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    Far infrared sauna facts, health benefits and myths

    To be able to enjoy tranquil and restorative time at home while detoxifying your body is now an easily accessible luxury.

    Saunas provide you with health benefits in just a few minutes a day, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to deal with busy life.

    You may have heard about ‘infrared’ and ‘regular saunas,’ and the differences between the two. We get questions everyday here at Vitality about this and also why the Zen Far infrared sauna is different to others.

    In this article we will dive into answering these questions and let you know about

    • evidence-based truths of how infrared saunas can really benefit your health
    • help clear up some myths around infrared saunas
    • explain the benefits and points of difference of a zen far infrared sauna

    Regular saunas vs infrared saunas

    Traditional saunas heat the air around you, whereas as infrared saunas use infrared lamps to warm you more directly.

    Traditional saunas normally operate at around 150 F (65 degrees C) to 180 F (82 degrees C) and some people find this too hot to handle for more than a couple of minutes, if at all. 

    Although these saunas certainly help you to sweat and can provide warmth to your body and a ‘feel good’ feeling, we need to remember that sweating does not necessarily give you actual health benefits (keep reading to discover the facts) like fat loss or better skin, for example.

    Infrared saunas function at a much lower temperature of 100 F (37 degrees C) to 130 F (54 degrees C) which makes it more tolerable in increasing your duration of use, plus actually enjoying the experience (you want it to help reduce stress, not create stress, right!)

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  2. Beat the winter blues with infrared heating

    Beat the winter blues with infrared heating

    I love summer don’t you? During the warmer months of the year I feel lighter, happier and more energised. It feels like a holiday. Unfortunately, when the cooler, cloudy autumn and winter months start rolling in so do the blues.

    Some of us start to feel a little down, a little depressed and bleak. For most people this is only a temporary thing but for others it can be more than that. Some of us can be prone to SAD, 'Seasonal Affective Disorder’. Can infrared heating at home help?

    What is 'SAD' and why does it happen?

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, and other experts, Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is mainly caused by a reduced level of sunlight which can effect the following things:

    • Your body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm leading to feelings of depression. SAD is believed to be influenced by the changing patterns of light and darkness that occur with the approach of winter. 
    • The change in season can also disrupt our levels of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that’s made by the pineal gland in the brain helping to control your daily sleep-wake cycles. Your body’s internal clock (also known as your
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  3. Why choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna ?

    Why choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna ?

    Most professionals agree that there are many health benefits with regular infrared sauna use. From muscle relief to heart health, from stress relief to looking feeling younger using an infrared sauna regularly can improve our quality of life. These days, however, as we are surrounded by many man made products that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) we may need to think about lowering our exposure. Using a low EMF Infrared sauna can help keep our exposure to a minimum.

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    What is EMF?

    EMF stands for electromagnetic force (or electromotive force). EMF is found in the natural world by sources such as the local build-up of electric charge in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorms. The earth's magnetic field is used by birds and fish for navigation. They are also emitted from our manufactured products and our own bodies. Mobile phones, television, computers, kitchen appliances, power points etc all emit EMF's in regulated low ranges. EMF is present in just about any situation where electricity is used and is, therefore, part of everyone’s everyday life. Some believe that due to our modern lifestyles and constant contact with EMF it could be dangerous to our health. Some studies have shown a correlation between exposure to EMF and incidences of leukemia and some other cancers, fatigue, stress, and even infertility.

     

    The greater the electric current the stronger the EMF and as you sit for prolonged periods of time in a sauna close to the heater you may be exposed to greater levels. Choosing a low EFM infrared sauna and reducing your exposure allows you to reap the health benefits of sauna but keeps you safe f

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  4. Sirena vs Rainbow Water Filtration Vacuum Comparison

    Sirena vs Rainbow Water Filtration Vacuum Comparison

    1 in 9 Australians have asthma – around 2.7 million and many more with allergies. Asthma and allergy sufferers are constantly in discomfort caused by dust and pet hair and are now looking to water filtration vacuums to rid their homes of allergens. Let's compare the Sirena Vacuum Cleaner to the Rainbow and see which is the best.

