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    Which food dehydrator should I buy?

    What are food dehydrators?

    Food dehydrators are a great way to reduce your cost of food, increase your nutritional intake and speed up your cooking.

    In the past our ancestors relied on the sun to dry out food, but these days it is a process where moisture is removed from foods by circulating air at a very low temperature in an oven-like device including two main designs: stacked shelves and pull out shelves.

    In this article we will cover the benefits of using food dehydration plus some great tips on deciding the best machine for your home or business, all backed by Vitality 4 Life’s 30 day return policy, 24/7 customer support and extended warranties.

    What are the main benefits of dehydrating food?

    There are many benefits to dehydrating your food and getting a food hydrator machine. 

    Increases your fibre intake

    Studies have shown that food dehydration helps to increase the fibre intake of fruits and vegetables. Fibre is an essential nutrient for gut health, digestion and overall wellbeing and many people do not get enough daily fibre according to Australian and American departments of health. 

    It is recommended you consume at least 25 - 30 grams of fibre per day. One example of fibre increasing in a fruit dehydrator is apricots. When apricots are dehydrated fresh apricots have 3.1 grams of fibre while dried apricots contain 6.5 grams of fibre.

    Increased energy and absorption

    Food dehydrators can help with concentrating calories in your snacks, providing a longer, sustained energy release for your body.

    This is helpful for people who go outdoors on long walks, hikes or camping for example, where sugars are important for long periods of activity without the access to refrigeration.

    Increased nutritional content

    It has also been shown that food dryer machines i

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  2. Why Choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna?

    Why Choose a Low EMF Infrared Sauna?

    Most professionals agree that there are many health benefits with regular infrared sauna use.  From muscle relief to heart health, from stress relief to looking feeling younger using an infrared sauna regularly can  improve our quality of life.  These days, however, as we are surrounded by many man made products that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) we may need to think about lowering our exposure. Using a low EMF Infrared sauna can help keep our exposure to a minimum.

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    What is EMF?

    EMF stands for electromagnetic force (or electromotive force). EMF is found in the natural world by sources such as the local build-up of electric charge in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorms. The earth's magnetic field is used by birds and fish for navigation. They are also emitted from our manufactured products and our own bodies. Mobile phones, television, computers, kitchen appliances, power points etc all emit EMF's in regulated low ranges. EMF is present in just about any situation where electricity is used and is, therefore, part of everyone’s everyday life. Some believe that  due to our modern lifestyles and constant contact with EMF it could be dangerous to our health.

    Some studies have shown a correlation between exposure to EMF and incidences of leukemia and some other cancers, fatigue, stress, and even infertility.

    The greater the electric current the stronger the EMF and as you sit for prolonged periods of time in a sauna close to the heater you may be exposed to greater levels. Choosing a low EFM infrared sauna and reducing your exposure allows you to reap the health benefits of sauna but k

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  3. Which Juicer is Best for You?

    Which Juicer is Best for You?

    Which juicer should I buy? This is by far our most frequently asked question at Vitality 4 Life, and for good reason! With such an array of cold press juicers available on the market today it is easy to become overwhelmed and confused when trying to decide which juicer is best for you.

     

    With 20+ years' experience in the business, we are here to help you make the best choice when buying a juicer and our range of cold press juicers are regarded as the best in the world!

     

    Cold press juicers retain the enzymes and nutrients of the fruits and vegetables, but how do you know which cold press juicer is best for you? Not just the best juicer on the market, but the best juicer specifically for you, because it depends on your needs - these could be dietary, health, usability and/or functionality requirements.

     

    It may surprise you to learn that there are five different types of cold press juicers available today, and each are suited to distinct types of users and their needs. Firstly, it is important to determine where you are on the "road to health" and more specifically, what you are looking for in a juicer.

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    Let's start with the five following questions:

    1. Do you see yourself as a beginner (new to juicing), a health enthusiast (knowledgeable about the benefits of different types of fruits/vegetables) or a patient (looking to overcome an illness naturally)?

    2. Are you wanting to juice mostly fruit or predominantly vegetables?

    3. What features are important to you - ease of cleaning, ease of use, juicing

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  4. Sirena vs Rainbow Water Filtration Vacuum

    Sirena vs Rainbow Water Filtration Vacuum

    In New Zealand over 597,000 people take medication for asthma – this includes an estimated 1 in 7 children and 1 in 8 adults with many more suffering from allergies. Asthma and allergy sufferers are constantly in discomfort caused by dust and pet hair and are now looking to water filtration vacuums to rid their homes of allergens. Let's compare the Sirena Vacuum Cleaner to the Rainbow and see which water filtration vacuum is the best.

    Why Choose A Water Filtration Vacuum?

