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Health Benefits of Ice Baths

Benefits

Inflammation Help

People with inflammation-related ailments can experience joint relief with the plunge technique.

Improved Blood Flow

For some, the cold immersion after a hot sauna can improve blood flow. Indeed, cold shower enthusiasts maintain that a cold shower is rejuvenating, simply because of increased blood flow.

Enhancing Pleasure

The hot/cold experience elevates heart rate, adrenaline, and the release of endorphins. This has proven to actually ease pain and lighten mood.

Detoxifying Power

The hot and cold plunging technique has a way of triggering lymphatic circulation. This allows for body waste to be eliminated and for a “flushing” process to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Soreness Recovery

Sauna heat is noted to decrease muscle aches and soreness. Cold can also help joint ailments.

Rejuvenates Skin

The hot sauna/cold plunge stimulates blood flow, and therefore influences skin health.
It’s always important to be cautious with the hot sauna cold plunge
Needless to say, the hot/cold experience is not for everyone. For example, it’s not recommended for those who are prone to high blood pressure. In these situations, the extreme temperature change may even be shocking to the system. Additionally, pregnant women should be cautious. When it comes to the cold plunge, experts recommend a momentary plunge.   Like anything health related, the hot and cold technique should be discussed with a doctor, particularly if there are outstanding health issues.

Benefits of Infrared Saunas

The health benefits of infrared sauna range from detoxification and weight loss to reduced stress and lowering blood pressure. So let’s dive into what an infrared sauna is, why they’re good for us and best practice tips.

What is an infrared sauna?

An infrared sauna uses light to create heat, unlike a traditional sauna that uses steam or heated rocks to heat the air around you.  The infrared light gives off what’s known as ‘infrared radiant heat’ which penetrates into your skin, tissues, muscles and cells and increases your core temperature. This increasing oxygen flow and circulation, produces a detoxifying sweat and dissolves harmful substances accumulated in your body.

How does infrared sauna benefit me?

The infrared sauna will penetrate deep into the cellular level where most toxins reside and produce a deep, detoxifying sweat. The many benefits include: increased endorphin levels; beneficial for muscle fatigue and recovery; detoxification; supports weight loss & increases metabolism; reduces cellulite; increases blood flow; and boosts immunity. The relaxation and stress reduction from saunas benefit both mental and physical health, positively impacting every part of your life.

How hot does it get in the sauna?

The temperature within the infrared sauna sits between 40-65 degrees, this is the optimum temperature to receive full benefits of the sauna.  Infrared therapy is a wellness experience where the results are progressive. This means the more you come in, the better you will feel. Just like working out or dieting, it will take a few sessions before benefits begin to manifest.  You may notice that in your first few sessions it takes around 10-20 minutes to break a sweat. This is because our saunas are heating your body directly and raising your core temperature, rather than simply heating your skin with hot air. This is a defining difference from a traditional or community sauna you might have used before. As your body becomes more accustomed to raising your core temperature on a regular basis, your sweat will become more excessive and start sooner into your session.

How much will I sweat?

This depends on your hydration levels, body type, temperature of sauna and frequency of use. Sweating less can be an indication dehydration, hence we recommend drinking at least 500ml of water before and after your session if not more. You may notice that in your first few sessions it takes around 10-20 minutes to break a sweat. This is because our saunas are heating your body directly and raising your core temperature, rather than simply heating your skin with hot air. This is a defining difference from a traditional or community sauna you might have used before. As your body becomes more accustomed to raising your core temperature on a regular basis, your sweat will become more excessive and start sooner into your session.

Who should be careful with saunas or seek medical advice?

 
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should avoid using the infrared sauna
  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • Anyone over the age of 55
  • Anyone with cardiovascular conditions
  • Individuals prone to bleeding
  • If you suffer from chronic health conditions, it is always best to consult with your physician prior to use
  • If you have any concerns or are unsure about using an infrared sauna, it is best to consult your GP or physician prior to use

Why Am I Bloating?

By Elly Smith, Nutritionist in Manly

Having a bloated tummy, feeling gassy or experiencing stomach pain puts a real damper on everything. Get to the bottom of why you’re feeling bloated with tips from our nutritionist. 

Bloating is one of the most common symptoms I see in the clinic as a nutritionist and although bloating is common, it is not normal. 

Why do so many of us experience this unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing symptom? 

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all response here, but here are some of the more common reasons for bloating. 

Common Reasons For Bloating 

1) Gut Dysbiosis.

This means you have too many “bad bugs”  and not enough “good bugs” living in your gut. This can result in poor or incomplete digestion of certain foods. These partially digested foods then sit in your gut and ferment by the bacteria. This causes excessive gas production, flatulence, tummy pain and you guessed it, bloating. 

We solve this by exploring why you have too many “bad bugs” and create a program to reintroduce the “good bugs” and improve complete digestion of food. 

2) Food Intolerance.

Unlike an allergy, a food intolerance means that a person can eat a certain amount (this being different for each person) before an undesired response is seen. After you reach your tolerance threshold bloating occurs. 

Common culprits include gluten containing grains, dairy foods (especially cows milk), eggs and certain types of carbohydrates and fibres. A nutritionist helps you work through a structured plan to explore who the offender/s may be and create a new diet that keeps your belly happy and un-bloated. 

3) Eating Habits.

Maybe you eat too quickly and don’t take the time to chew your food properly and/or eat too much in one sitting? These can all place stress on your digestive system, contributing to poor digestion and ultimately bloating. 

The first and most important step to treat
bloating is to identify the triggers. 

There might be only one culprit or maybe there are multiple, which can sometimes be a little tedious. However, the joy and relief experienced once resolved far outweighs the discomfort and inconvenience of belly bloating!

 

 

To work through what is causing your bloating, reach out to Nutritionist Elly Smith here. 

I Hate My Body: 3 Ways to Love My Body

by Sarina Coventry BHSc, Nutritionist in Manly

Do you hate your body but wish you loved your body? So many of us struggle with body image and loving our bodies. Our nutritionist has some simple tips to change your mindset about your body.

We take our bodies for granted. We may use and abuse it on the weekends, smash it through endless HIIT workouts, squish it into tight jeans, pump it with too much coffee and make it stay up late binging on Netflix series. 

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Care for Period Cramps, Irregular Cycles, Endometriosis & More

By Sarina Coventry (BHSc), Nutritionist in Manly

Want to get rid of period cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis or Dysmenorrhea? Our Nutritionist specialising in women’s health and hormones, tells us how to care for our menstrual cycle below.

Caring for your period is more than just using a menstrual product when you bleed, it’s about taking special care for all the parts of our life and self, and if we do it can become a beautiful time to look forward to each month. 

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Ayurveda for Winter Welness

By Felicia Robey, Ayurvedic Practitioner in Manly 

Nature literally tells us each season what the body needs, all we need to do is connect to it and Ayurveda teaches us how. 

Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, supports wellbeing, better digestion, better sleep and overall health by encouraging lifestyles that align to the seasons. Our Ayurvedic practitioner tells us how to align to Winter.

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