Detoxing, Fatty Liver, Heart Health, liver health, Saunas, Self-Care

Saunas For Detox & Relaxation

Have you ever had a sauna or a sauna bath as it is often called? If not, you might want to add this to your list of self-care ideas for 2020.

After having a sauna you feel both amazingly clean and cleansed. Sometimes I go to my gym just to enJOY a nice hot sauna that I don’t have to chop wood and light the fire for :-)….. especially on a 𝕔𝕠𝕝𝕕 π•¨π•šπ•Ÿπ•₯𝕖𝕣’𝕀 𝕕𝕒π•ͺ. In fact I just might go have one this afternoon!

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Saunas have been around for 1000’s of years. Saunas are a great way to get a deep cleanse of the body and to sweat out toxins and impurities and the best part is that they are so relaxing and enjoyable!

The Finnish culture is well known for their saunas pronounced ‘sownaas’ or something like that. πŸ™‚

There are different types of saunas. The first saunas were holes in the ground, with a fire pit in the center and a roof to cover the fire, keep the heat inside and protect everything from the outside elements such as rain and snow. Today saunas usually consist of a small building or room in a house made of wood, usually cedar which smells amazing, and a stove of some sort; either wood or electric. There are also infrared saunas which are well known and used by advocates for personal health and wellness. And let’s not forget steam rooms. You see these often at gyms and spas.

Staying in a sauna not only helps to detoxify through sweat but using a sauna helps to promote blood flow, open nasal passages and drain sinuses, provide more oxygen to tissues and organs and even for some provide relief from aches and pains from arthritis and inflammation. Suffers of asthma sometimes find benefit too. The secret is to customize the usage to both your pleasure factor and health conditions.

And of course if you have any health issues please research how to safely use a sauna in appropriate amounts of time for your particular health condition. Many people can feel light headed while using a sauna so it is important to start off very gradual in the amount of time you spend in a sauna and it is very important to stay hydrated and to rehydrate by drinking lots of good quality water. Eating plenty of fruits after is also a great way to rehydrate and also to add micronutrients into the body such as vitamins and minerals.

Those with blood pressure issues need to be extra careful but keep in mind saunas are known for their role in helping with cardiovascular health so be sure to do your research and to discuss with your health care provider.

One of the things I really like about saunas is they help the liver a lot by removing toxins and getting the blood flowing throughout the body. These are two jobs that our livers handle out of many. Liver health is so important these days as we are seeing an epidemic of ailments such as viral overload, fatty liver, congested liver, sluggish liver and the list goes on.

Here is a link to my past blog posts on Liver Health.

Saunas are also very good for aiding in the removal of heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals are a huge issue that are affecting all of us. If you would like more info on handling and learning about heavy metals you can check out these posts.

In conclusion saunas not only offer natural detoxification, they are also relaxing and enjoyable. They help to relieve pain, stress and anxiety so why not pamper yourself more by adding in regular ‘sauna baths’ into your self-care routine going forward in 2020. Your body, mind and spirit with thank you. πŸ™‚

Two women relaxing in a sauna
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Liver Kindness – 5 Ways to Be Kind To Your Liver

Learning to love our livers is truly a life saving practise. The liver, until recently, with the surge of the Fatty Liver epidemic, has been far under appreciated in its role in our heath and in our life force.

In chinese medicine, the liver is associated with anger.  Anger being the β€œseat of the emotions” resides in the Liver, which is often described as the β€œImmature Child”. When one denies their feelings especially anger, it causes stagnation…. hence an angry person may have a red face and suffers from headaches. The liver is home to many deep seated emotions and by improving our liver health both physically and emotionally, it can have dramatic positive effects.

I have written a few articles about the liver and its role and function in our bodies and I will include them below. But for today I will share a few things you can do to be kind to your liver.

  1. Forgive Yourself. Let go of any negative self talk and forgive yourself for anything that you feel you need to. If you need to get help to do this, get it! Do whatever you need to do to become your own loving best friend. Nothing eats away at the liver more than self hatred or lack of compassion for oneself. You liver LOVES YOU and is always working for you best and highest good 24/7. It needs you on board. πŸ™‚
  2. Deal with Anger. If you find you are irritable or tend to become angry a lot, you may want to pay extra attention to working at supporting your liver. Anger and irritability can be a BIG clue that you have a liver that is not functioning at an optimal level and don’t feel bad, most people are dealing with compromised livers in this day and age. We have way too much stress, toxic exposure, dealing with heavy metals, poor diet choices, exposure to chemicals in fragrances and products, etc. Clean up your liver (see articles below) and get help to support your emotional health.
  3. Find Peace. It can’t be stressed enough that peace and lowered stress levels are integral to your health when it comes to body, mind and spirit! Find ways in your day to decompress (in a healthy way :-)) and to back off the adrenaline. Adrenaline can act like a poison in the body and creates more toxicity and burden on the liver. Actively work at finding peaceful moments in your day. It is extremely important to do this!
  4. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Start your day with warm lemon water with honey and incorporate lemons into your day anytime you can! Lemons and limes are God’s gifts for the liver! Here is a quote from Anthony Williams, Medical Medium who is an advocate of lemon water:
    “Lemon water is the perfect way to hydrate, purify, and revitalize your body each morning. Water coming straight from the tap or a bottle has lost its vitality and its innate living structure. By adding fresh squeezed lemon juice, you β€œwake up” the water and bring it back to life. This allows it to travel more deeply into your tissues & cells and carry the essential nutrients and compounds you need in order to thrive. Lemon water is a good source of vitamins C & B and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Lemon water is excellent for weight loss, the immune system, alkalinizing the body, controlling high blood pressure, anti-aging, detoxification, purifying the blood, and regulating body temperature. Lemon water is particularly beneficial for the digestive tract and can help relieve constipation, nausea, and even parasites. Lemon water is also good for the cardiovascular and muscular system making it an ideal drink before and after exercise. Consider an early morning ritual of squeezing half a lemon into 16oz of your best quality water upon waking. This deep form of hydration will awaken your mind and energize your body for the day.” ***************** I am sure you can see why I recommend lemons in any way shape or form. πŸ™‚ Squeeze them on salads, in water, and on different foods. They really bring out the flavors in foods. Get creative with them.
  5. Move Your Lymphatic System. Find ways to incorporate movement that helps with lymphatic drainage. Your lymph system, unlike the circulatory system, does not have its own pump, so it needs us to help move it along. The more it is helped, the less the burden on your liver! There are many ways to move lymph but some easy ones are walking, exercise, rebounding, using a whole body vibration machine, massage therapy, dancing and more! Find something that works for you and make sure you do it everyday.

I hope you found this helpful and that you also take advantage and take a peek at the articles below. I wish you all the best.