Far Infrared Saunas
And How Yours Can Make You Feel Amazing!
An infrared sauna in your home is like having your own personal retreat, wellness center, and de-stressing zone!
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I studied far infrared sauna treatment for detoxification for six months before I finally decided on a company and bought their sauna to test—long before recommending one to you. (This report explains to you why it’s important to own one, and I tell you how to get a phenomenal price on an excellent sauna for yourself.) Your own sauna is a valuable tool to achieve health and vitality. Every heart disease, cancer, weight loss, or diabetic patient should own one and use it as often as possible, even daily!
Your body is the unfortunate repository of hundreds of the 80,000 chemicals and metals currently in use in our air, water, food, cosmetics, and soil, many of which have a half-life of hundreds of years and are transferred from mother to baby.
Symptoms caused by toxicity:
- muscle and joint pain
- digestive problems
- frequent viral or bacterial infections
- depression and anxiety
The best way to eliminate metals and chemicals is through SWEAT. When your body temperature is increased 2 to 3 degrees in a sauna session, cancer cells are slowed down and can die, and white blood cells and killer T cells are produced and hyper-mobilized. The natural healing mechanisms of the body are optimized through hyperthermia or an “artificial fever” that raises body temperature 2 or 3 degrees. The heart is strengthened, and calories are burned at about the rate of a moderate run! Let me tell you more about how exciting this tool is, for your home or office, and how you can get a quality one, with freebies, at a better price in the GSG group buy than anywhere!
What Is Far Infrared (FIR)?
This very special type of sauna uses the same type of “radiant” energy the sun produces that gives life to the entire plant kingdom; it’s the wavelength that allows plants to make energy. It is NOT ultraviolet radiation. It’s the positives of the sun without the dangerous effects of solar radiation. (In fact, some evidence indicates it heals sun damage on the skin, including diminishing wrinkles and fine lines.)
FIR is a narrow band of energy that travels up to 3” into the body to increase blood flow and, thereby, regenerate damaged tissues, as well as activate immune cells.
Far Infrared Sauna Benefits
Preventing and Treating Cancer
Dr. Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, M.D. states that a 2% increase in body temperature results in a 40% increase in immunity. At 109 degrees, cancer cells die. And in repeated sauna treatments, resistance of cancer cells becomes weaker and weaker and immune function gets stronger as tumor cells die away.
In his book The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees, which is about helping cancer patients who have failed traditional medical treatment, Dr. Yoshimizu lists these advantages of thermotherapy:
- Body defense mechanisms strengthened
- Immune functions improved (against infection)
- Blood flow improved (aids drug efficacy)
- Physical capacity improved
- Body temperature increased (higher metabolism, healthier cells, more breakdown of fatty acids)
- Increased detoxification as waste materials are excreted with sweat
- Endorphin production is stimulated (pain is alleviated)
- Prevents aging
- Far infrared heat penetrates deeply into the body, which affects skin but also organs, blood vessels, lymph, nerves, and more
Dr. Yoshimuzo references reports of cancer cured after a high fever, as well as research that one-third of people whose cancer is cured naturally showed symptoms of high fever.
My grandmother always said, “Give me a good enough fever and there’s no illness I can’t cure.” It seems that it’s a powerful tool and we can use simple healing technologies to leverage it anytime we need it.
Calories Burned, Cardiac Benefits, Weight Loss, and Conditioning with Far Infrared Sauna
Most people lose weight drinking green smoothies. A few people complain that they don’t. But a doctor I work with closely said that he has had good success when weight loss “plateaus,” even when the patient is drinking green smoothies and cutting out junk food, if he helps them even begin to detoxify. Suddenly they move out of the plateau and begin to lose weight.
Infrared Sauna Detox To Lose Fat
Heavy metals and toxic chemicals accumulate primarily in fat cells, and those toxins can keep the body from eliminating the fat itself. Possibly the best way to quickly eliminate chemicals, through the body’s largest organ of elimination, plus other pathways such as lymph and blood circulation, is through infrared sauna treatment! Heart rate is increased, and blood flow increases which pushes blood to capillaries and extremities.
Sauna treatment is excellent for reducing stress levels – high stress levels cause cortisol production that results in belly fat. You will feel calm and peaceful after a sauna session, especially if you use essential oils as aromatherapy.