    Why Choose A Water Filtration Vacuum?

    Water filtration systems like the Sirena Vacuum Cleaner and Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner succeed where traditional vacuum cleansers fail.

    Instead of relying on dust bags to collect dirt, water filtration vacuums force the vacuumed air into a water reservoir, which keeps the dirt trapped within the water and thus prevents it from being blown back into the air.

    This is of critical importance for allergy sufferers who are looking for a hypoallergenic vacuum that can eradicate dust mites and allergens from the home, instead of sucking it in and blowing it back out.

    This blog aims to compare the two popular models of bagless water filtration vacuums on the market: the Sirena vs Rainbow E2 Black Model.

    Let’s take a closer look at the two water-based vacuum cleaners.

    The Sirena vs Rainbow E2 Black

    The Sirena Vacuum Cleaner is a Canadian designed and engineered total home cleaning system.

    It uses water-based filtration technology that won’t clog as you vacuum. This means you’ll have 100% uncompromised airflow ensuring a deep and thorough clean. The power of this system will allow you to clean your entire home without the need for nasty chemicals. This includes hard surfaces, carpets, rugs and upholstery.

    The Sirena system also comes with multiple attachment heads and nozzles designed to clean different surfaces in your home.

    Both the Sirena and the Rainbow utilize HEPA filtration to purify the air.

    The Rainbow

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  5. VegeBox - Home for Herbs | Hydroponic Indoor Garden

    VegeBox - Home for Herbs | Hydroponic Indoor Garden

    Your VegeBox Indoor Hydroponic Garden is perfect for growing leafy delicious herbs at your fingertips. Add them directly to your cooking or use as herbal remedies in soothing teas and tinctures. The added bonus is you can dry these herbs in your food dehydrator or oven and keep in sealed jars for up to six months.

    Dried Herbs from your Vegebox

    No more leftovers only useful ‘do overs’.
    Dried herb mixes are a simple way to add flavor to food without extra calories or additives. Store bought packaged seasonings can contain preservatives or additional sodium. Growing and making herb mixes at home with your VegeBox Indoor Garden and food dehydrators gives you ultimate control over the ingredients. You can add what you like and leave out what you don’t and they will be healthier.

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    When you haven’t had the chance to use up all of your VegeBox Indoor Garden homegrown herbs rather than leaving them to rot in the bottom of the fridge you could dry them for later use. It's very simple and saves you money. Reuse those little jars over and over again.

    If you don’t have a garden or patio you don’t have to worry about not being able to dry your herbs in the sun. It is quicker to use your oven or even better a food dehydrator which can be used to dry many other foods at home.

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  6. Top 10 Reasons to Start Composting

    Top 10 Reasons to Start Composting

    Why should I start composting? What is it anyway and what will I do with it once I have made it? Understanding the value of finished compost is one of the best ways to get into composting.

    Compost for your garden

    Often referred to as “Black Gold” by organic gardeners, it’s relatively easy to make, virtually free and good for the environment. Why wouldn't you want to do it? We have compiled our top 10 reasons to start composting today!

     

    Top 10 Reasons to Start Composting NOW

    1. It's good for the environment

    About half of what we throw into the garbage bin is food and garden vegetation. Composting reduces greenhouse emissions and reduces your carbon footprint because when organic waste ends up in landfill, it decomposes without oxygen and produces methane and carbon dioxide both of which contribute to Global Warming.

    Almost half of all household waste is organic and can be recycled through composting, by doing this you are not only reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill but you are also helping to reduce greenhouse gases and protecting the environment.

     

    2. Turn your trash into treasure

    Organic gardeners call compost “Black Gold” for good reason. It is rich in nutrients and minerals that will help your garden thrive and is made purely from organic waste product which would have previously ended up in the bin.

