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Healthy Snacks for Kids
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Kids Sports

Healthy Snacks should be a part of your children’s everyday diet. The need to provide children the right nutrition for their growing bodies is paramount for caring parents. But do active children have greater nutritional needs than their less energetic peers? What are the best eating habits and healthy snacks for athletic kids? Regardless of how active your child is, giving them the proper diet is essentially the same. By making sure proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and certain fats are appropriately represented in your child’s diet has always and will always be the key to his or her nutrition; however, there are few things to keep in mind when designing the healthiest possible diet for your active kid. 1) More activity means more calories: Generally, athletes do a good job at eating when they’re hungry to sustain their levels of activity. However, kids often don’t realize how strenuous all-day competitions and grueling practices can be on their bodies. Accordingly, when your child is going to be extraordinarily active make sure they eat their full portion at meals and eat mostly healthy snacks. A candy bar is okay on occasions, but only if it’s part of an overall balanced diet. Snacks like Cliff bars, Chia seeds and Good Sense bars make great take-along snacks. 2) Hydration is key: Even slight cases of dehydration affect your child’s performance. Not being hydrated decreases their energy and strength, the two things they need most while being active. Your kid should hydrate 15 – 20 minutes Read More »

Three Ways Vitamin C Helps Back to School Colds
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Vitamin C

What are the best ways to use Vitamin C for protection from colds? It’s that time of year again. Little feet trudging through crisp fall leaves on their way to the classroom. Back to school means another year of learning, making friends, and unfortunately germs galore. As the weather becomes cooler and crisper, the air gets drier, making it easier for germs to get your little ones down. In fact, families with children in school can get upwards of 12 colds per year! According to the Mayo Clinic, the common cold is the number one reason children miss school each year. That adds up to a whopping 22 million days of missed school, and parents aren’t off the hook either. The amount of time parents spend at home with sick children is said to cost our economy 20 BILLION dollars in lost work per year. There are plenty of supplements that can help bolster your little one’s immune system, and your own as well, but one of the tried and true staples of keeping those sneezing cells healthy is vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most well known vitamins around, and has been studied to treat everything from cancer to wrinkles, but why is it so important? And what’s the best way to get the most out of it? vitamin C is a powerful immune system booster that has been shown to lessen cold severity and help ensure your kids have as few sick days this year as Read More »

Your Pet’s Diet and Digestion
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Pet Diet

Knowing your pet’s diet is critical for healthy digestion. For a long time pet owners analysis of their pet’s diet and digestion started with scooping food out of the bag and ended by emptying it into the bowl. Nowadays, with good reason, many pet owners are much more discerning with what they put into their animal companions. After all, you’re pet’s diet and digestion is a critical part if it’s health and well-being. With the ever-expanding pet food aisle, owners have more options than ever for their pet’s diet. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options and varieties, but if you follow a few simple rules, you’re pet’s diet and digestion will thank you. 1) Beware of Filler: Pet food filler, such as corn and wheat do just what claim: fill your pet’s stomach. Unfortunately, they do little else. They are hard to digest and provide little to no nutritional value to your pet’s diet. This also effects your pet’s digestion because it can cause bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea. Consequently, the bargain pet food isn’t quite the bargain it seems. You’re dog’s diet should mainly consist of meats and more digestible grains, such as rice. 2) Few or No Chemical Additives: Sure chemical additives help preserve pet food providing for a longer shelf life and they might even make the kibble a little tastier, but constantly loading your pet up with ingredients you can barely pronounce does little for your pet’s diet and digestion. This also includes choosing pet Read More »

Keep Your Pet’s Fur Healthy: Dog Grooming Must-Knows!
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Dog Grooming

Dog grooming do’s and don’ts. Dog grooming is an important part of pet ownership. Your four-legged friend is most likely covered in fur from head to paw. Fur comes in all styles and sizes, from the cuddly sleek beagle to the massive fur-ball known as the chowchow. If your dog has fur, it means they probably shed, if they have hair, then they don’t shed much and frequent haircuts are needed. Coat care can vary greatly from breed to breed, but one thing all dogs have in common though, is they need proper dog grooming for optimal health. Keep Their Natural Oils Intact: Those experienced in dog grooming know that man’s best friend has delicate oils on his skin that help to keep their coat healthy. Bathing them too frequently can upset this delicate balance and cause skin dryness and irritation. It is recommended by the ASPCA that dogs get a bath once every two to three months, unless otherwise directed by a professional. If your dog gets especially dirty or sheds quite a lot, a good brushing between baths should do the trick. It is also always recommended that your dog have a good long brushing before hoping into the bath, to remove dead hair and mats. Consult your vet for optimal dog grooming frequency for your breed. Make It Fun and Brief: Dog grooming shouldn’t be a long, terrifying experience for your pet. Try to keep each phase of the experience only 5-10 minutes, with gentle reassurance, calmness Read More »

