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FYRECRACKER
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I was told today by an acupuncturist that had/has Lyme, to stay OUT of the steam room because of harmful bacteria?

Instead, she suggests going in the sauna.

Me personally, I feel GREAT after the steam room. The sauna is a bit drying.

What do you all think?

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I liked the steam room at my health club better than the sauna.

I liked my FIR sauna that I have at home infinitely better than either of those!!!! The FIR really helps you detox whereas the steamroom and normal sauna just make you hot.

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The FarInfrarRed saunas (dry sauna) is way better at getting toxins out of your body.

You can buy a personal sauna on EBay very cheap.

I've had mine for almost 3 years and I've almost worn it out I'm using it so much. Really makes a difference in how I feel.

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I like my FIR sauna. I can't stand the wet heat of a steam sauna. Also, I wonder if the steam ones can have a mold problem.
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The sauna - but NOT hot. We are not supposed to get too hot. Put a wet towel over your head, go in when others are gone and keep the door open a little bit so you don't get too hot. Don't stay too long. Have a friend with you.

If you could find low heat infrared sauna, those are best.

An alternate: a warm bath in Epson Salts for 20 minutes.
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FYRECRACKER
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Nice! Going to look into the FIR saunas. Thanks guys.

And yea...I can see how the steam ones could get funky if they aren't cleaned properly or regularly.

Good info here.

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I only have access to a steam room and I love it...

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Your acupuncturist is correct. You run the risk of being exposed to germs in a public sauna.

FIR sauna is the way to go. It has so many healing and detoxing properties that the steam room does not have. It's far superior than steam.

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Why are we not supposed to get too hot?

I've tried some Bikram Yoga recently. Other than my neck issues, I like it pretty much.

What is the problem with heat?

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I know of many Lyme Dr's that recommend the infra red saunas at medium or high heat - whatever we can tolerate.

I go 40 to 45 min at up to 140 degrees. I am dripping when I get out and I feel good immediately and much better for a day afterwards.

the arficial fever helps heal and the release of toxins helps us feel better.

You have to start very slow though or you can get very ill.

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mojo, I can't believe you could survive 140 degrees for that period of time. I think that would kill me.
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Mojo, that's a long time 40-45 min's at 140.

I can only do about 20-25 in the steam room...

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I had to work up to that - and the last ten minutes are tough because I hate to be hot - but I distract myself by going online, etc. and it's totally worth it afterwards.

I took four saunas last week (40 to 45 min) and was able to enjoy my niece's wedding on Sunday. I've been pretty sick this fall so I consider that a major accomplishment!

The first few minutes are usually in the high 120's but it heats up pretty fast. I've had my sauna for almost three years now. Best thing I ever bought.

Oh, and I can't go into a steam room at all because I can't breath the hot air and steam. The sauna I have doesnt' require me to breathe hot air (my head sticks out) yet my entire head still sweats like crazy.

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I get great benefits from the steamroom. I agree that the regular sauna is too drying.
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After doing a lot of reading, I took the plunge and bought a Sunlighten Solo System. Will report back with any improvements. With winter coming it just seems like a good idea to take driving in the cold to the gym for the steam room out of the equation.

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I've been using the FIR sauna for a couple weeks now. I like it alot. I've noticed though when I lay down i have quite frequent heart palps or skips and hard thumping. Anyone else having those problems with or without the sauna? Mostly occurs when I lay on my back...

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Yes which is partly why we should be very careful with heat. Blood pressure can drop a lot too.

In the book "Detox or Die", Doctor Sherry Rogers has a protocol to make using the sauna safer. I don't remember the whole thing but I drink water before going in, water during the sauna and water after the sauna. She recommends adding minerals to replace electrolytes as well.

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I skimmed though and didn't see the question answered. Yes, the steam room can expose you to harmful bacteria.

Infared sauna is the best but a regular sauna is better than a steam room if that is your only option.

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Thank you Terry and abxnomore. I did the water thing but i think ur right with the electrolytes. going to check into your info. I though coconut water would be a good thing to have before and after but it also has sugar. Hard to know what the cut off mark for low sugar diet is?

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