    Composting forms an integral part of the sustainable garden food chain. From the garden to the plate and back to the garden again.

     

    3. Compost helps your garden to retain nutrients and water

    Compost is a nutrient rich fertilizer that helps soil retain water. Compost also improves soil aeration by creating air pockets between soil clus

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  7. Infrared Sauna - last longer

    Infrared Sauna - last longer

    If you can't handle the heat - you don't have to stay out of the infrared sauna

    The benefits of regular sauna can seem too good to be true, it is a fountain of youth, you can lose excess weight, balance your hormones, reduce stress, detox, stave of anxiety, depression, memory loss, even Alzheimers, improve your circulation, get better sleep.... the list is endless.

     

    But what's the point if you can't cope with the heat?

    How long do you last in a sauna? It's a marathon sometimes just to stay in there sweating and heaving till you nearly pass out then running for the door to the plunge pool. The relatively new game in town is the infrared sauna with more benefits for less the heat. You can even buy a portable one for your own home where you can ditch the swimming costume and towel too.

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    What is Infrared sauna and why is it different?

    The difference is in the hotness and how its used... bit like us really. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air around the user to extreme levels while an Infrared Sauna directly heats the user with Infrared waves creating a ‘dry’ warmth.  With an infrared sauna, only about 20 percent of the heat goes to heat the air and the other 80 percent directly heats your body. A lot of people also find it easier to breathe than in a traditional type of sauna.infrared sauna, zen, health

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  8. Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

    Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

    By far the most important health benefit of the Far Infrared Sauna is its efficiency in removing toxins from the body.

    The infrared sauna achieves this by a process called “resonate absorption” whereby the frequency of the Far Infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell, causing toxins to be released into the blood stream and excreted through sweat.

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    Still not convinced, read on to find out why so many people are using Infrared Sauna's as part of their health and detox programs.

    • Improves skin tone - removes roughness, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity, reduces scarring
    • Removes toxins
    • Relieves pain - arthritis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, sprains
    • Reduces stress and fatigue
    • Strengthens the Immune System
    • Strengthens the Cardiovascular System - heart rate, cardiac output & metabolic rate increases, while pressure drops.
    • Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
    • Increases blood flow helping with the treatment of inflammation, pain and speedier healing rate
    • Improves impaired blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol
    • Weight Loss - burns 900 calories in one 30 min. session.
    • Reduces swelling of prostate in men
    • Controls excessive leukorrhea in women (PMS/yeast)
    • Beneficial for eczema, psoriasis and acne sufferers
    Toxin Removal

    Studies have shown that the sweat of people using a c

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  9. Which Composter Is Best for Me?

    Which Composter Is Best for Me?

    Successful composting involves the right conditions. You can control certain factors by changing the type of waste matter you are adding, but factors such as oxygen levels and temperature can be very hard to manage. The correct choice of composter can allow you to easily cater for this and achieve composting success.

    Which composter is best for meIf climate and location are potential issues for you, an insulated composter is recommended to regulate temperatures in both hot and cold climates and locations.

    Composters with adjustable air vents can assist with oxygen control and those that are sealed and elevated can prevent rodents while allowing for a wider range of waste materials to be composted.

     

    Rotating Versus Fixed Composters

    Both fixed and rotating composters are effective options for producing your own organic compost soil at home. However, several additional benefits of a rotating model outweigh fixed design models - offering you the best conditions and functionality.

    Benefits of A Rotating Composter

    • Fast Waste to Compost Time – The compost process time is reduced due to the ability to easily and thoroughly mix your compost.
    • Pest Control – Rotating bins are totally sealed and off the ground so rodents and animals accessing your compost is not a concern
    • Durability – Composters that are designed to rotate are made from stronger materials to ensure rotation process can be support so will provide a longer lifespan.
    • Oxygen Control – Rotating compost bins allow for adjustable airflow.
    • Temperature Control
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  10. How to Compost: Helpful Tips on Turning Your Waste into Brown Gold

    How to Compost: Helpful Tips on Turning Your Waste into Brown Gold

    Keen to start composting? Have you tried before and did not create that beautiful ‘brown gold’ compost soil that you’ve heard about?

