Is Sauna Good For Liver Detox?

Is Sauna Good For Liver Detox?

We are all bombarded, daily, with toxic exposure. This begins with the little things such as our choice of deodorant, hair products, perfumes and body lotions. This is followed by the big things like the water we drink, our food choices and the air we breathe. It is thus imperative we assist one of our most efficient organs, which enables our bodies to rid itself of these toxins; our ever-hardworking livers.

Sitting in a sauna will make you sweat profusely. With this sweat, many people will release toxins from their skin. This alone is healthy for your liver because one of the primary things your liver does is to detoxify your body. So in effect, you are giving your liver less work to do when you sit in your infrared sauna—the less pressure on your liver the better. Furthermore, after using a sauna, the chances are that you will be very thirsty. In, fact, we recommend that you drink a lot of water after you use your infrared sauna. Drinking a lot of water is also healthy for your liver because it dilutes toxins in your body and makes it easier for your liver to get rid of those toxins.

To be alive today means to be exposed to a constant barrage of environmental toxins. We’re exposed to them through the air that we breathe, the foods that we ingest, and the personal care items, such as lotions, deodorants, hair products, and perfumes that meet our skin each day.

While our bodies have an advanced detoxification system—led by the workhorse organ the liver—to filter out these toxins, it’s possible for a toxic backlog to occur and for liver function to suffer as a result.

When this happens, a person might have what I refer to as a congested liver. This congestion can cause symptoms such as digestive problems, fatigue, skin breakouts, extreme sensitivity to medications and/or supplements, and more. Unless this “congestion” is cleared up, the symptoms will continue.

People with thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s are especially prone to developing liver dysfunction as they are more likely to have an impaired overall ability to handle toxic exposure. In these instances, a congested liver can cause poor processing of thyroid medications and lead to unresolved symptoms despite the use of prescription medications. Check out Portable Sauna Melbourne specialists in providing solutions to your problem.

We have been recommending sauna therapy for detoxification to many of our patients who have high levels of various chemicals found in their GPL-TOX, Glyphosate, or Metals test results. The fundamental principle that governs detoxification is that heat liberates toxins from fats, which then gets flushed out by the sweat and carried off by the blood to the liver, kidney, and GI tract. Many people are familiar with the Hubbard Protocol for sauna detoxification, which has been shown to be effective for those with serious toxic load issues and was even used with success on emergency workers who were exposed to chemicals at the World Trade Center 9/11 disaster site. The Hubbard Protocol is quite intense and requires a great deal of time spent in the sauna on a regular basis. The sauna detoxification protocol that follows is perhaps more reasonable for the average patient and is designed to maximize detoxification without causing undue stress to the patient. Sauna should be started after other metabolic supports have been implemented (such as those indicated by the results of the Organic Acids Test (OAT) and GPL-SNP1000 genetic test.

The Case For Sauna Therapy

The use of a sauna for liberating toxins from the adipose tissue has been fairly well established as being effective for the treatment of toxicity for many years. The studies that I have read were all published before infrared technology existed. So, it is safe to say that sauna of any sort is likely to benefit patients with toxicity. Infrared technology claims that it is able to cause a more vigorous sweat at a lower temperature, which may create a more comfortable experience for the user (less time needed and at a less high temperature). Infrared technology also claims that it can penetrate deep within the tissue for effective elimination. While visceral fat (the fat surrounding the organs) is certainly capable of housing toxins, it is the adipose tissue found in the subcutaneous layer that is viewed as the primary culprit for toxin accumulation. To reach the subcutaneous tissue, you need heat. Heat can be generated internally.

Consequently, exercise is an excellent way to generate heat and burn the fat housing the toxin, to begin with. Many patients are too sick to consider this as an option, but patients who can tolerate exercise should be encouraged to do so. Better yet, do both exercise and sauna therapy.

