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Pet Care Products for Optimal Health and Longevity
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Living with pets is a wonderful thing – most of the time. But during the holidays as family and friends come to visit, bad breath, dirty paws and flaking pet dander can dampen spirits. To keep those four-legged (and very loved) members of the family, clean, happy and healthy all year, check out these great pet care companies.    Ark Naturals: With a variety of pet care products for cats & dogs Ark Naturals offers everything to keep your pet healthy and groomed over the holidays. Choose from supplements, flea & tick formulas, treats, shampoos and dental products to keep all aspects of your pets in tip-top shape. Dancing Paws: Your pets are a part of the family and deserve only the highest-quality products that don’t compromise when it comes to their nutrition. Dancing paws pet foods include ingredients designed to maintain the optimal health of your pet for their longevity. Dedicated to providing only the most safe & effective products that include the same ingredients you’d put into your own body, Dancing Paws offers a unique line of herbal formulas for their good health, and behavior.   Pet Naturals: Dogs & cats have distinctive needs and while you do everything you can to feed them nutritional foods, they may still need an extra boost from supplements just like we do to maintain their health. Fill nutritional gaps with any combination of dietary supplements for your dog, cat or rabbit with Pet Naturals formulas designed to offer everything needed to Read More »

Everyday Getaways You Can Take Close to Home
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Getaways don’t have to take you so far from home that you don’t get through the laundry, miss the kid’s game, or forget to stock the fridge. You can break away from hectic schedules and your everyday lifestyle, even for a few minutes a day and feel like you’ve been away all weekend even if you can’t afford to go too far from home by taking a mini getaway. Try these simple “getaways,” this week to break free from the grind, without going far from home: Try Mind/Body Exercise: You may fee like you’re on another planet the first time you hear someone say “breathe in happiness, and breathe out anger.” But the truth is, group meditations and mind/body classes that challenge your comfort zone really can take you away. The combination of calming and invigorating fragrances, people that may, or may not have anything in common with you and a new ideas for your mind to process can help you break away from those day-to-day habits that can leave you feeling stuck. So grab some free flowing clothes and give Yoga, Tai Chi or group mediation and take a getaway! Go Where Your Pet Would Go: If you have a four-legged friend, imagine where they would go if they stepped out your door for a getaway. Take them along with you to a nearby park, or natural reserve and just play. Walk, run, skip, toss a ball around, and bring along a set of headphones if you want. Make Read More »

4 Weekend Workouts That Preserve Your Free Time
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Weekend workouts don’t have to take up your precious R & R time. You can blend together recreation, and calorie burn with these weekend workouts that are fun, and also tone that physique you work so hard to maintain. 1. Group Fitness Classes Weekends are a great time to try something new. Use your weekend freedom to head to your local gym, or community fitness center and try a group exercise class. There are tons of options and while Zumba or Yoga classes may not be your cup of tea, there are dance classes, mind/body workouts, spinning and more options to choose from. The key to maintain your sexy, fit body is to keep your body guessing. So if you are looking to burn some calories over the weekend, have fun doing it! Try a few group fitness classes while you have the chance, and beat that fitness plateau with a smile on your face. 2. Hit the Road No matter where you live, you can take a short day-trip and find a hiking trail that can help you build that mind/body connection. Get out and take an hour or two on the road to find those special places to do your yoga routine, or cardio. While you increase your endurance in the gym Monday through Friday, you can really put it to the test on a weekend trip. Improve your overall physical performance by taking a hike this weekend! 3. Make it Play Time Your furry friend is loyally Read More »

