Tips To Improve And Protect Your Pet’s Health

Normally, we talk about our health here, but what about our pets? They are extremely important to our health as well, by alleviating some of our stress and providing us with companionship when we get lonely. They are a wonderful addition to any home and can quickly become our best friend if we’re single, and part of the family if we are part of one.

However, just like humans, they need care and protection to safeguard their health. The following are great ways to improve and protect your pet’s health.


Feed Your Pet A Proper Diet


real meat pet food


Just like we want healthy foods, our pets need balanced, nutritious and tasty meals. A balanced diet, in this sense, means the types of foods that provide the proper nutrients they need to thrive and feel good. In most cases, people give their pets the same food every time they feed them.

This is not the correct approach, as they will get tired of the same food (just like we would) and different foods provide different nutrients. A raw food diet would be best, but if that’s not affordable, a mix of a quality dry food and also some good wet food, would be best. Do the research to learn what the best ones are, so your pets can be healthy too.



Pet shampoos provide a means for you to give your pets that beautiful coat that not only looks great, but will make them feel great too. Aside from keeping their fur healthy and beautiful, these shampoos can also take care of common parasites that bother pets like lice, ticks, and fleas. Fur clippers can be used when one wants to give the pet a trim of their fur, or if you don’t have time, you can take them to be groomed at a local pet store.

In addidition, just like us, clean teeth are very important to our pets. It’s important that they be kept healthy and strong. Pets can get some of the problems that we have with our own teeth. We can learn how to brush them, or have a professional do it. Also, our pet’s nails should be cut on a regular basis so they don’t hurt themselves, us, or get them caught on furniture.


Regular Vet Checkups




Pets can succumb to illness and need special medical care and attention. Regular check-ups are crucial to ensure that they’re healthy. This will also help you understand what vaccinations they require, which will help keep diseases like rabies, leukemia, distemper, hepatitis and other fatal diseases away. I’ve had to take mine to a pet hospital in Coronado Cays because I didn’t keep up with the check-ups regularly.


Pet Insurance

Pets can incur injuries in their spaces and in other places that they visit too. Furthermore, a pet might receive cuts that need stitching or they might need surgical procedures or to be spayed or neutered. There are pet insurance policies that will provide coverage for these needs and give the pet owner some piece of mind. Also with pet insurance, a pet owner can get all types of reproductive care for their pet. It allows pets to never have to go without the care they need. Rabies and other pet innoculations are covered under many pet insurance plans.


Pet Safety At Home


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Pets are an important member of our families, and it’s our responsibility to consider their safety as well. Pet-proofing your home, which is similar to child-proofing, will help keep your pet out of harm’s way. To do this, remove small objects that can choke your pets. In addition, get rid of poisonous plants like daffodils, geraniums, poinsettias and other plants cats like to chew on and even some dogs.


Exercise Your Pet

A pet needs to be physically active in order to be healthy, and this is something you should always keep in mind. Taking one or two walks a day with your pet by your side will be very beneficial for both of you, as it will keep you both fit and in a great mood each and every day. It also gives dogs the chance to be more social if there are other dogs on the way.

Do give consideration to whether or not the trail or pavement is hot, as this can burn their paws. There are special booties you can get for them to wear to keep their paws safe.


First Aid Kits


first aid kit for pet


Your pets are going to be as prone to accidents or injuries as the people in your household, with the only difference being that they cannot talk about it! One important tool that you can have in your kit is a thermometer. Checking your animal’s temperature can give you a good idea of what is going on, and it can tell your veterinarian a lot.

Another important thing to throw into your first aid kit is a heating pad. If your pet seems chilled or seems to be in shock, a heating pad can help them regulate their temperature to a place where they are safe again.

In Conclusion…

As they are unable to convey their feelings, understanding the needs of our valued pets is essential. These precautionary measures will help keep your pets happy, safe and healthy, and in turn, keep us happy as well.

How Much Water Do We Really Need?

We’ve been told for years to drink a lot of water, that it will make us healthier and we will lose more weight, etc., but this Dr.’s opinion might take you by surprise. As always, while learning about things, take different people’s views into consideration and take note of the similarities.

Very Low Impact Aerobic Video For Beginners

There are not that many videos out there for people who have a nice amount of weight to lose. Richard Simmons was great for that in the past, but there hasn’t been much since. I love how this is very low impact to get those people started on their weight loss journey. It’s one day at a time and you have to take it easy at first. And after a little while, you will find you can push yourself more and more. And for those who are already in shape, you can do this as well, maybe as part of a morning stretch session before you start your day.

Fixing A Slow Metabolism

Have you been on many diets in your life? Well, chances are that you have a slow metabolism from doing that. Watch this informative video on how to correct it. This is mainly for people on the ketogenic diet.