Niacin Flushing

The heat helps to destabilize lipophilic compounds just enough so that they can become mobilized by the fluids that are simultaneously released during heat exposure. Some compounds can be liberated directly into the sweat while others will be transported by the bloodstream into the liver for metabolization and/or conjugation. The vasodilatation that is induced by heat exposure provides increased blood flow to these organs. Nicotinic acid (niacin or niacinamide) can induce flushing in doses above 50 mg, which will subsequently increase blood flow to the liver and kidney. It is often used as a part of the detoxification protocol because of what is referred to as rebound lipolysis. High dose niacin is used therapeutically to inhibit free fatty acid release, decrease LDL, and increase HDL. This effect is soon compensated for, and free fatty acids return to normal and in some cases above normal. The rebound effect varies from study to study but is generally considered mild. It is the release of free fatty acids that also causes the release of toxins in the body. Practitioners are hoping to achieve a greater degree of toxin release through this rebound effect that niacin can have about two hours after administration.

In addition to the rebound lipolysis and vasodilatation, niacin also inhibits oxidation in the vasculature, which is an important factor with detoxification. It is worth exercising caution with niacin in patients with diabetes, history of gout, on blood thinners, and who have MTHFR/methylation gene mutations. The rebound effect is associated with insulin resistance in many studies. Patients who already have diabetes tend to have the greatest difficulty with this. High dose niacin can also cause elevations in uric acid, increased prothrombin time, and decreased platelet counts. It can also cause stress to the methylation pathway because this compound requires methylation to be eliminated. There are documented cases of hyperhomocysteinemia occurring in patients taking 1000 mg of niacin per day, which is the standard dose for a flush. I typically only recommend niacin as part of the detoxification protocol in patients who have demonstrated their ability to tolerate it or who have a minimal risk for methylation pathway disruption.

Further Supporting The Detoxification Process

Heat allows toxins to become reintroduced into circulation, and there is an increased potential for oxidative damage. For this reason, I recommend that patients take antioxidants before and after sauna therapy. Liposomal glutathione is an obvious choice because it is not only an antioxidant but an important substrate required for conjugation of many toxic compounds by the liver. I recommend a teaspoon before and a teaspoon after sauna treatment. This equates to approximately 400 mg twice a day. I also recommend taking plenty of vitamins E, A, C, D, and K.

The lipophilic, toxic compounds that find their way to the GI tract should ideally be flushed out through fecal elimination. To ensure the greatest possible chance for this to occur, patients should first and foremost be eliminating bowels every day. To prevent the reabsorption of these compounds, bile acid sequestrants and binders can be used, and there is evidence to support their use. Bile acid sequestrants are just that – agents that sequester the bile, essentially making it unavailable to bind with other lipids. The prescriptive agent that is most commonly used is called cholestyramine. This agent has a very short half-life (6 minutes) and is capable of binding up to 80% of bile in that short time. This short half-life also means that taking cholestyramine before sauna will not interfere with the absorption of nutrients at mealtime. This is an excellent choice for patients who can tolerate this prescription. Fibre is also capable of binding bile acid but to a lesser extent. Both soluble and insoluble fibres like lignan, alfalfa, bran, and guar can bind between 10%-30% of bile acids. Cellulose does not effectively bind with bile, so it should not be considered as an option for this particular application. Binders are agents that prevent reabsorption by adhering to the toxin itself. Examples of binding agents are bentonite clay and activated charcoal. GI elimination is the only way for the extremely lipophilic, toxic compounds to be eliminated. When doing sauna therapy, any toxic compound in tissue has the potential to be eliminated, so taking these measures to ensure proper elimination via stool is important.

Electrolyte monitoring is an equally important consideration when detoxifying patients. To an extent, the minerals K, Na, Ca, and Mg will be lost during dieresis. Binders used to prevent the absorption of toxins will also prevent the reabsorption of certain minerals that are in the gut, so a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement such as Spectrum Mate should be taken throughout the detoxification process.

Other Factors Impacting Results

The degree that a patient is likely to respond to sauna therapy depends on several things. The amount of toxin accumulation in tissue and the ability of the liver to safely mobilize toxins are two major factors. Toxic compounds that are not conjugated are either extremely hydrophilic or extremely lipophilic (to the extent that they cannot be measured in the urine). Some compounds are more toxic when they have been metabolized, and others become more stable. The more time exposed to heat, the more toxins will be liberated, but the body can only do and handle so much of this at once. For this reason, I recommend that when patients are in crisis, they start sauna therapy very slowly and work their way up in time spent per session and how often they do sessions, as they become more tolerant. Also Portable Sauna Melbourne page which has everything Portable Sauna related that you might need

Tips for the Best Sauna Experience

Stretch Before Entering The Sauna

Stretching wakes up your body, gets your blood pumping, and increases your flexibility. These preparations will ensure that your mind, body, and health will see the greatest results after your infrared sauna session.

