Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Is a Ketogenic Diet right for you?

Recently at a christmas party I ran into an old friend who’d lost 13 kilos and looked amazingly vibrant and happy. I asked her what she’d been up to and how she’d lost the weight after decades of struggling.

She said, “My back pain was so bad I had to do something to get my weight down. I decided to try a ketogenic diet, it’s been amazing I haven’t been that hungry and I’ve got loads of energy. My partner’s doing it with me even though he doesn’t have much more weight to lose to support me.”

Note to self: my friend’s secret formula to getting healthier and happier by shifting her 40 kilo excess was ketosis, support from a loving partner and needing to get out of pain. Mmmmm….all the balls had lined up and it was time to treat herself well.

Do you need a secret formula to getting happier and healthier?

Find out if ketosis is a good fit for you.

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Ketogenic diets have rocketed into the mainstream in recent years, helping people lose body fat, sharpen mental focus and amplify physical energy; all thanks to tweaking your metabolism.

How does a ketogenic diet work?

Normally, your body is fueled by breaking down carbohydrates into their simplest form, glucose. Glucose is then taken up by cells throughout your body and burned to create energy that keeps all your systems functioning well during the day. Whilst your body can burn all macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) for energy, carbohydrates are the easiest for your body to breakdown and utilise, leading it to preferentially burn them whenever available.

In contrast, a ketogenic diet adapts the body to using fat for energy, by consuming a higher fat, moderate protein and limited carbohydrate diet.

To do this you need to limit the intake of carbohydrates, so your body does not have enough glucose for its metabolic needs. When this occurs (alongside consuming adequate protein), the body sources fats for fuel and converts them into compounds called ketones. It is ketones, instead of glucose, that the body then starts to use as its primary source of energy. This process is known as ketosis.

The ketogenic diet is quite different to a standard western diet, and different variations of the diet do exist. However, as shown in Figure 1 below, it is comprised of a specific balance of macronutrients, generally being:

  • 50% of calories from high quality, unprocessed fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds, egg yolks, organic meat and coconut;
  • 30% of calories from protein, such as fish, tofu/tempeh or organic animal protein; and
  • 20% of calories from wholefood, complex carbohydrates such as leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, legumes and low fructose fruit (such as berries).

Figure 1:  The balance of macronutrients within a ketogenic diet.

Who can benefit from a ketogenic diet?

  • Those wanting to lose weight.
    • If you couple your ketogenic diet with being in a calorie deficit, your body will draw on your fat stores for energy, resulting in a reduction in overall body fat.
    • Those who struggle to lose weight due to insulin resistance will also benefit from ketogenic eating, as ketones do not require insulin to create energy.
  • Athletes
    • As a body that has entered ketosis efficiently draws energy from ingested and stored fat, the ketogenic diet can provide a constant and stable source of energy. This offers an advantage over glucose-dependant metabolism, which eventually requires regular glucose intake to sustain intense exercise performance beyond two hours.
  • Individuals who prefer eating higher amounts of dietary fat;
  • Those who experience digestive issues with high carbohydrate diets; and
  • Individuals who respond poorly to low fat dieting.

 

Who might struggle with a ketogenic diet?

There are people who may not easily adjust to a ketogenic diet due to conditions that limit the absorption of fats, or conversion of fats into energy. This may include individuals who experience:

  • Digestive upset when consuming fat containing meals;
  • Inborn mitochondrial conditions;
  • Recurrent pancreatitis; and
  • Gallstones or have had their gall bladder removed.

 

Is a Ketogenic Diet Right for You?

Whether it’s weight loss or enhanced wellness, it’s worth talking to a naturopath to see if a ketogenic diet will help you reach your health goals. As a bonus, working with a naturopath will also greatly increase your ketogenic success, as they can help identify any barriers to successfully implementing the diet, and create strategies for you to overcome them.

Finally, as with any diet, it’s important to remember that each individual can respond uniquely, and that certain diets will suit some more than others. However, if you feel this diet is right for you, you could soon be joining the many that feel clearer, lighter and more energetic eating keto!

Have a ketosis question? Love to hear from you or book in to get started today.

Julie x

Naturopath, pharmacist, life coach/ 0438 593523/ julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au

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Struggling with insomnia?

Struggling with insomnia?

Your brain is running your life whether you are Awake or Asleep.

Sleep isn’t a luxury and the brain has a big ‘To Do’ list to achieve during your sleeping hours.

