TAKE PART IN A FOUR-DAY LYMPH DETOXIFICATION CLEANSE

We are exposed to thousands of toxins every day, from the air we breathe to the food we eat to our household cleaning products. It’s impossible to avoid all toxins, but it is possible to rid our bodies of these toxins. Our bodies go through a complex process to help detoxify themselves every day, but encouraging a cleanse, like a four-day lymph detoxification cleanse, can be just the restart you need.

This cleanse will help detoxify the lymphatic system, our body’s cleansing powerhouse, as well as the whole body. It cuts out processed food and adds more fiber, fruits, and leafy greens to stimulate the lymph, colon, and digestive system. With a combination of exercise, tea, massage, saunas, and cleansing baths, you’re sure to feel like a whole new person in no time.

What You Need for a Lymph Detoxification Cleanse

To get started on your cleanse, you will need the following:

  • A good detox tea, such as “Yogi Tea Detox”. Dandelion and burdock help support liver function, while juniper berry supports the kidneys. You can even add a little ginger to your tea for an extra detoxifying kick. Avoid sweeteners during your cleanse.
  • Tongue scraper
  • Lymph brush to stimulate lymph flow
  • Fiber (you can try Metamucil)
  • Green juice (either make your own or try a cold-pressed juice company, like Suja. Avoid sugary choices.)

Every Day Detox Steps

During this cleanse, start each day with a ½ lemon squeezed into a cup of hot water. Scrape your tongue morning and night. Drink detox tea throughout the day. Take a detox bath every evening. A great detox bath recipe is:

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Before you hop into your warm bath, use your lymph brush, or dry brush, to brush long strokes all over your body. Always brush toward the heart.

Soak, renew, detox, enjoy!

Four-Day Lymph Detoxification Cleanse Meal Plan

What you put into your body during this cleanse is absolutely crucial. Below are some meal planning ideas:

Breakfast

Start your day with some fresh fruit or a green smoothie. Use celery, cucumber, and lettuce as a green base and add carrots, cayenne pepper, apples, lemons, or bananas to mix it up. If you don’t have a juicer, visit your local farmer’s market or health food store for ready-made juices. Just make sure they only use whole ingredients and have no added sugar.

Lunch

Snack on another green juice and eat a big salad with light dressing, lemon juice, or olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Dinner

Make a big salad the main part of your dinner, with lean protein choices like chicken breast or turkey burgers. During the cleanse, limit refined carb intake, including bread, rice, and potatoes. Skip dessert and snack on fruit or veggies.

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Other Detoxification Cleanse Tips

In addition to eating clean and detoxing your body, consider the following for a truly effective experience:

  • Take a daily sweat in an infrared sauna to release toxins
  • Lightly exercise every day.
  • Get outside and take a moment to slow down and appreciate the world around you. This detox is for both mind and body!
  • Keep a journal of how you are feeling and any differences you notice.
  • Get a massage (lymphatic massages are a great way to start your cleanse).
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Take fiber every night.
  • Do a deep breathing exercise every day.

The idea behind this four-day lymph detoxification cleanse and other similar cleanses is to stop eating sugary, fried, processed food and focus on nourishing your body and mind. Detoxification is a must for those wanting to reset and clear built-up toxins and impurities from their body. The liver, digestive system, and lymph are all integral parts to filtering toxins and this cleanse will help you feel refreshed and renewed.

To learn more about cleansing, as well as general health and wellness, download our eBook, Total Wellness.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF KIDNEY HEALTH

Approximately 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t even realize they have it!  The reason is because many people aren’t aware they are ill until the symptoms have progressed significantly.  Unfortunately, kidney disease is one of those silent ailments which can wreak havoc on your body unbeknownst to you.

