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Is a Sauna Good for Detox?

Monday, 19 July 2010 09:06 AM

Question: Is being in a sauna good for detox? How much is too much?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

A sauna is a good system for detoxification, especially for pesticides and toxic heavy metals, such as mercury. In fact, profuse sweating was one of the earliest methods used to remove mercury over 100 years ago. Several recent studies have shown this to be an excellent method for systemic mercury removal.

Over time, that is, repeated sauna several times a week, mercury may be gradually removed from the brain because of diffusion from the brain into the blood. Most pesticides and mercury are very fat soluble, meaning that a great deal accumulates in the subcutaneous fat (just under your skin) and sweating can remove these toxins.

However, avoid prolonged periods in the sauna, because heat itself also increases damage and increases the damage caused by a number of toxins. No more than 20 minutes a day, in my opinion, would be safe.

One of the problems we have in this air-conditioned society is that hardly anyone sweats anymore, except those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Take a mixture of antioxidants, natural vitamin E, buffered C, magnesium, and flavonoids to add a layer of protection from the heat.

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