“The brain is actually very active during sleep doing important things. It’s not just resting, and if you don’t get sleep you don’t function on a number of levels the way you should.”…says Dr. Caitlin Tynan Doyle, Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Skimping on zzz’s compromises a wide range of functions including…

  • mood regulation
  • immunity/the risk of getting sick
  • cellular regeneration
  • premature aging
  • weight gain & obesity
  • productivity
  • thinking and memory
  • hormonal balance
  • sex drive
  • anxiety and depression
  • and obviously fatigue and insomnia

 

Our whole body and brain can get thrown off kilter when our sleep is not optimal.

For 30% of the population, insomnia is a debilitating condition affecting every aspect of life.

About 50% of people lose sleep due to worrying and anxiety. We all know that feeling of something “weighing” on our mind. It can be hard to switch off and slow our train of thought to relax the brain and get to sleep.

Many employees say they actually call in sick or even doze off at work after their anxiety kept them up all night.

 

So what can be done?

To explain what can be done, it is important to understand that everything is a pattern in the brain.

These patterns, called “Neural Maps” determine the way we feel and think such as with Anxiety as well as our behaviours and physical functions such as in Sleep.

When anxiety is the cause of insomnia, it’s best to treat a patient for the anxiety, changing both the pattern or “Neural Map” as well as addressing the initial underlying cause of the worrying.

Even though sleep is a natural function,  it can sometimes get out of balance.

Our brains produce Melatonin and Serotonin and regulate their balance.

When the sun goes down, Melatonin levels go up which makes us sleepy.  When the sun comes up our brain naturally produces Serotonin which makes us feel alert and switched on.

Serotonin incidentally is our a happy hormone and is the primary element in depression medications.

Whether it’s due to irregular hours, worries, hormonal changes or other stressors in our lives, once the sleep pattern in the brain gets out of balance it needs to be reset and a new pattern of sleep established.

This can be done through clinical hypnotherapy which resets the sleep pattern and neural map in the brain.

I treat many people, both women and men, every week for sleep oriented issues.

However women are twice as likely as men to be hit by insomnia… finding it hard to get to sleep and stay asleep, every week.

The good news is, if your brain created the problem it can also be influenced to create the solution.

In hypnotherapy we reintroduce healthy sleep patterns by creating a ‘Sleep Protocol’. This is list of individualized triggers that the brain associates with going into a deep sleep.

It’s like a series of reminders that move the mind towards the brain wave pattern that occurs when we are deeply asleep. This brain wave pattern is called Delta.

 

There are 5 types of brain waves.

Gamma and Beta are both high brain waves associated with alertness, learning and communication.

Alpha and Theta are lower brain waves associated with relaxation and creative thinking.

Finally, Delta brain waves occur while we are in deep sleep.

 

Once the brain is retrained to move into Delta, normal sleep patterns are re-established.

I always make patients a digital voice recording of the hypnotherapy on their own phone.  They can use this at bedtime to strengthen the sleep pattern.

I’ve had a number of patients who after successfully changing their sleep patterns, still use their recordings years later if they have had a late night and need to get to sleep quickly! It’s a great tool and is free as part of the consultation.

 

Remember…

Your Brain Is Running Your Life Whether You’re Awake Or Asleep

Your brain made the pattern so, it can make something different.

Every pattern is susceptible to change.

So if you’re ready for a change and a better sleep, book in to see…

Perri at Mt Eliza Wellbeing Sanctuary by calling 9787 2111 or email any queries to  perri@wellbeingsanctuary.com.au

How To Safely Return To Exercise After Pregnancy

How To Safely Return To Exercise After Pregnancy

Most mums will already be planning on how to shed the baby weight even before the baby has arrived which in turn can lead to unsafe exercise and extreme ways of showing the world that you can ‘bounce back’ quickly.

Nope. Nope times two. Wrong.

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Okay, sit down, we need to chat. You just grew a human so give yourself a huge pat on the back and be proud of what you have achieved. Don’t be so hard on yourself after your body has done so much for you!

Now, to the fitness side. Although we are all different and pregnancy is a completely unique experience to each and every woman – there’s a way to get back into the world of fitness and do it safely. Listen up!

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Okay, you’ve had your baby and it’s all joyous and overwhelming! Firstly, enjoy this. In the most cliché way possible – it genuinely doesn’t last forever. Take it in that newborn smell, feel the love and have all the cuddles – all while doing pelvic floor exercises.

