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Steam Showers pay for themselves!

Many of us do not need a reason to purchase a steam shower enclosure for our own home, as there are already many obvious explanations including health and relaxation benefits. One reason that may have already been overlooked by yourself and many others is how much financial gain you can get from installing a steam shower in your home. According to real estate experts, individuals who install steam showers or saunas can expect to gain back at least 5 times what you initially paid for it, increasing the overall value of your home.

The Cascade Duo – A popular 1200mm x 900mm corner model

In addition to this, having a steam shower or private home sauna immediately makes your home unique and compelling to buy. Luxury additions such as these are considered just that – Luxurious. If a potential buyer finds themselves torn between your home and another with very similar price tags, the inclusion of a sauna or steam room may be the exact thing that sways them towards you. Not only does it increase the overall value of your home, you improve the chances of selling your home quicker.

A typical freestanding steam shower enclosure combines standard showering features such as a shower head, with the added benefit of a steam generator. Users can then enjoy a 30 minute steam session followed by a cold invigorating shower to wash away all the toxins – All in the same space. There is no need to allocate the steam generator at another point in the house, as typically they are built onto the back of the unit itself. This results in a straightforward installation that’s completed at a fraction of the cost of a wet room.

Unlike a wet room, you dont’ need to worry about creating a water resistant enclosed area, inclusive of membrane and selective tiling. Furthermore, you need to ensure your door system is air tight to ensure that water and steam alike stays in the room. Creating a waterproof membrane can be quite costly, especially if not done correctly in the first place.

If you’re looking to add instant proven value to your home, consider the option of a steam shower enclosure when upgrading your bathroom. You’ll be benefitting both your body and your wallet.

Commonwealth boxer gains 2 kilos in sauna!

The Commonwealth games XIX has been beset with problems and the latest has struck the boxers.

When Jason Maloney, an Australian fighter stood on the scales to his shock he found that he was 700 grams over the weight limit. As is customary when aiming to make a weight category, the boxer went to the sauna to sweat off the extra 700 grams.

Commonwealth Games Logo

After sweating off the extra weight in the sauna the boxer returned to the scales only to find he had actually gained 2 kilos! The problem was soon clear when a 50Kg weight was checked on the scales and found to weigh 51.43 kilograms.

Anger and uproar rose as Australia’s assistant coach, Don Abnett bawled, “I have never seen this before, it is a farce. I thought last year when I witnessed a bloke win a fight with one arm I had seen it all, but this even tops that.” Australian official John Gatfield said that “there were coaches from every nation just shouting at officials saying, ‘we cannot go with this’.”

Luckily, the problem had been identified before the England team were due to be weighed. However, this episode puts a cloud over the event where 2 fighters had to lose weight unnecessarily. “It is ridiculous!” added Don Abnett. “Now we have boys who have lost too much weight which is not good.”

Tell us about any stories where you have tried to lose weight but inadvertently gained weight. For more information see The Mirror.

Finns strip down to bask in Europes highest sauna

It never ceases to amaze us to what lengths the Finn’s will go to enjoy a sauna! A small team of Finnish mountaineers have just summited Mont Blanc, the highest peak in both the Alps and European Union. Once at the summit the team then proceeded to erect a temporary sauna before stripping down to their underwear to enjoy the staggering views from the warmth of the sauna.

Sauna on Mont Blanc. Photo source:Telegraph.co.uk

The team of 4 climbers reached the summit in sub-zero temperatures in late August 2010 along with a specially designed sauna stove and tent. Once a suitably clear day was decided upon the team departed in the dark so as to reach the summit at day-break. The tent was then constructed along with a sauna stove designed to burn wood at high altitudes and a wooden bench. Kari Härkönen exclaims “The sauna got so hot that it felt quite refreshing to wash in the snow at -5C outside”.

Sauna tent & heater. Photo source:Telegraph.co.uk

The group had been acclimatised to the high altitude with mountaineering experts before setting off on this exhilarating experience. Once heated and cooled the team took down the tent and descended back down the mountain. Watch their experience below and let us know your thoughts. What extremes have you gone to when experiencing the hot or cold?

Sauna @ Mont Blanc from saunamontblanc on Vimeo.

Sweat: a natural miracle!

We may associate sweating with lengthy workouts at the gyms, meeting a certain work deadline or that desperate dash for the bus as it pulls away. Sweating is in fact an incredible natural reaction that our bodies utilise when our core temperature gets a little too high. Sweating is started by either our sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. Each system is responsible for different bodily functions – But not all sweating is the same.

Steam Room vs Exercise

It is important to note that our bodies utilise different type of sweating depending on circumstances. For example when we induce sweating through the use of a steam room or sauna, also known as hypothermia therapy, the body can benefit from more detoxification benefits. Dr. Michael Lyon, MD of the Cline Medical Centre Detoxification programs states that “As the kidneys or liver are not used during the process of hyperthermic therapy, sweat is manufactured from lymph and toxins found therein which will exit the body via our skin during sweating”.