Hydrate Your Body

They say you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, and they’re not wrong! Keeping your body hydrated guarantees that you’ll have the stamina to enjoy an entire session of healthy heat in an infrared sauna.

Find The Right Setting

Not everyone has the same body, so not everyone should have the same settings when it comes to their infrared sauna experience. If you’re looking to relax truly, then you may want to adjust the chromotherapy lighting to our cool blue, turn the heat to a lower temperature, and play some calming tunes. But, if you’re someone who wants to use the infrared sauna to feel energized, then perhaps a radiant orange, higher temperature, and an inspiring music selection is the way to go.

Take Advantage Of The Bench

Our infrared saunas come equipped with a comfortable bench that’s stationed at just the right height, so use it! The bench gives you somewhere to put your feet up to relax, sit calmly if you want to meditate, or provides an area for you to do that stretching we talked about earlier.

Saunas are a lot of fun. They’re a place to de-stress, sweat, de-tension our muscles, and of course, relax. We don’t often think about the serious health complications or issues in our bodies that we may not even know are going on.

Our livers and kidneys are important to our bodies. If they’re not functioning their best, it can produce symptoms that we may interpret to be without cause. High blood pressure is one such example.

Can saunas help cleanse the kidneys or liver – well, some would say yes and others would disagree. Here’s why.

A major benefit to a sauna is detoxification. When we detoxify, this takes off some stress from the kidneys and liver, which are working hard to process the toxins in our bodies. Instead of eliminating toxins through these organs, they come through the skin. Some doctors will argue sauna sessions 2-3 times a week will help ease one’s workload on the kidneys and liver and can be recommended for those suffering from kidney or liver disease.

Now let’s look at symptoms that may occur when a liver or the kidneys aren’t functioning well. If there’s an issue with your liver, you may have high blood pressure, headaches that worsen with stress, insomnia, red eyes, tremors, weak joints, spasms, and more. Alcohol, spicy foods, greasy processed foods, or stress can worsen these symptoms.

Suppose you have an issue with your kidneys. In that case, the symptoms can be odd and vary from bed wetting to incontinence, fertility issues, fatigue, insomnia, sweating, low bone density, loose teeth, poor memory or lack of focus, constant ear ringing, and even grey hair or balding.

Saunas can help with a number of these symptoms. An infrared sauna lowers blood pressure, reduce headaches, and help with sleep and stress. As listed, these symptoms can present without there being an imbalance in the liver or kidneys. They may exist all on their own, and there might not be anything to worry about. Curing these symptoms may result in liver or kidney difficulties continuing for the time being until more serious issues present.

If you are considering treatment on the kidneys or a liver cleanse, a sauna may help. The bottom line is that study after study shows saunas improve health. Unless you have a serious health condition or are pregnant, or are included in a small percentage of people a sauna may not do well for, everyone should be regularly using a sauna or doing similar activity 2-7 times a week. Cumulatively, it can make a significant difference in how you feel and how organs like the liver or kidneys are working.

Another great way to remedy liver and kidney function issues is to adjust to die. Things like almonds, wild salmon, bone marrow, quinoa, kidney beans, lemon, cucumber, cherries, black grapes, asparagus, beet, and flaxseed oil work well at supporting optimum organ health. Add to that some sauna time and the elimination of tough to process foods, and you’re well on track to optimizing your body’s health. Check out our range of Portable Sauna Melbourne to help with your problem.

In summary, patients should be given metabolic supports and be eliminating bowels every day prior to initiating a sauna detoxification program. Heat therapy is effective at removing many toxic compounds from the body, and sauna therapy is a passive form of heat therapy. Advise your patients to take antioxidants before and after the heat therapy (liposomal glutathione, if possible). Give binders and bile acid sequestrants prior to heat (sauna) therapy. Make sure that patients remove as much sweat as possible during and immediately after sauna sessions. Monitor your patients’ serum electrolytes. Finally, have patients start with sauna therapy slowly and progress toward longer and more frequent (even daily) sessions until complete elimination of the toxin is observed through testing.

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