DOGA Sessions – Yoga With Your Dog

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By Fiona Appleton

walkingdogHave you heard about Doga classes being held in your neighborhood? Are you intrigued by what it is all about and what are the benefits of such sessions?

New yoga form—known as Doga—became popular in last few years. Doga is yoga with your companion pet that helps you connect with your pooch at a deeper level. Doga benefits both the dog and the dog-owner. Doga has meditative effects that calm your nerves and the dog’s anxious behaviors.

Doga is not about fidos imitating your exact poses, but a sense of companionship to provide an extra motivation for you to continue the classes. However, not all pooches are interested entirely, so it’s better to develop positive associations in the Fido’s mind to make his routine.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap after joining Doga classes:

Stronger Bond with Fido:

Yoga with the dog is simply a fun-filled exercise that strengthens the bond between you and your dog. When both of you are involved in a single relaxing activity, the dog feels important and loved, so his anxiety fades away. The exercise makes you mindful of the dog’s body language and, similarly, increases the dog’s focus on your commands.

The dogs relax as the soft music fills up the surrounding space. Moreover, dogs are interested in the pet-massage they get during the session.

Dog’s love to gain your attention will act as a trigger to leave behind unwanted behaviors. You will find him behave more calmly and listen to your commands more attentively as his focus will be enhanced.

Beware of dog poops during the class, especially, if he is suffering from stomach problem. Take the poop bags and pooper scooper to clean up after your dog.

Mind and Body Connectivity:

The mindfulness exercise develops a feeling of connectedness in both the yogi and dogi.  It relaxes the muscles via stretches, and both parties involved feel exhausted yet relaxed.

Deep breathing and relaxing stretches are the crux of Doga sessions. Doga is based on the model of meditating with a close partner to help reduce the sense of solitude. It assists in relaxing dog and you mentally as well as physically.

The meditation together develops awareness in you about the dog’s behavior. It will help you maintain a patient behavior towards the little furball.

Better Social Skills:

As the dog parks create an opportunity for you to socialize with people, doga class will provide you a chance to meet more self-aware and mindful people. If you are not fond of the extroverts, at doga class, you will encounter many introverts or I would say, like-minded people.

Dog parks do not necessarily have well-trained and well-behaved dogs, but doga class is the right place to socialize, for your four-legged. Your pooch may find some well-behaved ‘poochy furrends’ at the doga class. Your dog will remind you daily to visit the yoga class so they can meet some good ‘furrends.’ It might help the pooch improve his behavior by imitating other dogs.

Exhausting Stretches:

The stretches will not just relax your muscles but also exhaust the pooch too.

If you have an obese one, doga class will burn the extra calories without him knowing it and getting hungry too often.

If you want a substitute for daily long walks, join doga classes to enjoy greater benefits. With increased blood circulation, the dog begins to feel calmer and abandon destructive behaviors.

Additionally, daily dog massage will strengthen the bones to prevent injuries, early onset of arthritis, or hip dysplasia.

If the dog has survived a trauma recently, the mind-full exercise will ease the pain and strengthen the muscles again.

Joyful Activity:

In an attempt to imitate you, you will find the pooch making funny poses that will entertain you throughout the class. Their curious spirit is a great distraction from your stress.

The dog enjoys the equal fun at the class because he gets to meet and play with his ‘furrends.’ They get entertained by the playtime they get between sessions.

– Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of ultimatehomelife.com which has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.

3 Tips to Stay Energized

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By Steve O’Dell

stretchbridgeStaying energized is absolutely critical to living a productive and happy life. That got me wondering… and then researching…

Here are 3 scientifically proven tips I’ve learned over the years that help me stay naturally wired and ready to conquer my day. Carpe Diem!

1 – Exercise – At least a little bit, every day.

You want to feel more energized, well here’s the secret… spend more energy. Seems a little backward, huh. Maybe, but it works and it’s scientifically backed.