Yes, this is the first exercise you can do to start getting your body back to your version of normal and feeling more human. Not long after, ease in slowly with short walks (even if they are around the lounge room!) and concentrate on nourishing your body with good food.

Before you know it, your six-week check-up comes along and you’ve been cleared for exercise. Please, please and I’ll say it again, please don’t instantly take this as an indication to run a marathon the next week or lift the heaviest weights you can find.

It’s still all a process. You have to remember that growing a human usually takes nine months with extreme changes to your body so you have it give it time.

Don’t decide to exercise just to get your body back. Do it for ‘you time’, for your mental health, to relieve stress or to help boost your energy levels. Having a newborn is very hard work – slow and steady wins the race!

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It’s so important to not overdo it. Even if you’re feeling great after having your little bub, allow your body to heal and recover. Pregnancy hormones can affect your joints and ligaments for up to six months after birth which leads to a higher risk of injury.
You also may have back pain, issues with your bladder (pelvic floor exercises as stated above ladiessssss!) and even separated abdominal muscles.

Start off with low impact exercise, walking, swimming, yoga/pilates which will all help to strengthen up elements of your body that may have become weaker.

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The most important tip of all is to find someone that knows what your fitness routine should be based on for your individual circumstances. There are so many gyms, PTs and fitness groups that don’t understand how much your exercises need to be changed in order to accommodate your changing body.

That’s why I highly recommend Emma and her team at Step Into Life Mornington, who understand these changes and can help you make a customised plan on what you should be doing and how to do it the safest way possible. You can also bring your gorgeous little babe down to the park when you train which not only allows you the freedom to start your fitness journey after birth but so many cuddles for us! Haha.

Get in contact with Emma today to find out more or trial 3 FREE classes.

It’s so vital for our mothers to nurture themselves back to health in a positive and loving way, honouring where they’re at. So, if you know anyone who could benefit from this information, please share it.

Heartfelt thanks, Julie xx

PS. Same applies to those recovering from injuries or returning to exercise after a break.

 

4 Things that can block weight loss

4 Things that can block weight loss

I see, hear, feel and totally get the frustration and challenges that go along with trying to arrive at your ideal weight. On the surface, eating a balanced diet and exercising sounds so simple, yet it’s not always that easy to arrive at your destination.

This is because being overweight is not about gluttony or laziness, but rather a complex interplay between your biology, environment and behavioural patterns.[1]

Lisa was one of those stories.

She’d struggled for over 15 years to shift the extra kilos that kept stacking on around her waist, hips, arms and bum.

Lisa had starved herself until she couldn’t do it anymore then flipped to bingeing. She’s tried turning up the exercise dial but it was hard to budge and get momentum.

Dejected she spiraled into the I give up and who cares until she was now a borderline diabetic with close to 25kg to lose.

That’s when she saw me.

We negotiated a plan that suited Lisa, found what was sabotaging her success, then worked consistently testing, measuring and refining until we found what really worked for Lisa.

Four months later and Lisa’s a different person, both in body and mind.

She is now 70kg, exercises daily and loves it. Has 100% more self-confidence, is more active, feels freer and more engaged with her family and life. It has been 7 years now and still maintaining her 70kg target weight.

Do you want to find your path to weight loss success, just like Lisa?

 

Let’s explore 4 factors that can prevent you from making your weight loss goals real.

 

#1 Your metabolic set-point

Unknown to many, is your weight is under unconscious control; just like blood pressure, blood sugar regulation, pH and body temperature. Your body weight remains quite stable (unhealthy weight or a healthy weight) due to your metabolic ‘set-point’.

That is, your body will adjust your energy expenditure and appetite to restore fat mass back to its set-point;[2,3] despite your best efforts.

But don’t lose hope there’s ways to reset this set point so you can lose and maintain your weight long term. Pivotal to this are small changes done consistently but it’s slightly different for everyone. Hence no one size fits all generalised how to. Click here to book in to create a plan to change your metabolic set point.

 

#2 Stress

Stress is a big barrier to weight loss, especially chronic stress. Under stress, your body releases cortisol that redirects glucose to your muscles, but causes your blood glucose levels to fall. This can trigger cravings for calorie rich foods that lead to weight gain and hinder weight loss. Emotional eating is also closely associated with stress. During periods of stress and emotional turmoil, you’ll tend to feel hungrier, with a preference for ‘hyper-palatable’ foods (high in fat, sugar, flavours and food additives), and you guessed it, weight gain.[4] This is where help and guidance from a naturopath can help you build mental and emotional resilience, which may just one of your answers to losing those extra kilos.

