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I recently dusted off this HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket after it’d been sitting in my hallway for… well, probably a couple of years. I was sent it to try out and to share a review with you but life got on top of me.
Whilst trying to survive the whole pandemic, my own health seemed to be slowly declining. I was racking up a long list of symptoms which by the end of 2022, I couldn’t handle anymore. Short story, it seems my thyroid, adrenal gland and maybe some other bits were out of whack, and my body was just stressed and unhappy.
On my quest for ‘self-care’, everywhere I turned, sauna was on the list of things to do for self-care and to recover so that was the push I needed to unfold the infrared sauna blanket and get to testing so I could write this HigherDOSE infrared sauna blanket review.
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 for podcasts about the thyroid and hypothyroidism. I came across this episode – How To Treat The Root Cause Of Thyroid Problems – of the The Doctor’s Farmacy by Dr Mark Hyman.
And it blew my mind.
It was actually the downloadable resources that had even more information and gave me my whole protocol for using sauna to support my health and wellbeing, in relation to my thyroid.
In there he shares that the use of “dry saunas or steam baths, or even far-infrared saunas, can be a useful adjunct to increasing metabolism, balancing stress, improving detoxification, and helping with weight loss and chronic health conditions.”
Tips To Make The Most of Sauna Therapy
Here are the tips I’ve used from Dr Hyman to make the most of sauna / heat therapy:
- Avoid eating two hours before and one hour after heat therapy.
- Engage in exercise before your sauna and massage therapy afterward to maximise the benefits of the therapy.
- Use a skin brush to help with the excretion of toxins and exfoliation of dead skin after the sauna, steam, or bath.
- Drink at least sixteen ounces of purified water before entering the sauna, during, and after.
- If you are generally healthy, start with ten minutes and increase by five minutes daily to a maximum of thirty to forty minutes.
- Shower thoroughly after the sauna to remove the liberated toxins from your skin.
- If you are doing regular saunas, take a multi-mineral at a high dose because of the loss of trace minerals in the sweat. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium are especially critical.
HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket Review
HigherDOSE is a one-of-a-kind at home spa experience at the intersection of wellness, health, and beauty. Their line of infrared devices harness the most healing technologies available—from infrared’s healing heat (the sauna blanket), to PEMF’s grounding technology, to red light’s rejuvenating rays.
The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket detoxifies the body and mind with a healthy sweat that boosts your mood using far-infrared.
Far infrared rays can help deliver a deep detoxifying sweat and allow your body to push out those environmental toxins, increasing your heart rate to the pace of a light jog and leaving you with healthy soft glowing skin.
How To Use Infrared Sauna Blanket
It’s so easy to set up and use the sauna blanket; let me run you through my process:
- I lay the sauna blanket on my bed, or on a yoga mat on the floor.
- Spread a towel along the length of the blanket (inside) as a barrier and turn on to pre-heat for 10 minutes.
- I get fully dressed in comfortable clothes and socks.
- Choose my playlist on Calm or a breathwork exercise on the MoonBird app.
- Then get in (it’s kinda like an envelope), make myself comfortable and enjoy for 30-45 minutes.
- Once done, I dry brush and have a shower as per the tips I shared earlier in the post.
I’ve been using the sauna blanket on setting 7 for the time-being; it’s not too hot for me to tolerate for so long. The blanket temperature ranges from 68 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit and is fully adjustable with a handheld controller. It also automatically shuts off after 60minutes which is enough time to pre-heat and get your full session.
What To Wear In The Sauna Blanket
If you don’t have the HigherDOSE Sauna Blanket Towel Insert, then you do need to be fully dressed when using the sauna blanket. This means long sleeves and full length pants with socks.
As mentioned, I use a bath towel to instead of the Sauna Blanket Towel Insert to create a protection barrier between myself and the blanket.
How Often Can You Use A Sauna Blanket
As per Dr Hymans resources, he say if you are generally healthy, start with ten minutes and increase by five minutes daily to a maximum of thirty to forty minutes. However, if you are chronically ill or take medication, be sure to get your doctor’s permission and start with five minutes. Then increase gradually as tolerated.
For those needing an intensive detoxification program, daily saunas for six to eight weeks can be dramatically helpful. Then follow up with once-a-week maintenance therapy afterward.
Is The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket Worth It?
This is always going to be a subjective opinion but, yes, I do think the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket is worth it, but it does have its cons.
The biggest ‘con’ is the cost – currently £599.00 on the HigherDOSE website. But in my mind, that’s less than a years gym membership, right?!
It’s also a shame it doesn’t come with a case (I don’t keep boxes) and it’s quite large so isn’t easy to tuck away as the space under my bed is already in use.
The ‘pros’ are easy to see though. First of all, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home – imagine trekking to the gym for a 10minute sauna, every single day. It’s low cost to run, and the lower temperatures (of far infrared) can be more effective and more easily tolerated than regular saunas for liberating stored toxins.
I know lots of people are currently on the cold therapy hype, but listen up, heat therapy is underutilised and accessible.
Which do you prefer… cold therapy, heat therapy… or a bit of both?!