Benefits of Sauna in Lyme Disease
During Lyme disease treatment, the liver and kidneys can become overwhelmed, especially during Herxheimer, or pathogen die-off reactions, which 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 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 a sauna that is made of high quality materials that don’t outgas harmful chemicals and which have low levels of electromagnetic fields. Far infrared saunas work best for detoxifying the body at a deep level, although traditional gym saunas and other types can at least help you to sweat, and thereby confer some benefit for detox. That said, I have personally found high quality infrared saunas to be much more effective and comfortable than traditional gym or other types of saunas, because they don’t heat the body to as high a temperature as the latter saunas. If you have compromised adrenal function, you will fare much better in a high quality infrared sauna—at least I have found that to be true for myself and other people that I know. At the same time, high quality infrared saunas go deeper into the tissues to remove toxins at the cellular level than other types of saunas.
In addition to detoxifying the body, infrared sauna therapy can support healthy inflammatory levels and in so doing help to reduce pain. It also increases circulation and lymphatic flow, 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 and support the body in removing cancer cells.
As great as sauna therapy is, it may not be beneficial for everyone with Lyme or at every stage of the healing process. Because saunas can mobilize toxins from deep within the tissues, if your body is already compromised from processing toxins from pathogen die-off, pulling more toxins out of the cells may overwhelm the detox organs. If your adrenal function is low, sauna therapy can sometimes exacerbate exhaustion. It may also be contraindicated in a few other conditions, so you’ll want to consult with your doctor or healthcare practitioner before doing it.
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