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Page 30 | Abby's Magazine | The skin is the largest organ of your body, and a prime participant in elimination. Because of its size and area, it actually eliminates more cellular waste, through the pores, than the colon and kidneys combined. Sweating occurs naturally during strenuous activity such as exercise, exposure to sun, or being in a warm room. Saunas (dry heat) or steam baths (wet heat) create sweat intentionally for therapeutic purposes. This "sweat (hyper thermic) therapy" not only releases toxins from the skin but also relaxes muscles, easing aches and pains. Releasing toxins via the skin through perspiration removes the load from the kidneys and liver, so those with impaired liver or kidney function may safely detoxify in this manner. It's imperative to remain in the sauna until sweating occurs. You won't get dehydrated if you drink sufficient water to replenish. Raising your body's core temperature does more than just assist the detox process. It has also been shown to have a favorable impact upon the immune system. It is one of the few known ways to stimulate increased production of growth hormone, which helps the body shed fat, while maintaining lean muscle mass. Hyper thermic therapy also helps to restore autonomic nervous system function, which governs muscle tension, sweating, blood pressure, digestion, and balance. The autonomic nervous system is often dysfunctional in people with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. For this reason, people with these conditions can benefit from sauna therapy. There are two types of dry sauna: conventional and infrared. The conventional sauna uses electricity or burns wood as a source of generating heat. This type of sauna heats the air inside the unit between 150 and 235 degrees Fahrenheit. Your skin heats up by coming into contact with the hot air, and sweating soon follows. Because of the high temperature and the fact that conventional saunas heat the air, this type of sauna can be uncomfortable and difficult for some people to use effectively. If you can comfortably use, and have access to, a conventional sauna, we do recommend that you use it for our purposes; however, an infrared sauna is preferred. WARNING: Pregnant women and children under five should not use a sauna. For children five and older, consult your pediatrician before using a sauna. A child's core temperature will rise much faster than an adult's. Infrared saunas produce what is known as radiant heat. Infrared waves heat objects directly without heating the air in between. Because the air does not become hot, it can be used with greater comfort and for longer periods of time than conventional saunas. This allows for longer sessions during which you can sweat, shower off, and then return to the sauna again for intervals of sweating and washing off. The heat of an infrared sauna also penetrates more deeply, although without the discomfort and draining effect often experienced in a conventionally heated sauna. An infrared sauna produces two to three times more sweat volume, and because of the lower temperatures used (110 to 140 degrees), it is considered safer for those with cardiovascular risk. People suffering from sports injuries, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia as well as other painful conditions have successfully used the saunas. They accelerate the removal of toxic metals as well as organic toxins such as PCBs and pesticide residues – chemicals that are stored in the fatty tissues of the body and are not easily dislodged. The heat produced in infrared saunas is extremely beneficial for those suffering from such skin conditions as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and cellulite. The sweating caused by deep heat helps eliminate dead skin cells and improves skin tone and elasticity. Weight loss is facilitated through the use of an infrared sauna, probably due to the increase in growth hormone that it produces. It has been calculated that one can burn 600 calories in 30 minutes in an infrared sauna. Health benefits can certainly be obtained in a conventional sauna or steam bath as well, but the infrared sauna has a greater range of therapeutic efficiency, especially for detoxification. The infrared sauna actually has an Saunas & Steam Baths for your Skin

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