Every day we are exposed to high levels of consumer, industrial and agricultural toxins that the human organism never evolved to handles, as mentions Dr. Joseph Pizzorno in his book The Toxin Solution. From pizza boxes to paint, cosmetics, perfumes, pesticides and herbicides (ahh, those perfect looking foods and lawns…), flame retardants (including those cute pjs for the kids), chemical-laden processed or non-organic food, waxed popcorn bags and coffe cups, stain resistant furniture, new car smells, bathroom fresheners, electromagnetic frequencies, food cans, antibiotics and hormones (both overprescribed to us or fed to use through animal products), we inhale and ingest these toxins daily unable to excrete them daily.
Did you know…
The concentration of most toxins is two to ten times higher in sweat than in blood!
Our environment has become highly toxic affected by coal burning, nuclear explosions, gas pipelines and even some water pipelines as shown in case of Flint, Michigan, waste fumes, toxic emissions of methane, carbon dioxide to mention only a few, manufacturing, and cattle farms all of which contaminate our common air and water. Many of these thousands of chemicals often caused by the new and more convenient way of living, did not exist prior to the mid-twentieth century. And although our bodies are naturally equipped with detoxification pathways, it is the cumulative effect of constant toxic exposure that we are not so equipped for.
How saunas and sweating are beneficial to our health?
One of the primary benefit of using sauna is detoxification through profound sweating.
Gathering in saunas can include a social element. Think Turkish Hammam where in addition of sweating you can engage in conversation and laughter or Russian Banya, where you can befriend someone to help you use the birch, oak or eucalyptus broom, returning the favor of course! It can become part of your life you are looking forward to for many reasons.
How to do sauna properly
Balance temperature, duration and hydration. As suggested by Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, start at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for fifteen minutes. “If you start sweating within five minutes and are sweating heavily by ten minutes, this is the right temperature for you” he says, “if not, increase temperature to 120 degrees”, again, if not go ahead increase to 130 degrees. The key is to find the right temperature for you, the one that “prompts you to sweat heavily within ten minutes” ultimately in a way that releases an oily sweat.
Take your time if you are highly toxic and always check with your doctor if you have any serious disease.
Always replenish trace minerals lost in your sweat by drinking organic smoothies and or juices and green tea rich in trace minerals or taking trace mineral supplements daily.
Always consume enough fluids. Weigh yourself before and after, drink two cups of water for every pound lost and take a trace-mineral supplement or drink green smoothie, further suggests Dr. Pizzorno.
Discover importance of a body massage after sweating. It will help to drain the toxins even faster.
Make sweating and sauna part of your life. Make it your weekly health and beauty routine. Use is a preventative measure and as supportive healing technique. Let Art of Sauna be part of your life!
 K. H. Kilburn, R. H. Warsaw, and M. G. Shields, Neurobehavioral dysfunction in firemen exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): Possible improvement after detoxification,” Archives of Environmental Health 44, no.6 (1989):345-50
 Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, TheToxin Solution, How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Foods and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health
 J. L. Stauber and T. M. Florence, “ A comparative study of copper, lead, cadmium, and zinc in human sweat and blood,’ Science of the Total Environment 74 (1988); 235-47