How a Good Sweat
Can Prevent or Treat Alzheimer’s
March 21st, 2014 by NHI
Toxic chemicals and heavy metals are significant causes of chronic diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Research has shown that high levels of aluminum are regularly found in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. Mercury and other heavy metals (such as lead and cadmium) can cause memory loss, brain fog, and fuzzy thinking.
Toxins can also directly reduce intelligence. According to Dr. Brian Clement, medical director of the famed Hippocrates Health Institute, “…[F]or every 17 micrograms of lead in your body, your IQ is reduced by 10 points.”1
But today I want to tell you about an easy and pleasant way to get rid of these toxic metals. . .
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Mother Nature’s Cure
It’s vital to reduce your exposure to toxins that are everywhere in our food, air, and water. But you also need a way to eliminate these brain-robbing toxins when they’re already in your body.
Thankfully, science is now proving the powerful health benefits of an ancient method of cleansing the body, used by Native Americans for centuries. It’s sweating.
Native Americans used sweat lodges to cleanse their bodies and spirits. But today, the most effective way to detoxify is in an infrared sauna. When heating up the body in an infrared sauna you sweat profusely. Fat cells then dump toxins, such as lead, aluminum and mercury. The toxins are released through the skin’s pores in sweat.
Infrared saunas use infrared light to increase your body’s core temperature. (They are much more effective than traditional heat saunas.) The difference is important because infrared saunas increase the core body temperature by two to three degrees—a major factor to successful detoxification. This provides a deep and detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
Studies show that sweating in infrared saunas is a remarkably effective way to remove toxins2. Full-spectrum infrared saunas, (particularly the far-infrared rays) are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at eliminating toxins. Far-infrared saunas generate sweat with a toxin ratio of 20% compared to 3% toxins from a traditional sauna.
I know quite a bit about infrared sauna because I’ve recommended them to cancer patients for years. Many of the world’s top alternative cancer clinics feature an infrared sauna in their detox protocols.
Now that it’s becoming clear poisons are also a major cause of Alzheimer’s, it makes just as much sense to detoxify for dementia as it does for cancer. And far infrared saunas are one of the best ways to detoxify.
A clinical study of 9/11 rescue workers showed the power of sauna therapy. The study involved over 500 rescue workers who were exposed to excessive levels of toxins at the World Trade Center site. Workers who took advantage of sauna therapy saw dramatic improvements in a wide range of health benefits such as fitness, improved balance, increased thyroid function, lower cholesterol, and better overall quality of life. The sauna treatment even raised the workers’ IQ levels an average of four points!3
Now that’s something I can get behind!!
The Secret to Revitalize Damaged Brain Cells
Clinical research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry showed that infrared saunas can actually improve the function of neurons that have been damaged by toxins. Neurons (such as brain cells or nerve cells) that were functionally inactivated due to toxic exposure were revitalized. The formerly “dead” or inactive neurons were shown to have significantly increased energy metabolism after exposure to infrared energy.4
Other Important Health Benefits of Saunas
Saunas can help boost your health in many other ways that also boost your mental and physical wellbeing. Some of these proven benefits include:
- Natural Weight Loss: Far infrared saunas have been clinically shown to dramatically aid in weight loss. A 2009 study showed that infrared saunas provide significant results in lowering weight and waist circumference after just three months of use. And for those who are sedentary due to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, results were even more profound.
- Healthy Blood Pressure without Drugs: Several studies have shown that infrared sauna therapy lowers blood pressure significantly. In one study done by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, subjects were randomly assigned to either an infrared sauna or a conventional sauna. Systolic blood pressure decreased from an average of 130.5 to 124 in those who underwent infrared sauna treatment. Does conventional sauna treatment have the same effect? No. Those who were treated in a conventional sauna showed no statistical improvement in blood pressure.
- Drug-Free Pain Relief: Infrared rays also help to naturally reduce pain and inflammation. The infrared energy gently penetrates joints, muscles and tissues, thereby reducing the soreness of nerve endings. Infrared heat reduces muscle spasms, increases flexibility and helps the body heal itself naturally. A 2013 study conducted at Auburn University compared stretching in a full-spectrum sauna to stretching in a typical training room environment. Results showed that joint flexibility increased up to 300% in the full-spectrum sauna!
As you can see, infrared saunas can not only help protect you from environmental toxins and improve brain function, but they also help stabilize all systems of your body. Consider purchasing an infrared sauna for home use. An excellent, cutting-edge manufacturer is Sunlighten (or you can call them at 877-292-0020). Sunlighten saunas offer both far and full spectrum infrared saunas. They are the only company with clinical testing to document many of the health benefits of their sauna models.
Whether you are suffering from chronic illness, want to optimize your health, or simply are looking for a fun way to relax, infrared saunas are an excellent way to do it.