The dangers of wearing a sauna suit: fact or fiction?
The biggest lie ever told
For years we’ve all heard all the dire warnings repeated over and over again about how sweating in a sauna suit can cause death, sweating will cause the body to become dehydrated, is likely to cause a heart attack, increases the chances of fainting, and in general, it is not healthy! Afraid to sweat? Do not be! The question to ask yourself is: Is this fact or fiction?
The problem with this type of warning is that, as “thinking” people, we have never taken the time to stop and “think” to ask so-called experts, WHY? Why is it dangerous to sweat in a sauna suit? Sure we’ve heard the same run of the mill information repeated over and over again, but have you ever bothered to research the effects of sweating for yourself? My wild guess is, probably not! Because like most people, you tend to go with the majority. It’s that human nature thing about all of us, where we want and need to fit in with the “crowd” because we want to be accepted. After all, if some doctor or “expert” tells you something like “sweating is bad for your health,” you believe it. But remember this, what is the general warning about doctors and experts? To always have a second and third opinion, right? Right!
The health benefits of sweating
According to Dr. Jacquline Krohn (2000) “Our bodies are like sponges absorbing the chemicals we are exposed to. Much of that toxic brew is eliminated through the skin with sweat. In fact, sweat often it has a higher concentration of trace elements like nickel, cadmium and mercury than urine.”
What you may not have heard is that most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, and this type of sweating is natural and healthy (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2009).
The cause of sweating comes from your body’s temperature regulation system, specifically your sweat glands. Your skin has two types of sweat pads: eccrine pads and apocrine pads. Eccrine tassels are found over most of their body and open directly onto the surface of the skin. Apocrine glands also cover most of your body and develop in areas where hair follicles are abundant, such as your scalp, armpits, and groin (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2009).
When your body temperature rises, your autonomic nervous system stimulates your eccrine glands to secrete fluid onto your skin surface, where it cools your body as it evaporates. This fluid (perspiration) is mainly made up of water and salt (sodium chloride) and contains trace amounts of other electrolytes; substances that help regulate the fluid balance in your body, as well as substances such as urea (a nitrogenous compound found in urine produced through the breakdown of proteins or toxins). Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2009.
THE SECRET OF THE APOCRINE GLANDS A FAT SWEATSHIRT DIRECTLY IN THE TUBULE OF THE GLAND! WHEN YOUR BODY IS UNDER STRESS, LIKE EXERCISING, THE TUBULE WALL CONTRACTS AND SWEAT IS PUSHED TOWARDS THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN WHERE BACTERIA BEGINS TO DESTROY IT. MOST OFTEN, IT IS THE BACTERIAL BREAKDOWN OF APOCRINE SWEAT THAT CAUSES THE ODOR. Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2009.
What does this all mean? IF YOU SWEAT YOU LOSE WEIGHT!
The myth exposed!
So if sweating is so natural and healthy for you, why is it that everyone always advises against sweating in a sauna suit?
Because some people may abuse a great modern invention like the sauna suit and try to lose all their weight in one day by wearing a sauna suit for too long. Admit it, you know some crazy people who think they can wear a sauna suit for 24 hours and sweat out ten years of bad eating habits. This is the dangerous part of sauna suits, ignorant people also have money to buy them; unfortunately there is no law that prohibits an imbecile from buying a sauna suit.
Lack of basic intelligence and inability to use common sense is the biggest danger factor, not the sauna suit itself.
Big question: How do I know I’m dehydrated if I’m not a doctor?
simple answer: Do you need a doctor to tell you when you are thirsty? NO. Your body has a natural alarm that tells you when you are dehydrated: YOU GET THIRST! When you feel thirsty, drink water or an isotonic drink. By drinking water or sports drinks, you prevent dehydration. Remember, it is recommended that you drink up to 8-8oz glasses of water per day for good health.