Identifying and Treating Your Pet’s Anxiety
Pet Anxiety

All pet’s anxiety can be diagnosed and treated but in different ways.  Almost every long time pet owner has come home (at least once, if you’re lucky!) to see his or her lovely pooch has ripped open the couch cushion and left a smelly present on the floor. Most times this means the young pet needs to be taught some manners, but other times it can be indicative of a deeper anxiety issue. Dogs, just like humans, can establish a reaction pattern to stimulus that is less than desirable. Digging, chewing, destroying in general, urinating and defecating in doors, and constant barking and howling can all be signs that your pet suffers from anxiety. So what can you do as a pet owner to help alleviate your pet’s anxiety? While fear is instinctual and evolutionarily advantageous in many cases, it can manifest into a phobia or an anxiety that puts a strain on both you and your pet. Most veterinarians suggest that you expose your dog to a variety of environments in their first 14 weeks of life, doing this will better equip your pet to become more easily comfortable in situations it doesn’t immediately recognize. If your pet has passed this stage in development, don’t worry there are plenty of treatment options. First, identify the symptoms and assess your pet’s anxiety level. Trembling, tail tucking, and withdrawal/hiding, are all common signs of your pet having mild fears. The next step up is seeing signs of panic in your pet. Read More »

Keep Those Paws Prancing: Pet Joint Health
Pet Joint Health

Pet joint health should be closely monitored to keep your 4-legged friend active for years. It brings tears to most pet owner’s eyes. As your loving four legged companion starts to age, it becomes harder and more painful to get around like they did in their spry youthful prime. You come in the door, that tail starts to wag, eyes light up like the stars, as your dog slowly tears himself away from his doggy bed, longing to bound around, leap into your arms and plant sloppy wet kisses all over your face. As dogs age, one of the most common ailments they encounter is joint deterioration and arthritis. There are many pet joint supplements that can help your furry friend maintain his youthful vigor longer, or help put that spring back in their step if they’re already showing signs of joint deterioration. There are two major types of pet joint health problems that generally occur in dogs. The first type of pet joint health problem referred to as developmental, containing conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia, where the pet joint doesn’t form properly. The second type of pet joint problem is degenerative, which causes the ligaments to break down and can turn into painful arthritis. How can you spot pet joint health problems? Most owners can spot pet joint problems fairly easily, although their onset is usually gradual. If you notice your pet slowing down or having difficulty standing up or jumping into a car, that might be a Read More »

Healthy Pet Treats for Healthy Dogs
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Healthy Pet Treats

How much and what are healthy pet treats? We all love to reward our extra-special pets with extra-special pet treats. The look of excitement on their faces beforehand and the look of contentment afterwards is enough to make any pet owner want to shower their four-legged companions with treats. However, giving your pet too many treats or the wrong type of treats can have deleterious effect on your pet’s health. So what’s a loving pet owner to do? How much and what are healthy pet treats? How do we “treat” our pets with out compromising their health? Treats as a whole should only comprise 15%-20% of your pet’s entire diet. This sounds like simple advice to follow, but keep in mind there are not-so-healthy pet treats sold that in one serving give your pet as much as 25% of their suggested daily caloric intake. The 15%-20% of treats they get need to be healthy pet treats. That’d be like you eating a 500 calories in a couple bites. The general rule of thumb is that if it sounds like it’s high in calories it probably is. Cheeseburger-flavored-doggy-ice-cream-bars are exactly as healthy as you think it’d be, not very. When you are treating your pet, make sure it’s with healthy pet treats. Doing your research as to which store brand treats and what you already have in your home can help. This also means being aware of your pet’s unique dietary needs. For instance, while most vegetables and fruit are fine Read More »

What You Need to Know About Dog Skin Care.
Posted By on August 20th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 7
Dog Skin Care

Dog skin care can keep your little buddy from a lifetime of nibbling and licking. Our four legged friends have very delicate skin, and do to their furry coats, that can mean even more irritating, stinky painful skin care problems can erupt. Dog skin care is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy and feeling good. To avoid extensive vet bills and needless suffering of your poor dog, it’s important to have a good knowledge base of what can happen to your dog and how to help soothe and take care of their sensitive skin. Fleas And Parasites: The most common problem with dog skin care is of the parasitic genre. Including fleas, lice and mites, which can turn into mange. We don’t have to tell you that fleas are no fun for you or your poor dog. Nobody wants tiny bugs gnawing all over their skin and driving them crazy! Luckily there are many natural ways to help rid with dog skin care when it comes to those pesky parasites. Products like Pet Naturals Flea and Tick spray can help gently protect their precious skin without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals. Pet Naturals contains healthy ingredients like lemongrass and castor oil to soothe and provide a lovely scent, while providing your pet with the utmost in effective dog skin care against fleas. Seasonal/Allergy Related Skin Problems: Allergies are become a big issue in dog skin care, as dogs don’t really get the sneezes or runny noses, their Read More »