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    Water filtration systems like the Sirena Vacuum Cleaner and Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner succeed where traditional vacuum cleansers fail.

    Instead of relying on dust bags to collect dirt, water filtration vacuums force the vacuumed air into a water reservoir, which keeps the dirt trapped within the water and thus prevents it from being blown back into the air.

    This is of critical importance for allergy sufferers who are looking for a hypoallergenic vacuum that can eradicate dust mites and allergens from the home, instead of sucking it in and blowing it back out.

    This blog aims to compare the two popular models of bagless water filtration vacuums on the market: the Sirena vs Rainbow E2 Black Model.

    Let’s take a closer look at the two water-based vacuum cleaners.

    The Sirena vs Rainbow E2 Black

    The Sirena Vacuum Cleaner is a Canadian designed and engineered total home cleaning system.

    It uses water-based filtration technology that won’t clog as you vacuum. This means you’ll have 100% uncompromised airflow ensurin

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  5. Holistic Exercise with Pilates

    Holistic Exercise with Pilates

    Where did Pilates all begin?

    Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. As a child, Joe suffered many ailments including asthma so he turned to exercise and athletics to help. He studied various exercise routines and was transfixed with the idea of the classical Greek ideal of man with a balanced mind, body and spirit. Hence Pilates was born.

    In 1912 Joe went to the U.K working as a defense instructor at Scotland Yard but at the outbreak of World War I he was interned as an “enemy alien”. Rather than wallow he refined his ideas by training other internees by rigging springs to hospital beds to enable patients to exercise against resistance. These contraptions were the innovation behind later equipment designs. 

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    In 1926 Joe headed to America meeting his wife Clara along the way. When they arrived they opened a studio near the New York ballet. This lead to many dancers and other athletes becoming his clients. Some of those clients then went on to open their own studios throughout the U.S.

    Then Hollywood came calling and where the stars go the media follows. The pilates business boomed and entered the fitness mainstream.

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  6. Water - can we live with it?

    Water - can we live with it?

    Well we certainly can’t live without it. We can live without food for up to five weeks but we can only live without water for up to 5 days. In today’s world we cannot be certain exactly what is in the water we drink from the tap, or even the bottled water we buy. Is it pure water? What exactly is in our tap water and is it good for us?

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    In order to kill off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms to make clean water our drinking water is treated with a large number of chemicals. Along with these chemicals your water can contain toxic metal salts, hormones and pesticides, lead and more.

    Chemicals typically found are:

    • Chlorine
    • Fluorine compounds
    • Trihalomethanes (THMs)
    • Arsenic, Radium, Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Barium
    • Hormones and Pharmaceuticals
    • Nitrates
    • Pesticides

    Chlorine

    According to Medical College of Wisconsin research team “The addition of chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s and by 1904 was the standard

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  7. Infrared Sauna - last longer

    Infrared Sauna - last longer

    If you can't handle the heat - you don't have to stay out of the infrared sauna

     

    The benefits of regular sauna can seem too good to be true, it is a fountain of youth, you can lose excess weight, balance your hormones, reduce stress, detox, stave of anxiety, depression, memory loss, even Alzheimers, improve your circulation, get better sleep.... the list is endless.

     

    But what's the point if you can't cope with the heat?

     

    How long do you last in a sauna? It's a marathon sometimes just to stay in there sweating and heaving till you nearly pass out then running for the door to the plunge pool. The relatively new game in town is the infrared sauna with more benefits for less the heat. You can even buy a portable one for your own home where you can ditch the swimming costume and towel too.

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    What is Infrared sauna and why is it different?

     

    The difference is in the hotness and how its used... bit like us really. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air around the user to extreme levels while an Infrared Sauna directly heats the user with Infrared waves creating a ‘dry’ warmth.  With an infrared sauna, only about 20 percent of the heat goes to heat the air and the other 80 percent directly heats your body. A lot of people also find it easier to breathe than in a traditional type of sauna.infrared sauna, zen, health

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  8. BioChef Food Dehydrators - A unique gift for pet lovers

    BioChef Food Dehydrators - A unique gift for pet lovers

    No one else will think of this one, a truly unique gift for pet lovers... make your own healthy dog treats.

    We all know someone who loves their dog more than people. If you want to find a unique  gift for pet lovers that no one else will think of start here with our food dehydrators. Sound boring? It definitely won't be for them when they are making their own healthy dog treats. Or how about buying one for yourself and giving the treats as a gift! Either way they will love it.

