Sauna: The Age Old Cure All A Weider Research Group Report – January 1992
Most athletes don’t have to
worry about working up a sweat. They sweat profusely every time they
the process of calorie burning generates heat and the body
responds by cooling itself down
Sweating is one of the body’s healthiest reactions. For optimal health
and athletic performance
athletes should be especially aware of the benefits of far
infrared radiant heat (which
differs from the typical sauna).
Studies conducted indicate that profuse sweating in an infrared sauna
room produces many beneficial
for athletes. Their studies showed that far infrared (radiant)
heat creates low-level thermal
1˝ inches or more into the body, stimulating sweating
without the feelings of
suffocation and the
high temperatures of standard saunas.
It does so by setting up a
vibratory resonance between your
own body’s infrared emissions and those
of the sauna. Heat, they
concluded, is not the important factor. Instead,
vibratory stimulation deep under the skin appears to be.
Heat, however, has been shown to be an extremely important therapy over
millennia of time.
Sweating in a sauna
room is one of the oldest folk remedies in the
world. “Give me a
fever, and I will cure any
Hippocrates, 2,000 years ago.
EFFECTS OF SWEATING
Sweating by overheating the body produces these effects:
• Burns calories, and therefore assists in fat loss programs.
• Speeds up metabolic processes of vital organs and endocrine glands.
• Places demands upon the cardiovascular system, making the heart pump
harder and producing a drop in
diastolic blood pressure.
• Creates a “fever” reaction that kills potentially dangerous viruses
and bacteria and increases the number of
leucocytes in the blood, thereby strengthening the immune
system important for fighting colds, flu, and
cancer and bolstering resistance to infections.
• Excretes toxins from the body, including cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel,
sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.
• Stimulates vasodilation of peripheral vessels, which relieves pain and
speeds healing of sprains, strains,
bursitis, peripheral vascular diseases, arthritis, and muscle
• Promotes relaxation, thereby lending a feeling of well-being.
Nobel-Prize winner Dr. Andre Lwoff, a French virologist, believes that
high temperature during infection helps
combat the growth of virus. “Therefore, fever should not be brought
down with drugs,” he said.
Two medical doctors, Werner Zable and Josef Issels, have this to say
about fever: “Artificially
has the greatest potential in the treatment of many
diseases including cancer.”
A German physical education professor named Ernst has found that there
are no cancer patients
marathon runners. He conducted a study of marathoners who logged
about 20 miles a day.
sweat, he found it contained cadmium, lead, zinc and
Ernst concluded that these athletes excreted
cancer-causing elements from their
bodies by perspiring. He and other scientists conclude
that it is
necessary to sweat profusely at
least once a day to maintain good health.
Ward Dean, MD, a US Army flight surgeon who has researched the
physiological effects of sweating
finds that it can be as effective as regular exercise in
conditioning the cardiovascular
calories. Sweating in a sauna, he says, is a good
workout for people unable to
exercise, such as
in wheelchairs or immobilized athletes
recovering from injuries.
Dr. Paavo Airola, an authority on holistic health, says that sweating in
a sauna stimulates the body’s
healing systems. The healing of many chronic and acute conditions,
such as colds, infections,
diseases and cancer, is accelerated by the body’s own forces.
“Many toxins, accumulated in the system
result of metabolic wastes
and sluggish elimination,
are thrown out of the body with perspiration,” says
increases the eliminative,
detoxifying and cleansing capacity of the skin by the stimulating action
the sweat glands.”
We like the sauna simply because of its relaxing, soothing effect. We
taking a 20
sauna and engaging in some visualization training while doing so after
improves recovery time. ~End