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Some symptoms of kidney disease include the following:

  1.   nausea
  2.   vomiting
  3.   decreased appetite
  4.   weakness and fatigue
  5.   changes in urination
  6.   swelling of feet and ankles
  7.   high blood pressure
  8.   muscle twitching
  9.   trouble sleeping
  10.   shortness of breath (if fluid builds around the lining of the heart)
  11.   chest pain

There are certain things which can exasperate the symptoms and increase your chances of kidney disease including smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and/or obesity.  Luckily, there are several things you can do to start taking care of your kidneys now.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for tens of millions of Americans at risk, and March is national kidney month!  It is important to take care of your body, and your kidneys are no exception.  Your kidneys are pretty powerful if you think about it – they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and never get a break!

Interesting Facts About Your Kidneys:

  1.   They filter approximately 200 liters of blood a day.
  2.   They direct red blood cell production.
  3.   They help regulate blood pressure.
  4.   They are responsible for filtering waste from your blood.
  5.   They balance your body’s fluids.
  6.   They produce an active form of Vitamin D which promotes strong, healthy bones.
  7.   They regulate the body’s salt, potassium and acid content.
  8.   People often don’t realize they have kidney disease until the symptoms and disease has progressed.
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Preventing Kidney Disease and Promoting Kidney Health

As the nation’s 9th most deadly killer, kidney disease can be prevented by educating yourself and by taking easy, daily steps that promote kidney health.

The risk for this disease can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, maintaining proper weight, stopping smoking, exercising regularly and avoiding excessive use of medications that can harm the kidneys, such as ibuprofen and naproxen.

One interesting fact is the skin and the kidneys both help detox the body.  Traditional Chinese medicine often refers to the skin as the third kidney.  Modern research is discovering new insights into the value of skin detoxification for those with kidney disease. Dr. Jenna Henderson writes about one German study evaluated the benefit of sweating for Stage 4 chronic kidney disease patients. Patients sweated into towels, and the towels were then chemically analyzed for content of uremic waste (this waste can build up in the blood and can cause kidney damage). Not only were uremic waste products found, but the researchers noted that the more often the patients experienced these sweating sessions, the more uremia came out in each session. The body learns to push this pathway through repeated stimulation.

This is where we mention our favorite topic:  the benefits of sweating via infrared saunas!  However, it is also important you talk to your doctor should you have kidney disease before partaking several sweating sessions in one of our Clearlight saunas.

Foods Which Keep Your Kidneys Happy & Healthy

In addition to using infrared saunas for happy and healthy kidneys, and to support them in their never-ending job of filtering waste out of the blood, there are other things you can do to support kidney health.  Naturally, exercise and a good diet are a couple of those things, but there are foods which also support your kidneys.  They are as follows:

  1.   Grapes
  2.   Cranberries
  3.   Blueberries
  4.   Fennel
  5.   Onions
  6.   Celery
  7.   Beets
  8.   Spinach
  9.   Asparagus
  10.   String beans
  11.    Apples
  12.    Eggplants
  13.    Rice
  14.    Pears
  15.    Peas
  16.     Peppers
  17.     Zucchini to name a few.

All in all, kidney disease is a silent killer which doesn’t make itself known until it has developed into advanced stages.  Our recommendation is to make a healthy lifestyle a habit NOW so it doesn’t afflict you later on.

QUICK TIPS TO HELP YOU DETOXIFY YOUR BODY AND LOSE WEIGHT

The weather is warming up, trees are budding and it’s time to get a jump-start on that summer body. At Clearlight Saunas®, we believe in sustainability.  Because of our passion, we have come to realize many exercise routines and diets and efforts to detox your body, regardless of how awesome they are, don’t work for everyone.  First of all, many of us don’t have an additional two hours a day to work out – and if we did we would probably want to collapse on the couch!  Our suggestion is to find what works for and is sustainable for you.

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Quick Tips To Help You Detox Your Body and Feel Great:

There is a simple rule when it comes to your body:  if it is performing optimally, keeping the weight off is effortless.  This is where setting up a plan to detox your body can support you in achieving your health goals.

  • Participate in some sort of daily physical activity.

The best exercise regime is one you will actually do!  If you can only commit to 15 minutes of walking, stretching or weight lifting a day, this is better than doing nothing at all!  The point is to do something to utilize your muscles and get that lymphatic system moving!