Is A HIIT Workout The Best Workout?

From feeling energized to uplifting your mood, the importance of exercise can never be ignored because the results are simply amazing, both physically AND mentally. Regardless of age, physical ability or sex, everyone benefits from working out. It also reduces stress, helps you to lose weight and gain muscle.

HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is one form of exercise that is highly recommended. It is a training technique where you use all of your energy to put into a quick, intense burst of workouts which are followed by short recovery periods. These exercises increase your heart rate and burn more fat within a short span of time. During HIIT, the body is depleted of oxygen, but recovers during rest periods between workouts.

How To Work Out On HIIT

Some HIIT exercises include burpees, push ups, high-knees, pull ups, jumping lunges, skipping rope, and jumping jacks. With these exercises, you can do 20 rounds of each workout with a resting period of 10 seconds between each exercise, then repeat three times. If you do this three times a week, the results will be incredible.

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Amazing Benefits Of High-Intensity Interval Training

YOU BURN MORE FAT: During HIIT, you will burn more fat by training under fatigue. Your body will delay the accumulation of lactic acid and metabolization of both fats and carbs will result in a greater calorie output, hence you burning more fat. HIIT is also known to boost metabolism for 36 hours post workout, which means you will burn fat even when you’re not working out.

GREAT FOR BUSY SCHEDULES: HIIT is an ideal workout for a busy schedule. You can achieve results in a mere 20 minutes of interval training compared to jogging on a treadmill for an hour. A short period of high-intensity interval training will improve your capacity in aerobic and exercise tolerance, as much as what weeks of endurance training would do.

A HEALTHIER HEART: By pushing your body to the anaerobic zone (the point where it’s difficult to breathe and feels like your heart is popping out of your chest), your heart will be strengthened and become more stable. Extreme results are achieved by extreme training. A study has proven that after a month of HIIT, you can cycle twice as long as you could before, while maintaining the same pace.


NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Skipping rope, jumping jacks, knee highs, burpees, and biking are some of the HIIT workout that do not require any exercising apparatus. This translates that HIIT is cost effective and can be done anywhere, at any time. Equipment such as dumbbells can make weight loss less achievable, since the focus will be on muscles rather than on pushing your heart for more fat burning.

INCREASED METABOLISM: HIIT leads to greater production of the Human Growth Hormone [HGM] 24 hours after working out. It is an added advantage since HGM increases burning of calories and also slows the aging process, leaving you looking young and glowing.

CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE: Since no big gym equipment is necessary, you can do it in your house, on a boat, at the park, near the beach, etc. It is easier to adapt to, cost effective (no need to pay for gym memberships), and results are achieved within a short period.

jump roping

IT’S CHALLENGING: Doing HIIT requires maximum concentration with minimal to no distractions, meaning you can’t do it while doing something else. As hard as it can be to work out, different short interval exercises make it more fun while burning more fat.

HELPS TO TRAIN MIND AND BODY: HIIT requires you to alternate between speed and a short rest, and you are required to stick to the pace even when you feel depleted. This is why you need to work with your mind to maintain the same pace.

BEAT THE HOLIDAY BULGE: HIIT helps to keep the belly bulge away, even during the holidays when you tend to indulge in junk and not control your food portions. Go ahead and enjoy yourself, because life is short so why not have some fun? You won’t have to worry, because with HIIT, you can snap back within a very short time.

holiday cookies

With the above benefits, HIIT becomes a great deal for any person who wants to be physically fit in a short span of time. It can be done by anyone, regardless of their daily schedule or financial status, so there’s no excuse for not working out. However, to achieve the desired goals, it is necessary to keep your diet in check, with occasional free days to eat whatever you want.

Foods To Eat Before A HIIT Workout

Carbohydrates: Carbs are essential to propel energy into your muscles. They keep you going, especially on the last lap of your exercise where you hit that anaerobic stage. Eat a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, apple slices, or a banana with whole grain bread.

bread and banana

Caffeine: Caffeine can keep you energized for hours, but don’t drink too much of it or it’ll make you jittery, nauseated and even nervous. With a small amount of caffeine, you will get a jolt that will make your workouts seem much easier.

Foods To Eat After A HIIT Workout

Just because you worked out, it doesn’t give you free reign to indulge in unhealthy foods. Your metabolism will still be going strong long after working out, so don’t overindulge, or you will add more calories than you burned, hence no weight loss. You can eat more of the healthy food to stave off hunger. Make more meals at home, that way you can control what goes into your dishes, like salt, sugar, bad carbs, and fats.