Researchers at the University of Georgia studied 36 people that suffered from chronic fatigue by placing them into three research groups. Group 1 completed 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, the equivalent of running uphill, 3 times a week. Group 2 completed 20 minutes of low-intensity aerobic exercise, the equivalent of a leisurely walk, 3 times a week. Group 3 did not exercise. The results? Both groups test experienced increased energy and the control group… well, they didn’t.

2 – Drink Healthy

As we millennials like to say, you are what you eat (or drink). Which means that, when you drink soda all day, you are nothing but an effervescing stew of sugar and artificial flavors. Let’s just forget energy drinks – unless you want to be a pool of chemicals? And what about that angelic brown gasoline that hijacked our mornings? It’s no better, highly caffeinated drinks are like high-interest rate loans on your energy bank account. They provide a short spike, but you need to front the bill eventually.

So what’s the solution? Some high-quality H2O.

We are made of water – literally, 50-60% of our bodies are that polygamous marriage between an Oxygen and two Hydrogens. Stay healthy by following the millennial expression… you are what you drink. In this case, water.

It’s recommended to drink 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Why that amount? Nobody knows. It doesn’t matter, the point – drink water often throughout your day. A funny and practical way to understand your hydration levels – look in the toilet after going to the bathroom. Apple Juice = Dehydrated. Lemon Lime Gatorade = Hydrated.

If you want to get the extra kick without the high-interest rate, try a natural caffeine like matcha green tea. It’s got a light caffeine boost to give you some energy, but instead of the jittery spike, has an amino acid called L-theanine which distributes the caffeine in your blood over 4-6 hours. No more nausea, jitters, or upset-stomach,  just clean and focused energy.

Remember this, Green food and drink = Green Bank Account.

3 – Meditate

yogaposeWant more energy, sit cross-legged in total silence with your eyes shut for at least 10 minutes. This will give you more energy. Surprised? Yeah, me too. The proof is in the science, so let’s take a look.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo found that meditation can increase your energy levels. In the study, there were two groups, a control group that read every day and the experimental group that meditated each day. After each session, the groups followed up with a Profile of Mood State test at 5 and 10 minutes intervals. The experimental group performed better in both follow-up periods. And, in an extra measure of depth, scored higher on executive functioning tests later on as well.

If you’re intrigued, it’s easy to get started… just sit still for 10 minutes without distractions.

In Conclusion

There you have it ladies and gents, by following the tips outlined in this post, you can stay more energized and feel a lot better, too. You’ll be so darn productive that you’ll finally be able to watch that Netflix show your friends have been nagging you about.

 

6 Healthy Reasons To Include More Oats In Your Diet

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By Monica Mendoza

oatsSimple they may be, but oats have a lot to offer beyond just being an easy-to-cook breakfast staple. In fact, there are many ways to incorporate more oats into your daily meals, like pancakes, salads, smoothies, muffins, and no-bake cookies and biscuits. You can even use oats to replace rice in various recipes, like congee or pilaf. If you have limited culinary skills or don’t have much time to cook, then there’s also ready-to-drink, delicious milked oats.

With the question of availability and variety out of the way, here now are several healthy reasons why you should start eating (and drinking) more oats.

Oats Have a Great Balance of Nutrients

Oats are among the healthiest, if not the healthiest, whole grain foods you can eat. They are a good source of healthy carbohydrates and contain about 17 grams of protein per 100-gram serving, which is higher than most kinds of grains. Dry oats also contain a variety of vitamins including vitamins E, B1, B5, folate, and minerals like manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.

One cup of oats also contains just 4 grams of fat and about 300 calories per cup. This makes it a good choice for weight loss since it can make you feel full even with a small serving.

Oats are Rich in Soluble Fiber

Oats contain about 11 grams of soluble fiber per 100 grams. This includes beta-glucan, a powerful fiber which reduces both LDL or “bad” cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also contributes to the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and intestines, thus promoting better digestion and bowel movement.