Calories Burned In An Infrared Sauna Session
A 30-minute FIR sauna session has been documented to burn 300 to 600 calories! How many other ways can you sit still and read a book and burn as many calories as you would in a 45-minute jog? In August, 1981, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated,
"Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning calories, as regular exercise."
A reasonably fit person will perspire about 250 grams in a 20-30 minute FIR sauna session, which is approximately as much as she would sweat in a 6-mile run! Of course you will drink water to replace what is lost, but that’s not the point: the cardiovascular system has worked hard to produce that amount of perspiration, yielding passive conditioning.
Dr. Imamura in Japan put 25 men with heart disease in a FIR sauna 15 minutes a day for two weeks. The results were: significantly lowered blood pressure, significant weight loss, significantly lowered blood sugar, significantly increased blood flow, lowered cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides. These results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2001.
FIR treatment is perfect for those who cannot exercise or don’t have time, but it has many additional benefits for those who do exercise. (Note from Robyn: I’m a big believer in exercise whether you use a sauna or not—for muscle tone, which is not provided by sauna treatment even though cardiac benefit and detoxification is.)
Far infrared sauna treatments improve cardiac performance by varying the rhythmic beating of the heart, according to Mark Hyman, M.D. in UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Weight Loss. The heart is the organ where many of the heavy metals human beings are invariably exposed to, are stored, causing many of our cardiovascular problems.
Dr. Hyman states,
"Saunas and heat therapies are an ancient method of cleansing. The Native American sweat lodge was a tool for physical and spiritual purification. Today the Environmental Protection Agency has shown that sauna therapy increases excretion of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, and fat soluble chemicals- PCB's, PBB's HCB's). It seems that science has finally caught up with these historical practices for maintaining health."
Sherry Rogers, M.D. explains in Detox or Die, why FIR is a phenomenal tool for heart health. Two renowned medical journals, Circulation and Journal of Cardiology, published studies from the Mayo Clinic demonstrating how congestive heart failure patients, maximally medicated and unable to comfortably walk across a room or even take a warm bath, were dramatically benefited by the FIR sauna. They tolerated it well and experienced improved heart function that surgery and drugs were unable to accomplish.
Dr. Rogers says,
"Even though medicine had nothing more to offer, congestive heart failure was reversed the far infrared sauna. The FIR sauna literally saved their lives. During the sauna, no patients had dyspnea (shortness of breath), angina (chest pain), or arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), nor complained of excessive heat."
Are Infrared Saunas Safe To Use?
The American Journal of Medicine conducted a meta-review of all the studies on sauna use from 1966 to the present and concluded that sauna use is safe and has therapeutic value for healthy people as well as heart disease patients.
Why I Chose to Work with This Company
One company positions itself as the “low EMF” manufacturer and, in fact, has really high-end design detailing in their saunas. Others are inexpensive but have high EMF and have other toxicity problems. (For instance, glue in the wood might not seem like a big deal, but it is, when the whole point of your sauna experience is to detox, and that toxic glue will be seriously off-gassing at 155 degrees!) I even researched the difference between ceramic and carbon heaters.
I also insisted on finding a price point that is affordable and impressive—with low EMF (damaging electromagnetic frequencies), and with excellent workmanship. I refused to make the decision until I obtained documentation from the companies regarding their EMF. Then I contacted an expert on EMF and received documentation from him on his own testing of this company’s saunas. Then I bought my own expensive meter, my own sauna, and confirmed the testing when it was heated to 155 degrees!
I chose to work with this company because:
- The EMF is extremely low.
- There are no toxins in the manufacturing.
- The Canadian cedar smells like heaven.
- The price is much better than the other high-quality units (the company I chose to work with manufactures for all the OTHER companies!)
- The units are well constructed and easy to assemble, with an excellent warranty and great company reputation
- They are including an exciting, expensive accessory in the form of healing L.E.D. lights in every unit.
I now have mine and am madly in love with it. I have worked out a deal for those of you who have a bit of space and the money to put a powerful healing tool in your home. (If you’re a business owner, put it in your office for the employees’ health and write it off!)
