Dear Dr. Standley (Detoxifying Teas and Dry Saunas)
I came across your wonderfully informative website looking for informtion on detoxifing and saunas.
A few months ago I started using the sauna (dry) after running or exercising for about 20 minutes two-three times a week.
I was wondering if there would be any types of herbal teas that would be beneficial to help promote the detoxifing aspect. I find some areas of my body sweat very easily and other areas hardly anything. Why would this be?
Also I am unable to get past the 20 minute mark, I try to stay well hydrated and am fairly healthy.
Thank you, Leslie
Thank you for the e-mail and thank you for the kind words about my web site.
Green Tea is the "Mother of All Teas." Here's a little secret about Green Tea. If you were to drink only Green Tea and water for a 40 day period, you'd detoxify your body and probably drop about 10 lbs. That would be drinking nothing else but "Green Tea" and water.
There is a tea called "Detox A.M." by Celestial Seasonings. It's an awesome detoxifier that has milk thistle (a liver and skin detoxifer), Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, Echinacea, Red Clover and Hops.
Milk Thistle is an awesome detoxifying herb.
One of my favorites to detoxify with; although I CAN'T STAND the smell, is Ginger Root tea. I also take a bath in Ginger Root. I chop up the Ginger Root that I get at the market and then take a bath in very hot water. YOU'LL SWEAT LIKE NEVER BEFORE. Did I say I can't stand the smell??? hahahaha
Now let me ask you a question. You say that you are unable to get past the 20 minute mark. Why is this? Are you tired? Flush? Over-heated? Not-interested?
And one more question. How old are you?
Please write me back so I can give you more information.
Man, I can't stand the smell of Ginger Root. But it's a great detoxifier.
One more thing -- please go to my website and click on "Diet and Diet Tips" and read about drinking water. It MUST BE at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you are holding on to water, it is because you do not have enough. The body retains water to flush the body. Have you ever flushed a toilet without water?
You also may have more sweat glands in certain areas of your body than others. Regardless, you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day.
I pray this helps you.
A Bazillion Blessings~ Dr. Standley
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