  • Detoxify your body via infrared sauna use.

There are many health benefits of using Infrared Saunas which has helped countless people in ridding their bodies of harmful toxins.  Some of the other benefits include rejuvenation of the skin, pain relief, faster recovery (after working out) and relaxation.  All of these benefits are vital to helping your body function optimally.

Aside from penetrating an inch and a half into your skin to revitalize your cells, daily Clearlight Infrared Sauna™ use pulls toxins out of your body through perspiration.

Toxins are usually stored in excess fat cells underneath the skin and, not surprisingly, one of the functions of this excess fat is to keep toxins away from your vital organs.  When toxins are not eliminated fast enough through natural means (such as urination and defecation), the body has to do something with them so they don’t harm our vital organs.  Into the excess fat cells they go to be stored until a later time where they can be released through natural means.

  • Participate in a juice cleanse.

Contrary to popular belief, we have found juice cleanses to not only benefit the body, but it doesn’t take a great deal of time either.  In fact, for many people juicing leaves us with MORE time because we are spending LESS time in the kitchen!

As with any meal-planning, creating and executing your juice-diet will require you sit down and create a plan – we even draw out the steps for you here.  Whether you opt for a three day, seven day or some other x-amount-of-day juice cleanse, stay focused and committed!  Your body will thank you later!

Relaxation is vital to keeping your mind focused and can improve your health.  I found a quote which read, “Don’t just do something. Sit there!”  While it made me laugh, there is something profound about this – many of us fill our schedule with endless to-dos and goals to achieve but how often do we schedule “blank time” where we literally do nothing?

When you are rested and centered, your body reaps the benefits of it.  In an article posted on the Harvard Medical School website, a study was conducted and revealed those who practiced mindfulness had less insomnia, fatigue and depression than those who simply tried improving their sleep.  Rest doesn’t necessarily mean “sleep.”  It is simply getting your body out of an active “fight-or-flight” stress response many of us are used to being in throughout the day.  And when your mind is stressed, your body feels it.

In summary, your body is a detox machine.  If you have experienced a little “personal growth” around the midsection, it can be remedied through some of the above-mentioned methods.

Toxins do tend to build up over time, and it is our job to support our body in functioning optimally so it can expel these unwanted toxins effortlessly.  Start now and you will be enjoying a fitter body AND additional health benefits before summer starts!

HOW TO SET UP A HEALTHY DETOX DIET PLAN

If you spend any amount of time reading articles on the Internet or in magazines, or even listening to the radio, you’ll come across some group touting the unbelievable benefits of their proprietary detox diet plan.

“Drink this juice blend for just X days straight and you’ll shed pounds like never before!”

“Ready to clean out your system? It’s never been easier! Just drink water, lemon juice, and Tabasco three times a day for a week!”

These too-good-to-be-true detox diet plans are just that. They may not be healthy for your body and don’t bring any long sustaining results. If you are ready to detoxify your body of toxins the right way, here’s how to create the ultimate healthy detox diet plan, combining smart dietary choices and sauna use.

Step One – Prepare for Your Detox Diet

Jumping right into a detox diet plan can be jarring to the system if you do it too abruptly, so begin the overall detoxification process at least five days prior to the start of your new detox diet. Experts agree that those who skip this step may experience bloating, constipation, headaches, and other painful side effects of such a drastic dietary shift.

Prior to starting any new healthy detox diet plan, try to cut out sugar and alcohol from your normal routine. Artificial sweeteners, wheat-intensive products, overly processed foods, and all fast food should be eliminated during this time. Then, gradually reduce your intake of animal proteins – especially those that are high in fat, like any variety of sausage, pork, or beef. Try to eat as many fresh, raw vegetables as possible, but feel free to eat plenty of steamed veggies too.

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This is a great time to declutter your refrigerator and pantry in preparation for your detox. By removing foods that may tempt you to cheat during your detoxification, you’ll have an easier time adjusting to the challenging, albeit temporary, diet plan.

