The Art and Science of Sweating

One of the primary benefit of using sauna is detoxification through profound sweating.

Did you know…

The concentration of most toxins is two to ten times higher in sweat than in blood!

What kind of toxins are we talking about? Toxic metals, like arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead. Persistent organic pollutants, like polybrominated and polychlorinated biphenyls, phalates and perfluorinated compounds, in short the more familiar PFOA, BBPs to mention only a few Solvents and small molecules like those found in methamphetamine.


Did you know…

As cancer rates and respiratory distress are very high in firefighter population, both police and firefighters often use saunas to detoxify from dangerous exposure to hazardous chemicals after fighting fires or raiding meth labs.

One study shows how when this severely exposed group attended saunas every day for a month, it was able to dramatically lower their symptoms 70-90 percent, allowing almost all to return to work [2]

You might say you are just a regular person with a regular, non-hazardous job that needs not to worry about toxic load, but I will challenge you to think different! Our environment, no matter where you live in this world that we share together, 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.


“While many chemical elements are essential for life, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury have no known beneficial effect in humans. On the contrary, all four elements are confirmed or probable carcinogens, and they exhibit wide-ranging toxic effects on many bodily systems, including the nervous, endocrine, renal, musculoskeletal, immunological, and cardiovascular systems.”[1]


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 (think your favorite Starbucks to go…), stain resistant furniture, new car smells, scented candles, bathroom fresheners, electromagnetic frequencies, bisphenol A (BPA) lined 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.

“Children and the fetus are most at risk of harm, with early exposures potentially predisposing the youngster over his/her lifetime to multisystem ailments, as well as lower IQ and dysfunctional behavior. In older populations there is increased likelihood of early cognitive decline, as well as a range of conditions including kidney and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.”[1]


How saunas and sweating are beneficial to our health?

“Increasing the thermal load on the body activates heat loss mechanisms including increased circulation throughout the skin and sweating, with blood flow to the skin increasing from a baseline of 5–10%, to 60–70% of the cardiac output. Maximal sweating occurs within 15 minutes and the fluid loss may be as high as 2 L/h in an “acclimatized” person who regularly sweats.”[1]

You got the science, let’s move to the art.

Art indicates a joyful element, as it rightfully should be. 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. [4] 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.

Make sure to schedule a massage after sweating to help drain the toxins even faster. Please call to help you figure out which massage is ideal for you and your condition. Also consider Health and Wellness consultation which will guide you though a proper detox while using sauna.


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!


[1] M. E. Sears, K. J. Kerr, and R. I. Bray, Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: A systematic review,” Journal of Environmental and Public Health 2012:184745
[2] 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
[3] Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, TheToxin Solution, How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Foods and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health
[4] 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


2018-09-21T14:26:26+00:00June 24th, 2017|