Beta glucan and other fibers in oats also help make you feel fuller quickly and for longer, since it slows down your digestion. What’s more, beta-glucan has also been found to increase the production of cholecystokinin, a kind of hunger-fighting hormone. Both of these actions may help in the process of losing weight and decreasing the risk of obesity.

Oats are Rich in Antioxidants

In particular, whole oats have a high concentration of the polyphenol called avenanthramide, which helps lower blood pressure by increasing the body’s production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that dilates the blood vessels, which in turn results in better blood flow. Avenanthramide has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Oats also contain vitamin E, which is scientifically proven to help strengthen the immune system. Vitamin E also helps keep the skin healthy, balancing its pH and at the same time keeping it soft and moisturized.

Oats are Gluten-Free

Those with celiac disease will be happy to know that oats are naturally gluten-free, so they can enjoy the nutritional benefits of these whole grains without worrying about aggravating their medical condition. To be on the safe side, check the labels to make sure that the oats you are buying aren’t made or processed using the same equipment as other non-gluten-free grains like wheat and barley.

Oats Reduce Risk Factors for CVD

Researchers have yet to arrive at conclusive evidence that oats and other whole grains can directly reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders. However, oats have already been proven to reduce risk factors for heart disease like high cholesterol levels, hypertension, and diabetes.

Oats can Help Boost Your Energy in a Healthy Way

Do you feel lazy during the mornings? Eating oats for breakfast might just be the ticket to feeling more energized. Oats are a good source of both good, slow-digesting carbohydrates and proteins, which helps energize your body and make you feel more alert. And because the natural sugars in oats are processed much slower compared to other kinds of sugar, your energy levels are more or less consistent until they are fully digested.

It’s a common enough food that we sometimes take it for granted. But with all of these health benefits, and possibly more that have yet to be discovered, it’s about time that we pay more attention to the humble oat!

Benefits of Fitness Gadgets

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By Ryan Varela

joggerEveryone wants to stay fit and healthy. However, achieving this goal takes a lot of time, patience, and effort. Activities such as eating well-balanced meals, having complete rest and sleep, and practicing regular exercise should be regularly done to attain this ultimate goal.

With the fast-pacing innovations in technology, several tools are being created to help you stay fit a lot easier and bearable. The use of fitness gadgets and wearables is one of the most common techniques used by fitness conscious people. These tools will easily keep track of your progress and achievements. It also offers a lot of benefits that will greatly help you in staying fit and well at all times. Read on and learn what you can get when you use these fitness gadgets and wearables.

Personal Accountability

Fitness gadgets and wearables allow you to track your progress and to compare it with your goals. The results obtained will psychologically encourage you to do more activities such as walking more steps, running faster, or sustaining a heartbeat. Some research shows that wearing a fitness gadget can increase the level of activity to about 30%.

Individual Goals

Fitness gadgets and wearables help you to build and to achieve your individually tailored goals. The use of these tools will allow you to set realistic goals for yourself with the help of different guides, workouts, and techniques. It will encourage you to be back on track and to stay on it until such time that your body already adapted to the changes that occurred.

Variety of Trackers

Fitness trackers and wearables come in different forms and types. Each of them has their own unique features and specifications. Some even come in customized designs to fit in the personality of the users. Choosing the best model primarily depends on your needs and your wants in order to properly perform the workout routines. This may include a GPS for better tracking of the distance you run, a heart rate feature for better monitoring of the heart rate through your watch, and a lot more.

Heart Rate Monitoring

Fitness gadgets and wearables can help monitor your heartbeat. This works using a transmitter that detects the electrical activity of the body. There are a variety of models available in the market that caters this feature. Some basic models include a display for easy monitoring while a more complicated model has an alarm, countdown timer, and program for better monitoring.

