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Staying cool in your hot tub

Many folks steer clear of their hot tub in the summer time when it gets hotter outside. Our big question is, “Why?” Consistent hot tub use year round is the key to keeping your body and mind healthier and happier. In fact, when we become more active in the summer months, a hot tub can absolutely be key to help ease achy muscles or joints and help you ready your body to fall asleep on those warm summer nights.

 

It may sound like an oxymoron, but there are things you can do to actually help you stay cool while you soak when it’s warmer. Just a few easy things will help you get the most out of your hot tub and keep you soaking with pleasure.

 

  • Drop the temperature. Don’t go crazy with this! Since your body is at 98.6°, dropping the temp even one or two degrees from your favorite temperature year round can make a big difference. If you drop your ideal temp down two degrees, you’ll absolutely notice the change and be able to endure the heat longer. When you get to about 100°, the water will likely feel much cooler and refreshing and still give you good hot tub soaking benefits.
  • Enter slowly, exit slowly. If the outdoor temperatures have been on the high side, entering and exiting the hot tub slowly helps your body acclimate to the temp changes. This will aide your body to adapt to the new temperature of the water and ward off any lightheadedness.
  • Hydrate! Water is obviously a good answer to keep your body hydrated. When it’s been a hot day, drink plenty of water before you even take your soak, hydrate while you soak, and continue to do so when you’re finished hot tubbing. In the summer time, other terrific non-alcoholic beverages can really be refreshing: lemonade, iced tea, San Pellegrino Italian Sparkling Sodas (Limonata or Blood Orange—yum!) are all great options.
  • Keep your forehead cool. Here’s a great idea to help regulate body temperature while soaking: take a bowl of cool water with lavender and a wash cloth to the tub. Dip the cloth in the lavender water and create a cool compress for your forehead. It will smell good, feel good and help you endure the heat!

 

Don’t let your hot tub turn into lonely garden art this summer! Take advantage of it and all of the health benefits throughout those lovely summer nights.

Can an infrared sauna help combat depression?

A recent article posted on WebMD finds that infrared sauna use could help those with depression or anxiety issues.

A study was recently conducted with individuals struggling with major depression. In the study, 16 individuals were exposed to infrared heating to induce hyperthermia. It was discovered that, with a single hyperthermia session, depression scores in the participants dropped by nearly 50%–no small number!

A second study was conducted, introducing a blind treatment that would mimic the hyperthermia mixed in with the genuine treatment from the first study. Upon completion of that trial, only those exposed to true hyperthermia therapy produced by infrared heating resulted in a similar result. And, it was noted that even after six weeks the benefits of a single hyperthermia treatment remained a depression deterrent!

From our perspective, one of the reasons this could be so positive is the natural endorphin release that results from sauna sessions. Since endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” peptide that causes a positive analgesic effect, it would seem logical that sauna use would certainly make you feel good. It certainly does to us!

Finnleo Infrared Saunas feature the added benefit of chromatherapy to your sauna session. As far back as Egyptian times, it was noted that bathing in certain colored lighting would generate different physiological responses in the human body. In the case of using infrared sauna therapy to help combat depression, we think that the following might be especially helpful:

  • Red—Known as the symbol of love and life, it is a color reputed to generate enthusiasm
  • Turquoise—A color that encourages mental relaxation and combatting psychological obstacles
  • Blue—Acknowledged for having a calming effect; helpful with sleep disorders and headaches

We’re enjoying the long days of summer right now, but sometimes with the fall and shorter/darker days, depression can attack even those with the strongest mental outlook. Investing in your own infrared sauna could not only help out with depression, it could also stave off short bouts of feeling low.

Visit one of our showrooms today and check out our line of Finnleo Infrared Saunas. All set up indoors in minutes, and several require only a standard household outlet to operate! You’ll love how it will make your body and mind feel.

