Detoxification happens constantly in our bodies. We should have very effective and efficient systems for waste management but over time with bad habits and environmental exposures toxins build up. Typically we think of our liver, kidneys bowel and bladder as the primary detoxification organs but our skin should be considered primary as well. For those of you who have fought skin issues for your whole life you know how frustrating they can be and how much it stinks to have a break out or a flare up of symptoms.
Over the weekend my wife and I put together a DIY infrared sauna. We have been doing some dietary experiments lately and part of that was increasing detoxification through our skin by sauna or steam showers. I don’t have regular access to a steam shower but I saw different plans online and figured we could build an infrared sauna at home. This project did take a day and could be purchased from websites that sell basic kits but I think that most people with some basic wood working and electrical skills could pull this off quickly.
We used a 4’x4’x7′ squat rack as the basic frame, a workout bench for a chair and painters canvas for walls. The sauna board consists of 4 250w infrared heat lamps a switch and a cord. Each bulb is guarded by a simple wire frame and each base is a basic porcelain light fixture. All told this cost about $80 to put together and works pretty well. The pictures show the finished product and I will be happy to walk anyone who is interested through the build.
Our skin is one of our primary detoxification organs and making sure that we sweat properly is key to a healthy ability to get junk out. If you find that your lifestyle has put you in a place where you can’t remember the last time you had a good sweat it might be time to get that part of your body moving again.