Monitor Sleeping Patterns

Some fitness gadgets and wearables have the capacity to manage your sleeping patterns. This feature will allow you to determine the number of hours you sleep in order to understand its quality. It can also send an alert for you to know the time you were restless and the time you were able to sleep. This tool will review all your sleeping patterns and will give recommendations on what sleeping habits will work best for you.

Hands-free Experience

Most of the fitness gadgets and wearables lack annoying cords and are hands-free. This gives you a hassle-free experience and better tracking, both during fitness and sleep. The hands-free feature will definitely improve your overall fitness experience.

Self-awareness

familyjogFitness gadgets and wearables will bring awareness to all the activities you perform. It will give you an overview of the number of steps you have, the amount of calories you burn, and the hours of sleep you get on a per day basis. Knowing this will give you a better understanding of how your body works as well as the things that should be improved and lessened to enhance overall wellness.

Motivation

Fitness gadgets and wearables will motivate you to continue working or to strive harder. This will keep track of your activities and how often you perform them. It can serve as a basis whether you are already doing your best or if you can do more. Indeed a great motivation to compete with yourself in order to know your own capabilities and strength.

All in one

Everything you need to stay fit is definitely put into one amazing tool. The fitness gadget and wearable is the ultimate thing that you can have to easily monitor all your hard work. It is equipped with amazing features that are specifically designed to handle all your needs. Additionally, these gadgets can give the best tips and techniques to improve your routines for better wellness and development.

The use of fitness gadgets and wearables is an emerging solution that helps motivate people to work hard and strive more to improve health and wellness. This tool together with the aid of Medicare can help a lot in order to achieve the goal of having a healthy and fit body. What are you waiting for? Go grab your own unit and enjoy every step of the way!

– Ryan Varela is the CEO of Boost Health Insurance which provides customized and affordable health care plans for thousands of customers across the United States. Ryan has nearly a decade of experience in the health care industry and continues to serve the greater need to educate and deliver access to affordable options to those who need health care the most.

Are Grains Healthy? Important Myths Debunked

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By Kelly Newman

grainWhat once used to be an ordinary food item has now become the talk of the town. Yes, I am talking about the fantastic grains whose nutritional goodness is now a point of disagreement. Years ago before the Paleo and Ketogenic diets came to light grains were a staple ingredient. However, campaigns such as clean eating have given the grains a bad rap and turned them into a dreaded food. In this article, I’ll try to reveal some facts about how favorable grains are! But first, let’s discuss the basics!

What Are Grains?

Grains or Cereals are the edible seeds of certain grasses. These can be further categorized, common types of grains are:

  • Wheat
  • Millets
  • Corn
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa

Nutrients Contained In Grains

Grains are famous for their carbohydrate content. Although carbs are a vital source of energy, yet the term connected with grains gives a somewhat negative impact. If we go a little into details we find out that there are two types of grains:

  • Whole grains/ the unprocessed ones
  • Processed grains

Are Grains Unhealthy? Understanding Refined and Whole Grains

The seed in its original form consists of:

  • Bran– It is a source of Fiber, minerals, vitamin B, and antioxidants
  • Endosperm– It contains starchy carbohydrates and proteins
  • Germ– This is the most nutritious part that includes not just carbs but fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

During processing of the grains, the bran and germ of the kernel are cut off. This means most of the nutrition is eliminated hence refined grains are unhealthy whereas whole grains are beneficial for health.

Grains Contain Phytates, So They Are Harmful!

Another common belief is that grains contain phytates which combine with minerals in the body and prevent them from getting absorbed. For this reason, maybe grains should be avoided? Well, that isn’t true either!

Like nuts and seeds, whole grains also contain phytic acid. However, it only poses a danger if such foods are consumed continuously in large amounts along with a poor diet. So they are perfectly healthy, and you can eat them as much as you’d like.

Carbs Will Make Me Fat!

