heavy metal detox

Heavy Metal Detox Through Far Infrared Therapy

How are People Exposed to Heavy Metal Toxins?

People are exposed to heavy metal toxins in everyday living by the foods consumed and the environment where people live. Below are the most common heavy metals that are known to cause damage. By no means is Sunlighten stating that these are the only heavy metals you should avoid or limit. It is important to be an advocate for your own healthy living.


Mercury toxins can be found in thermometers, dental fillings, seafood, and more. When mercury enters the body, it is stored in the kidneys, blood, spleen, brain, liver, bones and fatty tissues . Mercury is naturally found in fish. While fish is a very healthy food, it is important, like everything else, to be consumed in moderation. Below is a chart highlighting the lowest to highest concentrations of mercury found in fish.


Lowest Concentration Medium Concentration Highest Concentration
Anchovies Bass King Mackerel
Butterfish (Chilean, Saltwater, Black, Striped) Shark
Carp Bluefish Swordfish
Catfish Sablefish Tilefish
Clam Scorpionfish
Cod Buffalofish
Crawfish Grouper
Haddock Halibut Lobster
Mullet Orange Roughy
Herring Marlin
Oyster Sea Trout
Perch Skate
Salmon Snapper


Aluminum is one of the many toxic metals thought to cause brain problems. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases have been repeatedly examined for a relation to aluminum accumulation in the brain . The main areas of aluminum accumulation include the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid. People will always have some exposure to low levels of aluminum from eating food, drinking water, and breathing air. Many companies have gone aluminum free, but it is still frequently found in many household products.

Below is a chart where aluminum could be found. Please note that while an item may be on the list, according to the CDC, most aluminum in food, water, and medicines leaves the body quickly in the feces. The small amount of aluminum that does enter the bloodstream will quickly leave the body in urine .

Mercury is naturally found in fish. While fish is a very healthy food, it is important, like everything else, to be consumed in moderation. Below is a chart highlighting the lowest to highest concentrations of mercury found in fish.

Antacids Fireworks
Anti-diarrhea Medication Foil
Antiperspirants Hemorrhoid Medications
Astringents Lipstick
Baking Powder Nasal sprays
Buffered Aspirin Processed Cheese
Cans Toothpaste
Cookware Vaccines
Dentures Vaginal Douches


Lead has been known to be hazardous. Drinking water, old homes, and tobacco smoke are all potential sources of toxic lead exposure. Dust and flakes from lead-based paint has caused unbelievable public health nightmares, but fortunately regulations have been able to reduce the problem.

When lead enters the body, it goes into the bloodstream and starts depositing itself in the bones, soft tissue, and the brain . According to the CDC, at least 4 million households are being exposed to high levels of lead and can affect nearly every system in the body .

Below are lead poisoning symptoms in children and adults. Unfortunately, signs and symptoms do not usually appear until dangerous amounts of lead have accumulated.

Below is a chart where aluminum could be found. Please note that while an item may be on the list, according to the CDC, most aluminum in food, water, and medicines leaves the body quickly in the feces. The small amount of aluminum that does enter the bloodstream will quickly leave the body in urine .

Mercury is naturally found in fish. While fish is a very healthy food, it is important, like everything else, to be consumed in moderation. Below is a chart highlighting the lowest to highest concentrations of mercury found in fish.


Lead Poisoning Symptoms in Children Lead Poisoning Symptoms in Adults
Developmental delay High blood pressure
Learning difficulties Joint and muscle pain
Irritability Difficulties with memory or concentration
Loss of appetite Headache
Weight loss Abdominal pain
Sluggishness and fatigue Mood disorders
Abdominal pain Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
Vomiting Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women
Hearing loss
Eating things, such as paint chips, that aren't food (pica)

How can You Detox Heavy Metals from Your Body?

  • The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. It is also an important part of your body’s natural detoxification process – and sweat is the vehicle that your body uses to carry harmful toxins out of the body. Sweating in an infrared sauna is a powerful tool for healing and prevention.   Infrared safely induces short-term hyperthermia and raises your core temperature enough to kill cancer-causing cells, detoxify your body of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals and toxins, and boost your immune system.

    Wendy Myers

Sunlighten’s Far Infrared saunas are one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat carrying toxins out of the body through the pores . The deep penetration of infrared heat releases toxins from the fat layers just beneath the skin. These toxins pass from the organs to the fat tissue under the skin. Then they are eliminated in perspiration.

Sunlighten offers three saunas that all emit far infrared. The Solo System®, Signature® and mPulse 3-in-1® collections. Far Infrared significantly quickens the detoxification process by raising the body’s core temperature and heating the tissues several inches deep causing cells to vibrate. Sunlighten’s heating technology is the only sauna heater clinically shown to raise core body temperature by 2 to 3 degrees vs. simply heating the air around the body.

If you do not sweat, do not worry. Most people, after their sauna sessions have a very healthy glow about them. This is still sweat, and your body is actively detoxing. Make sure to drink plenty of water to assist your body with removing the heavy metals through urine.