If you’re worried about the side effects of dramatically reducing your caffeine levels during your detox, try to taper off your overall caffeine intake prior to beginning the new diet. Start by blending ½ decaf and ½ regular coffee for a few days, then move to ¾ decaf and ¼ regular two days before the detox diet starts. Then, go caffeine-free the last two days. If you find that a zero-caffeine diet is too tough, consider drinking green or white tea, which is significantly lower in caffeine than regular coffee – and hydrates the body more effectively.

Step Two – Plan Your Healthy Detox Diet Plan

This is a diet detox plan that includes a lot of fresh, healthy foods and a real-world focus on diet, exercise, and hydration – not a starvation cleanse. You’ll feel great and boost your overall wellness when you commit to this diet plan and combine it with heart-healthy exercise. To make the meal planning process easier, let’s break down the foods into seven key groups:

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Vegetables

Detoxifying your body is made easier when you commit to eating one healthy salad per day. A salad full of dark leafy greens (like Swiss chard, kale, arugula, spinach, or collard greens), other healthy veggies, and a light dressing of lemon juice and a swirl of olive oil, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, or zero dressing at all is ideal. Snack on vegetables like celery, carrots, cucumber, jicama, lettuce, snow peas, squash, zucchini, yams, and asparagus.

Grains

Since this isn’t a detox diet plan focused solely on calorie control, you certainly can and should include a serving of healthy grains into your meal plan. Integrate the following grains in moderation to give your body an energy boost:

  • Wild rice
  • Quinoa
  • Millet
  • Tapioca
  • Arrowroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Rice bran
  • Rice crackers
  • Oats

Try to work high-quality grains into your meal plan by adding 100% buckwheat noodles to the menu, or quinoa flakes, rice bran, or gluten-free bread.

Nuts/Seeds

Your healthy detox diet should be about all things natural, and nuts and seeds are a great way to get some serious protein in your system without having to eat excessive amounts of meat. Choose unsalted nuts and seeds, and always go raw when feasible. Almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios are popular options. However flax seeds, pine nuts, and coconut are quickly gaining in popularity with those who appreciate a little variety in their detox diet, as well.

Fruit

Fruit is a foundational element in most detox diet plans, and for good reason. You’ll get a big kick of fiber, a massive dose of vitamins, and most fruit tastes so good you won’t think you’re on any type of regimented eating plan at all. Fresh or frozen fruit is fine. Some of the top detox fruit choices are: apricots, apples, pears, peaches, papayas, mangos, kiwi, cherries, watermelon, and figs. Juice is fine if it is natural, unsweetened, and contains nothing but fruit. You’ll want to steer clear of dried fruit during a detox – so no raisins, cranberries, dates, or similar fruits.

Oils

You’ll want to use some oil during food prep, but make sure you stick to one of the following: flax oil, cold-pressed olive oil, chia oil, hemp oil, almond oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, pumpkin oil, avocado oil, and hazelnut oil. Sesame, safflower, and sunflower oils should be avoided while detoxifying.

Animal Proteins

Some detox plans prohibit the intake of animal proteins, but part of a healthy, sustainable detox diet plan is maintaining a sense of balance. Try to eat no more than three ounces of animal protein at each meal, and always select the leanest cuts. Turkey, chicken, wild-caught fish, lamb, and most wild game animals are fine during a healthy detox diet.

Drinks

We talk a lot about detox foods, but what you drink is equally as important. Filtered water is the absolute best thing you can hydrate your body with, but coconut water is great as well. Flavor your water with lemon or lime slices if you’re not used to drinking a lot of water. The idea here is to aim for at least 64-ounces of fluid intake per day, but aim closer to 96 ounces if you’re spending time in your sauna on any given day.

The Benefits of Starting a Healthy Detox Diet Plan

Creating a detox diet plan and sticking to it is a great way to shift your metabolism into overdrive and clean out your system for ultimate health benefits. But what really happens when you detoxify your body?