SAUNA SUITS ARE PERFECTLY SAFE WHEN USED WITH
Sauna suits are great for sweating out toxins from the body and for weight loss, and not just water weight. Sauna suits are basically designed to duplicate the same effects that you would get from sitting in a sauna at the health spa.
The advantages of the sauna suit is that it is convenient, you don’t have to spend an hour sitting in a steamy sauna exposing all your personal business to an ugly guy or an eccentric girl who forgot to shave or who smells like rotten feet. , yuck! Admit it; there is absolutely no privacy in a public sauna.
In a personal sauna suit you can move around and do fun things like walk the dog, clean your house, run around the block, read a book while walking on your treadmill, roller blading, dancing, window shopping at the local mall and… list of fun activities goes on! At the end of your activity in your sauna suit, you can reap the benefits of seeing how much dirt, grease, salt, toxins, and weight you’ve excreted while having fun. The only downside to sauna suits is that they look like garbage bags because they are made from cheap plastic that usually rips and tears after a few uses. Hopefully one day someone will make a half decent looking sauna suit. But in the meantime, any sauna suit on the market will do.
How cool is that? Weight loss can be really fun!
You’ve heard the saying, “There’s nothing like a good sweat!”
The sauna suit is just like any other exercise or gym equipment. Use it with caution and don’t overdo it! If you know you have certain health problems or physical limitations, check with your doctor first. If you don’t have any health problems or limitations, check with your doctor. If it’s 115 degrees F outside you naturally wouldn’t put on a sauna suit and go for a run, that would just be stupid! Again, use your common sense folks! If your doctor says it’s okay to exercise, then it should be okay to exercise in a sauna suit. That sounds logical, right?
After all, you want to speed up and take advantage of your body’s natural fat-burning process, also known as: SWEAT!
SAUNA SUITS ONLY MAKE YOU LOSE WATER WEIGHT??
Many people who call themselves experts will tell you that working out in a sauna suit will only make you lose weight; that once you rehydrate your body by drinking water and sports drinks, all the weight will come back.
IS NOT TRUE! UNLEARN THIS LIE!
PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON!
This is where I want you to start using your own brain to process information. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask you to use your own common sense, critical thinking skills, and ability to think logically for a moment.
If you go to the gym and work out, sweat a lot, lose weight, drink water and sports drinks to rehydrate, and then go home or go out with friends and have a nice, sensible dinner.
Does that mean that all the results of your training are null and void? NO.
Does that mean that because you drank some water that is ZERO CALORIES, you have gained back the five pounds of fat you lost? NO!
Has your doctor ever told you that once you start an exercise program, you shouldn’t drink water or eat food because you’ll just gain the weight back? NO!
They tell you to eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and stay active!
Are you supposed to starve and die of thirst because you exercise and worry about your health?
Of course, no!
things to remember
A SAUNA SUIT DOES NOT MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT
YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO REHYDRATE YOUR BODY ALL THE TIME!
WATER IS ZERO CALORIES!
WATER IS NOT MADE OF FAT!
WATER DRAWS FAT AND TOXINS OUT OF THE BODY!
When someone tells you the same old lie that you only lose water weight by wearing a sauna suit, I give you permission to ignore them! They are lying to you!
The 2lbs of fat you burned working out in a sauna suit won’t come back after drinking water!
Food is what makes you gain weight because it has fat and other nutrients that generate energy. The energy from the food you eat is what gives you the strength to move and burn calories from fat; if you don’t exercise and sweat well, you’re not using food for energy and therefore not burning fat!
When you work out your body in a sauna suit, you speed up your metabolism and burn calories from fat, not water!
Most people sweat when they exercise or exert themselves, and this type of sweating is natural and healthy (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research 2009).
- SAUNA SUITS ARE PERFECTLY SAFE WHEN USED WITH CAUTION!
- Sauna suits are great for sweating out toxins from the body and for weight loss, and not just water weight.
- A sauna suit will help you burn fat by heating up your body and speeding up your metabolism!
- Fat loss will be permanent if you are consistent with your exercise routine wearing a sauna suit