I have seen a lot of people avoid carbs as they believe it will make them fat and will cause blood sugar to increase. Again I’d like to point out that these characteristics vary with the type of carb you consume. As whole grains contain complex carbohydrates, the digestion takes time, and thus they do not cause the blood sugar to spike.

Low Carb Diets Are Better For Weight Loss!

healthywordsFat was the macronutrient that always considered as the enemy, but the belief began to change. A lot of people now prefer low carb diets as they think they are healthier and efficient. Well, there is a twist; low carbohydrate diets can have beneficial results in the more extended run. A low carb diet can help shed pounds as quickly as some natural cleanse for weight loss.

In a nutshell, carbs aren’t the real enemy; it is the processing that makes them unhealthy. Remember that eating a balanced diet is imperative for good health so don’t give up on them entirely.

– Kelly Newman is a Fitness Trainer and blogger. She loves to write about everything related to fitness and diet and wants to help people adopt a healthier lifestyle. She works with the team behind healthlisted.com and does extensive research to provide people actionable health and nutrition information.

Tips When Talking To Your Doctor About Your Child’s Health

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By Ala Alkhatib

doctorFor a parent, there is nothing more important than your child’s health. You will go to any extreme to ensure that your child remains happy and healthy. Considering your busy lifestyle, it may not be possible to schedule a regular appointment with your child’s doctor. Sometimes, it is very difficult to get an appointment quickly as most pediatricians will be overbooked or overscheduled. Thus, you need to take advantage of the minimum amount of time that you spend with the doctor.

When it comes to child’s healthcare, it is always advisable to take the child to the same doctor again and again rather than switching doctors. This way you are able to build a strong bond between the doctor, the child, as well as the parent – – which make both the doctor’s and parent’s task easier.

Here are several things you need to keep in mind while talking to your child’s doctor about his/her health

Be well prepared: Before seeing the doctor, make a list of the things you should discuss with him / her. This includes the child’s general health, the specific condition, when symptoms first appeared, and the frequency of occurrence. For example, If the child is throwing up a lot, you should keep note of when the vomiting started, what triggered this response, at what interval it occurred, and what home remedy you tried. Also, make a note of all the questions you want to ask the doctor.

Prioritize things: When it comes to your children’s health, you will always have a lot of worries. In addition to writing notes down, you should also prioritize them in order of importance.  For example, if you are consulting the doctor for your child’s ear infection, that should be your first priority.

Provide all information: Report to the doctor if there are any other health concerns that should be aware of….do not leave anything out. If there is an X-ray or medical report, remember to carry that as well. If the child is on any new medications or if he / she is allergic to anything, remember to mention this to the doctor. This includes even the multivitamin and painkiller which the child may have had. It is also useful if you can provide a complete report of the child’s health including the blood group, history of allergies (food, drug, and others) and immunization schedule.

Be informed: The internet provides a whole lot of information about each and every aspect of health. While it is a good idea to get some information from the internet, do not go overboard. Familiarize yourself with few medical terms related to your child’s illness. If the doctor mentions any of these names, it will be easy for you to understand.

groupkidsRemain focused: Pay complete attention to what the doctor is telling. Turn off the cell phone to make sure that you are not distracted. Also, do not discuss things that are totally unrelated to the current health condition like the behavioral problem of the child.

Do not hesitate: A mother is a child’s best doctor. A doctor spends just ten or fifteen minutes examining a child. But it is the mother who knows the child well. If you feel that there is something amiss and your child needs a hospitalization, do not hesitate to tell the doctor. Pointing out certain facts that the doctor missed out will help him to make a proper diagnosis.

Use the latest technology to communicate: When it comes to communicating with today’s doctors, the latest technology like WhatsApp and Email comes handy. Ask your doctor whether he is comfortable communicating through these means and if so remember to get the doctor’s phone number and email id. If you have missed out on any important report, the same can be sent via email or WhatsApp.

