to your detox to retox toolkit.
I’ve been obsessed with infrared saunas ever since I discovered them when my Mom purchased one for our family home a few years back as part of her holistic routine for treating cancer. (A tad more info about their link to cancer treatment in this Goop article!)
Essentially, my very easy way of explaining how they work is the light waves seep into your body to raise your temperature and help you sweat out toxins deep inside the body.
But, let’s get back to the basics to begin.
What is an infrared sauna and what makes it different from a regular ol’ average Joe sauna?
Infrared saunas give off infrared thermal light waves that penetrate (sorry couldn’t find a better word lolz) their way into the skin to create heat in the body, causing you to sweat and release stored toxins. The normal sauna you’re probably more familiar with has to heat the air inside it in order to then heat you, like a dry sauna at a spa or gym steam room.
What can a infrared sauna help me with?
This lil hottie (get it?) has received praise for assisting with anti-aging, pain reduction, join/muscle support, stress management, fighting inflammation, boosting metabolism, and much more! Check out this awesome article by one of my favorite young, hip, and all around fantastic functional medicine doctors, Dr. Will Cole, to see more specifically how this treatment can help you!
Personally, I love going and laying in the infrared sauna when I’m hungover, feel foggy/sluggish, want to clear my skin up, and ESPECIALLY when suffering from any colds, sinus infections, and allergies.
I swear anytime I feel my sinuses start to act up with the change of weather or seasons, I immediately feel better after a sauna sesh. No joke I was sneezing all day this past Saturday and running through tissues like it was my job. The next day I went to my new found location here in Santa Monica for renting an infrared sauna sesh, the amaze Alchemie Organic Spa, and I swear to you all I was fine within 15 minutes of finishing my 45 minute session. Ahhh the wonders of holistic wellness am I right?!
Furthermore, these saunas help fight infection and boost immunity, and raising my body temperature helps kill off any bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. I also was way over medicated with antibiotics to treat sinus infections throughout the majority of my life so I like the feeling of being able to detox some of this overexposure out of my system.
Lastly, I love using infrared saunas for improving my skin as well as managing stress, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue (which I’ve chatted about before in this post here!)
Ok, I wanna try! How do I find an infrared sauna to go to?
Honestly, I’d recommend just googling “infrared sauna sessions” or “rent infrared sauna” in your area. You can also purchase one, but forewarning, they are pricey and require a lot of space. I used to rent a session when I lived in NY at a colonic center for $25, and now I do so out here in Cali for about $35 for 45 minute sessions.
So, swap out that manicure and treat yourself to a detox instead this week!
Have you ever tried infrared saunas? Lemme know below.
Until next time.