Proteins And Carbohydrates: This duo will help to rebuild what is depleted during a working out. The best choices you can go with are Greek yogurt, a glass of dairy milk, fruits and a cup of cooked vegetables. Greek yogurt will help in squashing hunger after your workout, which will also assist in restoring glycogen.


No Salty Stuff: Working out lowers potassium levels in the body, and so does salt. When potassium is low, it makes you weak, you get muscle cramps, you can feel nauseated, and even have low blood pressure. Your heart and muscles need potassium to work properly, so instead, you can have fruit juices (low sugar or none), vegetables/juices, or a chocolate milk. Prune juice is one of the highest in potassium, and you will notice a chocolate milk feels like heaven (is there any time it DOESN’T feel like heaven?). It’s high in potassium and helps to rejuvenate your body after a hard workout.

Working out is healthy to our bodies. It fights many weight related diseases, makes us feel better physically and mentally, and gives us a boost of self esteem because we look better as well! Be consistent, disciplined and determined, and you shall achieve your goals.

Are Alternative Milks Really Good For You?

Most milk consumed in the United States is from a cow, but more people have turned to milk alternatives like nut, rice, and coconut milks. They are lactose free, which is great for those who are lactose intolerant, but do they have enough nutrition? Although some alternative milks are fortified with vitamins to compensate for the loss of real milk vitamins, these can be found in other food or supplements as well. But let’s take a look at what these milks are all about.

Soy Milk

Soy milk is similar to milk in the way of protein, carbs, and texture, and has lower fat than these other alternative milks. It as has phytonutrients, which are very healthy compounds found in plant foods that we eat. It also has 75% more antioxidants than cow’s mlk!

soy milk

Per cup, soy milk has 100 calories, 4 grams of fat (3.5 of which are good fats), 300 mg of potassium, 8g of carbs, 6g of sugar and 7g of protein. It has 50% of your vitamin B-12 for the day, 30% of your vitamin D, and 30% of your calcium, among other vitamins and minerals. These nutritional facts could go up or down depending on what kind of soy milk you buy, as is true with all of these we’re discussing.

Almond Milk

This nutty milk really doesn’t need to be fortified with vitamins, as almonds are already rich in vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and others. It’s also a good source of monounsaturated fat, lowering bad cholesterol in the blood stream. It’s very tasty too!

almond milk

Per cup, almond milk has 60 calories, 2.5g of fat (1.5 is monounsaturated), 150mg of potassium, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, and 1g of protein. Daily values of vitamins and minerals include 10% vitamin A, and 30% calcium, among others.

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk does not have as much nut flavor as other nut milks, but it’s a good source of minerals like iron, magnesium and zinc, along with healthy fats.

cashew milk

Per cup, cashew milk has 150 calories, 10g of fat (of which 8g are healthy fats), 130mg of potassium, 13g of carbs, 7g sugar, and 3.5g of protein. Daily values of vitamins and minerals include 25% copper, 15% magnesium, and a healthy balance of other vitamins/minerals.

Hemp Milk

This is the most watery of these milks, but it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (which treats inflammation and is good for the heart). Some people think it has a gritty taste, and some like it, so you’d have to taste it to know, of course.

hemp milk

Per cup, original hemp milk has 130 calories, 3g of fat, 113mg potassium, 20g of carbs, 1g of fiber, 15g sugar, and 4 g protein. Daily values of vitamins and minerals include 18% vitamin A, 25% vitamin D, 46% calcium, 43% phosphorus, and 31% riboflavin. It also has vitamin E, iron, magnesium, thiamin and zinc.

Coconut Milk

If you love coconut, you’ll probably love this milk, but it’s a subtle flavor. People love this milk as a dairy creamer alternative in their coffee because it’s so thick.

coconut milk

Per cup, coconut milk has a whopping 550 calories, 57g of fat, 13g carbs, 8g of sugar, and 5g of protein. It’s not too high in vitamins, but is rich in copper, manganese, iron, and selenium, among others. It’s best to only have small portions of this at a time, like being part of a smoothie for taste.

Rice Milk

Rice milk is great for those with nut allergies or who are lactose intolerant, but is high in carbs and low in protein. It is, however, high in vitamin B-12 and D, but other than that, there’s no great advantage to drinking rice milk versus the other milks.

rice milk

Per cup, rice milk has 100 calories, 2g of fat, 23g of carbs, and 15g of sugar. Daily values are 50% vitamin B-12, 30% vitamin D, 25% vitamin E, and 30% calcium. It has almost the same vitamin values as soy milk, but none of the other benefits.

Only you can judge for yourself what is best for you. The real milk industry is going after alternative milks for not being real milks, but it’s most likely because their sales are seeing a small decline. Soy milk seems to be the winner, but almond milk tastes better, in my opinion. Try them all and see what you think, but be careful with the coconut milk!