Far Infrared Sauna Detox: More Than Sweat

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Far Infrared Sauna for Lyme Detox

In this video and written article I discuss how far infrared sauna works to detox. It is much more than sweat and involves the liver, diet, and intestines. I also describe how to do a far infrared sauna detox. Be sure to read the area below the video for details including recommended dosing of supplements to support detox. 

Marty Ross MD On Infrared Sauna Detox Ins & Outs

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Heat Up to Move Toxins

It's about sweat and blood

Far infrared sauna detoxification removes toxins from the body in two ways. First far infrared light rays heat the body equally to a depth of 1.5 inches which causes sweating. In addition, the heat causes fat cells to release stored toxins into the blood stream. Approximately 20 percent of the toxins come out in sweat while the other 80 percent move into the blood.

It's also about the liver and intestines 

From the blood, toxins are cleaned out of the body by the liver. The liver transforms toxins from fat-based forms to water-based forms by tagging them with water-based chemical groups. In the intestines the tagged toxins are then removed through the stools. However, if a person does not have regular bowel movements, bacteria in the intestines can remove the water-based tag. If this happens, the now fat-based toxins can be reabsorbed into the blood. Fiber in the diet and water intake promote regular bowel movements. In addition fiber can bind the fat-based toxins so that they do not get reabsorbed. Additional supplements that support regular bowel movements are magnesium and Vitamin C.


  • Water: it is important to drink 1/2 of your ideal body weight in ounces daily (ie: a 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of water a day). This helps to flush the kidneys and promotes regular bowel movements.
  • Fiber: To bind toxins in the intestines and to promote regular bowel movements  three or more servings a day of fiber is helpful. Foods rich in fiber are beans, legumes, and whole grains. Apples are also a good source. To determine how much to have in a serving, the size of a clenched fist is roughly equal to two serving sizes.

Liver Detoxification

Liver detoxification requires adequate micronutrients and glutathione the master detoxification agent found in all of our cells.

  • The building blocks. Proper nutrition alone is often not enough to provide the essential nutrients necessary to support the organs responsible for detox. A well balanced multi­vitamin with mixed amino acids taken daily is the foundation of detoxification. The multivitamin should include the building blocks for the glutathione which is the master detox chemcial of the liver. The building blocks for glutathione are N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Another way to build glutathione is to take it as a supplement in a liposomal form. A liposomal glutathione is glutathione that is microscopically wrapped in fat to increase absorption. For more information about NAC, ALA and liposomal glutathione see Glutathione: The Great Fixer

The Steps in a Far Infrared Sauna Detox

  1. Drink plenty of water each day. To calculate how much use 1/2 of your ideal body weight in pounds and then change that to ounces (ie: 150 pounds equals 75 ounces for water.)
  2. Eat three servings or more a day of fiber from apples, beans, legumes, or whole grains. To quickly calculate a serving size, use the size of one clenched fist which is equal to two servings.
  3. Heat your body up three or more times a week to sweat and move toxins into the blood. (You can heat the body by doing hot baths, using a regular sauna or far infrared sauna. Far infrared sauna is best.) When using a far infrared sauna start at 15 minutes 3 times a week. If tolerated, after one week then increase to 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week.
  4. Promote one bowel movment a day. Magnesium and higher doses of Vitamin C help with this. Start with the magnesium and add Vit C if it is not working well enough
    • Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Malate. 400 to 600 mg at bed time
    • Vitamin C 1000 mg. Take 3 pills a day. If not effective add 1000 mg a day until having regular bowel movements. 
  5. Support liver detox with a good multivitamin, and raise glutathione with N-Acetyl Cysteine/Alpha Lipoic Acid or liposomal glutathione.
    • Multivitamin. Take as directed by the manufacturer.
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid 350 mg. 1 pill 2 times a day.
    • N­-Acetyl Cysteine 500 mg. 1 pill 3 times a day.
    • Liposomal Glutathione 400 to 500 mg. Take 1 teaspoon 1 time a day..  


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Marty Ross, MD is a passionate Lyme disease educator and clinical expert. He helps Lyme sufferers and their physicians see what really works based on his review of the science and extensive real-world experience. Dr. Ross is licensed to practice medicine in Washington State (License: MD00033296) where he has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients in his Seattle practice.

Marty Ross, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Family Medicine Residency. He is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The Institute for Functional Medicine, and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

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