may lymesMay is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and we want to share some helpful information for people struggling with it. This article is not about symptoms or diagnosing, but rather for those who already know they have it and are seeking additional relief.

During Lyme disease treatment, the liver and kidneys can become overwhelmed, especially during Herxheimer, or pathogen die-off reactions. These can create greater amounts of toxins for the body to filter out of the blood and eliminate.

When detoxing your body from Lyme neurotoxins and environmental toxins, you can give your liver and kidneys a break by eliminating some of those toxins through your skin with infrared sauna therapy. With this therapy, you can reduce the amount of toxins that your liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract have to filter, process and eliminate.

Not all saunas are created equal, so you’ll want to choose an infrared sauna that is made of high quality materials that won’t off-gas harmful chemicals, and which has low levels of electromagnetic fields.  Far infrared saunas work best for detoxifying the body at a deeper cellular level,  and found to be much more effective and comfortable than traditional  types of saunas.

In addition to detoxifying the body, infrared sauna therapy can reduce inflammation levels, and by so doing help to reduce pain. It also increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, which may help the body to remove toxins and uptake nutrients, since one of the jobs of the lymphatic system is to shuttle nutrients to the cells and help to carry waste away from them for elimination by the body.   It may also help to kill pathogens due to the increase in body temperature, which may help with secondary infections.

Why A Sauna?

People who find an effective treatment protocol will inevitably find their bodies becoming overwhelmed with large amounts of toxins, but lack an effective means of removing these toxins from the body. As a result, despite the continuation of a mediocre and ineffective detoxification protocol, they still continue to feel bad.
A person may find that a detoxification protocol that worked during the first few months of treatment is not as, or at all, effective in the later months of treatment. The reason this happens is because the rate of detoxification is much slower than the rate at which toxins are being released by Borrelia.

Continuing a treatment and detoxification protocol with such a rate will ultimately lead to slow, but consistent toxin build up in the body. As a result, you may find herxes take longer to recover from, and certain detox methods just aren’t as effective as they used to be. This process can be compared to a car. The exhaust system must get rid of the exhaust at a rate faster than which the engine produces it. Sweating is a radical means of detoxification as the body exploits the largest organ to do so, the skin.

Take It Slow

When you first start using an infrared sauna, be sure to take it slow. A good starting rate for using an infrared sauna for a person with Lyme Disease would be 1 to 2 times per week at about 10 to 15 minutes per session. The reason you’ll want to take it slow is to prevent the mobilization of too many toxins currently stored in the body. This includes the toxins that have accumulated in the body before contracting Lyme Disease (e.g., heavy metals, pesticides, etc). If too many toxins are mobilized at once, you’ll ultimately end up feeling worse than before you entered the sauna. This feeling could last a few days depending on how intense the session was on the body.

You’ll also want to take it slow at first to avoid irritation of the infection(s) itself (themselves). Borrelia, Babesia, and especially Candida have an extreme dislike of an excessively hot environment. When the infections’ environment is heated to more than what is preferred, symptoms can flare up and even die off can occur. If such a situation were to arise, it is best to refrain using the sauna for at least a few days, or until symptoms subside. As would be expected, restart the usage of the sauna at a much lower dosage or exposure.

Why An Infrared Sauna And Not A Non-Infrared Sauna Or Steam Room?

A non-infrared sauna and steam room will undoubtedly help remove toxins from the body, but they appear to be more aggressive on the body compared to an infrared sauna. You’ll find that spending the same amount of time in an infrared sauna compared to a steam room or non-infrared sauna will yield different results.
Infrared saunas also have a different method for heating up the body to induce sweating. It does so by emitting infrared radiation, which in an essence is the same reason why we feel warm when we sit in direct sunlight on a summer’s day. The infrared radiation is able to heat up deeper levels of tissue that would other wise be out of reach for a non-infrared sauna or steam room. As a result, there is a higher concentration of toxins in sweat from an infrared sauna.

In an infrared sauna, the air surrounding the person is cool as opposed to a steam room or a non-infrared sauna, where the air can become incredibly hot. Those with air hunger, a common symptom of Babesia, will find they actually breathe easier in an infrared sauna because the air is not hot and oppressive, unlike a non-infrared sauna or steam room.

What is the Ammonia smell?

During the first few sessions of using an infrared sauna, you may notice a pungent smell of ammonia when you’re finished; more noticeably in the towel you sat upon. Ammonia, a well known neurotoxin, appears to be a primary exotoxin released by Borrelia. The abnormally excessive amount of ammonia found in the body, due to the presence of the bacteria, plays its part in distorting cognitive function even further.

As more sessions of the infrared sauna are completed, the smell of ammonia will begin to subside in its intensity. Cognitive thought may improve and fatigue may begin to lessen. Be sure not to intensely smell, or at all, the towel you sat upon as the ammonia particles will simply reenter the body through inhalation.

During the May 10-15th, we will be offering 25% off Infrared Sauna 10 Packs! May is also Fibromyalgia Awareness and Arthritis Awareness Month, and the infrared sauna can be beneficial for these as well.

For more information on health benefits of infrared sauna, and to book online, please click here. 

About the Author

Dr. Brenda Trudell is a chiropractor and owner of New Beginnings Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, WI. The clinic focuses on natural health, especially for women, pregnancy and children through chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, fitness, nutrition, essential oils, and more. As a female chiropractor, she understands the special circumstances surrounding women's health. Men and women are not created equal, and it is important to acknowledge that in the healthcare world. She strives to find the most current healthcare information to help all of her patients.

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