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How Infrared Sauna Works for Detoxification

Posted by Dr. Mark McClure on Wed, Apr 02, 2014

Mark McClure DDS

infrared_saunaThe far infrared sauna system for whole body radiant energy delivers the far infrared rays that penetrate deep into the body. The cleansing and purifying benefits of the traditional sweat lodges in American Indian and Scandinavian cultures have long been known, and saunas have been used for centuries for an overall feeling of well being.  

Infrared heat is simply a form of energy that heats the object directly, without having to heat the air in between. So, unlike traditional saunas, the infrared heaters used in the sauna directly heat the occupants without heating the surrounding air. This dry heat can induce 2-3 times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while operating at lower, more comfortable temperatures, making it more comfortable to breathe.

Infrared Sauna Therapy Helps to Release Toxins

The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for eliminating up to 30% of body wastes. Toxins and waste in the body from alcohol, nicotine, chemicals, heavy metals and more may be released through the skin. The deep infrared penetrating heat causes toxins to be released from the cells and exit the body through the sweat glands without burdening the liver and kidneys.  The skin is like the kidney in that it filters the blood and aids in detoxification. In fact, the skin has even been called "the third kidney" for it's ability to eliminate waste. As the pores open the skin sheds dead cells leaving the skin glowing and clean.

Health Benefits of  Infrared Sauna 

  • Lowers blood pressure  
  • Detoxification  
  • Increase blood circulation  
  • Alleviate joint pain  
  • Ease pain from sore muscles or aching joints  
  • Burn calories  
  • Improve skin tone 
  • Calms the mind and body
  • Overall feeling of well being

It is important to stay well hydrated while in the sauna and replenish with electrolytes during and after your infrared sauna. There are some contraindications to infrared sauna such as pregnancy, cardiovascular conditions or chronic conditions which impair sweating, alcohol or drug use, some implants, fever, recent injury, certain medications etc. As with any therapy, it is always best to consult with your doctor first.

The infrared sauna can be used as alone or as part of an overall detoxification program, depending on your needs. Infrared sauna can be sometimes be combined with other detoxification therapies such as colon hydrotherapy, or aqua chi detox footbath. The warm, penetrating deep heat is a pleasant experience to many people with chronic conditions, or just for overall well being.


Mark_MClure_holistic_dentist Mark McClure DDS, FACG, is a biological dentist with a mercury-free,  holistic family dentistry practice at National Integrated Health Associates, (NIHA) an integrative medicine and dental center serving Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia. Biological dentistry considers the impact of dentistry on the whole body and use biocompatible dental materials and techniques that work in conjunction with the body, encouraging it to heal naturally.

Topics: infrared sauna, detoxification