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Reducing Toxins with Exercise and Sauna Therapy

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As exercise * breaks down body fat, it releases the chemicals stored in fat which then enter the bloodstream. While these chemicals are partly sweated out during exercise, more can be sweated out if the exercise is followed by a sauna.


Medical studies of chemically-exposed persons have shown that sweating induced by the regular use of saunas can gradually reduce the level of pesticides and other toxic petrochemicals in the body.

Near Sauna Therapy (NIR) is just as effective as Far Sauna Therapy (FIR) for reducing a persons toxic body burden. NIR Sauna is cheaper to buy and more convenient for use at home.


Unfortunately, commercial saunas such as those used in gyms and health spas rarely help chemically sensitive persons because they are cleaned with chlorine-containing or other irritating and/or toxic chemicals. They are also often contaminated with cosmetics and other products containing petrochemicals from previous users. Also remember: a hot tub is NOT a sauna. Hot tubs contain chlorinated water and are also treated with chemicals that can react to form toxic compounds in the water.


If–after beginning sauna therapy–you experience a rash in the areas of greatest sweating, this is probably due to excreting chemicals through your skin. Unless this is minor, reduce your sauna time for a while. The rash should improve as your body burden (and thus chemical excretion) declines.

If your doctor advises you to do sauna therapy, they should also provide you with a sauna treatment protocol to follow, which stipulates how long and how frequently you should do the treatment, and also how much water you should drink, and whether or not you need to take an electrolyte formula. While considered safe, sauna therapy when not done correctly can cause severe dehydration and other concerns.

After sauna therapy it is usually best to shower.


(note * intensive exercise should be avoided in areas of high pollution – particulate matter.  Exercise should also be avoided or limited in any one who is very fatigued and experience high levels of inflammation as measured by standard medical test (CRP) or CIRS – mold illness test (C4A))

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