 

#3 Sleep

Poor sleep quality and/or quantity can stifle your weight loss by reducing your metabolic rate, increasing cravings and turn down appetite regulation. Research has found poor sleep to be associated with an increase in weight, waist and waist-to-hip ratio; and can also drive up your metabolic set-point. [5] Poor sleep also affects your energy balance, affecting what you eat, how much you eat, as well as your willpower and motivation to exercise. If a good night’s sleep is something you dream of, talk to me and I’ll help you restore healthy sleep patterns.

 

#4 Inflammation

Often missed, inflammation can be a silent barrier to weight loss.  Inflammation can increase blood glucose levels that triggers weight gain, whilst excess stored fat produces inflammation in your body. Reducing your body fat can lower levels of inflammation significantly. However, the toxins stored in your fat cells are liberated during weight loss and dial up inflammation, once again impeding your weight loss. That’s where as a naturopath I can help you dial down your inflammation through clearing these excess toxins with a tailored clinical detoxification program to get you back on track again. Click here to book in for your tailored Detox program.

 

Don’t do it alone

Losing weight is not always easy and everyone will face their own challenges at some point. Seeking the help of a naturopath who specialises in weight loss can make sure you’re channeling your energy in the right direction and provides solutions when you hit a plateau or fall off the wagon. Click here to book in to get a helping hand on your weight loss journey today.

Big hugs Julie X

 

Adapted with permission from Metagenics Australia

[1] Bray GA, Heisel WE, Afshin A, Jensen MD, Dietz WH, Long M, et al. The science of obesity management: an Endocrine Society Scientific Statement. Endocr Rev. 2018 Apr 1;39(2):79-132. doi: 10.1210/er.2017-00253.

[2] Schwartz MW, Seeley RJ, Zeltser LM, Drewnowski A, Ravussin E, Redman LM, et al. Obesity pathogenesis: an endocrine society scientific statement. Endocr Rev. 2017 Aug 1;38(4):267-296. doi: 10.1210/er.2017-00111.

[3] Speakman JR, Levitsky DA, Allison DB, Bray MS, de Castro JM, Clegg DJ, et al. Set-points, settling points and some alternative models: theoretical options to understand how genes and environments combine to regulate body adiposity. Dis Model Mech. 2011 Nov;4(6):733-45. doi: 10.1242/dmm.008698.

[4] Raman J, Smith E, Hay P. The clinical obesity maintenance model: an integration of psychological constructs including mood, emotional regulation, disordered overeating, habitual cluster behaviours, health literacy and cognitive function. J Obes. 2013;2013:240128. doi:10.1155/2013/240128.

[5] Taheri S, Lin L, Austin D, Young T, Mignot E. Short sleep duration is associated with reduced leptin, elevated ghrelin, and increased body mass index. PLoS Med. 2004 Dec;1(3):e62. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0010062.

 

Gut Health and Happiness – Is there a link?

Gut Health and Happiness – Is there a link?

You better believe it! There’s a strong link between gut health and happiness.

As you’re juggle life’s challenges big and small, while keeping all the balls of family, work, relationships and your health all balanced in the air. You may have overlooked an essential piece of your overall well being and happiness – your microbiome.

Did you know you have more bacteria in your body than cells in your body?

Scary isn’t it!! Well, these bacteria live in your gut, in your mouth, on your skin, in fact all over. Now they can be your friend or foe depending on the balance. You ideally want loads of the good guys that help to make your nutrients, decrease inflammation, help to digest your food and enable you to feel happy, energised and clear headed.

A healthy gut microbiome controls your ability to deal with stress, and that starts in your gut. If you have messed-up digestion, you’ll have a diminished ability to deal with stressful situations. And without the ability to release stress and get to a happy mind space, you end up building a higher and higher threshold for stress.

Your gut health is about way more than just digestion.

 

Let’s find out how gut health and happiness are linked.

 

Creates healthy immune system.

Did you know 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut? Right where the bulk of your microbiome lives. So protecting your gut barrier, crowding out and killing bad bacteria and infections and allergies all help your immune system play it’s A game.

What does this mean for you? Well, when your immune system is humming along, protecting you from bad guys and welcoming friends in, you can put the pedal to the metal and go after your dreams. Fewer sick days and more time to enjoy life and be productive.