Grill up some great spare ribs on the Big Green Egg for the 4th

Dr. BBQ seems to always come up with some mouth-watering ideas for the Big Green Egg (http://www.oregonhottub.com/big-green-egg). We came across this one, and it’s definitely not an exception to that! With the 4th of July just around the corner, we thought we’d offer this up as a great option for your holiday meal. Grill it up with some corn on the cob, potato salad, and serve up some watermelon. We can’t wait! All of us at Oregon Hot Tub wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

Dr. BBQ’s Spare Rib Surprise

What you’ll need

  • 2 slabs of whole spare ribs (about 4 lbs)
  • Secret Apple Juice Injection (recipe & ingredients below)
  • Barbecue Rub (recipes & ingredients below)
  • ½ cup apple juice

Make it

  • About a half hour before cooking, peel the membrane off the back of the ribs and cut the flap of meat across the bone side off. Trim excess fat from the ribs.
  • With a kitchen injector, inject the Secret Apple Juice in between the bones from both ends until you run out of the juice injection.
  • Season the ribs liberally on both sides with the Barbecue Rub. Refrigerate until ready to place on the Egg.
  • Set your Egg for indirect cooking at 275°F. Use your convEGGtor for cooking, as well as a small amount of Applewood for flavoring.
  • Place the ribs with the meatiest side up on the Egg and close it. Cook them for two hours, then flip the ribs over and cook for an additional hour.
  • Prepare two large double-thick sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Lay each slab of ribs meatiest side up on the foil, folding the foil up around the ribs. Take ¼ cup of the apple juice and pour over the ribs in the foil, capturing the liquid inside the foil. Close the foil into a package and return to the Egg.
  • Cook on the Egg for an additional hour.
  • Remove the ribs from the foil and place back on the Egg meaty-side up. Cook for another 15 minutes, then remove and place meaty side down for cutting and serving.

 

Secret Apple Juice Injection

What you’ll need

  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • ¼ cup Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp cayenne

Make it

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk till well blended. Cover and refrigerate the mixture for up to a week before use.

 

Barbecue Rub #34

What you’ll need

  • ¼ cup Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Make it

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well till fully blended. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry location for up to two months before use. 

 

3 Good Communication Tips for Families – Swim Spas Tualatin

Experience the Jacuzzi Difference“Communication is essential for families so that they can better deal with the needs and wants of each other,” said Sue Rogers, President of Jacuzzi Spas of Portland.

“Good communication also teaches children a sense of self-worth, and shows them that the adults in the family care about what they think”.

Here are three good communication tips for families.

Create an Effective Atmosphere with a Hot Tub – A hot tub at home provides the perfect atmosphere for good conversation and is an automatic draw for all members of the family, young and old. Regardless of size, a hot tub offers a comfortable, temperature controlled environment and powerful massage.

A small hot tub or swim spa creates opportunities for people to talk to each other in a place that is peaceful and calming.

Create an Effective Comfort Zone – Atmosphere is not the only thing that is important when creating space to communicate. Knowing that everyone can speak their mind in a safe and secure way without fear of reprisal is also important. It’s important for families to pay attention to what each other is saying, refrain from interrupting, and be open to differing opinions.

Build Trust and Understanding – Teach members of the family how to communicate effectively by leading by example. Children and young adults with good role models will adopt good communication skills naturally that will carry over at home, school and work environments.

To encourage local residents to check out the benefits of using a Jacuzzi hot tub to help improve their overall health and well-being, Jacuzzi Hot Tub Portland is providing free test soaks at their Outlet Store and Beaverton showrooms. They do recommend however that people wanting to schedule their free 30-minute soak call them ahead of time to reserve their spot.

For more info, pick up a copy of our free Jacuzzi hot tub buyer’s guide. It’s jam-packed with useful information that will help you make an informed buying decision. Just give us a call ☎ 503-277-2170 or go to http://jacuzzihottubs.wpengine.com

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Portland
8670 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
☎ 503-277-2170

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs of Portland
16205 NW Bethany Ct
Suite 108
Beaverton, OR 97006
☎ 503-941-9004

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