Do body wraps work? Sometimes it is hard to find the truth – and the skinny –behind the wraps. There are many types of body wraps to choose between these days and most of us have heard of crazy wraps that make us sweat. So are there healthy body wraps out there? Let’s look at different wraps to see if body wraps work!
First, there are saran wraps that enclose the body in cellophane to reduce inches. I’m sorry, does this sound healthy? No! This is an extremely dangerous process! Saran wraps literally suffocate the skin and prohibits the natural exchange of oxygen to the skin. Yikes! We are humans that need oxygen so let’s not deprive ourselves of it. So, saran wraps are not even close to working wonders for the body – in fact, it is just the opposite.
Other “hot” body wraps do not work because they involve lying in uncomfortably warm blankets to “sweat-out” the inches, which is the equivalent to sitting in a sauna. I know, I know. I’m sure a bunch of you sit in the sauna after working out at the gym or at spas so what’s the problem with this? Again, these are not healthy for the body. “Hot” wraps, and saunas while on the subject, cause people to lose vital body fluids needed to function. This equation equals dehydration – a serious health concern that people are actually hospitalized for.
According to Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEM, at MedicineNet.com, “Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.” People lose water by doing everyday things, even involuntary tasks such as breathing, sweating to cool the body, and through urination and bowel movements, so people need to replace this water by drinking a significant amount of water each day (par. 2).
Dehydration does not sound like a positive way to get inch loss! So the question: Do these body wraps work? The answer: No, not in any “healthy” or “natural” way, that is.
However, those who are looking for a safe, all-natural process that does work can find a light at the end of the metaphorical body wrap tunnel! There is a process that uses trace minerals to help people lose inches, get rid of cellulite and tighten skin. According to Trace Minerals Research, trace minerals are minerals that the body needs a certain, amount of to function healthily (minerals like iron, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, and zinc) (par. 4). Body wraps that use these trace minerals are incredibly beneficial for people even just to increase mineral intake. (It is estimated by Trace Minerals Research that 90 percent of Americans have a mineral deficiency) (par. 1).
Here is how the body wraps work:
First of all, trace mineral body wraps require certain wraps, or bandages, which are porous and make it easy for the skin to breathe while being wrapped. The bandages are similar to ACE sport bandages. The permeable material allows oxygen to be exchanged through the skin which is extremely important since the skin is the body’s largest organ. The bandages soak in mineral solution thoroughly before being tightly applied to the body for compaction of the fat cells. Fat cells hold many impurities like alcohol, pollution and cigarette smoke, excess medications, and fake sugars (sucralose, aspartame, etc.).
I’m going to stop you right there. I can hear the rebuttals now: My diet soda has 0 calories. That means it’s better than regular! … WRONG! Diet drinks are worse for you because the body cannot recognize the chemical so it never gets processed all the way out!
Think about this too: The next time you pick up a Sweet N Low packet, look at the back and read the cancer warning. Fake sugars have been proven to cause cancer in lab rats. Just think what that will do to us humans if the sweeteners never get processed out!
Let’s continue! Through circulation, the trace minerals enter the body’s fat cells to exchange for the impurities that may have entered the body over the past months or years.
Once a person is wrapped in the bandages, they need to perform very light movement to keep the blood and circulation moving constantly in the body in order for the body wrap to work. The movement increases the exchange that occurs between the trace minerals and impurities. Mineral solution is constantly reapplied to the body and bandages which also increases hydration. Ahh, yes, hydration is good, right? The impurities are pulled out through the pores and discarded. Through the replacement of impurities for minerals, the tight pressure of the bandages forces the fat cells to shrink in size and encourage inch loss, reduce the appearance of cellulite and tighten the skin.
This type of mineral body wrap actually has a cooling-effect which makes it virtually impossible to overheat and become dehydrated.
Need proof that these body wraps work? Salons that offer this type of mineral wrap measure clients before and after to prove that the body wraps work. Proof can be visible by evaluation of certain body parts or by slipping on any normally tight clothing – the clothing should be looser! The best part, though, is that these trace minerals stay in the body to work continually for up to two days for further amazing results.
So do body wraps work? After evaluating saran and “hot” body wraps, the importance of keeping body fluids, and understanding trace mineral body wraps, the choice is clear. Maybe being wrapped up like something from the blockbuster hit, The Mummy, doesn’t sound like a bad way to detox, lose inches and cellulite, and tighten up loose skin. Do trace mineral body wraps sound goofy? Sure. Are they safe? Of course. Do these body wraps work? YES!
“Dehydration.” 2009. MedicineNet. 20 Feb. 2009
“Trace Minerals Story.” Trace Minerals Research. 20 Feb. 2009
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- Vicki Espiritu