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UPDATE FROM JESSICA, Summer 2023: It’s been many years since I wrote this post, yet it still remains one of the most popular posts on my site. And for good reason! People want to heal their bodies and they are learning about the power of infrared saunas. In the years since publishing these posts, I have actually purchased two different professionally made saunas. My favorite one is from Therasage and it is by far the most affordable of all of the infrared saunas on the market. I will be publishing a new post about them soon, but in the interim, you can check out Therasage here. You can save 10% off your order (including the saunas) with coupon code DELICIOUS at checkout.
A big part of my mineral balancing protocol has been focusing on gentle detox through methods like coffee enemas and near infrared sauna therapy, in addition to certain herbs and lots of stress management.
When you hear the word “detox” it can conjure up some pretty scary visuals. Whenever I mention “detox” on this site, I am not talking about crazy cleansing plans or wacky programs that you have to follow for X number of days.
I am talking about doing things daily that helps support your detox pathways in your body, ESPECIALLY your liver. Things like:
- Coffee enemas (read this post if you’re not familiar with why coffee enemas are beneficial)
- Near infrared therapy (read this post for information on the benefits AND precautions of NIT)
- Skin brushing (read this post about the benefits of skin brushing)
- Rebounding / lymphatic massage
- Herbs and supplements that helps digestive and liver function (lots of articles on herbs here)
- And other activities that support the body as a whole.
Near Infrared Sauna Therapy
I wrote a really detailed post about the benefits and the precautions of near infrared therapy, so if you have not read that post, please read that here.
It’s important to understand that near infrared therapy (NIT) is NOT suitable for everyone, so you need to do your research and consult with your doctor before starting.
It is also really important to be working on a mineral balancing protocol to go along with your near infrared therapy, as they truly go hand-in-hand. When you sweat, you are detoxing things like chemicals, parabens, heavy metals, etc. BUT, you are also losing good stuff like minerals, so you have to be cautious when doing NIT.
If you’re not familiar with mineral balancing (I also refer to it as HTMA or hair tissue mineral analysis), I have written about it extensively on my site. I have been using this form of testing for close to a year now and am very pleased with the results. Here are a few of my health journey posts where I talk about the results I am getting:
- How Mineral Balancing Has Improved My Painful Monthly Cycles
- How Mineral Balancing Has Changed My Life (for the better!)
- How Mineral Balancing is Helping Me Manage Stress
- Archive of lots of HTMA and Mineral articles
Building My Own Sauna
There are some pretty amazing near infrared saunas on the market that are well-constructed and look beautiful.
The problem is that they can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,000+. Some day, I hope to have a gorgeous sauna in my home, but for now, the price is too high and we don’t have the extra space.
So, I set out to make my own. I had already been using a single near infrared lamp every day, but after I got my amalgams removed my health crashed a little (read about that here), so I wanted to get more intense sauna time to help with heavy metal detox.
My husband and I reviewed the plans that Dr. Wilson has on his site. His plans require some basic knowledge of electrical wiring and while it seemed easy enough, we figured out an even easier way to build one (with some help from my amazing mom), based on the instructions he provided. Our method does not require any electrical wiring.
In this video, I walk you through all of the materials you need and how to construct your own portable infrared sauna for under $100. While it may not be the most beautiful piece to look at, it gets the job done and it’s honestly not that shabby. 🙂 If you’re more crafty than us, I bet you could construct something that would be eye-catching and pretty!
I get a lot of questions regarding which brooder lamp and which light bulb I am using. Here are the ones that I recommend:
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a medical doctor or licensed practitioner. Infrared therapy is not for everyone, so PLEASE consult your doctor or practitioner before starting.