Tips For Balancing Your Hookah Hobby
In this article, we’ll give you some tips for balancing your hookah hobby & love of shisha with a healthy lifestyle.
Tips for Balancing Your Hookah Hobby: Savour Your Shisha, Savour Your Health
If you love indulging in a good shisha session with your friends, it's important to remember that shisha smoke is still smoke, and it's important to take care of your health while you enjoy your hobby. But don't worry, we're not here to ruin the fun - there are plenty of ways to enjoy shisha responsibly and still have a great time. In this article, we'll give you some tips for balancing your hookah hobby & love of shisha with a healthy lifestyle.
From investing in high quality hookahs and accessories, to staying hydrated, salt therapy and exploring tobacco alternatives, we've got you covered. So go ahead and enjoy your shisha sessions, just make sure to do it responsibly and with a healthy balance. We are very passionate about this subject, so buckle up because it's going to be one of our longer articles!
Why does purchasing a high-quality shisha matter?
Do you ever walk past an antique store and see a centrepiece or an old Persian rug and feel a distinct energy behind what once was a novelty? Well, this feeling of nostalgia is often what many Middle Eastern and South Asian people feel when they see shisha. The shisha is often preserved with love and care in the households of many Middle Eastern and South Asian families. For centuries, smoking shisha has been a symbol of trust, friendship, and relaxation. Tracing back over five centuries, sharing shisha with loved ones means that you are in good company.
Clearly, some things just don’t change as we find that more and more people are drawn to wanting to enjoy a nice shisha session with their loved ones. Throughout history, more and more cultures have adopted the ritual of hookah into their homes and social events. With this has come more research, safer manufacturing processes and the use of cleaner, healthier materials. That's not to mention the plethora of accessories that improve the shisha cooking process and reduce the intake of harmful chemicals.
The intricate design of the shisha, the way each shisha has its own aura, uniqueness, and craftsmanship, which greatly affects the quality of the shisha, is exactly why we give so much time and thought into making the decision of which shisha brands we sell (and don’t sell).
First things first - if you're going to be indulging in a shisha session, you might as well do it right! That's where high-quality shishas and accessories come in. Not only do they provide a better smoking experience, but they're also made with food-grade materials that can minimize the intake of toxins, last longer and require less lung effort.
Shishas Through the Ages: How Craftsmanship Has Evolved
Gone are the sketchy shishas of yore, made with questionable and corrosive materials. Instead, the art of shisha-making has come a long way, providing a smoother, healthier smoking experience. Not to mention better looking designs. Today you can find hundreds of designs and variations, many of which have benefited from new technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes. At Shisha Nova, we prioritize quality above all else. Not only do we offer shishas that provide the ultimate smoking experience, but they're also laboratory grade, food safe, and made with high quality materials to minimize the intake of harmful chemicals and protect your lungs.
Balancing Your Hookah Hobby:
Hookah, Health, and Happiness
We’d like for you to remember we're not just a shisha vendor - we're a lifestyle brand. That means we focus on providing the products and guidance you need for a cleaner, healthier lifestyle while still enjoying the social and cultural benefits of the hookah ritual. Here are a few tips for balancing your hookah hobby with your lifestyle and minimizing the harmful effects of smoking. Stay tuned for future blogs where we'll dive deeper into all of these subjects and more!
Step Up Your Shisha Game: Choosing the Best Gear
We know you want the best rig around, and we've got lots of resources to help you out with that. But for now, we're going to keep things simple by giving you a few key pointers for picking out the perfect shisha setup.
First and foremost, go for food-grade materials. High-grade 304 (V2A) or higher stainless steel pipes prevent bacteria growth and allow for easier cleaning. Pair that with a durable silicone hose which will also go a long way.
Cheap fakes may seem tempting, but they often use low-quality materials and manufacturing processes that can't handle high heat and can release metals or other particles into your smoke. Yuck! Instead, invest in a high-quality setup from reputable vendors and brands.
Another thing to keep in mind is the tobacco bowl. Some brands have fancy designs, but some of these glazes can contain lead in the paint. Lead is poison and can cause serious health problems, so avoid cheaper brands that may not be as conscientious about their materials. Higher quality clays will also be more heat resistant and less prone to premature burning.
Finally, consider heat management devices, carbon filters, and nicotine filters to help reduce the amount of carbon and toxins you're inhaling. These accessories can make a big difference (up to a 92% reduction in toxins) in the quality of your smoke. We have a very thorough breakdown of all the different hookah accessories available.
Here are some quality products to get you started:
Practice proper use and always clean after use.
If you're new to hookah, it's important to set up and use your shisha correctly. This not only improves your smoking experience, but it also protects your health and your shisha.
One simple tip is to switch to coconut charcoal instead of instant light charcoal. These charcoals are filled with harmful chemicals that can harm your health, and they don't provide the same great flavor as coconut charcoals.
Another tip is to properly manage your heat and avoid burning your flavor. The goal is to cook and vaporize it, not to burn it.
Finally, make sure to wash and dry after every use to prevent bacteria and mold growth. You should always hang your hose after use to prevent moisture from sticking around.
Here are some quality coconut charcoal products:
Stay hydrated, my friends!
