The best infra-red saunas in Brisbane with reviews

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After reading about the benefits of infra-red saunas we decided to road-test Brisbane’s hot spots. Here are our tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience:

  • Drinks lots of extra water beforehand
  • Take your own towel
  • Wear your bathers or swimmers underneath your clothes
  • Take some spare underwear to change in to
  • Take a bottle of water for the car trip home

After your sauna session, you’ll feel super relaxed and refreshed. You’ll probably just want to curl up on a bed with a good book or watch a movie. Don’t plan a big day afterwards. Just head home for a shower and take it easy. I usually sleep better for three nights afterwards and I love the way my skin and body feels.

8 scientifically proven benefits of infra-red saunas

  • A sauna can lead to deeper and more relaxed sleep.
  • Saunas can improve your cardiovascular performance by increasing your heart rate.
  • Finnish researchers found regular sauna users had a lower risk of sudden cardiac death and fatal coronary heart disease. It also extended their life. They believe it was likely due to the decrease in blood pressure and increase in blood vessel diameter
  • Saunas assist the body to detoxify from chemicals and heavy metals via your skin. Sweating can eliminate PCBs, metals and toxins which are stored in your fat cells.
  • Saunas increase your growth hormone which is crucial for repair and recovery of muscle after exercise. They help to remove the by-products such as lactic acid and calcium ions.
  • They provide relief from muscular pain and arthritis. This is due to an increase in the release of anti-inflammatory compounds such as noradrenaline, adrenaline, cortisol and endorphins.
  • After a sauna session, researchers found increases in a number of positive markers in blood, showing that they stimulate the immune system. German and Finnish studies show that regular saunas lead to a 30% decrease in the chance of getting a cold or flu.
  • Sweating improves your skin’s health as it helps to remove bacteria and increases capillary circulation.

Review of Sauna at A1 Colon Hydrotherapy, Aspley

This sauna is located in a residential part of Aspley on 33 Kildonan Street. The premise looks like someone’s brick house and it is located on the bottom floor. The sauna itself is large and easily fits two people. You sit on a comfy cushion covered in plastic. There are optional cloth robes provided.

The cost is $40 for half an hour. You can save money with a great package deal of $200 for ten sessions if paid up front.

A1 Colon Hydrotherapy website

Review of Sauna at Witness the Fitness, Rosalie

This sauna is located in an odd corner of a workout space inside Witness the Fitness. The space is located upstairs on the second floor. When we went there was a group fitness class being held. They provide towels. The sauna is smaller but it still does the job.

You can book online for an affordable $25 for half an hour. You can save money by booking ten sessions for $200 but this must be used within 60 days from purchase.

Witness the Fitness website

We recommend you look for a sauna which uses infra-red, as they emit fewer EMFs.

 

How to recover after a flare

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Inspired by Eileen at Phoenix Helix’s article on How To Survive An Autoimmune Flare, I thought I’d add some tips on surviving a digestive flare.

  1. Go back to your safe zone diet. The foods you know do not cause you any harm. My safe zone diet is now paleo and based on plain meats and roasted or boiled vegetables. I used to go straight to rice based meals after a flare, so this may work for some people. Think about easy and plain foods that you make at home from scratch. These are the safest for people with food intolerances and autoimmune issues. SCD Lifestyle talks more about creating a food safe zone.
  2. Drink water and coconut water to replace any fluids lost, so you stay hydrated.
  3. Try adding some fibre slowly to your diet. Think about flaxseed, psyllium, slippery elm or acacia powder or chia seeds.
  4. Drink a soothing herbal tea, such as Chamomile, or peppermint, which are good for digestion.
  5. Go for a gentle walk, as this will calm the nervous system and aids peristalsis of the gut.
  6. Do either yoga or meditation to create the relaxation response. Aim for 20 minutes each day. This reduce stress and inflammation and releases tension, including the bowel muscle.
  7. Give yourself a tummy rub. Use circular motion around the belly button, starting at the top right and heading left and then down and back. Use coconut oil and gentle essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint and chamomile.

What’s your best advice for surviving a digestive flare?

May I be Frank’s daily affirmation

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Frank Ferrante’s transformation in the May I be Frank documentary is truly inspirational. His story shows the healing power of live food nutrition, daily positive affirmations, gratitude and holistic health practices.

A former drug and alcohol addict living with Hepatitis C, obesity, pre-diabetes, and depression, Frank is today not only 110 pounds lighter and Hepatitis C-free.

Let food be your medicine.

Frank’s daily affirmation

I frank, do love me, my body’s vigour.

I am in perfect health.

I am a perfect human being, radiant beauty and divine energy.

I am divine.

I now hold in my mind this new image of myself. A thriving, flourishing, gloriously, … person.

May I be Frank

 

How to take probiotics, if you think you can’t

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I used to think I couldn’t take probiotics.  Now I know that I was just having a big die-off and that was an indicator that I really did need to take them, BUT just in a different form.

Repopulating your bacterial flora to contain predominately good bacteria (via probiotic supplementation) will result in a drastic reduction – if not elimination – of many harmful pathogens like yeast, fungus, mold, parasites, viruses and bad bacteria from your gut environment. The good bacteria will also form a protective coating of your mucosal cell lining and produce B vitamins and digestive enzymes. As a result, proper digestion and absorption of nutrients will gradually be restored.
Jini Patel Thompson

There are some guidelines you need to know about taking probiotics:

  1. You need to take the right strain for the job.
  2. You need to take a high enough dose to maximise your results.
  3. You may need various different strains to finish the job.
  4. Start off very slowly and gradually build up your tolerance to minimize the die-off.
  5. Take your probiotics away from meals.