Communicate with the nurse: Before seeing a child’s doctor, you will often meet the doctor’s assistant or nurse who will check the height and weight of the child. It would be a good idea to share the child’s health condition with them. They might be able to provide some tip which the doctor would most likely forget in his busy schedule.

Above all, make sure that you meet the doctor at the right time. If by any chance you are not able to reach the clinic on time, let the clinic staff knows beforehand. Also, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the appointment procedure of the clinic as well as insurance formalities to avoid unnecessary delays.

– Ala’a Alkhatib is a passionate digital content marketer based in Jordan who has previously worked in a variety of industries including software, transportation and aeronautics. She is currently helping people live healthier by integrating their doctors into their day to day schedule more efficiently. She is also a frequent user of Cura app having been known to use it to chat with doctors in all kinds of place – even while on the bus!

6 Simple Ways To Boost Productivity And Work Performance

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By Jenny Perkins

consultIn today’s dynamic professional environment, the ultimate goal for both the employee and the employer is higher productivity. The business world has become increasingly competitive, and clients want to see results. The workplace has become stressful, challenging and requires you to multitask efficiently. Now you do want to earn appreciation and get yourself a promotion, but how? Some employees try hard but still aren’t able to bring their A-game. Well, no need to sweat it and keep reading as I will disclose simple tricks to boost your productivity.

For Employees

Give Your Day an Energetic Start

People who don’t wake up feeling fresh and energetic may be unable to make the most of their capabilities. It is essential to begin the day with positivity, to clear up all the negative thoughts and start fresh. The first thing you should do is plan a morning routine that you can conveniently follow. Wake up a little early and plan a few activities that can kick-start your day. You can try yoga or meditation; it will de-clutter your mind and improve your focus and concentration throughout the day. Another beneficial habit is to remind yourself of your goals and targets each day, don’t forget about the bigger picture as that will keep you motivated.

Focus on One Task at a Time

You may be assigned multiple tasks in a day which would automatically get you thinking that it is best to multitask. Well, it is not, research shows that it takes longer for you to complete an activity when you focus on various things at one time. It is best to minimize distractions and create your workspace.  Limit the usage of social media, don’t even check other emails, just complete one task at a time and try your best to ace it.

Don’t Stress Out

We tend to make mistakes when we are stressed or worried. You already have a lot on your to-do list, and your boss assigns you another task, and this is when you feel you have lost control. Stop right there and practice breathing exercises to refocus your mind. Afterward prioritize the projects by deadlines, stakeholders or importance. Choose some tasks to get help with and work on the others that you think you can manage alone. Now take a deep breath and begin.

For the Employer

Arrange Bring-Your-Pet to Work Days

petMany leading organizations including Amazon, Google have endorsed the idea of bringing pets to work. Research shows that dog-owners who bring dogs to work report lower stress level and higher workplace satisfaction which eventually leads to higher productivity. Of course, there are a few things that you would need to take in consideration, but always remember that happier employees are productive employees.

Get Your Team to Meditate Together

Meditation offers plenty of benefits; it boosts focus, concentration and can help improve team coordination leading to better results. Implement in-office meditation sessions to assist your employees in reducing stress and improving their work performance.

Promote a Safer and Healthier Workplace                               

The work environment mainly impacts employee performance. Promoting a healthy workplace would lead to less absenteeism and higher productivity. Train your employees regarding the importance of safety and provide them the required equipment. Motivate them to adopt healthy habits and offer health-care benefits based on preventive care.

– Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

5 Ways On Managing Your Dog’s Skin Allergies

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By Monica Mendoza

walkingdogJust like us humans, our dogs can be prone to skin allergies, causing them to scratch, itch, and chew at their skin and fur. This can cause not only unattractive, bald patches on their coat but possible wounds and injuries as well.

Fortunately, there are ways to help manage your dog’s skin allergies, or even prevent them from being triggered – with some you can do even before a veterinarian has to get involved. Below is a list to helpful tips you can implement in case you’ve noticed your dog scratching and itching more than usual.

