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Salt Baths shown to Soothe Arthritis pain

A new study completed by Vincent Compan at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences has shown that bathing in saline solutions can ease the agony of arthritis. Simply soaking in a bath filled with your favourite bathing salts can help reduce the inflammation that a growing percentage of the population experience each day through arthritis. “The research has been said to open up exciting new opportunities, with endless potential to help so many patients” said Dr Compan.

The research demonstrated how soaking in a saline solution can cause the cells that cause arthritis to “dehydrate” resulting in a reduction of the swelling that can become painful for sufferers. The salt showed the same results when injected directly into the body or when absorbed through the skin when soaked in a saline bath. The research reflects the common beliefs shared by those that make annual visits to natural hot springs. These springs are extremely high in saline levels, causing them to often be resorted to by patients looking for a “natural miracle cure.”

A National Issue

More than 10 million people currently suffer from the pains of arthritis, causing crippling pains and inflammation within joints commonly found in the hands, feet and limbs. Many sufferers are in constant agony to the point where daily life can become stressful. At present there is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of both commercial and home remedies available for sufferers to help ease the pain and slow the condition down considerably.

Commenting on this research, a spokesperson for the charity Arthritis Research UK said “It’s been known for some time that salt solutions can have some benefits towards the aches and pains of arthritis , but it never been known why this was the case. This study has shed some light on this and by identifying the molecular target for these hyper tonic solutions we can hopefully block the molecule that progresses inflammation” – Daily Mail 21/09/2012. 

The Ultimate Home Remedy

In addition to the above, it’s common knowledge that breathing salty air can reduce the inflammation and swelling of airways. Salt therapy can also be used to ease asthma, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, hay fever, most respiratory allergies and even cystic fibrosis.

Combining the benefits of salt therapy with the warming comfort of a steam room is something that anybody can install in the comfort of their own home. Di Vapor offer a variety of different sized free-standing steam rooms that can be installed in most environments including bathrooms, en-suites, extensions, garages and even bedrooms.  For more information on sizing and features, visit the following link: http://www.divapor.com/steam-showers.php

Di Vapor also offers a walk-in bath for those with mobility issues. Our exclusively designed glass hinged door is specially designed to open and close easily, for simple independent bathing. Add a few bath salts for the ultimate soothing relaxation experience. More information can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/varedo-walk-in-bath/walk-in-bath.php

 

 

The Alternative Showering Experience

Di Vapor offer a variety of shower cabins that provide an exciting and unique alternative to the standard shower enclosure. Whether you prefer being drenched by vast quantities of water from overhead,  consider yourself a quick in & out shower person or someone that needs to be left alone for 30 minutes – Di Vapor define the alternative shower experience.

We’ve decided to take a closer look at the current Di Vapor range offering you a detailed insight into some of the key products on offer. It’s easy to get lost in a long list of features from a multitude of different styles, but deciding on what’s important to you can be a good place to start.  When looking for a new shower enclosure, what’s the most decisive factor for you?

STYLE

Possibly one of the most essential aspects when redesigning any showering space is deciding on your style – What do you want your shower enclosure too look like? Do you have a particular colour scheme to work with? Perhaps you have a shape in mind or are limited by certain work space restrictions? Picking a cabin with a style that suits your needs is the first step towards building your dream.

The Savona Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

When it comes to style, The Savona leads the race as one of our most popular contemporary designed steam shower enclosures within the range. A  straight lined glass construction throughout combined with low step entrance keeps the Savona the centre of attention. A sleek set of 6 massage jets across the back keeps things simple, whilst offering 2 different shower heads adds variety. Two words that sum up the Savona quite nicely: Sleek Simplicity.

FUNCTIONALITY

The bathroom has always been an important part of any home, offering basic practical needs on a day to day basis. However, many of us have began to utilise our bathroom as a space to relax and unwind, through the multitude of technological developments for the house & home. It’s never been easier to transform the basic bathroom into a home spa haven, complete with relaxing whirlpool bath and private sauna steam room.

The Superior Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

If maximum functionality and a prominent list of features are important to you, the Superior may be the choice for you. Offering a corner whirlpool bath complete with water & air jets, powered by individual built in pumps, soaking away the stress couldn’t be easier. In the same 1350mm x 1350mm footprint, you also get a fully functional steam generator with time & temperature settings, combined with FM radio and speaker system. A private steam room in your very own home – What more could you ask for?

BUDGET

The most common constraint for any home renovation; How much money do you have to spend? Being limited by a sensible budget does not mean that you can’t achieve your dream bathroom. Di Vapor maintain a high level quality throughout the entire range, but the prices are not as high as you might think. Affordable options are available without compromising on features or quality.