Strategy one – multi-strain probiotics

In the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet , Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride provides the following guidelines:

  1. A good probiotic should have as many different species of beneficial bacteria as possible. A human gut contains hundreds of known species of different bacteria. We should try to get as close to that as we can. Different species of probiotic bacteria have different strengths and weaknesses. If we have a mixture of them then we have a better chance of deriving maximum benefit.
  2. A mixture of strains from different groups of probiotic bacteria is more beneficial than just one group. For example, many probiotics on the market contain just Lacobaccilli. A combination of representatives from the three main groups: Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and soil bacteria usually works best.
  3. A good probiotic should have a concentrated amount of bacteria: at least 8 billion of bacterial cells per gram. You need to provide probiotic bacteria in large enough doses to see an improvement.
  4. The manufacturer of the probiotic should test every batch for strength and bacterial composition and should be prepared to publish the results of the testing.

To manage the die-off, Natasha recommends starting off very slowly and gradually increasing the dose.

Natasha recommends the GAPS-safe probiotic:

Strategy two – swap single strain probiotics then go multi-strain

Jini Patel Thompson, describes in her book “Listen to your gut” how she overcame her Crohn’s disease by starting with Natren’s Bifido Factor powder (Bifidobacterium bifidum Malyoth strain). She stayed on the B. bifidum bacteria for another three months before trying the L. acidophilus again and able to tolerate it. About a month after that, she added L. bulgaricus and tolerated it successfully.

You may want to consider beginning probiotic supplementation with B. infantis, especially if you try B. bifidum and can’t tolerate it. and just to confuse you even more, I have talked with readers who couldn’t tolerate B. bifidum at first, but could tolerate L. acidophilus.
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Her approach is to start with a single strain of probiotic and build up from there.  She says you need to establish a healthy bacterial flora (consisting of all three major species).  She recommends the Natren range, starting with:

  1. B. bifidum* –           Bifido Factor, then
  2. L. acidophilus –     Megadophilus, then
  3. L. bulgaricus –       Digest-Lac (this strain can sometimes be found in yoghurt), and then
  4. all three                    Holy Trinity.

If you try all the adult strains and can’t tolerate them, then try the infant strain: B. infantis (LifeStart by Natren). Maybe you have to start with what you never had as a baby, and gradually move on from there.
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In Australia, the distributor is Integria. They can be ordered in through your local health food store or Healthy Life. However only the following products are available:

  • Natren Bulgaricum
  • Natren Lifestart
  • Natren Natradophilus
  • Natren Trenev Trio

Alternatively you can order Natren products from Wise Choices or Organics Australia Online.

Here are some other single stain probiotics you could start with:

  • Ethical Nutrients – “Eczema Relief” contains L. rhamnosus (LGG) only. “Eczema Shield” is the powdered version.
  • Ethical Nutrients – “IBS Support” contains L. plantarum (which is good for IBDs).
  • Metagenics product – “Ultra Flora LGG” contains L. rhamnosus (LGG) – needs to be practitioner prescribed

Still no luck?

If you are having trouble with a particular product:

  • The dose may be too strong at the moment.
  • It may contain too many different probiotics which you aren’t ready for.
  • It may have dairy in it.
  • It may contain fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and/or inulin, which are prebiotics. These will feed your bad bacteria, as well as good bacteria.
  • Check all of your beauty and cleaning products, including your toothpaste. Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) destroys good bacteria.
  • Avoid fake sugars, particularly aspartame as these destroys your good bacteria.

Diet

You will also need to follow a diet which supports your healing, such as:

Alternatives

If you are still having problems taking probiotics, you may like to explore these alternatives:

  1. Arrange to have your food allergies and intolerances tested, including for celiac desease.
  2. See a practitioner to arrange for a poo sample to be sent to a lab like Metametrix.
  3. If you think you may have a parasite, take a parasite formula such as Triplex. Look for one based on Dr Hulda Clark’s original parasite remedy, which will contain black walnut, wormwood and clove.
  4. Try a probiotic retention enema. Jini Patel Thompson has instructions on how to do this.
  5. Alternatively try a colonic.
  6. Try Fecal Microbiota Transplantation [FMT] (a.k.a, Bacteriotherapy, or Fecal Transplant Therapy)

References

Please let me know how you were able to take probiotics to heal your health?

List of biological dentists in Australia

I love this video by David Wolf on how to care for your teeth.

Next time you get your teeth checked look for a biological dentist or a holistic dentist.

If you think you might need fillings make sure you ask for someone who does mercury (amalgam) free fillings.

A good biological dentist will remove any existing mercury fillings safely using a rubber dam and dispose of them correctly. Make sure they have a follow-up protocol.

Your teeth are alive, so look after them.

Here is a list of some of the biological dentists I am aware of:

Queensland

New South Wales

South Australia

Victoria

New Zealand

  • Dr Gregory Gibb, Auckland
  • Dr Mike Godrey, Bay of Plenty

Please leave a comment below if you  have seen any other holistic dentists and can recommend them.

If you are passionate about this subject, you can visit:

Australians for Mercury Free Dentistry
www.facebook.com/MercuryFree

www.twitter.com/Aus4MercuryFree