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5 Sauna Facts Relating to Overall Health October 11, 2021 11:20
A sauna by definition is a small room designed for a person to experience wet or dry heat which allows them to perspire. In modern society most Americans view a sauna as a way to unwind and relax. There are many benefits that come from the use of a sauna and its spa like elements. Here we list 5 of these benefits.
Relieve inflammation - the heat from a sauna increases your core temperature which stimulates your cardiovascular system. The increase in blood flow can lead to a production of white blood cells which help to reduce inflammation according to research from Mayo Clinic.
Rid Toxins - the perspiration that our body releases from a short sauna rest can help eliminate toxins through our sweat glands. Sweat is an important route for which toxins can leave our bodies. The Riordan Clinic says that "Repeated use of the sauna can help slowly restore the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Released toxins are then eliminated from the body by perspiration and through the intestinal tract. Sauna detoxification is thought to lead to the removal of fat-soluble chemicals from the body by encouraging their elimination through sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy material) and sweat glands."
Reduce Stress - infrared sauna treatment promotes relaxation which helps level the body's cortisol levels. When cortisol is high in the body - stress is high. Reduction of the cortisol hormone will reduce stress.
Relaxes Arteries - studies from the National Library of Medicine show that long term sauna care may lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension and improve blood flow and circulation. Additionally, Mayo clinic findings show that sauna therapy may also exert its effects via the changes in levels of blood-based cardiovascular biomarkers such as markers of glucose metabolism and insulin resistance.
Recede Depression - the National Library of Medicine has significant research that shows sauna treatments can recede depression. A 15 minute sauna treatment can create a euphoric feeling. This feeling is caused by an increase in serotonin levels. The serotonin hormone stabilizes mood and feelings of well-being. While these feelings may be short lived, regular sauna treatments will lead to everyday happiness.
Why You Should Winterize Your Pool September 17, 2021 16:21
National Pool Closing Day is the third Saturday in September. With the end of summer coming near we wanted to share some tips on why you should winterize your pool.
Freezing Can Wreck Havoc on Liners
When the ice on the top layer of your pool freezes, it expands and can tear through liners as it becomes thick. Thick ice is prone to breaking and can sink causing sheets of ice to pierce the liner. This is especially true if your liner has a leak, so you want to be sure to inspect your liner during your closing process and throughout the winter months. You will also want to ensure that you have proper water level. Leaving water in your pool will protect your liner from rips and shrinkage due to freezing air. Here are a few tips to protect your liner during winter months.
- Use Air Pillows. Air pillows break up ice sheets and relieve outward pressure on the pool walls.
- Maintain a healthy water level. This will prevent your liner from drying up and shrinking. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy water level is to use a high-quality winter cover for protection. This will protect the pool from any additional water levels that may come from snow and rain.
Seasonal Weather Can Damage to Pool Equipment
With the changing weather swimming pools are more apt to buildup of lime and algae. Taking time to close your pool properly will prevent expensive repairs to your equipment. The use of winterization chemicals can play a fundamental role in balancing out your pool chemistry to avoid these issues. Additionally, pool covers, and leaf nets will protect your pool from algae and pool matter carried in by strong winds and storms.
Be sure to drain water using drain plugs from the following pool equipment and store them (preferably indoors):
Pool Filter, Pump, Heater, and chlorinator
Checklist for Pool Closing:
- Clean the Pool – Using a pool brush and vacuum clean the pool walls and remove any unwanted debris.
- Store Equipment – Remove and store skimmer baskets, ladders, cleaners, filers, pumps, and toys.
- Check Water Level- Do not drain the pool completely and leave water level just below the skimmer basket or check with the pool cover manufacturer for appropriate water levels.
- Drain Pool Equipment (as stated above)
- Lubricate- Lubricate o-rings, valves, plugs and threads
- Secure Plumbing- Blow out lines, disconnect hoses and plug outlets
- Cover the Pool – A secure fitted cover is essential. Obtain the necessary cover pumps if applicable.