A closer look at our Skin

Skin – A true wonder

There are two main types of toxin that can be found when we sweat. The first is endogenous, biological waste from inside the body. The second is exogenous, chemicals and pollutants from outside of the body. During our everyday lives our bodies take in various toxin’s and chemicals including exhaust fumes, pesticides, heavy metals and general pollution to name a few. These toxins build up inside our bodies which over time can eventually lead to illness problems.

So how do we get these toxins out? Our skin of course. The skin is critical in helping our kidneys, liver and other organs control the excretion of toxins from the body through the natural process of sweating. Tissue fluid is a large component of sweat that contains most waste products as a result of cell metabolism. Furthermore, fat stores are also recognises as depositories for toxins. When metabolism increases the body works to break down fatty tissues for energy, thus causing toxins to be released into the bloodstream ready for removal from the body. Regular use of steam rooms or saunas can induce the sweating process, thus helping our bodies keep toxin levels as low as possible.

When was the last time you detoxified?

Source: Lawrence Wilson, M.D. Sauna Therapy for detoxification and Healing, 2006

The importance of Detox

Each day the food that we eat and the air that we breathe causes a build up of toxins inside the body, causing many of us to feel tired, lethargic and unhealthy throughout. Many health experts believe the toxins we take in are a primary cause of many health illnesses, pains and disease.

How do I get started?

Taking the above  into account, many of us are making detoxing part of our regular routines, rather than just an annual event. Founder of BeautifulBreak, a detox food, states “More than ever, people want to cleanse their bodies through detox treatments to prevent obesity, diabetes and even cancer.”

First and foremost, in order to detox you must learn to prevent the build up of toxins. Here are some top tips that must not be ignored:

  • Avoid smoking entirely – This requires no further explanation!
  • Limit the amount of alcoholic units you intake or cut them off completely.
  • Avoid coffee, saturated fats and refined sugary foods!
  • Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants and free of pesticides

Why is detoxing so important?

Serious detoxers tend to point towards colonic therapy, helping to expel toxins directly from the inside body. Herbal enemas and fasting with special herbal tea based drinks are also popular methods. In the US, it has been known that 3% -grade hydrogen peroxide ozonated water is popular for extreme detox whilst popular celebrity Beyonce Knowles  turns to a master cleanse diet of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Extreme for some I’m sure!

So why bother with detoxing? In short detoxing helps to keep your body working like a well oiled machine, helping vital organs work more efficiently. Detoxing naturally helps us keep a healthy weight whilst putting life back into dulling skin, hair and nails. The above methods may seem a little extreme, so why not get started with a more gentler approach.

Start your detox today!

Anyone looking for a gentle introduction into detoxification can get started by increasing their cardiovascular exercise, sweating your toxins out using a steam cabin or sauna, or by booking yourself in for a lymph-circulating body massage. It is important to note that these treatments will leave you feeling dehydrated and thirsty, so drink plenty of water during and afterwards.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some popular detox methods used around the world so be sure to bookmark us and come back!

Kevin McClouds top 5 green tips

As more and more homeowners begin to make the subtle shift towards eco living, many “off the shelf” products now make it even easier to make your home eco-friendly. With the upcoming Grand Designs Live exhibition being held in Birmingham at the NEC, Kevin McCloud reveals his 5 top tips towards making your home greener!

Getting Started

  • How do I get started? If your wondering what to do and what not to do in your quest to becoming the leading eco-warrior on your street, start by grabbing yourself a copy of Little Book of One Planet Living by Alastair Sawday. This book cleverley demonstrates how eco living can provide more choice and not less, whilst giving a key insight into sustainability and reusing everyday materials.

Reduce your energy usage

  • In order to green your home, the primary objective is to reduce the amount of energy it consumes. A simple, cheap and effective way to get started is to to go around every door and window sealing off any draughts. You can purchase  many different vareities from your local DIY store, and the results can be simply astonishing.

Use planet friendly products

  • Insulate, insulate and insulate! Double insulatation in the attic area is crucial in reducing heat loss from your home. Heat rises when inside a building, so be sure to keep it inside your building to reduce your overall energy bills. Ecowool is made from recycled plastic bottles, whilst Blackwool is made from Welsh sheepswool. Great planet friendly alternatives to the usual stuff!

Utilise an electricity monitor

  • Cut your overall energy consumption by fitting an electricity monitor – You’ll be surprised which devices in your home drink the most juice! Standby switches are useful to electronics such as TV’s, and if you looking to change supplier head towards Ecotricity or Good Energy. Aerator taps in your kitchen and bathroom will save you water, along with varible flush toilet cisterns.

Keep the heat in

  • Thick curtains or shutters for your windows will keep heat in and cold out. Even poorly fitted, cheap shutters can have a dramatic effect towards keeping heat inside your home, whilst offering increased security also.

Head over to Grand Designs Live this October 2010 – Will you be going?

Source: Grand Designs Live