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But I want to tell you about why saving up and obtaining your own sauna is worth every penny, for your health. (Don’t spend your health obtaining wealth, and then have to spend all your wealth trying to get your health back—like so many people I know are doing. Invest in your health as early as you can!)
The effect of far infrared is not something you have to take on faith, as you do with many treatments, because the detoxification is so easily felt. When you get out, of course, you’ll be covered with salt. But after you shower, and the next day, your skin will GLOW and feel like soft baby’s skin. It helps my kids go right to sleep afterward (at night) — for me, it supplies energy.
Artificial Fever, Immune Function, and Healing
You will sweat as you have never done before, as the infrared rays heat you, rather than the air. When I run 5 miles in the summer heat, I don’t sweat as much as I do with 30 minutes in my sauna. This mimics the body’s healing, protective mechanism of a fever, which burns out viral and bacterial cells. It’s fabulous to have a sauna in your home, so you can jump in at the first symptom of cold or flu, and rapidly accelerate the body’s healing. Studies have documented that colds and flu rapidly diminish if treated with FIR heat therapy, and this is an example of why it’s important to have it in your home.
You can get an aromatherapy cup to hang in your sauna to use your essential oils, which in the heat will disperse into the air, providing a variety of unique health benefits.
In the GSG wholesale buys, you get an L.E.D. light panel in the sauna roof that changes automatically to different color lights that have many healing properties—very exciting, particularly for anyone who suffers through winter months with Seasonal Affective Disorder. The company I chose is the only company installing this expensive accessory FREE—in the GreenSmoothieGirl group buy.Your sauna treatment opens clogged or malfunctioning pores and heals skin, acne and scars. One source I read claims that far infrared is the only antidote to sun damage (excess ultraviolet radiation). And Japanese researchers concluded that the radiant heat is also an antidote for the negative effects of EMF. I have read papers describing the positive clinical effects tested on people with depression.
Dr. Thomas Lodi, M.D., with whom I have studied, says that while regular cells function optimally at 98.6 degrees—everyone knows this—immune cells go into hyperdrive and function optimally at 103.5 degrees! With the increase in body temp in the sauna, imagine your white blood cells speeding up and energizing, to gobble up macrophages! That includes cancer cells, and many practitioners have patients doing far infrared therapy multiple times a day. Dr. Lodi’s patients get in the sauna as often as possible.
The waves penetrate 1 ½” to 3” deep, which means even deep muscles, and organs, can detoxify. You’re loosening and releasing, through various organs including the dynamic organ of the skin, heavy metals, sodium, cholesterol, dozens of pesticides, cleaning agents, endocrine disruptors mimicking hormones, alcohol and nicotine.
Mysterious joint pain and many other symptoms in war veterans exposed to Agent Orange disappeared using FIR, according to Sherry Rogers, M.D. And Schnare, of the EPA, showed that PCBs and HCB in electrical workers were reduced, even though they were constantly exposed at work.
Dr. Rogers says,
"...the far infrared sauna is the closest we can probably get to the fountain of youth... sweat is the only proven method for getting the most damaging toxins out of the body."
How is a FIR different than a regular sauna?
A traditional steam sauna just heats the surface of your skin, and it’s hard to breathe in them, as the temperature is so high and can make the lungs feel like they’re burning. (I personally find myself claustrophobic and terrified in a regular sauna.) You won’t experience this in an infrared sauna, which is very comfortable, as the heat is dry and lower temperature, but deeply penetrating. The amount you perspire is just phenomenal, much more than in a steam sauna where most of what you see is just condensed steam vapor—and the infrared waves are so good for you in releasing the chemical toxins stored in your fat cells and organs!
Other health benefits—energy, pretty skin, injury healing, dental, endometriosis, more...
Holistic dentists sometimes use far infrared treatment for gum inflammation and tooth pain, and Japanese and Chinese doctors use it for asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, and congestion. Other papers and clinical trials I studied reported impressive improvements in arthritis, sleep disorders, mood disorders, diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, strokes, radiation-related illnesses, menopause, hepatitis, ulcers, cold hands and feet.
Using the sauna to heal is highly effective. (My son and his athlete friends—with their sore muscles and injuries—crowd into our 3-man unit for some bonding time: they call it the Bro-Zone!)
