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Can Diabetics Use Hot Tubs?

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Can diabetics benefit from hot tubs?

The short answer is, yes. There are studies that have seen encouraging results in diabetics after hot tub usage. Follow this link to one of the studies. 

However, there may be special circumstances depending on which type of diabetes you have or if you have other underlying health issues.  As always, we strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor before 'jumping in' so to speak.

But how can a hot tub help diabetics? 

The stress relief and improved circulation can be beneficial but there are additional considerations for diabetics. Our friends at Swim University have written a great article on this subject.  Click here for the article.

 Health Benefits is a series of blog posts to provide Nordic Hot Tub Owners with information about how their Nordic Hot Tub can benefit their health.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive health guide nor can it be regarded in any way as health advice or a diagnosis.  If you have health questions, contact your physician or a trained health professional.

Let Nordic Take You Away!

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How does a hot tub help with stress relief?

First, let’s talk about stress.  Everyone experiences stress in their own unique way.  How does stress affect you? Think of what happens when you get stressed.  Do your muscles tense?  Does your blood pressure go up?  Does your heart race or do you get headaches?  Do you have jaw pain from clenching your teeth?  Or, do you just check out and experience a mental fog?  These are only a few of the ways individuals react to stress.  (Read more about stress symptoms.)  

But how can a hot tub help?  A Nordic Hot Tub can help relieve stress in a number of ways!

When you enter the warm water of your Nordic Hot Tub, your body becomes buoyant and almost weightless in the water.  With this reprieve from gravity, the muscles don’t need to work as hard to support your body, allowing them to relax.   Add to that Nordic’s DTS™ (Dual Therapy System), a combination of high volume whirlpool flow and targeted direct pressure jets, you will receive the ultimate, relaxing hydrotherapy massage to further relax you, release endorphins and relieve stress.   

Once your muscles have relaxed, you may experience a reduction in blood pressure and begin to feel an overall sense of well-being.  If you had a headache when you began your hot tub session, you may notice it beginning to subside as your jaw, neck and shoulder muscles unwind. 

As you immerse in the warm water and your muscles release their tension, you will also notice the calming sounds of the water itself as it ripples and swirls around you.  If you have the Northern Lights Package™ in your hot tub, you will visually experience the soothing effects of the lights as they gently change from one color to the next.

The humidity of the hot tub will assist in clearing sinuses and opening breathing passages.  This helps respiratory health by allieviating sinus pressure and congestion.

An added benefit of soaking in your Nordic Hot Tub, especially later in the evening, can be improved sleep.  After a 20 to 30 minute soak session, your muscles are relaxed, your mind has calmed and your breathing passages have opened up, your body is ready to fall asleep.  When you experience a better quality of sleep, your body and your mind are better equipped to handle the stressors of everyday life.

So, as we pointed out, a Nordic Hot Tub will give you an all-encompassing sensory experience by using water, heat, sound and light to aid your body in releasing tension and relieving stress. 

Add some calm to your life in a Nordic Hot Tub!  You'll be so happy you did!
 
 Health Benefits is a series of blog posts to provide Nordic Hot Tub Owners with information about how their Nordic Hot Tub can benefit their health.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive health guide nor can it be regarded in any way as health advice or a diagnosis.  If you have health questions, contact your physician or a trained health professional.

Calm Your Mind

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Can a Nordic Hot Tub help you calm your mind? 

Yes! Most definitely!  

A soak session in your Nordic Hot Tub will help soothe your muscles and put your body into a relaxed state. 

Now that your body is relaxed, it sets the stage for you to be ‘mindful’ and focus your thoughts. This will help you focus longer, reduce stress and increase your sense of well-being.

The best way to focus your thoughts is to concentrate on your breathing.

Here are a few tips on how to achieve a calm mind:

1. Sit quietly and comfortably in your hot tub.

2. Focus on your breathing with your eyes open or closed, which ever works best for you.

3. Counting your breaths can be one way to focus on and slow your breathing.

4. Focus on an object – for example:  a beautiful flower or a light.

5. You might want to recite a mantra or a phrase that is meaningful to you.

6. Or maybe a guided meditation will help – follow this link to free guided meditations courtesy of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. http://marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations

Don’t give up! It may take a few sessions to finally feel like you have this under control! 

For quick tips and information on meditation, follow this link:
https://lifehacker.com/5591576/a-guide-to-meditation-for-the-rest-of-us

 Health Benefits is a series of blog posts to provide Nordic Hot Tub Owners with information about how their Nordic Hot Tub can benefit their health.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive health guide nor can it be regarded in any way as health advice or a diagnosis.  If you have health questions, contact your physician or a trained health professional.

Personal Spa Treatment

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For centuries, people have travelled many miles to soak in heated waters and natural springs.

