We expect to sweat when sitting in a hot infrared sauna. We see others coming out of the sauna drenched in sweat. They’re completely soaked, but you may find that you are barely wet. Without sweating, you many wonder if you are still benefiting from your infrared sauna session. You may ask: “Am I getting a Good Sauna Detox if I’m not drenched in sweat?” The short answer is yes! You are is still detoxifying from harmful toxins even though you are not drenched in sweat.
Theory of Sweat
When you sweat in an infrared sauna it is different than if you were sweating after a workout or on a hot day. After a sauna you will feel that your sweat is thicker because the content of the sweat is more than just water. You are sweating toxins that are trapped in your body.
Feel your skin after you step out of the sauna. Is it moist? Does it feel sticky? If the answer is yes, then your body is releasing toxins. Some people sweat more than others. Some hardly sweat at all. But toxins are released during every infrared sauna session, whether you sweat much or not. And with increased infrared sauna use you will very likely see an increase in your sweating.
Why You May Not Be Sweating to Your Body’s Potential
Statistically, up to 75% of the American population are dehydrated. Over time, failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical complications, from fatigue, joint pain, and weight gain to headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.
Are you drinking enough water? Are you only hydrating on days you know you will sauna? For many, water is not the first drink that they reach for when thirsty. Water may be refreshing on a hot day, but most often it is not what we crave. Nonetheless, water is what our body needs to function properly. And it is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day!
For those that want to sweat even more than their body is providing, and who are already properly hydrating, Pure Sweat Amplifying Cream is a great option. Pure Sweat increases your sweating potential three times higher than without Pure Sweat. Use Pure Sweat on those trouble areas where sweating may be lacking or nonexistent or any area where you want to increase vasodilation. But make sure you are staying properly hydrated to handle the extra sweating.
Healthy Sweat, Healthy Detoxification
There are many health benefits to infrared sauna sessions. One of the main reasons people use infrared sauna is for the detoxification of heavy metals. It is important to follow these 4 steps to develop a healthy sweat and healthy detoxification from your infrared sauna session.
Step 1: Hydrate
Drink plenty of water everyday. But increase your water intake on those days that you plan to enjoy an infrared sauna session. While our infrared sauna sessions aren’t harsh, you will still want to be properly hydrated to get a good sauna detox and sweat. Detoxification expert, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, states that the sweat produced in an infrared sauna is 80 – 85% water. Therefore, it is important that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your sauna session. Dr. Klinghardt also recommends replenishing and rehydrating following a sauna session with an electrolyte drink. We recommend NOOMA Organic Electrolyte Drink (available cold in our spa).
Step 2: Set Time Limits
The amount of time spent in a sauna session may vary depending upon your tolerance and daily activity level. To get your body accustomed to infrared therapy, it might be best to start with 10-15 minute sessions every other day. Gradually increase towards our standard 40-minute session in the optimal temperature range. Listen to your body. Be aware of excessive detoxing. If you begin to feel symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms during your sauna session, it is best to discontinue use or take shorter sessions.
Step 3: Find a Comfortable Temperature
If you are just starting out with infrared sauna or are concerned about higher temperatures, ask to begin your session when your sauna reaches 100°F. The optimal sauna experience occurs between 100° and 135°F, and our standard sauna sessions are between 125° and 135°F, although they may get slightly warmer.
Step 4: Cool Down
Dry off with a towel after each infrared sauna session. It is best to let your body cool down naturally. Wait at least a half hour before showering. Finish off your sauna session with a cool glass of water or electrolyte drink, and you are ready to take on the day… or night.
Remember to listen to your body. Your infrared sauna session does not have to be extremely hot and uncomfortable for a good sauna detox. Infrared is more effective at cooler temperatures. And always hydrate! Drink plenty of water to ensure a good sauna detox every time you sauna.