Sauna treatment increases blood flow, hyper-oxygenates, and amplifies the activity of Killer T cells and white blood cells. Therefore, it decreases joint stiffness and muscle spasms, relieves pain, and decreases inflammation.
An unexpected benefit I discovered in my literature review as I studied FIR is that endometriosis was unheard of before 1900. Now, 20 percent of American women of childbearing years suffer with it and the figure goes up every year. Chemical dioxins are directly related to endometriosis, and dioxins are in tampons, diapers, thousands of products—the only way out that it has isthrough our sweat.
One of my favorite things, besides how relaxed I feel after 30-45 mins. in my FIR sauna, is how soft and pink my skin is after! Matthew texted me the day after we used it for the first time: “Feel the skin on your face!” It’s a wonderful treatment for acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
One strange thing: If I do the sauna right before bed, I do feel relaxed, but so rejuvenated and energized, I can’t go to sleep! If you’re like me (my friends have the opposite experience), using it in the morning might be a better idea!
Healing Benefits of L.E.D. Lights
The company I chose to work with is including the expensive L.E.D. light panel in every sauna they provide to GreenSmoothieGirl.com readers, free. It is powerful phototherapy utilizing the properties of all 7 colors of the healing spectrum.
The most-known benefit of light therapy is to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many people who suffer with its symptoms don’t know they have it, but its main symptom is depressed mood in the winter months due to lack of sunlight. Phototherapy resets the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms) which results in sleeping well and enjoying a positive, stable mood.
Many people buy expensive phototherapy lights for their workplace to combat S.A.D., and in your FIR sauna you have that therapy at the same time as your sauna conditioning.Color light therapy balances the elements of the universe and, in various modalities, has been used by Indian Ayurvedics, Egyptians and Greeks, and traditional Chinese medicine. It decreases inflammation and pain and accelerates wound healing and after-surgery recovery.
Another popular use of light therapy is treating anti-aging, as people often notice a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, age spots, and wrinkles.
These are some of the healing properties of the different colors that you can have automatically cycle through, in your sauna session:
- Red: Promotes cellular growth and circulation, very helpful for lymphatic movement, colds, arthritis, anemia, liver problems, low energy, or pneumonia. It stimulates the adrenal glands and improves strength, stimulates hemoglobin production (helpful for anemics), and activates hearing, taste, smell, and metabolism.
- Yellow: Encourages mental clarity, nervous system, and digestive tract. It heals pores and scar tissue. Stimulates inspiration and is used to treat gas, diabetes, eczema, and constipation.
- Green: The universal healing color, relaxes thoughts and muscles and nerves. Encourages peace and harmony, lowering blood pressure and soothing the autonomic nervous system and helping heal heart problems, ulcers, cancer, headaches, and flu.
- Blue: Mentally relaxing, helpful for sleep problems, communication and speech problems. Reduces nervous problems and increases feelings of being positive and well.
- Orange: Frees the mind, combines physical energy with mental wisdom. Cheering, warm, non-constricting, helps us embrace and assimilate new ideas. An emotional stimulant, helps us lose inhibitions, bringing joy and zest for life. Helps repair kidneys, cough, seizure disorders, cramps, and sinus infections.
- Violet: Heals diseases of the scalp, sciatica, tumors, meningitis, cramps, concussion. Nourishes brain cells, purifies thoughts and feelings and encourages inspiration and spirituality. Helps us tap our own wisdom and inner strength, artistic talent and creativity. Da Vinci said you can increase power of meditation tenfold by meditating under violet rays, such as in stained glass church windows.
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Sources documenting the healing effects of FAR Infrared Sauna Treatment:
The Detox Strategy, by Brenda Watson
UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, by Mark Hyman, M.D.
The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees, by Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, M.D. Ph.D. (former director of Yokohama General Hospital, Japan)
Detox or Die, by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.
Practitioners using FIR sauna treatment I am studying with include:
Dr. Thomas Lodi, M.D. (An Oasis of Healing, Mesa, AZ),
Dr. Francisco Contreras, M.D. (California and Mexico, Oasis of Hope Hospital),
Dr. Lloyd Jenkins (The Budwig Clinic in Malaga, Spain),
Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D. (and colleagues at Center for New Medicine),
Dr. Brian Clement (Hippocrates Institute).
Also Dr. Oz, David Wolfe, and many more.