Heavy Metal Test Results:
Before & After Sunlighten Sauna Sessions

We love hearing from our customers on the results they have experienced from regular Sunlighten sauna sessions.  Our team was ecstatic when fitness and nutrition expert, Betty Rocker, shared her heavy metal testing with us.  The comparison of heavy metals before and after getting her Sunlighten sauna are amazing!   

heavy metal detox results with sunlighten saunas
"To actively aid my training recovery process and decompress, I had been using hot saunas and infrared saunas for years and loving how good I felt after. But it wasn’t until a blood test revealed how high my mercury levels were that I got really serious about the benefits of infrared light, and decided I might be able to use it to help heal myself.

High levels of elements like lead, mercury, cadmium, tin, and others can be toxic to your immune, nervous, reproductive, and digestive systems – and add stress to your body’s filtration organs, namely the liver and kidneys. I’m not sure why my levels were so high, like other elements they can enter our system through soil, air or water emissions.

After getting this alarming data from my test, I decided to get serious and invest in a Sunlighten infrared sauna. I chose Sunlighten because they came highly recommended as one of the top quality infrared saunas on the market (I pulled this from the transcript of her video testimonial).

So I was really excited when I decided to get my very own Sunlighten Sauna because a lot of the awesome places that I've traveled to around the world have had this brand, had Sunlighten Saunas. That's because they're really well known as one of the top quality infrared saunas that exist on the market today. They have a lot of great options. I love the different sizes that they had and I really like the different variety of settings that you can just automatically use that come with the sauna. For example, there's a detox setting, a relaxation setting, a cardio setting, a weight loss setting, and you can program your own setting and just run it manually as well.

I really didn’t have any high expectations about how my body would respond with regards to the mercury, I just knew it could help over time – and there were other health benefits that I wanted to explore as well, like increased collagen production, decreased stress, deep, cellular repair, improved flexibility and more.

After using the 3-in-1 detoxification program two times per week, I truly was amazed when my 2018 tests came back and my mercury levels had dropped from 15.65 to 1.44."
betty rocker sauna
The Betty Rocker
Certified Fitness Nutrition Practitioner

Helping Your Body Detox Through Healing Foods

Detoxification cannot only be accomplished by Sunlighten Sauna sessions alone; there are powerful foods that help the body detox. Pared with the healing Far Infrared, people will start to look and feel better with the elimination of the toxic heavy metals. Below is a chart of 9 foods that everyone should add to their diet.
9 Detox Foods to Add to Your Diet
almond-sunlighten Excellent source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which work together to remove cholesterol and purify the blood. They also contain high amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper, and vitamin E. With a low glycemic index and beneficial vegetable proteins, almonds help control blood sugar and promote healthy bowel function.
avocado-sunlighten These wonder fruits help flush out bad cholesterol and environmental toxins while improving oxygen flow in the blood. Their secret lies in the nutrient glutathione, a potent amino acid blend that fights against dozens of carcinogens. Avocados are also one of few fruits rich in omega-3 fatty acids, not to mention fiber, copper, folate, and various other nutrients.
beet-fruit-sunlighten Rich in the phytochemical betaine, beets are champions of healthy livers. Consistently deemed a superfood, these root vegetables also purify blood, fight off infections, improve oxygen intake, and balance out the blood’s pH level. The result: total detoxification.
blueberries-sunlighten These tiny fruits pack gigantic health benefits. They’re rich in anti-inflammatory aspirin and powerful detoxifying compounds known as proanthocyanins. Blueberries’ antibacterial, cleansing properties also help prevent urinary tract infections.
garlic-sunlighten Fresh garlic has an array of detoxification powers. It restores healthy respiration by clearing mucous from the lungs and sinuses. It also flushes out microorganisms and certain viruses from the blood. Plus, garlic can help fight off carcinogens, clear arterial blockages, and control blood pressure.
grapefruit-sunlighten Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C and lycopene, both of which boost the immune system and can help reduce the risk of cancer, particularly prostate cancer in men. High in fiber, grapefruit helps reduce cholesterol and cleanses the bowels. Famous for its “negative calories,” grapefruit activates the liver’s fat-burning engine, which increases metabolism.
leafy-green-sunlighten Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens rank among the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals and astonishingly low in calories, they make a healthy addition to any diet. Like most vegetables, leafy greens are high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. They also contain phytonutrients that help with liver function and neutralizing harmful free radicals found in pollutants such as cigarette smoke.
lemons-sunlighten The powerful citric compounds in lemons promote healthy digestion and clear away tiny food particles, making the liver’s job easier. Like all citrus fruits, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps remove free radicals and carcinogens from the body.
seaweed-sunlighten Popular in Eastern countries but often overlooked in the West, seaweed contains unique plant compounds that bind to radioactive waste and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. These harmful substances can seep into food from polluted soil or water. Seaweed is also rich in iodine and various minerals.
  • After suffering from a decade of chronic illness and being diagnosed with heavy metal accumulation, C-diff colitis, myositis, Candida, leaky gut, Lyme disease, PCOS, and hypothyroidism to name a few, I was introduced to Sunlighten saunas by my Integrative M.D.’s to remove my heavy metals, Lyme disease and excess hormones. I spent years traveling hours to use a Sunlighten sauna in Manhattan until I purchased my own and saw the benefits because I could use it daily in my own home! The dome is a great purchase if you are living in an apartment or small space; if I can enjoy it in the tight quarters of Manhattan living, you can enjoy it anywhere!

    -Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP

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