 

Natural energy boost.

I’m sure no one would say no to more real energy – it’s the fuel of life. Helping you to blitz through jam-packed schedules, endless deadlines, and often having little time to relax in today’s on-the-go culture. So, many people rely on caffeine and energy drinks to stay ahead of the game. Did you know your good gut bacteria can help you maintain your day-to-day energy levels naturally? No sugar and caffeine required.

How does it work? Well your microbiome helps to break down and digest all the food you eat so you can up take the nutrients you need to feel great. It also produces energy boosting B vitamins and keeps your blood sugar balanced, so no more mid-afternoon humps.

Your good bacteria cranks up your sleep quality so you are recharged and at your best producing and regulating important neurotransmitters and amino acids, like serotonin and tryptophan.

 

Helps you find and maintain your ideal weight.

Not being at your ideal weight can affect your energy levels, your mood, your hormones, your cognitive function, and even your immunity.

Where does your microbiome fit in? Well, it supports your metabolism and a healthy weight by producing enzymes that help digest food and absorb nutrients. So, no more overeating yet being malnourished, wavering blood sugar levels so you’re constantly searching for that next sugar fix and plenty of hormones that tell your brain when you’re full.

If you can get to that weight that is perfect for your frame, you’ll be on track to enjoying all the benefits of a performance-ready body and mind that are ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

 

Sharpens your focus.

Say goodbye to brain fog. Think of all the energy you’ll save when your clarity is dialled up. Did you know your gut is your second brain?

You see your microbiome communicates with your brain via the vagus nerve, where good bacteria send mind-boosting chemicals and messages to the brain that improve your memory and cognitive function.

A gut that doesn’t have billions of good bacteria can get out of balance and overrun with yeast and bad bacteria, producing chemicals and by-products that are toxic to the brain—leading to brain fog and memory problems.

This is also where your warrior gut barrier is so important. If you don’t have enough of the good guys standing guard, the barrier can become “leaky” and allow toxins into your bloodstream that negatively affect your brain. Focusing on the health of your gut microbiome can help ensure that your brain is getting all the communication it needs to support you.

 

Boosts and balances your mood

Your gut and brain are inextricably linked, so a disruption in either one has the capacity to seriously affect the other. Your gut bacteria produces more than 90% of all the serotonin, the “happy” chemical that plays a role in everything from mood and appetite to sleep in your body. Your gut microbiome also lowers cortisol (the “stress” hormone) levels, turns down anxiety, decreases depression and lowers inflammation that can cause loads of emotional and physical health challenges.

When it comes to living your happiest life, staying positive may just be the key to realizing all your goals. A healthy population of good gut bacteria will keep your mood balanced and high.

 

Glowing skin

Your skin can be the first sign that your gut isn’t going well – breakouts, infection, dullness. When your gut is absorbing nutrients—thanks to your good bacteria—and getting rid of toxins and chemicals, your whole body is better for it and your skin glows it!

When fungus, yeast, and bad bacteria overrun your microbiome, it leads to chronic, systemwide inflammation that shows up as acne, redness, irritation, dry patches, fine lines, and even premature aging.

Your skin also has its own unique microbiome that plays a huge role in a healthy complexion. Not only do good bacteria in your dermal layers discourage the growth of nasty bacteria that can cause problems, but they produce substances like hyaluronic acid that plumps and moisturizes skin, and ceramide that strengthens and firms the skin barrier.

Healthy skin and a glowing complexion really do start from the inside out!

 

Radiant smile.

Did you know that your mouth has a microbiome as well? Beneficial bacteria in your oral cavity are your immune system’s first line of defence and have an enormous effect on the health of your teeth, gums, and even your breath. Harmful bacteria often cause tooth cavities and gum disease that can affect your radiant smile.

Research shows that smiling can improve your mood, lower your stress response, increase your productivity, and make you more creative—and make you seem more approachable and trustworthy to others. Now that’s a win-win!

One of the biggest issues with having an unhealthy gut is that it leads to leaky gut syndrome, which in turn leads to toxins entering the circulatory system and eventually the brain. This causes lower levels of happiness, mood disorders, and disease.

Need help getting your microbiome in tip top shape? Click here to book online.

Hoping this article helped you understand your body a little better. Know anyone who would benefit from it as well, please pass it on.