Prevent flea infestation at all costs. Nothing can trigger or exacerbate a dog’s skin allergy faster and more effectively than fleas. In fact, it would only take a couple of bites from a lone flea to get your furry companion to scratch themselves until they’ve gouged bloody scratches onto their skin. Imagine, then, how they would feel with a full-blown flea infestation. As such, you should always have your dog on some sort of flea prevention method as much as possible. Giving them regular anti-flea treatment baths and powders are both effective solutions.

Buy only hypoallergenic accessories for your dog. Another similarity between dogs and humans when it comes to skin allergies is that the materials making up their accessories could also trigger an allergic reaction. Some dogs, for example, can get contact dermatitis from metal collars, while others may get skin irritation from wool covers on their beddings. In such cases it’s recommended to just get a brand new dog collar or cover, preferably one that’s made of hypoallergenic material and clearly sold as such. You may have to work with your veterinarian to verify what is hypoallergenic to your dog and what isn’t.

Maintain a strict diet. While the occasional store-bought treat is harmless and can give your dog a great mood boost, it’s always a good idea to keep your dog on a strict and hypoallergenic diet. Use fruit or brightly-colored vegetables (such as carrots) as treats instead of those with preservatives or artificial flavorings. Avoid giving your dog anything that has poultry, dairy or beef in it, as they are common allergy triggers.

Give your dog regular baths. Some dogs love baths while others just won’t get one without a fight. Whichever category your dog falls into, it’s important for them to be bathed one or twice a week – preferably with a gentle, soap-free shampoo formulated especially for canines. If you’ve already been to the veterinarian, then they should have already prescribed a medicated shampoo for your dog to use. Also, be sure to wash off all the shampoo suds off your dog completely, as any leftover suds may cause itching.

Have your dog undergo allergy testing and immunization therapy. Figuring out what is responsible for your dog’s allergy can be a trial of patience and anxiety. If you and your dog are both at your wits’ ends, you can go right to the veterinarian and have them perform allergy testing on your canine companion. From there, it’s possible that your dog will have to undergo immunotherapy – i.e. having your dog regularly injected with serum in order to desensitize them to their allergens and train their immune systems to ‘ignore’ the allergens. This may be a cost-prohibitive measure and involve multiple visits, but you’ll no longer have to worry about your dog having an allergic reaction, especially if it turns out that his allergens are something very common (such as pollen or even human dander).

Skin allergies are no picnic, especially for a dog. However, as their owners and companions, we can take certain steps in order to prevent our pets from developing these allergies. As with all medical advice, however, if you’re not sure about your dog’s allergies, it’s always a good idea to skip the self-diagnosis and go straight to the veterinarian.

Considerations When Selecting A Chiropractor

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By Jeniffer Page

doctorChiropractors can help out with a variety of different problems and aches. Whether you’re experiencing tension headaches or you have poor joint mobility, chiropractors will be able to provide you with both a solution and a preventative approach for the future. But how do you go about choosing the right chiropractic clinic?  As you search for professional and established chiropractors in Melbourne, keep these considerations at the forefront of your mind so you can guarantee you’ve made the right decision.

Compare Local Clinics

To choose the best chiropractors Melbourne wide for your specific needs, identify some of the top clinics in the area and compare them. At this stage, you should work out what matters to you. Things like experience, qualifications, and how they make you feel in your initial can all affect how successful the experience is going to be. Call the clinic up or pay them a visit so you can get a sense of their enthusiasm and knowledge first-hand.

The easiest way to compare chiropractors in Melbourne is by researching the particular services they offer. You also shouldn’t hesitate to ask them the things you want to know, such as how they can help you and how they can assist in preventing an injury from occurring again. Chiropractors in Melbourne who are trusted and professional will go above and beyond with their service. It can also be a good idea to choose a clinic close by to ensure convenience and practicality.

