The word "detox" gets thrown around a lot. A LOT. Many times products make it sound like your body won't detoxify itself without these specific products and that is plainly not true. Your body detoxes itself each and every day - that is what your liver is for - and expels waste through your urine, feces and sweat. What happens to many of us, however, is that for one reason or another our system gets overloaded (think too much alcohol, poor diet, etc.) and can't detoxify itself as efficiently as it should. Think about it: if you are someone who never sweats or gets constipated all the time (fyi you should be pooping at least once a day) your body is not detoxifying itself to the best of its abilities.
Goop just did a great podcast with Dr. Alejandro Junger, Cardiologist and New York Times best-selling author on detoxification and in it the episode, Dr. Junger goes into much more detail about how your system can become impaired. If you are interested in learning more, it is definitely worth a listen! You can click HERE for the link. One of the ways he recommends to facilitate the detoxification process (besides adjusting your diet which is key) is using infrared saunas. In an article for goop on infrared saunas he wrote:
"...By sweating one activates and intensifies the elimination of toxins. Infrared heat yields additional benefits in a significant way: Beyond the incredible relaxation effect it has on people—it has been shown that endorphin levels increase after a sauna session—it’s proven to be beneficial for musculoskeletal ailments, heavy metal detoxification, increased blood flow, and boosting the immune system’s cell activity."
He goes on to say: "Because [infrared] penetrates deeper—up to three inches—it mobilizes and burns fat, which not only helps with weight loss but with detoxification as well, since many of the toxins we absorb are surrounded and trapped by fat." You can read his full article on infrared saunas here.
Besides the biological impacts that Dr. Junger discusses, there is also a much simpler reason for why sweating in the sauna helps your body detox: it creates a virtuous cycle of hydration. Think about it: before wrapping you will drink water to prepare, you'll sweat it out and then you will rehydrate with more water. Water is key in the whole detoxing process: it will make you pee more, it helps with constipation and it is what makes up our sweat.
While detoxing my body is never my main goal when I wrap (my main goal is always just feeling good!) it is a nice by-product. When I feel like I have indulged a bit too much, an infrared sauna wrap in addition to drinking extra water, maintaining my exercise regime and eating primarily fruits and vegetables are the steps I take to getting myself back on the right track. The sauna wrap has been the perfect addition to my routine and I feel like it gives my body an extra boost, helping me feel better faster.
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