DETOXIFYING THE BODY
Detoxification is a process and lifestyle change. It is not
supplementing a bad diet with vitamins and herbs; it is not doing emotional
work and not implementing the new information to change old habits, and it is
not eating vegetarian and then living a sedentary lifestyle. When someone is
truly detoxing, they are pulling the toxins from the emotional/mental part of
the body, the chemical/nutritional part of the body, and the
structural/physical part of the body. Cleansing the body is one thing,
detoxifing the body is another.
WAYS TO DETOXIFY
There are many ways to help the body eliminate toxins such as; cleansing
programs that require herbal supplements, fasting or dietary changes; organ
flushes; emotional techniques; guided imagery; feng shui; bodywork;
acupuncture; the use of compresses, poultices, and packs; exercise; lymphatic
stimulation; dry skin brushing; baths, saunas and hydrotherapy; and many
other ways to stimulate a purge of toxins.
The "heat stress" of a sauna is very effective in releasing fat-stored
toxins from the cells and the use of a sauna is a major part of a
detoxification program. When using a sauna for a detoxification program, find
a dry sauna that has been constructed to be environmentally safe with air
cleaners attached to the air circulation units. Sometimes commercial saunas
at health clubs can be too hot, may not have adequate oxygen levels and are
not environmentally well constructed.
SAUNA CLEANSING PROGRAM
Dry saunas are recommended because they increase sweating and also speed
the detox process. A complete sauna cleansing program should include
exercise, time in a dry sauna and a cleansing shower followed by a massage.
Both the exercise and sauna time should be built up gradually so that the
stress of the body is minimized.
YOUR SKIN IS 1/7 OF YOUR RESPIRATION
It is a good idea to exercise for at least 20 minutes, then go into the
sauna. Maximum sauna time should be 30 minutes. A cleansing shower
afterward washes off the toxins excreted in the sauna and prevents them from
being reabsorbed. Remember - your skin is 1/7th of your respiration. It
secretes, absorbs and breaths. Massage stimulates, relaxes, and increases
blood circulation which will aid in the detox process.
REPLACE LOST FLUIDS WITH WATER
While in the sauna, be sure to replace the fluids lost with plenty of
water, both while in the sauna and afterward to help flush the kidneys.
Remember - you can't flush a toilet without water. Nutritional supplements
also aid in sauna cleansing, particularly using antioxidants. Oils taken
orally help to bind toxins as the liver and bile remove them from the body.
Caution: Pregnant women should not sauna. The heat from the sauna may
cause neural tube defects in the fetus during the first trimester of
pregancy. Since many women do not know they are pregnant during this time,
women of child-bearing age should have a pregnancy test before beginning any
sauna treatment. Heart disease, kidney disease and anemia are also
contraindications for sauna treatment.
After completing a sauna, allow a period of rest. The body needs a quiet
time to adjust and rebalance. Most importantly, take care of yourself and
then you'll be able to take care of others.
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