    Don’t give up now! With a few tips, you can easily turn your kitchen and garden waste into good quality, organic compost to feed your garden.

    Hands holding soilFor the transformation of waste to compost soil to occur the right conditions need to be in place. You will need the right balance of oxygen, temperature, moisture, organic matter, and the right type and number of microorganisms.

    The organic matter portion of the formula will need to be made up of the right levels of nitrogen and carbon to achieve optimum results. The levels of each will depend on your climate, composter location and the type of organic waste that you are adding.

    But don’t be disillusioned. While it sounds like you need a science degree to make composting work, you can rest assured that you don’t. We are here to help you become the envy of your family, friends and neighbours with the best garden on the street!

    Balancing Nitrogen & Carbon Waste

    First things first; most waste produced from home users contains higher percentages of nitrogen from kitchen waste such as vegetables, fruits, leftovers, meats, coffee grounds etc. This therefore needs to be balanced in the compost with carbon waste from such things as straw, sawdust, leaves or shredded paper (just ensure the paper is not heavily printed).

    If carbon based waste is not something that is included as part of your normal compost, adding some carbon material should be done each time you add compost. A good guide is a ratio of 10% carbon to the amount of compost you are adding from kitchen waste - this ensures an ideal balance of the two.

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  11. Composting Steps with the Joraform Composters

    Composting Steps with the Joraform Composters

    Let's get ready to tumble!!

    Composting isn't a new thing that we in the 21st century have just started doing; in fact the practice of composting is thousands of years old! There is evidence that the Romans, Greeks and the tribes of Israel all knew about compost, there are references in the bible and also in Renaissance literature by notable writer William Shakespear! Although we suspect that the steps are somewhat different these days.

    Read on to find out just how easy it is to start your own compost pile with the use of a Joraform Rotating Composter.

     

    Joraform Composters

    Compost in 3 easy steps...

    Composting Step 1

    Step 1

    To begin, simply add your daily kitchen scraps, and garden waste to a starter eg; active compost (you can purchase active compost from your local hardware or gardening store).

    The insulated environment will increase in temperature; creating the ideal ecological environment for decomposing solid matter.

     

    Step 2

    Composting Step 2
    Add some “brown matter” such as sawdust, hay, leaves and small twigs or shredded newspaper to ensure you have the correct ratio of wet & dry ingredients.

    This creates aeration within

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  12. Joraform Composters - A review

    Joraform Composters - A review

    Joraform composters have been a central part of the Vitality 4 Life range for more than 12 years. The fondness for this product is due to not only the quality of the workmanship on the units, but the innovative design which produces such quality compost.

    Joraform Composters

    Composting is simply the end product after the decomposition of organic materials (anything that was once alive). This includes garden waste, kitchen scraps, manure, leaves, grass clippings, straw. Recycling this household waste using composters significantly reduces the impact on local government collection services.

    While in theory composting should be reasonably easy, there are common issues which are solved with the Joraform range of composters. Ground based compost heaps or vertical tubs may lack aeration and the essential aerobic bacteria. These tiny microorganisms make compost cook and cannot live in such an oxygen-poor environment. While waterlogged compost heaps welcome anaerobic bacteria, which don't require air to thrive, they will eventually turn into compost, but it could take years.

    The Joraform 'Little Pig' and 'Big Pig' composters are horizontal, rotating units with duel compartments. These insulated units, together with the aeration provided as the unit is rotated creates an ideal environment for decomposition. Composted material should be ready in about 6-8 weeks.

    The potential of the commercial units are only beginning to be realised. An initiative in the eastern

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