    Pet lovers love to know exactly what their doggy treats are made of. With unhealthy treats everywhere at the moment and overseas companies taking over some of our own brands what is in the doggy bag may not be such a treat.christmas, unique gift, pet lovers, pet owners

    Healthy Bite

    There are many news items at the moment suggesting that here are some dangerous dog treats on the market that should be avoided at all costs. Some that can result in serious injury and even death. Beef jerky in particular. If you choose a unique gift for pet lovers from our a food dehydrator range they can make delicious and healthy beef jerky and other treats for their furry best friend at home in their own kitchen.

    Click here from some delicious recipes for people and pups.

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  9. New Year's Resolutions - Just say NO

    New Year's Resolutions - Just say NO

    People have been failing at their New Year's Resolutions for 4000 years. What makes me think I could do any better? It's been three days and I have already failed. At least back then the Babylonians were offering their resolutions up to God in the hope of improving the crop. Now we just offer them up to ourselves or our nearest and dearest who have no choice but to listen and nod along. But what do we get in return?

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    When looking at the top new year's resolutions I mostly notice this.. we have to give up, quit, try harder, be better, look better and on it goes. I think if we were going to do these things we would have already done them. Its just too hard especially with a hangover. I don't know about you but if someone or even myself tells me to do something, I just don't want to do it. It's the latent toddler in all of us. So by the time we get to the second week, or day in my case, of January, we start thinking 'bugger it' and go back to normal wishing we hadn't told anyone. And what we are left with is a little bit of guilt and self loathing. Perfect start to the New Year.

    I like the old saying 'one day at a time' it's perfect for this time of year and any other. Instead of saying I must lose 10 kg this year to feel better about myself. Maybe just one day start the day with a cleansing juice and go for a walk

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  10. Why Buy a 3D Vibration Machine?

    Why Buy a 3D Vibration Machine?

    Are you looking for the next challenge in your fitness journey, or to add variety to your work-out? The VibroSlim Radial 3D now offers you the latest in vibration machine technology - 3d vibration, also known as tri-planar vibration.

    This dual motor machine is the newest style of whole body vibration machine to enter the marketplace as it offers 3 vibration modes in 1 machine. Save money as you have the ability to choose from lineal, oscillating, or tri-planar vibrational movements, as the VibroSlim Radial 3D machine has 2 built-in motors with 3 manual modes and 3 pre-set automatic programs. This unique dual-motor machine offers all different users an effective machine where they can choose their mode, so it is extremely versatile.

    The VibroSlim Radial 3D has been called the ultimate vibration machine, as it offers the benefits from all 3 types of vibration movements in one platform. Experience what was once considered impossible - strength training, weight loss, improved balance, increased circulation, muscle relaxation, massage, and functional movement - all in one unit!

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  11. Whole Slow Juicers: Kuvings or BioChef

    Whole Slow Juicers: Kuvings or BioChef

    The latest type of cold press or slow juicer on the market is the 'Whole Slow Juicer', 'Wide Mouth' or 'Whole Apple Juicer'. Its primary selling feature is that it has a wider chute and can therefore juice whole fruits or vegetables without the need for preparation.

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    While there is only a small range of whole slow juicers on the market today, with the most widely known being the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer B60000, BioChef - the brand and product range developed by Vitality 4 Life - also offers a whole slow juicer named the BioChef Atlas Whole Slow Juicer.

    Oscar, one of the very first cold press juicer brands in the world has also released a whole/vertical model juicer; the Oscar Neo XL.

    Let's put them to the test to find out which is the better Whole Slow Juicer?

    One of the most important comparison factors for whole slow juicers is the design of the chute and juicing mechanism. The

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  12. Product Comparison: Food Dehydrators

    Product Comparison: Food Dehydrators

    Compare food dehydrators in New Zealand with our handy Food Dehydrator Comparison table. Below we outline the features and benefits of each dehydrator, making it easier for you to make the right choice.

    You can shop and compare our range of BioChef Food Dehydrators here.

    With the ever increasing popularity of dehydrating foods at home, it's not uncommon to be presented with a wide range of options from both leading New Zealand and international brands - whether you're shopping online or browsing the shelves in department stores across New Zealand you're sure to come across a variety of brands and styles.

    We've found customers are less familiar with the newer square/ rectangular design as they are with the circular style dehydrator with stackable trays. Therefore, we believe it's imperative that we outline the difference between the two to better help you decide which food dehydrator is the right one for you.

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    Circular style dehydrators have the heater and fan positioned at either the bottom or the top, which causes food closest to the fan to dry at a different rate than food positioned at the opposite end. This drying system can have a number negative effects on the quality of the dried food, including:

    • Food items often need to be alternated from top to bottom throughout the drying process for a consistent finish - in turn, requiring careful attention throughout the entire drying process
    • Having the heater and fan positioned at the top or bottom of the dehydrator doesn't allow for even drying temperature which can cause the
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