Hot tubs bring the comfort and restorative powers of heated, pulsating water jets to homeowners. Today's hot tubs are and swim spas utilize adnaced technology to improve the quality of your life at home.

Hot Tub Weight Loss

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Can you lose weight in a hot tub?

Fat, no. But you sweat in a hot tub. You just don't notice because you are in the water.  So any weight loss is water weight.

We recommend for the Best Hot Tub on the Market for Weight loss (a Nordic of course), the temperature setting should not be above 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are drinking beverages in the tub, the net is zero - as far as water weight.
If those beverages have carbs - a definite no.

But...

Hot Tub Tax Deduction

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 Claiming a tax deduction for your Hot Tub:

The IRS stated in its opinion letter Index No.: 213.05-00, " Section 213(a) allows as a [tax] deduction the expenses paid during the taxable year for medical care of the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent. Under § 213(d)(1)(A), an expense is for 'medical care' if its primary purpose is the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.   Notice the words "primary purpose".  Because a hot tub or spa is of a particularly personal nature, you must establish that your hot tub is "primarily" for the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease before you can deduct the cost of your hot tub on your tax return.  You may be able to claim your hot tub as a tax deduction even though you also derive pleasure from it and even though someone else such as your spouse may use the spa, as long as you are buying the hot tub or spa primarily to relieve pain due to an injury or disease.

You can also claim a deduction for the hot tub as a capital expense even if it is an improvement to your home.  Click here to read the IRS information.

Historical Facts About Hot Tubs

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More Hot Tub History...

    • The word SPA - "medicinal or mineral spring," 1626, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."
    • Verse 2 of Genesis speaks of water - "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt received therapeutic baths and muscle treatments for his debilitating pain of polio during his administration from 1933-1945.
    • The first wooden hot tubs began to appear in the 1960's in California. Inspired by the Japanese ofuru, these early prototypes were still made from used oak barrels, wine tanks and olive vats from nearby wineries.

    Are there health benefits to hot tubs?

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    When you think relaxation - you can think of a hot tub.hands-in-the-waterThere are many benefits to sitting in an hot tub.  You don't need a research study to understand the health benefits to a good soak in a spa. 

    Headaches, Stress, and Sleep

    A hot tub can stimulate the release of our stress reducing endorphins. A hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. And when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a deep night's sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly states, "soaking in hot water, such as a hot tub or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep." 

    What is Balneotherapy?

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    From the Latin word balneum or "bath"


    bubbles-thinYou don't need a study, or research grant to prove that taking a nice hot bath sooths and calms.  But if you want a fancy word for bath therapy use: Balneotherapy. 

    Now you can tell your husband or wife that you need at least an hour of Balneotherapy after a hard day at work. 

    Or you can read about the benefits of balneotherapy from the National Institute of Health (NIH) - see below.

    STRESSED OUT?

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    STRESS

    Just the word can trigger a physical response! 

    What causes stress in your life? How do you deal with it?  Are you a fighter or a flighter?

    The bad news is we all have stress to some degree and, if we haven’t learned to manage it, the toll on our health can be significant.

    The good news is there are relatively simple things you can do to help manage how stress affects you, your life and wellbeing.

    April is National Stress Awareness Month.  You’re probably saying, “I’m already aware of my stress!”  Well, that’s a good thing!  The first step is awareness.  It’s the second step that is a bit harder…making changes to your lifestyle that will reduce your stress levels.

    A simply great way to help reduce stress is to relax in a hot tub!  

    Hydrotherapy dates back to ancient Greece but it was the Romans who popularized soaking in hot baths.  Today’s hot tubs are much more sophisticated in their approach to hot water therapy but, the results are still the same…stress relief!

    For more practical tips on how to deal with stress, follow this link!

    About Arthritis and Whirlpool Therapy

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    The definition of arthritis is: "joint inflammation."


    Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.

    You know it hurts. You should know that there are different types - and there are more natural ways to ease the pain. Now lets learn a bit more.

    Types of Arthritis:

    What is Hydrotherapy?

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    Simply, it is using water to revitalize and restore health.


    Hydrotherapy is the use of water to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. When we think of hydrotherapy, we typically envision whirlpools, spas, hot tubs, saunas, steam baths, foot baths and hot water compresses. Water healing is one of the oldest, least expensive and safest ways to treat many ailments.

    Benefits of Hydrotherapy:  Increased Flexibility • Reduced Stress • Improved Circulation • Relaxation

    You know how you feel after soaking in a tub of hot water. Add the whirlpool, the jets (DTS) and it is perfect after a stress filled day.

    Fibromyalgia Cost Alternative

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    You can spend thousands of dollars on natural, or pharmaceutical treatments for Fibromyalgia.

