Many people believe that death is their enemy, and that the job of a doctor is to fight death and “save” patients from that inevitable end. Perhaps that’s why diagnoses like cancers and heart disease can rally social networks to support an individual while other diagnoses like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (“invisible illnesses”) are often ignored. People routinely die of cancer and heart disease, not CFS.
One of the most important jobs your body has to do is to eliminate toxins produced in every day functioning, absorbed from the environment, and produced by infective organisms when you have an infection.
There are many ways the body can detoxify: by metabolizing toxins in the liver (which are then released in the bile into the GI tract and eliminated through stool), in the kidney through urine, through sweat, skin cells, hair and nails. But when the toxin load is greater than the body’s ability to detoxify, symptoms occur.
FIR sauna helps to increase detoxification through sweat and skin. Showering immediately after a FIR sauna session prevents reabsorption of toxins. In addition to improving the detoxification ability of the body, FIR also promotes cellular repair through the production of heat shock proteins (HSP).
HSPs are produced by cells that are heated. The nucleus of the cell responds to heat by down-regulating regular metabolic processes and inducing the production of HSPs, which work to repair the cell. The body begins to produce HSPs after 15-20 minutes of FIR exposure.