Gut health: You reduce the amount of bad bacteria in your gut and almost immediately improve digestion and minimize bloating. Consuming a probiotic drink during a detox diet can help balance you out, too.

Liver function: After just a day or so of detoxifying, you’ll burn much of the fat in your liver, helping it to work better almost immediately. The body will then excrete stored toxins, and your liver will be optimized to better manage any new toxins introduced to your system.

Skin appearance: A few weeks after the detox diet, you’ll see a marked improvement in your skin tone and complexion. The first week or so of the detox can push toxins through the skin. Cadmium and lead are two that excrete through the skin’s pores.

Your sense of well-being: A healthy detox diet plan is challenging because many of the food items we’ve become accustomed to – and even use as a coping method for stress and anxiety – are now gone from our lives. But after you get over the initial shock of saying no to sugar, high-fat foods, and more, you’ll feel empowered and in control, and the resulting physical changes will likely give you a big boost of confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

A healthy detox diet plan doesn’t have to be a permanent change in your life, but it can help you instill quality eating habits and a sense of purposeful living rather quickly. The detox diet – combined with exercise, plenty of sleep, a lot of hydrating water, and scheduled sessions in your detoxifying infrared sauna – will help you look and feel your absolute best.

WHAT ARE TOXINS AND HOW CAN YOU GET RID OF THEM?

We often hear a lot about detoxing, but exactly what are toxins? Just the word alone sounds frightening and instantly strikes up worry. According to the dictionary definition, a toxin is a poisonous substance that is the result of metabolic activities. Simply put, a toxin is something harmful to our bodies.  The definition of a toxin tends to be vague because of the different types of toxins. Toxins are generally classified as either an internal toxin or an external toxin. It’s important to understand what toxins are so that you know how to identify and get rid of them in your body.

What are Internal Toxins?

Internal toxins are naturally produced by our bodies as part of our daily functions. Our bodies are constantly using energy to rebuild body tissue and replace worn out cells. Throughout this process, they’re also producing waste or internal toxins. These toxins need to be broken down, recycled, and eliminated.  While our bodies have automatic processes to carry out these tasks, they can’t always address built-up toxins. Without proper detoxification, these toxins can clog your system and cause damage to surrounding tissue, organs, and cells.

What are External Toxins?

External toxins are the toxins outside of our bodies that can be ingested or absorbed. Whether chemical or microbial, external toxins enter the body through food, water, air, or physical contact with skin. These toxins can affect your overall health and wellness.

What are the most common external toxins?

• Bisphenol A and Phthalates, commonly referred to as BPA, are toxic substances that exist in cheap plastic drinking bottles. While most bottles with BPA have been phased out, some still use them and should be avoided. A 2015 study confirmed that about 44% of canned food producers still use BPA-lined cans.

• Environmental toxins like smog, airborne particulates, and smoke can wreak havoc on our eyes, lungs, and sinuses. They can remain in our bodies for an extended time after exposure.

• Environmental toxins can be transferred to common indoor spaces like homes, offices, or commercial buildings.

• Household chemicals are also guilty of introducing toxins into indoor living spaces. Common surface cleaners can emit dangerous fumes that may concentrate in small, enclosed areas. Even pet products may contain toxic elements that can harm both you and your pet.

Common Signs of Toxins in Your Body

You may want to consider a detoxification routine if you see any of the following indicators:

• You have trouble losing weight especially inches in a particular area. Many toxins naturally gravitate toward the fatty areas of the body. These toxins are called lipophilic and can include PCBs, dioxins, and pesticides.

• You’re tired all the time even though you’re getting enough sleep. Toxin overload can cause problems with the adrenal glands and that often manifests as unexplained exhaustion. A long-term effect of toxin build up is chronic stress, which can trigger feelings of sleepiness and overall fatigue.

• Frequent headaches can also be a sign of toxicity, especially those that are unexplained or don’t stem from a normal source. MSG, artificial sweeteners, and various food preservatives may trigger headaches due to their inherently toxic properties.

