Sauna Suit: The Alarming (And Downright Gross) Detox Technique Taking The Internet By Storm

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Sauna Suit: The Alarming (And Downright Gross) Detox Technique Taking The Internet By Storm

If you followed the 2022 Met Gala closely, (namely the Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe of it all), you’ve most likely come across the term “sauna suit” more than once. The waterproof garment, otherwise referred to as a “sweat suit”, has been built as a method of full body detoxification. How? By causing the wearer to excessively perspire. And, paired alongside a diet of protein and vegetables, was one of the methods Kim K used to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s 60-year-old dress in just three short weeks.

Though we’re not sold on the idea of sitting in a sleeping bag of our own sweat, we’re definitely intrigued. Is it an exercise-hater’s dream? Or, is it the grossest thing you’ve ever heard? If you’re asking us, maybe a bit of both. 

What is a sauna suit?

The purpose is basically as it reads. One big suit, typically made from PVC or coated nylon that causes the body to heat up and perspire while it’s being worn. The suit covers a person from their feet to their neck, with some even including a hood to provide extra heat retention around the head.

Everlast Eva Sauna Suit XL/XXL, $79.95, Myer

What are the benefits of a sauna suit?

Despite the lack of clinical evidence to support the claims of sauna suits, most retailers do suggest that regular use will lead to detoxification of the body, as well as fluid loss and weight loss. Though when it comes to weight lost as a direct result of wearing a sauna suit, you won’t see long term results. 

In particularly cold climates, sauna suits have been said to reduce the frequency of injury while training. How exactly? Well, when wearing a sauna suit while exercising or stretching in cold conditions, lactic acid is reduced and muscles become more relaxed as the body heats up. This leads to a significant reduction in muscle tightness and rigidity.

What are the risks?

And now for the bad news. The main risks of sauna suits include sweat-induced dehydration and electrolyte loss, as well as hyperthermia in extreme circumstances.

Our take?

We can’t get past the idea of sitting in a sausage casing of our own sweat. So, we’ll be sitting this one out.

Have you heard of a sauna suit? Would you ever try wearing one?

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  1. A friend of a friend used to make their own sauna suit but wearing every jacket they could and going for a sprint. This was to ensure they shed a few grams/kg right before a weigh in for their fights.

  2. I was always sceptical of saunas until I read a book about healthy ageing by an Aussie professor from Harvard Medical School. He recommends regularly getting out of the thermoneutral (comfortable temperature) zone, e.g. sauna sessions or ice baths. It has a similar effect on the body as intermittent fasting. But he didn’t mention combining exercise with a sauna – yikes!

    I could handle an ice bath, but you couldn’t pay me to wear a sauna suit!

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