Ice Bowl Recipes, and Ideas for any Occasion
Posted By on August 5th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 47
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Flower ice bowls are a beautiful way to add color, and creativity to your table any time of the year. You can use these decorative ice bowls as a centerpiece or a serving bowl for cold fruit, desserts or other foods at a buffet. Here is a basic recipe for a flower ice bowl: You’ll Need: Assorted flowers such as, pansies, nasturtiums, anise hyssop, chamomile, hibiscus, lavender, lilac, rose, geranium, azalea and any other seasonal bloom you want. You may chose to include the leaves, and a few stems as well. 1-quart and 2-1/2-quart freezer-proof glass bowls Ice cubes Freezer tape Wooden skewers To Make a Flower Ice Bowl: Wash blossoms and leaves, then pat dry. Fill the 2-1/2-qt. bowl half full with water. Arrange flowers to completely cover surface of the water. Place the 1-qt. bowl on top of flowers so there is about 1 in. of space between the bowls. Fill the 1-qt. bowl with ice cubes. Place freezer tape across both bowls to hold them in place. Place the taped bowls in the freezer for 30 minutes or until ice crystals form on top to the water. Using a wooden skewer, place additional leaves and flowers between the sides of the bowls. Return bowls to the freezer. Checking periodically on the bowls, continue to add and reposition flowers as the water freezes. Freeze overnight. Remove freezer tape and ice cubes. Fill the 1-qt. bowl with lukewarm water, then remove it. Dip the 2-1/2-qt. bowl in warm water and Read More »

Pets Improve Mental, Emotional and Physical Health: Consider Adoption This Year
Posted By on July 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 46
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  Pets can help keep your infant healthy, your teen happy and yourself physically fit. When you consider adopting a pet, you may only be able to remember the messes, the noise, and the responsibility that they bring along with them. But this year, consider something different. Recent research has shown that pets offer tons of health benefits, mentally, emotionally and physically. A recent Finnish study of about 400 children found that those who lived with a dog or cat tended to be happier during their first year of life than those who did not have a pet. Of those children, the children living with dogs developed 31 percent fewer respiratory tract infections, suffered 44 percent fewer ear infections and had to receive 29 percent fewer antibiotic prescriptions in the first year of life than those without canine companions. Cats in the home had similar effects, and researchers speculate that the bacteria pets can track into the house strengthens the immune system of children, but it may just be the presence of these loving animals. 3 Other Health Benefits of Owning a Pet 1. Weight Management: Pets help to keep you active. It’s not surprising that dog owners get more exercise than those who do not have a pet. On average, adult dog owners are also more likely to participate in mild to moderate physical activities even without their pets company. According to a recent study, dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes a week, when compared to the Read More »

Run with Your Dog? 5 Summer Safety Tips for Running With Your Pet
Posted By on June 17th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 40
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  Run with your dog this summer even when it’s hot outside? Many people do. But if you want to take your four-legged-friend out with you this summer for a run, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before heading out. Here are just a few tips you can keep in mind when you take your pooch out for a run in the summer heat: 1. Warm Up and Cool Down: Your dog may need the warm up and cool down even more than you do! This is a time to prepare for what’s ahead and give your pet time to prepare for their run. So before you get up to your full speed, allow your pet a few minutes (3-5) to just go at a slower pace. This helps warm up muscles, and reduces the risk of joint injury for you, and your dog. 2. Take it Slow: You might be at a point with your workout that you can go hard right from the start, but your dog might need to work up to that. Keep in mind that your furry friend also needs to train slowly to get into shape. So when running with your dog, start slowly, take a few breaks even if you don’t need them, and bring water with you so that you can provide hydration breaks for your pet. You might find that they need to stop more often than you do so keep the pace slow until you find what Read More »

How Pets Can Help You Stop Masturbating
Posted By on May 13th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 35
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Pets can actually help you stop masturbating, if this has become a problem. While masturbation provides health benefits, just like anything else, too much of a good thing can damage your health. Your sex life is a delicate thing that requires attention, and a healthy balance just like all other aspects of your life. So, since many people struggle with too much of this particular good thing here is something to consider before you celebrate National Masturbation Month fervently. Pets offer a great way to nurture your mood, and help develop health relationships. Not only that but a recent study has shown that dogs can actually act as a catalyst for social interactions. Pets can offer you a change to take care of something, and you will find yourself outside walking your dog, or at the pet store shopping for your four-legged friend instead of masturbating. This can serve as a way to spark interactions with other pet owners! Increasing your social interactions with your pet can help enhance your feelings of wellbeing, and overall health. Pets Can Improve Your Sex Life Two studies were recently conducted on how pets enhance feelings of wellbeing. In one study, a highly trained dog was used to ensure that the dog itself did not solicit attention from passers-by. Data was collected across a range of normal daily activities in which a dog could be included, but not confined to conventional dog walking areas as in previous studies. When a person was accompanied by Read More »