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• Moodiness can indicate that your body hormones are out of balance. A proven contributor to hormone disruption is toxic chemicals like BPA, PCBs, and phthalates. Minimizing exposure to plastics can help reduce harmful toxic loads.

• Aches and pains can indicate a high toxic load in some individuals. Various toxins act to stimulate pain receptors in the muscles. This can lead to spasms, aches and pains, muscle knots, and general discomfort.

Detoxification – How Does it Work?

In its simplest terms, detoxification is a process that removes poisonous or harmful substances from your body. Impurities are removed from the liver, which is where the body’s toxins are stored and processed prior to elimination. A good detoxification will also cleanse the intestines, kidneys, lungs, lymph nodes, and skin.  Detoxification is important because it effectively removes or greatly eliminates the harmful toxins that can accumulate inside our bodies. Whether these toxins are internal, external, or acquired from toxic behavior, better health is often just a few weeks away when an appropriate detox method is used.
Here are several ways to cleanse the body and minimize toxins in your system:
Hydrate
One of the most important ways to minimize harmful elements in the body is to stay hydrated. You should drink at least two quarts of water per day. This amount should increase if you’re exercising a lot or using a sauna on a regular basis.
Eat fiber
Your diet should include plenty of fiber in it. Fiber enables your body to process and move waste products through your system as efficiently as possible. Organically grown fruits and vegetables both introduce fiber into your diet and limit the amount of pesticides in your system.

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Exercise regularly
An hour of cardio exercise every day can help detoxify the body. Any physical activity that gets your heart pumping is a great detoxification option. Exercising regularly will help detox and cleanse your system from the inside out.
Sauna
Using a sauna can remove toxins from your body quicker than any other method available. A good sauna session will promote profuse sweating. That sweat acts as a transport vehicle for getting harmful toxins out of the body.

Using a Sauna for Detoxification

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. To do so, begin by using a sauna at least twice a week for 15-20 minutes. Gradually increase the amount of time you’re able to remain in the sauna until you can comfortably complete five 30-minute sessions each week.

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Woman using an infrared sauna for detoxification

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.
Just remember, don’t stay in the sauna more than 30 minutes. Take it easy f\or at least 10 minutes after exiting the sauna. And, be sure to drink lots of water after the sauna session.
With everything our bodies go through each day, detoxing should be a top priority for everyone. Using a sauna can make the detoxification process enjoyable and, it offers a variety of other health benefits.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS, WEIGHT GAIN AND INFRARED SAUNAS

Clearlight Infrared Saunas have been clinically proven to be a great tool for weight loss.  A study at Binghamton University in NY using a Clearlight Premier IS-3 found, on average, sauna users lost 4% body fat using an infrared sauna for 30 minutes three times per week.  Weight gain may not be tied to just diet and exercise.  There is a recent study linking environmental toxins to weight gain.

In the medical journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, the recent article, Obesogens: An Environmental Link to Obesity, looks at the link between weight gain and our environment.

You can read the full article at the following link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279464/

IS YOUR BODY TELLING YOU IT’S TOXIC? HERE ARE THE WARNING SIGNS!

Day in and day out our bodies are exposed to toxins. Car exhaust, plastic containers, preservatives in food and toiletries among many others bombard our bodies with toxic chemicals every day. These toxins get stored in the cells, organs and tissues and over time, can cause a number of diseases and disorders. How can you tell if your body is becoming overloaded? Some symptoms include:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • skin disorders like acne and eczema
  • nausea
  • digestive problems
  • viral or bacterial infections
  • acne
  • depression and anxiety
  • insomnia
  • allergies

On the extreme end of the spectrum, fibromyalgia, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cancer!  The best way to eliminate heavy metals and toxins is through sweating. Because infrared heat penetrates into the body vs. simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, your Clearlight Infrared Sauna can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins vs. only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna.