Loads of gut health and happiness, Julie xo

7 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

7 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

As you may know sweating is a fantastic way to detox your body of unwanted toxins and improve your circulation, especially today when chemical loads are so high. Your skin is your ‘third kidney’, since it’s believed to be responsible for eliminating up to 70% of your body waste.

If you’re injured or unable to exercise, sweating can be almost impossible. In these situations, turning to infrared saunas to sweat can be helpful.

Infrared saunas have a multitude of benefits from helping you to relax, to relieving pain, losing weight, detoxifying and creating glowing skin.

I’m constantly hearing stories from clients with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, muscular injuries and recurrent infections who swear by infrared saunas for their recovery or ongoing recovery.

 

7 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

 

1. Boosts Immune System

Increasing your body temperature tricks your body into believing it has an infection so it up regulates white blood cell and antibody production. Giving you a huge immunity boost. Great for lingering and recurrent infections or not quite feeling right after a cold or virus.

 

2. Relaxation

Warmth is relaxing to your body and mind as we all know. Infrared saunas turn up this effect up by increasing your circulation and heart rate similar to mild cardio workout. Endorphins and serotonin (the happy drug) are released into your blood and pumped around the body giving you feelings of euphoria and calmness. And who doesn’t want more of that! Also great for regulating sleep patterns.

 

3. Detoxification

Sweating is a crucial elimination pathway in the body, alongside breathing, urination and defecation. Essential to helping your body release toxins, including heavy metals like mercury and lead, and environmental chemicals. Infrared saunas are seven times more effective at eliminating toxins than traditional Swedish saunas, based on steam or heaters.

Why not team a series of infrared sauna sessions with a detox programme? Crank up removing the toxins in your body that keep you overweight, double your energy and feel super clear-headed. Book in to get started on a customised detox today.

 

4. Improved circulation

Infrared saunas increase your circulation and blood flow by increasing your core body temperature, without increasing your blood pressure. This happens because blood flow is diverted from your inner organs towards the extremities of the skin.

Regular infrared sauna use in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.

 

5. Pain Relief

Infrared saunas speed up healing and reduce pain by stimulating vasodilation of peripheral blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints, muscles and extremities and removing metabolic and toxic waste products faster through the skin.

Infrared saunas also help to release large amounts of endorphins, enkephalins, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which help regulate pain, mood, sleep, appetite, anxiety and concentration.

Chronic pain, joint pain, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries all benefit from infrared sauna therapy.

 

6. Glowing skin

Clearer, softer and healthier looking skin are all by products of using infrared saunas. This happens through increasing the circulation in your skin, eliminating toxins and chemicals from your pores and removing dead cells on your skins surface.

 

7. Weight Loss

Did you know a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn roughly 600 calories? How? Well energy is needed to keep up with an increased heart rate and having to lower your core temperature.

 

How do Infrared Saunas work?

Infrared sauna emits rays that penetrate the dermal layers of the skin pulling toxins from the deeper stored fat cells and muscle. This strategy is far more efficient than regular saunas (7x more detoxifying) which use steam or heaters to raise ambient air temperature, which then heats you.

Infrared will directly heat you, raising your core temperature which then heats the ambient air. This makes it a more bearable heat to sit in for longer periods of time.

Infrared sauna treatments are full spectrum which means they have different levels: near, middle, and far.

These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that:

  • near-infrared levels are best for pain, wound healing and increased immune function
  • middle-infrared levels are ideal for weight loss, increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation
  • far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes, relaxation and reducing blood pressure.

Please check with your doctor before using infrared saunas if you have –

  • Pacemakers
  • Pins, rods and other implants
  • Medicines applied by skin patches
  • Pregnancy
  • Silicone implants

 

Recommendations

Infrared saunas are safe to use daily but it’s best if you start slowly to make sure you acclimatise to the heat. So, start with 30 minute session from 1 to 3 times a week depending on how you cope with heat then progress to 45 minutes which can be done daily if desired.

Tom, from Private Sea says if he feels like he’s getting a cold he uses the infrared sauna daily for 2 weeks to give his immune system a boost and clear the virus. However, he does say his symptoms are normally enhanced the day of the sauna then clear the following day.

My go to for infrared saunas is the Private Sea Float Centre, where I often team it with a float or a massage. It’s one of my self care treats. I also love to give it as a gift. Self care is so lacking today in this busy world.

If this article has helped you and you feel it may help someone else you know please share it.

Julie xo

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