Your Complete Guide to Saunas
The many health benefits, and a complete guide to what to look for when buying a sauna.
Tips for Using Your Sauna
We customized our sauna by adding a couple of shelves, a magazine rack, and a little wood basket with soft organic cotton hand towels in it to wipe our sweat off with. Here are the products we chose:
- Wood shelves: These are easy to install, just make sure to measure carefully and get your own screws (the ones that come with it are too long and might go through to the outside of the sauna). Also, make sure to add one screw from the top of the shelf into the bottom support, to prevent the top of the shelf from falling off when you put a glass on it.
- Custom Cushions: Get them made in any fabric you like, and sized exactly to match your sauna.
- Facecloths: These are super soft and absorbent, and made from organic bamboo.
- Magazine holder: This one also has a place under the magazines to hang your facecloth.
Treatment times vary but usually last for 15–30 minutes (although some experts recommend no more than 20). Also like a tanning bed, patients might be told to gradually turn up the heat a notch every few minutes to reach the highest amount.
- Hydration & Diet: As with any detox program, it is very important to stay hydrated. There will be a lot of perspiration, so you want to hydrate sufficiently. Drink 1-2 glasses of spring or filtered water before and after sauna therapy. (Note: Even if you initially don’t sweat, it doesn’t mean that the light isn’t working. It may take a few sessions before your pores are unclogged, and then you will start to perspire.) Try to sauna on an empty stomach, so that your body has a chance to focus on healing and detoxing, rather than digesting. Avoid meals high in sodium the day before or of, to avoid the body retaining water, and working against the sweat process.
- Electrolytes & Minerals: Make sure you are eating healthy when using the sauna. To replace minerals lost in sweating, be sure to supplement with kelp. Kelp is rich in minerals, protein, the whole range of vitamins, folate, phytonutrients, small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, and rich in iodine. Most importantly, it helps bind with toxic heavy metals to be expelled through perspiration. The kelp must be Nature’s Way brand, or Frontier Herbs granules or powder because some kelp is toxic. Take up to 4000 mg daily.
Pets should not be allowed into the sauna as they may not perspire as easily as humans, and may overheat in the sauna. To treat pets, use a single infrared heat lamp and make sure your pet can move away if he/she gets too hot.
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