A recent study published in The Journal of Environmental and Public Health stated that Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury are excreted at significant levels in sweat produced from sessions in an infrared sauna. 1  In addition, the natural healing processes of the body are activated through raising the core body temperature, or hyperthermia. By creating an “artificial fever” that raises body temperature up to 2 or 3 degrees, the immune system also gets activated. So not only are you excreting harmful toxins, but you are giving your body the opportunity to switch on its innate healing for overall better health and longevity.

And remember, proper hydration is always foundational to great health! It is especially necessary when introducing infrared therapy into your health routine.

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1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/ J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 184745.

Published online 2012 Feb 22

DR. BRIAN CLEMENT DISCUSSES THE POWER OF INFRARED SAUNAS AND DETOXIFICATION

According to Dr. Brian Clement, who has been the director of the Hippocrates Health Institute for more than 30 years, we are being assailed from all directions by harmful chemicals and heavy metals. These pollutants are found in air, water, processed food, and even clothing, and constantly seep into our bodies. The best way to get rid of them, he says, is by detoxing with infrared saunas.

Dr. Clement’s claim is based not only on personal experience, but also from prescribing heat therapy to patients suffering from toxicity-induced health problems ranging from chronic fatigue to gout. A majority of these patients, as well as some cancer-stricken individuals, have responded positively to daily sauna sessions.

Why are infrared saunas such a powerful detoxification tool? Dr. Clement attributes their success to the following facts:

  • Infrared heaters generate deep-penetrating heat to mobilize toxins for elimination.
  • Lack of regular sweating (due to a sedentary lifestyle or clothing made of non-breathable fabric) reduces the skin’s elimination function; sauna use can help restore that function.
  • All toxins, including mercury, lead, and unprocessed minerals from nutritional supplements, can be excreted through sweat.

Dr. Clement further notes that the detoxification effect derived from sauna use can be boosted when combined with additional lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and a raw food diet.

Many other medical practitioners share Dr. Clement’s views on the efficacy of infrared saunas not only as a detoxification tool but also as a stepping stone to better overall health. To see if a sauna is the answer to your physical ailments, visit InfraredSauna.com to learn more about the health benefits of our products.

THE BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING

Your body’s largest organ, the skin, is responsible for about one fourth of the daily detoxification of your body. Dry brushing your skin is an ancient technique that can help to detoxify the body more effectively. It is also wonderful for rejuvenating your skin and keeping it looking young and healthy!

Not only does it improve the appearance of your skin by sloughing away dead cells, helping new skin to regenerate, but it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.

Why is this important for great health? 

The Lymph System is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. The lymphatic system absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing and destroying waste, debris, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells.

Dry brushing literally pumps the lymph system helping to move toxins that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system for elimination. If these toxins stay in our systems outside the blood vessels, it attracts other fluid. The result is swollen joints, skin issues and cellulite, or worse: a weakened immune system that can contribute to many other illnesses. Since the body’s lymphatic system is stimulated through dry skin brushing, toxins are excreted more efficiently from the body through sweat, breath, urination and elimination. Since toxins are eliminated from the body quicker, dry brushing also strengthens the immune system. It may help keep you healthy through cold season and reduce the duration of an illness and accelerate healing by clearing toxins from the body.
How do you dry brush your skin?

 

Choose a brush with natural bristles—nylon and synthetic fiber brushes are too sharp and may damage skin. Yerba Prima makes one with a long detachable handle. This makes reaching your whole body much easier!

  • Dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe.
  • Start at your feet and sweep in an upward motion, always moving towards your heart. (See picture on the right.)
  • Sweep toward the inner thighs, where the lymph nodes are.
  • For arms, sweep toward the arm pits also where there is a cluster of lymph nodes.
  • Every morning is best, but do it any time before a bath or shower, at least a few times per week.

In addition, dry brushing your skin before getting into to an infrared sauna or warm bath will help your skin and your body to detoxify and stay younger and healthier over time. You can complete this simple and inexpensive home remedy with your favorite natural moisturizer. Coconut oil, almond oil or any other natural oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oils is also a great option.