Make Sure They Have Sufficient Experience and Exposure

Relevant experience and exposure are imperative to look for in chiropractic professionals. This will ensure that you’re opting for a chiropractor who knows what they’re doing and is familiar with injuries and situations like your own. Most chiropractors in Melbourne will specialize in a problem area. Asking about your specific ache or pain will provide you with an insight into how knowledgeable they are on the matter.

Choosing a chiropractor that’s experienced and confident with your type of injury or pain will go a long way in ensuring a successful and effective outcome. Their experience and familiarity with different problems should be easy to gauge through their knowledge as well as their online presence.

Seek Recommendations and Read Reviews

doctorReading recommendations, reviews and testimonials is the best way to find yourself in the hands of a trusted and reputable chiropractor. Ask those around you whether they’ve had positive experiences with a chiropractic professional, or use the internet to conduct a search for reviews. It’s likely that someone will know somebody or will have posted about a successful experience in chiropractic care.

Chiropractors Melbourne wide and beyond will often showcase their services online. Look at their website for reviews and testimonials. Although you can’t try before you buy, you can rely on the experiences of past and current patients. To avoid disappointment with chiropractors in Melbourne, use reviews and testimonials to confirm your decision before booking in. It’s likely that you’ll continue to see your chiropractic professional for years to come, so be sure to look for the most impressive one.

Give Your Feet the Pampering They Deserve

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By Monica Mendoza

feetFeet can take a lot of abuse. They bear your entire body weight and take you from place to place, so they should be given their own time to be pampered and cared for. Below are some of our top tips for keeping your toes in tip-top shape:

Keep them clean and dry

This seems like it should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. You wash your hands and keep them clean on a regular basis, so it should follow that the same should be done for your feet, especially since you only get to them maybe twice a day at most. Give them a thorough soaping and scrubbing the next time you’re in the shower and don’t get out without drying them properly. Moisture can attract bacteria that can wreak all sorts of havoc, so definitely consider using a separate towel just for your feet after your shower or bath.

Use an exfoliate

Exfoliating doesn’t have to be limited to just your face. If you want baby-soft, smooth skin all over, you shouldn’t leave the rest of your body out of it. Dead skin cells and dirt can also accumulate on the surface of your feet, so it’s a good idea to scrub them away periodically. Exfoliating also helps reduce calluses and control peeling.

To bring out revitalized skin, we like to use Innisfree’s Perfect Fresh Foot Scrub Wash for sloughing off. This product contains lemon balm, mint extracts, and lemon mint scent, which will not only relax your feet but also leave you feeling refreshed.

Give them a break

One of the best ways to relieve sore feet after a long day is something as simple as putting them up. This is because elevating your feet helps improve blood circulation and provides instant soothing. You can further reduce your stress levels by going for a foot massage session or doing it yourself. Use a hydrating moisturizer to moisturize and soften your feet while getting your pampering on. When you can help it, go barefoot — it’s actually healthy for feet to not be constrained by shoes sometimes. Your feet will also thank you immensely if you keep off the high heels for a while. If you can’t live without them, at least alternate them with flat shoes that are just as sophisticated and pretty.

Give yourself a pedicure

An at-home pedicure is one of the best ways to pamper your feet and keep them flip-flop ready. Start with a relaxing foot soak by dipping your feet into a washbasin full of warm water. You can add your choice of bath salts, your favorite foot soak mix, or add a few drops of pure essential oil for the scent and softening effect. Pat dry, then cut your nails with a clipper, taking care not to go too deep into the corners. Buff the nails with a soft brush to remove dirt and grime, then follow up with a couple of coats of your favorite nail polish. Don’t forget to moisturize when you’re done!

Just by taking a few minutes out every day to take care of your feet, you can do them a world of good. What’s relaxing for your feet can also be relaxing for you, so go ahead and give your tootsies some love!