When I react to something, I use an infrared sauna. I’m super lucky to have access to one. I would say it improves my mood by about 20%, as well as energy levels, and gets rid of the itching I get from these reactions as well. I sit in there for 30-40 minutes. I’m not sure if it’s removing the toxins that make me feel better, or if it does some sort of mitochondrial invigoration… Christine is my dad’s grad student who also follows the same diet and she read that it changes gene expression. Who knows. Maybe all 3 things. Whatever it does, it’s wonderful. It looks like it’s actually the near infrared energy that helps, not the act of saunaing. But the sauna part is nice too.
If I wake up in the morning and feel anxious due to a reaction, hop in the sauna for 30-40 minutes and I’m good to go again. If I’m having a really bad reaction I find the positive effects wear off in 6-7 hours. It never cures the reaction either… but it takes the edge off. During the later part of the reaction (days 13+), I can go 1-2 days between saunaing. I don’t usually feel the need or the positive effects as much after day 16.
If you are feeling rough, or if you’ve eaten something that you shouldn’t have eaten and need to detox faster, infrared saunaing works incredibly well.
My mom had one built in their basement, so I use that. It’s basically a big pine closet with infrared panels in it. These are the panels. I also googled it, and apparently for about 2000$ you can buy a premade little IR sauna. They usually have spas in cities though. Just type in “Infrared Sauna Spa” and that should do the trick. Give it a try and let me know if it makes you feel any different.
If you have an autoimmune disorder or mood problems, try it out, it helps me so much. It reduces the arthritis and muscle pain I experience during reactions, and also clears up my skin! This is a huge point. If I have a reaction, I almost always break out (about a week after I’ve ingested the food). This seems to stop that as well. I also won’t sweat at night, I still get hot, but the sauna gets rid of enough of the toxins that I don’t need to sweat at night. Many positive things. There is a lot of evidence for the benefits of saunaing for blood pressure, and I’ve linked to studies for arthritis, removing toxins, and muscle recovery above.
Last but not least, bring water in with you and stay hydrated. During reactions my water consumption sky rockets (whether or not I sauna). I also tend to eat more salt, possibly to replace electrolytes.
If you need a quick pick me up, definitely give it a try!