Adopt a Pet for a Healthy, Happier You
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A pet can improve your life in many different ways, but did you know that they are also a great natural anti-depressant? It’s true. If you are considering adopting a pet – here are a few other things you can consider. Pets and Your Health Loneliness is a damaging risk factor for those recovering from heart disease, and studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack but own pets, have five times the survival rate of patients that are not pet owners. Companion animals are also a great way to relax. You can take a furry friend along with you on an outdoor exercise trip and having a four-legged friend that also needs exercise can help get you out the door. The presence of your pet also induces relaxation and simply petting your animal can help reduce blood pressure. Creating a bond with your pet also creates an animal-human bond that can speed the healing process, and prevention of a variety of ailments. Pet Ownership and Your Wellness Dogs encourage good behaviors. Studies have shown that when people walk a dog they make better eye contact, and they experience interactions with people that they wouldn’t have, without their dog. Did you know that dogs are also known to attract the opposite sex? So true. So if you’re looking for a date, skip the bar and head to the dog park. You might find the person you’re looking for just taking your companion animal along. Pets and Your Read More »

Reduce Your Stress With a Take-Your-Pet-to-Work Day
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Pets are a great way to reduce stress, and taking your pet to work may actually be something your boss would support, since your productivity may even increase when you bring your furry friend along for a work day. Long hours at the office can leave you stressed out, and that can lead to weight gain and a variety of health problems. A recent study at the Virginia Commonwealth University found that out of 450 office workers, those who brought their pets to work with them experienced a steady decline in stress throughout the day. In comparison, employers without canine companions reported an increase in stress. Here’s just a few reasons to suggest a take-your-pet-to-work day to your employer: People who are stressed for long periods of time can suffer from a variety of health problems including weight gain (especially around the mid-section) as well as an increased risk for a variety of diseases. Pets aren’t just good friends, they are also good for your mind and spirit. Pet owners are far less likely to suffer from mood disorders like depression than those who do not own a pet. In one study, stockbrokers with high blood pressure who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did people without pets. Heart attack patients who have pets have been shown to survive longer than those without, according to several studies. Researchers say that male pet owners had lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners. Make Read More »

What’s In Your Pet Food? Choosing a Pet Supplement
Posted By on January 7th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 23
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Pet supplements offer balanced nutrition and nutrient support for specific health benefits to pets. There are a variety of options when it comes to feeding your pet, and choosing a pet supplement. If your pet has specific health problems associated with joint pain, digestive health, behavior issues and/or allergies, you can find a pet supplement that suits your needs. Today, pet food brands are accommodating more organic tastes and providing wholesome alternatives to manufactured animal by-products in order to help maintain the health of pets naturally. For pets that require additional nutrients there are a variety of multi-vitamin and multi-mineral formulas A pet supplement will provide a blend of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that help support the optimum health of your pet. However, if you want to address specific areas of health, there are formulas that offer support for those needs. Digestive Support Just like us, our pets require balanced nutrition and may also need extra support in specific areas of health. One of the most common, or at least most obvious needs is in the area of digestion. Because animals eat foods that can be difficult to break down, your pet may benefit from a probiotic pet supplement to help maintain a healthy digestive system. Studies show that probiotics can help lower intestinal pH, and the amount of disease-causing bacteria in the gut. Probiotics can also help improve immune function, maintain bacterial balance and help maintain the integrity of healthy cells in the gastrointestinal tract that produce Read More »