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I recently dusted off this HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket after it’s been sitting in my hallway for… well, probably a couple of years. It was sent to me to try it out and share a review with you, but life caught up with me.
As I tried to survive the entire pandemic, my own health seemed to be slowly deteriorating. I was accumulating a long list of symptoms that, by the end of 2022, I could no longer handle. Simply put, it seems like my thyroid, adrenal gland, and maybe a few other parts were out of whack, and my body was stressed and unhappy.
In my search for ‘self care’, everywhere I looked, the sauna was on the list of things to do for self care and recovery, so that was the push I needed to unfold the infrared sauna blanket and get to work. try to be able to write this review of the HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket.
Enjoy Sauna and Heat Therapy to Eliminate Toxins
One lunchtime, I decided to find a podcast to listen to while I ate and did a Google search for podcasts on thyroid and hypothyroidism. I came across this episode, How to Treat the Root Cause of Thyroid Problems, from The Doctor’s Pharmacy by Dr. Mark Hyman.
And it blew my mind.
It was actually the downloadable resources that had even more information and gave me my complete protocol for using the sauna to support my health and wellness, as it relates to my thyroid.
There he shares that the use of “dry saunas or steam baths, or even far-infrared saunas, can be a useful adjunct to boost metabolism, balance stress, improve detoxification, and help with weight loss and health conditions.” Chronicles”.
Tips to get the most out of sauna therapy
Here are the tips I’ve used from Dr. Hyman to get the most out of a sauna/heat therapy:
- Avoid eating two hours before and one hour after heat therapy.
- Exercise before your sauna and massage after to maximize the benefits of the therapy.
- Use a skin brush to help with excretion of toxins and exfoliation of dead skin after a sauna, steam, or bath.
- Drink at least sixteen ounces of purified water before entering the sauna, during, and after.
- If you are in generally good health, start with ten minutes and increase to five minutes a day up to a maximum of thirty to forty minutes.
- Take a good shower after the sauna to remove the toxins released from your skin.
- If you are doing regular saunas, take a high dose of multi-minerals because of the loss of trace minerals in sweat. Calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium are especially critical.
HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket Review
HigherDOSE is a unique in-home spa experience at the intersection of wellness, health and beauty. Their line of infrared devices takes advantage of most healing technologies available, from infrared healing heat (the sauna blanket), to PEMF grounding technology, and the rejuvenating rays of red light.
The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket detoxifies the body and mind with a healthy sweat that improves your mood using far infrared.
Far infrared rays can help generate a deep detoxifying sweat and allow your body to flush out those environmental toxins, raising your heart rate to a brisk jog pace and leaving you with healthy, smooth, glowing skin.
How to use the infrared sauna blanket
It is very easy to set up and use the sauna blanket; let me explain my process:
- I put the sauna blanket on my bed or on a yoga mat on the floor.
- Spread a towel the length of the blanket (inside) as a barrier and turn on to preheat for 10 minutes.
- I fully dress in comfortable clothing and socks.
- Choose my playlist in Calm or a breathing exercise in the MoonBird app.
- Then I get in (it’s like an envelope), get comfortable and enjoy myself for 30-45 minutes.
- Once this is done, I dry brush and shower as per the tips I shared earlier in the post.
I have been using the sauna blanket on level 7 for now; It’s not too hot to tolerate for that long. The blanket’s temperature ranges from 68 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit and is fully adjustable with a handheld controller. It also automatically shuts off after 60 minutes, plenty of time to preheat and get your full session.
What to wear in the sauna blanket
If you do not have the HigherDOSE sauna blanket towel insert then you need to be fully clothed when using the sauna blanket. This means long sleeves and long pants with socks.
As mentioned, I use a bath towel instead of the sauna blanket towel insert to create a protective barrier between myself and the blanket.
How often can you use a sauna blanket?
According to Dr. Hymans’ resources, he says that if you’re generally in good health, start with ten minutes and work your way up to five minutes a day up to a maximum of thirty to forty minutes. However, if you have a chronic illness or take medication, be sure to get your doctor’s permission and start with five minutes. Then gradually increase as tolerated.
For those who need an intensive detoxification program, daily saunas for six to eight weeks can be of great help. Then follow up with maintenance therapy once a week.
Is the HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket worth it?
This will always be a subjective opinion, but yes, I think the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket is worth the money, but it does have its cons.
The biggest ‘con’ is the cost – currently £599.00 on the HigherDOSE website. But in my opinion, that’s less than a year’s worth of gym membership, right?
It’s also a shame it doesn’t come with a case (I don’t keep boxes) and it’s quite big so not easy to store because the space under my bed is already taken.
However, the ‘pros’ are easy to see. First of all, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home – imagine walking to the gym for a 10-minute sauna, every day. They are inexpensive to operate, and the lower temperatures (far infrared) can be more effective and easier to tolerate than regular saunas in releasing stored toxins.
I know a lot of people are currently into the hype of cold therapy, but listen, heat therapy is underutilized and accessible.
What do you prefer… cold therapy, heat therapy… or a little of both?