Were you aware that the largest organ in your body is not your heart, or brain or lungs – but your skin? This organ plays a crucial role in many different bodily functions, from supporting the immune system to removing wastes, toxins and excess minerals from the body.
How can the skin possibly remove unwanted toxins and impurities? Our skin is part of the excretory system, a group of organs and glands that collectively are responsible for flushing out wastes and harmful substances from the body1. This is accomplished through a process that we are all very familiar with: perspiration.
Sweating is the natural, physiological process that the body utilizes to expel the variety of toxins that accumulate within our cells and bloodstream. As body temperature rises, the nervous system will stimulate our sweat glands - over two million of them – to release sweat2,3. At the same time, the rise in body temperature prompts pores at the skin’s surface to open. As sweat reaches the surface of the skin, it will evaporate through these opened pores, taking with it all of the harmful toxins and impurities that had previously resided in the bloodstream.
Infrared saunas provide immense benefit in the way of detoxification by prompting a gentle rise in core body temperature, stimulating the body’s natural physiological response of sweating. The result is a deep, purifying sweat that rids the body of many harmful substances. In fact, a number of clinical studies have found sauna bathing to be a safe, therapeutic method of detoxification, as it stimulates perspiration that will “increase the excretion of impurities”4,5,6.
Sweating has long been considered to be a safe and healthy cleansing process. Call us today at (800) 528-3110 to find out how one of our JNH Lifestyles saunas can help you take advantage of this natural detoxification process in the comfort of your own home!
1 How does your skin eliminate waste? (2010). Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/anatomy/skin-eliminate-waste.htm.
2 Sweat Glands, How Many Do You Have? (n.d.). Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=211.
3 Freudenrich, C. (2010). How Sweat Works. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/anatomy/how-sweat-works.htm.
4Crinnion, W. J. (2011). Sauna as a Valuable Clinical Tool for Cardiovascular, Autoimmune, Toxicant-induced and other Chronic Health Problems. Environmental Medicine, 16(3), 215-225. Retrieved from http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/16/3/215.pdf.
5 Sears, M. E., Kerr, K. J., & Bray, R. I. (2012). Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: A systematic review. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, 1–10. doi:10.1155/2012/184745.
6Hohnadel, D. C., Sunderman, F. W., Jr., Nechay, M. W., & McNeely, M. D. (1973, November). Atomic Absorption Spectrometry of Nickel, Copper, Zinc, and Lead in Sweat Collected from Healthy Subjects during Sauna Bathing. Clinical Chemistry, 19(11), 1288-1292.
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