    Today we look to the drug manufacturers to cure our ills when often times their solution is only symptom relief. Fibromyalgia is one of those conditions. Little is known about the cause and less is known about a cure.

    Although the advertising for Fibromyalgia prescription drugs is new, the condition is not new. There are many names for this condition given all around the world and over hundreds of years of medicine. There is a tremendous controversy over its existence, and even more over it’s criteria for diagnosis. Our aging population is seeing more of this condition and their basic symptoms. Being concerned about drug costs leads one to want to spend your dollars of specific remedies with overall health benefits.

    Read more about the costs for symptom relief and an alternative that has few - if any - side effects - a Nordic Hot Tub:

    Fibromyalgia Hot Tub Treatment

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    Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of overall pain and may make it difficult to work or to perform your normal activities.
    man-woman-relaxing-2Symptoms for this condition vary and the underlying causes are not yet well understood.
    Most people with fibromyalgia report symptoms which may include:
    • Pain and Stiffness
    • Fatigue
    • Poor Circulation
    • Digestive Troubles
    • Irritable Bowel / Bladder
    In all cases, health care providers recommend basic treatment by working on flexibility and improving blood flow - prime effects from soaking in a Nordic Hot Tub with our exclusive DTS™!. 

    Circulation, Stress & Flexibility

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    Soaking in a hot tub is a well established treatment for many ailments.

    Many health care providers recommend the following for maladies and conditions that are both chronic and acute:
    • Improve Circulation
    • Reduce Stress
    • Increase Flexibility
    If you look at any body of medical literature or research, one of the most common recommendation is to Reduce Stress. How many times to you hear about a practitioner suggesting you improve your life habits and eliminate stress for: heart ailments, arthritis, fibromyalgia, head aches, migraines, nervous disorders, tinnitus, and general anxiety.

    You can learn more by searching these key words:
    • anxiety disorders
    • stress induced health issues
    • reducing stress naturally
    • fibromyalgia and stress
    • arthritis and relaxation
    • common anxiety treatments
    • non-drug treatment for stress
    • low cost stress reduction

    Treating Back Pain Naturally

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    Pain in the Neck? or Back?

    There are a number of different ways you can treat your back pain naturally: vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy medicine, and home hydrotherapy.

    Some will help heal your back pain and others are dangerous, so it's best to consult with a physician or nurse practitioner before taking anything and never, ever exceed recommended dosages.

    The FDA has no control over natural supplements, so it does not recommend them.

    Circulation Problems

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    Problems with Circulation

    Circulatory system problems arise when there is limited blood flow to the legs, hands, heart and rest of the body. The blood vessels become blocked as a fatty substance called plaque builds up and hardens and constricts the walls of the arteries and veins. This interrupts the normal flow of blood through the vessels and results in poor circulation.

    A variety of conditions can be brought on by poor circulation such as high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, heart disease, kidney damage, aneurysms, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease and phlebitis.

    Back Pain Relief

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    Tips to help relieve your back pain

    Back-Pain-Relief-in-a-Hot-Tub-from-NordicChronic back pain can come from an injury, a disorder, or from aging:  muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (attaches bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk."  Of all problems, the most common cause for back pain is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, lifting something heavy or maybe yard work.

    "We believe Nordic has the Best Hot Tubs for Back pain on the market today."

    An aching back nags what ever you do. Your back moves when you walk, sit, stand and breathe, so what ever you do seems to aggravate the pain in your back. The most common area of the back is lower back pain and then pain in the shoulders and neck.

    Polymyalgia Rhuematica

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    A reader recently wrote in requesting more information about a condition called Polymyalgia Rhuematica. My article ideas often come from the readers who would like the readership to be aware of a certain condition or would like to know more information on a certain topic.

    A diagnosis of Polymyalgia Rheumatica is more certain than that of fibromyalgia (FMS) because its characteristics are more certain, even though they have many of the same symptoms.

    Similarities include facial pain, pain in the joints, unintentional weight loss, fatigue (lack of energy), and malaise (general discomfort).

    Tips on Coping with Arthritis

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    Arthritis is the name given to a group of related diseases, which include osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and fibromyalgia. In its various forms, arthritis affects the young and old, both sexes and all races. Although there are over 100 kinds of arthritis, they share one thing: they all rob otherwise healthy people of their quality of life by making even the simplest of movements painful. This pain is caused by inflammation of the lining of the body's joints.

    How do we treat the illness that affects so many people? On answer is with drugs, such as the "NSAIDs."

    Various Sources

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    From medical centers around the world about Arthritis and Hot Tubs

    Here are a collection of responses from clinics, medical facilities, universities, and hospitals that treat Arthritis. They contain their information and links to their sites.