Healthy Beginnings

Minimal Environmental Impact with Big Benefits: The Sauna

Many health products today are amazing, but some may have side effects that may cause irreparable damage. It would be fantastic if potential environmental side effects could be learned prior to detrimental and long-term damage to our environment. Imagine how life would be today if we knew the side effects of genetically modified foods?

Luckily, sauna therapy has been proven to provide numerous benefits for our bodies. Sauna therapy helps with detoxification, relaxation, pain relief, weight loss, improved circulation and skin purification.

The extensive data on the benefits of sauna therapy varies, and research shows that sauna therapy can improve cardiac function, congestive heart failure and hypertension, help people maintain a healthy weight, aid with caloric burn, improve motor function, lower the risk of diabetes, manage chronic pain and fatigue, cleanse environmental toxins and help with quitting smoking.

“Dr. Luke Fortney, an integrative-medicine practitioner and assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, says he has prescribed sauna therapy to a number of patients,” according to an article published by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

“ ‘I’ve recommended it to people with high blood pressure, muscle spasms, seasonal affective disorder, and high stress levels,’ he says. ‘It’s also effective at detoxifying the body of chemicals from pollutants in the atmosphere and earth, and it’s generally much safer than taking a lot of medications.’ ”

There is only one medical grade infrared sauna made in the U.S. considered “durable medical equipment,” which features non-toxic wood, the proper wavelengths and 96 percent efficiency.

Many Americans use a personal home infrared sauna purchase toward a legal qualified medical tax deduction, especially when coupled with a physician’s prescription. Please see a qualified tax accountant, health care provider and/or medical doctor for accurate information.

For more information, or to purchase a medical grade infrared sauna, call or text Diane Underwood, cleanzologist and owner of Reverse Aging Spa, at 775-233-4878.

By Diane Underwood


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