Supplements to Assist with Sauna Detoxification

Niacin and Elimination

Niacin, or Vitamin B3, has long been known to have a broad spectrum lipid-lowering effect. It is sometimes therefore used in high doses as a treatment for high cholesterol-but not very often, for two main reasons. First: at high doses (which can be anywhere over 50 mg), niacin can induce flushing, or a rush of blood to the surface of the body. It’s relatively rapid, and a little alarming if you don’t know what’s going on, but uncomfortable even if you do. The effect lasts only minutes, though, and is completely gone after half an hour. To avoid the flush, no-flush or sustained release niacin was produced-but this form of niacin is often associated with elevated of liver enzymes and sometimes liver damage.

Antioxidant Protection

The more toxic you are, the more chemicals you’ll release into your bloodstream with a sauna session. This is part of the reason why it’s very helpful to follow it up with alternating hot and cold ( hydrotherapy), to flush those chemicals into the liver, so that it doesn’t linger in the bloodstream and potentially cause oxidative damage. But it can also be helpful to take antioxidants, such as glutathione or NAC, before or after sauna treatment to help mitigate this. This is especially helpful if you don’t plan on doing hydrotherapy immediately after a sauna session.

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