We can't stress this one enough - staying hydrated is good for your overall health and can help to minimize the negative effects of nicotine. So make sure to drink up, especially on days when you know you'll be indulging in a shisha session. And don't just settle for any old water - treat yourself to a high quality mineral water and keep a handy water bottle with you at all times. Bonus points if you infuse your water with tasty fruits or herbs for added flavor and health benefits!
Our personal favorite is lemon water, but why not go the extra mile and treat yourself to a nice sparkling water? Gerolsteiner has a great mineral-filled carbonated water that's sure to satisfy your thirst. Or, if you're feeling warm and cozy, brew up a cup of black tea - it's been shown to detox smokers and prevent lung damage. All those middle eastern tea sessions seem to have paid off!
Hydration is key!
Not only will increasing your hydration with good quality mineral water benefit your energy levels and overall health, but you'll also notice a remarkable change in your skin, hair, and metabolism! It will also help flush nicotine out of your system. Trust us, your body will thank you for all that extra H2O. So go ahead and indulge in a shisha session, but don't forget to stay hydrated. Your body (and your shisha experience) will thank you.
Get moving and have some fun!
Exercise is good for your body and your mind, so why not kill two birds with one stone and get some exercise in between your shisha sessions? Even just a half hour of walking a day can have remarkable effects on your cardiovascular health, mental health, and overall well being. So go on a daily walk, take care of your heart, body, and mind, and have a blast while you're at it. This is an essential part of balancing your hookah hobby.
If you're feeling adventurous, try out some other low-impact exercises like skipping rope, rowing, swimming, cycling, or HIIT workouts. The options for balancing your hookah hobby are endless, and the benefits are too numerous to count. Get moving and have some fun!
Experience the best of both worlds: Mix tobacco and tobacco-free flavors for a tasty and healthy shisha session.
If you're looking to cut down on your tobacco intake but still want to enjoy all the flavor and relaxation of a shisha session, you have options! One option is to mix in some herbal tea-based flavors with your tobacco, which can help to reduce the nicotine content and create a smoother, more enjoyable smoking experience. Many shisha smokers have reported enhanced flavor and less grogginess after trying this approach.
Another option is to try using tobacco-free flavors on their own, which can provide all the taste without the tobacco. They’re also much better tasting than the regular herbal brands you might be used to. At Shisha Nova, we carry a variety of delicious herbal tea-based flavors using natural flavor extracts that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Why not mix it up and experience the best of both worlds? You'll love the taste and your lungs will benefit.
Eat smart, stay energized, and find balance.
Avoid "shisha sickness" (aka nicotine fatigue) by eating light snacks throughout your shisha session. This will help to keep your energy levels up and minimize any negative effects. Some great quick options include fruits, veggies, nuts, and crackers. We recommend having a light meal with carbs before enjoying a shisha session. For more examples of foods that pair well with your shisha and easy recipes to balance a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in your favorite pastime, click here. The most important thing to remember is to never eat on an empty stomach. Trust us, your shisha experience (and your stomach) will thank you.
Take a break and breathe easy.
It's important to take breaks during your shisha sessions and make sure you're smoking in a well-ventilated area. This will help to keep you feeling fresh and minimize the negative effects of nicotine. Pro tip: Air purifiers work wonders for extracting smoke and odors from your smoking space. Make sure to get one that uses a HEPA filter and is Ozone-free. You'll be able to enjoy your shisha sessions even more when you're breathing in fresh, clean air.
Soak it all away: How sea salt baths can benefit your health and beauty.
Feeling a little worse for wear after smoking? No problem! One way to soothe your body (and your skin) is to take a relaxing salt bath. Not only can these baths help to detoxify and rejuvenate your skin, but they can also have numerous benefits for your respiratory health.
Clinical trials have shown that sea salt baths can reduce mucus build-up, reduce inflammation, boost immune function, and make breathing easier for those with respiratory issues like the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. Our personal favorite salt for baths is from the Dead Sea, as it is 100% natural. And let's not forget about Epsom salt baths, which can remove tar and nicotine from the skin and provide some much-needed stress relief.
Give your skin and your respiratory system some love by incorporating salt baths into your self-care routine.
Moderation is key: Enjoy shisha as an occasional treat.
We know that shisha is a popular pastime for many people, but it's important to remember that it is still a form of tobacco use and can have negative health effects if consumed frequently. That's why it's important to find a balance between enjoying your shisha and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's also important to note that it takes about 3 hours for nicotine to properly flush from the body, so if you don't allow this cycle to happen, you may only experience the negative effects of nicotine without any of the positives. And don't forget to choose high quality shishas that are laboratory tested and made with chemical-free materials for a safer, more enjoyable smoking experience.
So go ahead and enjoy shisha as an occasional treat or special occasion activity, rather than a regular habit. Make the most of it by enjoying it with the people around you, whether it's with old friends or new ones. It's a great way to bring some light and conversation into your world.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that while enjoying a shisha session can be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, it is important to do so responsibly and with a focus on maintaining overall health.
Moderation, staying hydrated, eating well, and getting some exercise are all great starting points in balancing a love of shisha with a healthy lifestyle.
By taking these steps, you can continue to enjoy shisha sessions with your friends while minimizing the harmful effects of smoking. Additionally, the use of certain accessories can significantly reduce the intake of toxins in a hookah session. As a lifestyle brand, Shisha Nova not only provides high quality shishas and accessories, but also guidance and resources to help you make informed choices about how to enjoy your shisha sessions in a healthy and responsible way.
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