Steam & OzonePosted:Jan 19th, 2016 4:52 am
The Power of Steam and Ozone
By: Midwest Renewal SkinCare
There are a variety of ways to use ozone therapy but one of the most popular is to combine it with steam. This combination is used around the world by those looking to eliminate toxins efficiently and for many other reasons. We are often asked how they work so here you will find out a little about ozone, steam, how they combine to help you improve your skin.
The Dangers of Toxicity
More than ever before, toxicity is a high concern. We are exposed to chemicals and toxins every day, in the air, soil and water, from a plethora of sources we can’t control. Processed and refined foods, dehydration and easy access to prescription drugs all add to the load we carry.
As a result, Chemical Sensitivity is a growing threat. According to the National Academy of Sciences, around 15% of the population of the US suffers from chemical exposure. Volatile organic compounds and other toxins store well in the body, hiding in lipid tissues, organs, the nervous system, the brain and internal organs.
When the body is unable to eliminate toxins, they continue to build. A host of illnesses and injuries can now be partially or completely attributed to toxic overload. As a result, a growing number of people are investigating detoxification therapies, and steam and ozone rank very high among the list of possibilities.
What is ozone?
Ozone is also known as activated oxygen. It is not smog. You can read more about the misconceptions surrounding ozone in our article, Ozone Therapy in Depth. Ozone is produced by nature and acts as a strong germicide.
How? Ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms. Because it cannot stay in this state, the third singlet atom will eventually break away, leaving pure oxygen. The singlet must attach to something. Healthy cells have a natural defense and are not affected, so the singlet attaches to unhealthy cells, bacteria, viruses and the like and neutralizes them.
This natural process is used in water purification, air sterilizers and cleaning agents because it is so effective. If you’ve smelled a nice clean smell after a thunderstorm, that’s because ozone produced during the storm helped clean the air.
What does steam do for the body?
Steam has been used for centuries for skin purification, relaxation, a circulation boost and to soothe tired muscles. Steam saunas are designed to open the pores and make you sweat. Most people will sweat profusely in a steam sauna, allowing toxins and other debris to exit the body through the skin. When the other elimination organs (kidneys, bowels, liver and lungs) become overloaded, the skin is the body’s next line of defense. Unfortunately many of us don’t sweat enough in a normal day to fully cleanse. This is where a steam sauna can prove helpful.
Other potential benefits of steam include stress relief, an improved immune system, reduced sinus congestion and more youthful skin.
How do ozone and steam work together?
Ozone and steam therapy can be a powerful combination. Steam opens the pores and sweat glands, allowing more ozone to enter the body. As the ozone breaks down and the singlet oxygen atom attaches to and kills pollutants, the open pores and sweat allow for better elimination of toxins.
With a steam sauna, you can surround your entire body below the neck with ozone. You don’t want to cover your head for two reasons: a cool head can allow you to spend more time in the sauna and ozone can be irritating to the lungs if breathed at the concentration used for steam therapy.
The combination of ozone therapy and steam sauna therapy provides moist heat and ozone, which can help cleanse the lymphatic system, the carrier of 90% of your body’s fluids. Researchers have also shown that a byproduct of the combined therapy is an increase in fixed free oxygen in the blood.
You’ll want to drink plenty of water after a sauna session. Depending on how high your individual toxin load is, you may need to add additional detoxification methods to your routine to thoroughly cleanse your body of neutralized toxins.
What is needed to combine steam therapy and ozone?
There are three essential parts to an ozone steam system: a high grade ozone generator, a high purity oxygen source, and a steam sauna made of ozone-resistant materials. The oxygen source can be either an oxygen tank (depending on where you get it filled this usually provides the highest quality, medical grade oxygen) or an oxygen concentrator (which can produce 95-98% pure oxygen depending on the model). The oxygen enters the ozone generator which produces the ozone. A section of tube then connects to or enters the steam sauna.
Two types of steam saunas are useful: a fiberglass cabinet sauna or a portable steam sauna tent. Remember to select a sauna that does not enclose your head.
Other options to consider
For several protocols, drinking ozonated water and insufflating ozone into the ears are added on to an ozone/steam routine. For drinking ozonated water you only need to add on a water bubbler. For ear insufflations you’ll want an ozone earscope and a humidifier so the ozone isn’t as dry when it enters your ears. After testing, we determined that once the water in the humidifier is saturated with ozone, there is no degradation of the ozone output.
You should always consult your healthcare professional before adding any therapy to your routine.
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