How Can an Infrared Sauna Benefit Me?

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Neomed Institute offers far infrared sauna sessions to assist with detoxification of heavy metals and environmental chemicals through the largest organ of the body, the skin.

Why use infrared spectrum technology?

Infrared spectrum warms eighty percent of the earth’s surface and is the deepest ranging wavelength, with far infrared penetrating 2-3 inches into the body.

How does using an infrared sauna benefit me?

The infrared spectrum can penetrate through the insulating lipid layer and resonate energetically with the water inside of us, reducing ionic bonding and increasing the release of toxins into the blood serum. The increased internal heat stimulates vasodilation and sweat glands allowing for some toxins to be transported out of the body via the sweat.

The infrared spectrums are attracted to our densest highly vascularized tissue which results in:

Increased blood circulation due to increased arterial vasodilation from the release of nitric oxide.

Increased oxygenation of the tissues due to better blood circulation. This can result in a natural die-off if co-infections are anaerobic.

Reduced joint stiffness due to better circulation.

Far infrared spectrum stimulates the activity of heat shock proteins which are expressed during cellular repair.

Increased detoxification of heavy metals and environmental chemicals.

It has been identified that an increased toxic burden in an individual can affect autonomic nervous system heat regulatory mechanisms resulting in a reduced ability to sweat (1).

Several studies have identified the ability to remove certain heavy metals and toxic chemicals by inducing sweating either through sauna or exercise.

A meta-analysis of 24 studies identified cadmium, mercury and lead were present in significant levels in the sweat of participants (2). Cadmium levels were higher in the sweat of participants than in the urine (2). A study of 20 participants where half of the group were healthy individuals and half were diagnosed with chronic conditions reported the excretion of cadmium, lead and aluminum in sweat exceeded urinary excretion (1).

Many environmental chemicals are ubiquitous and our exposure is daily. Many also cannot be metabolized by the body and are retained in our systems for a very long time. Sweating and saunas are currently being investigated as a possible route of excretion of these environmental chemicals.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is found in plastics and leaches especially when the plastic is heated, receipts, lining of canned food, fast food, dental sealants, children’s toys, and pizza boxes to name but a few common products. Exposure has been implicated in abnormalities of reproductive organ dysfunction, increased risk of breast and prostate cancers and increased adipogenesis in female animals if exposure is before or after birth to name but a few health risks. BPA increases the release of proinflammatory proteins from human adipose tissue (3) and it reduces thyroid activity by displacing triiodothyronine (T3, the active thyroid hormone) from its cell receptors, leading to hypothyroidism (4).

BPA causes immune dysfunction with exposure to BPA resulting in increased autoantibody production by B lymphocytes leading to the development of autoimmune conditions (5). BPA enhanced the activity of T-helper 2 immune cells which resulted in the increased production of the proinflammatory immune complex Interleukin-4 (Tian) along with stimulating the release of histamine from bone derived mast cells (6) resulting in increased allergy/histamine intolerance conditions.

Sweating has been identified as an effective and efficient method for removing BPA from the body (3).

Perfluorinated carbons (PFCs) are a large group pf chemicals that are extensively used as part of a coating in Teflon, Scotchguard, fire extinguisher foam, in MRI’s, as a refrigerant, paint, wind shied washing liquid, waterproof clothing, fast food wrappers and the list goes on. PFCs have been linked with development toxicity, neurological, reproductive and cardiovascular problems, metabolic derangement and immune problems (7). The C8 Health Project identified PFC exposure resulted in reduced levels of immunoglobulin A (mucosal protective immune complex), an increase in autoantibodies that bind to the cell nucleus (found in conditions including cancer, infections and autoimmunity), reduced natural killer cell activity (one of the protective immune cells) and reduced release of proinflammatory proteins following a pathogenic bacterial metabolite due to a suppressed immune system (8).

Elevated levels of PFC in children have been correlated with reduced vaccine protection due to less antibody production thereby reducing immune cell memory (8). Mice exposed to PFC had an increased activity of T-helper 2 cells (8). Increased T-helper 2 immune activity is associated with allergy/atopic health conditions including asthma, eczema/atopic dermatitis, hay fever, histamine intolerance, atopic rhinitis.

Sweating has been identified to assist with the removal of some but not all PFCs (7).

Phthalates are present in bath, skin and beauty products, nail polish, perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, plastic food containers, baby/child products, oral drug coatings, paper coatings, printing inks and nail varnishes. Phthalates have been identified to reduce T-helper 1 immunity which is involved in antimicrobial activity thereby reducing immune resistance against infections and phthalates increase the activity of T-helper 2 immunity involved in atopic/allergenic conditions (9).

Certain phthalate compounds and metabolites are excreted via sweat (10).

Contraindications with FIR sauna use:

Pregnancy

Hemophilia

Fever

Insensitivity to heat

Alcoholism

Unstable angina

Recent myocardial infarction

Severe aortic stenosis

References

Genuis, S.J., Birkholz, D., Rodushkin, I. and Beesoon, S., 2011. Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements. Archives of environmental contamination and toxicology, 61(2), pp.344-357.

Sears, M.E., Kerr, K.J. and Bray, R.I., 2012. Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review. Journal of environmental and public health, 2012.

Genuis, S.J., Beesoon, S., Birkholz, D. and Lobo, R.A., 2011. Human excretion of bisphenol A: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012.

Moriyama, K., Tagami, T., Akamizu, T., Usui, T., Saijo, M., Kanamoto, N., Hataya, Y., Shimatsu, A., Kuzuya, H. and Nakao, K., 2002. Thyroid hormone action is disrupted by bisphenol A as an antagonist. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 87(11), pp.5185-5190.

Yurino, H., Ishikawa, S., Sato, T., Akadegawa, K., Ito, T., Ueha, S., Inadera, H. and Matsushima, K., 2004. Endocrine disruptors (environmental estrogens) enhance autoantibody production by B1 cells. Toxicological Sciences, 81(1), pp.139-147.

O’Brien, E., Dolinoy, D.C. and Mancuso, P., 2014. Bisphenol A at concentrations relevant to human exposure enhances histamine and cysteinyl leukotriene release from bone marrow-derived mast cells. Journal of immunotoxicology, 11(1), pp.84-89.

Genuis, S.J., Beesoon, S. and Birkholz, D., 2013. Biomonitoring and elimination of perfluorinated compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls through perspiration: blood, urine, and sweat study. ISRN toxicology, 2013.

Corsini, E., Luebke, R.W., Germolec, D.R. and DeWitt, J.C., 2014. Perfluorinated compounds: Emerging POPs with potential immunotoxicity. Toxicology letters, 230(2), pp.263-270.

Kuo, C.H., Hsieh, C.C., Kuo, H.F., Huang, M.Y., Yang, S.N., Chen, L.C., Huang, S.K. and Hung, C.H., 2013. Phthalates suppress type I interferon in human plasmacytoid dendritic cells via epigenetic regulation. Allergy, 68(7), pp.870-879.

Genuis, S.J., Beesoon, S., Lobo, R.A. and Birkholz, D., 2012. Human elimination of phthalate compounds: blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study. The Scientific World Journal, 2012.