The Garda Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

We’ve picked the Garda shower enclosure as a perfect example of this; Quality without the hefty price tag. For less than £1000, you can have yourself a completely free standing glass shower enclosure complete with two shower heads and hydro body jets. As an added bonus, this enclosure also comes complete with a fully programmable steam generator for private steam bathing. Who said that your home spa haven would never happen? With options like the Garda available, it’s never been easier.

Whatever your limitation, we hope that this article has helped you understand how easy it is for you to have the alternative showering experience. Long gone are the days of glass shower screens & wall mounted electric showers – The alternative showering experience is available for everyone.

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For more information on the unique showering alternatives offered by Di Vapor visit http://www.divapor.com today.

 

Shaving Pain Be Gone!

This is a follow up from the last post which I made on shaving. For the past few months I haven’t really shaved too much, but rather I would trim my facial hair short. Whenever I would think to myself, ‘You could shave today’, I would shy away at the idea as the last time I used my Mach 3 blade it felt incredibly blunt (and I didn’t have a replacement at hand). It’s one of those vibrating Mach 3 blades, and of course the battery has run out so it doesn’t vibrate at the moment. Yes, I know I should have bought some new ones…

I was even more concerned about shaving this morning as my facial hair was quite long, with each hair measuring about 8mm; not the ideal scenario even for a razor sharp blade brand new out the packet, let alone an 8 month old Mach 3 blade sorely in need of replacement.

As you may have gathered from my last shaving post; I loathe shaving. I woke up extra early as I knew it may take a while! There was no way on earth I was going to attempt this without the aid of steam so I started the steam running in the steam shower. I went into the kitchen, drank about one and a half pints of water, had breakfast and headed for the bathroom. At this point, maybe about 20 minutes, the steam was about 36c. I stepped in; the steam felt like a cloak of warm mist enveloping my body, warming and soothing my muscles; a brilliant feeling don’t get me wrong, but I was there on a different mission!

The razor and shaving cream used


I waited for about 15 minutes for the steam to open my pores and soften the hair on my face. I put my shaving gel on, it’s ‘Gillette Series: Moisturizing Hydration’. I’m not promoting this one by any means; this is just what I used! I started shaving. After 3 or 4 strokes on the same area the blade would be clogged up and unable to shave, so I would run it under the shower and continue. I looked into the mirror and couldn’t believe it; it didn’t even look like I had even shaved in that area, even though the razor was blocked with hair; it looked like I had just wiped all the shaving foam off! Have you ever had a shave where it took about 3 or 4 rinses of the blade just to cleanly shave one spot on your face? Frustrating isn’t it; that’s all I can say! I must have taken about 15 minutes to shave my face because I had to clean the blade so many times.

Let’s get onto how the shave felt: even with a blunt blade and long hair I didn’t feel any discomfort until the point where I was shaving the very short stubble. I should have reapplied some shaving cream, but the discomfort wasn’t to a level to warrant it. Even with my last post and my past experience with shaving in the steam shower, I was surprised at how comfortable it was.

For those like me who use a blade, try to at some point shave in a very steamy environment, steam showers work well; it’ll turn your mornings upside down!

Are there any of you who despise shaving? Has anybody shaved in a steam shower or a very steamy environment before? I want to hear your thoughts.

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!

Reducing Shaving Rash

Shaving in the morning is not one of my most pleasurable experiences.  It’s not like when I was young, where my wispy thin facial hair would be chopped off as though it wasn’t even there.  My facial hair is rough, thick and it’s a real pain to shave it; in both senses of the word.

If you were like me when you were younger you couldn’t wait to shave.  I was 14; the kids at school kept saying, ‘you should shave’, so one day I approached my father and asked him to show me how to shave.  It was exciting; he sat me down on a chair in the kitchen, lathered up the shaving foams and rubbed it into my skin.  At this point I only needed to shave the hair above my upper lip.  In three swift swipes I was done!

I remember my older sister standing there saying, ‘Are you sure you want to start shaving now? Because once you start, you have to keep doing it; it’s a hassle’.  I disregarded her comments and proceeded with glee.  How right she was.  Now I find shaving painful, especially on my neck.  I get red rashes which can also have an odd spot.  Even with a brand new top of the market blade, it still irritates and hurts me when shaving.

I was in my steam shower a number of years ago.  I usually start the steam, let it warm up for 10 minutes, then relax in there with the steam for about 20 minutes before having a shower.  My 20 minutes had passed and I decided to have a shave.  I lathered the shaving gel into my my face and neck and then began to shave.  The shave felt the same as when I was 14 years old, where the razor glided effortlessly through my hair and caused pretty much no irritation.  I was over the moon and since that point I have only shaved in the steam shower.  So if you’re like me and you have sensitive skin, it will seem like steam showers have been designed just for you and your shaving comfort.  Lovely!

Do you remember your first shaving experience?