Monday, May 16, 2011

Benefits Of Sweating In A Sauna

There is a valid reason why human beings have used sweat baths for hygienic and health purposes since the Stone Age. It's because sweating has proven its effectiveness in flushing out toxins and disease and maintaining optimal physical as well as mental health.

Many health experts consider sweating to be the best health benefits of a sauna. There is a lot more to sweating than meets the eye (or nose). It is a very complex and active process. Upon close scrutiny it is clear that sweating is essential to life and deserves to be at the top of the list of benefits of a sauna.

As we mentioned earlier, the skin is a major eliminative organ. Our modern lifestyle makes most people's skin inactive. Many of us don't sweat, especially during the winter months. Modern synthetic fibres or tight clothing that doesn't allow the skin to breathe, can damage our skin and our natural ability for elimination, as does excessive prolonged sun exposure. A sedentary lifestyle also inactivates the skin.

Our skin is exposed to hundreds of chemicals during the course of our life, and is affected by them. From innocent bath products such as shampoos, shower gels, lotions and soaps to deodorants. Household cleaning solvents, detergent residues on clothes and chemicals from the bath or shower water also affect the skin.

According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, author of "Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing," heating your body several degrees dramatically increases circulation and opens skin pores as the body begins to sweat heavily. This helps remove toxins from hard-to-reach places like bone, sinuses and teeth. Dr. Wilson also says that cells damaged by toxic metals and chemicals are weaker than normal cells, and their death can be accelerated by heating them up. This assists your body in removing any metals or chemicals that were trapped inside those damaged cells.

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