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6 Expert-Approved Tips For Raising Happy, Healthy Puppies 
by Farah Al-Khojai | September 26, 2017

The arrival of a puppy is often surrounded by feelings of excitement and joy. Puppies are simply so cute and adorable that everyone will fall in love with them immediately with just one look. It can be easy to go overboard with buying different pet accessories for a new puppy simply because the new “baby” deserves only the best.

But to fully enjoy the experience of being a dog owner and all the benefits that come with having a pet, you have to make sure you will be raising healthy and happy puppies. This, of course, will entail a lot of hard work on your part.

Meeting Your Growing Puppy’s Needs

You can get on the right track to raising happy and healthy puppies and eventually have a great canine companion by following these tips recommended by pet experts:

1.   Bring your puppy to the vet for regular check-ups

Your puppy’s vet will play an important role in your pet’s health. Your puppy is susceptible to various diseases and, as such, will have to be seen by the vet regularly.

For the first 16 weeks, you will need to bring your pet to the vet every three to four weeks for vaccinations and check-ups. Some of the shots your puppy will have to get include vaccination against rabies, kennel cough, influenza, and distemper-parvo.

Once your puppy turns a year old, experts recommend taking your pet to the vet at least once annually.  During these yearly check-ups, the vet will assess your pet’s health and take a blood sample to check for heartworms. Your dog will also get additional vaccinations and booster shots to ensure your pet is in good health.

With the help of your vet, you will be sure you will be raising a healthy and satisfied puppy.

2.     Make sure your pet maintains a healthy weight

Although it may be hard to say no to pups (especially when they look at you with their big, adorable puppy eyes), you need to avoid overfeeding them. This is because with proper care and nutrition, dogs can live for many years.

If your pet is overweight, however, they will be at risk for heart disease and certain behavioral issues such as missing the litter box. Your puppy will also feel tired and lazy because of the extra weight and hence, won’t be their usual frisky, cheerful selves.

You can ensure your puppy will maintain a good weight by feeding your pet only high-quality dog food. Choose a brand that lists protein such as chicken or fish among the main ingredients and that doesn’t contain a lot of artificial preservatives.

Also, avoid or minimize giving your puppy table food. Make sure that you control what food and the amount of food you feed your dog every day as well.

3.     Give your puppy adequate physical and mental workouts

Regardless of their age and breed, dogs need to have the right amount of physical and mental exercise so that they will be happier, healthier and better behaved.

Experts say that dogs who get sufficient workouts tend to bark and chew less, sleep more, and rest easier if left alone at home. They are also less inclined to rummage through the garbage and make a mess or ravage the couch cushions.

Mental stimulation is also crucial in keeping your pup happy and emotionally healthy. Taking them on sniff walks and giving them interactive and puzzle toys will give your pet the mental exercise he needs.

4.     Train your puppy

Trained puppies are definitely a joy to pet owners and other people. But dog training classes also allow puppies to acquire valuable socialization skills. As such, take advantage of obedience training courses in your area.  Aside from learning basic commands such as “stay” and to come immediately when called, your puppy will get to interact with other people and other pets, too.

The socializing opportunities your puppy will experience through training classes will also make it easier for you to take your pet when you travel. You won’t need to keep them cooped up at a boarding facility. As a result, both you and your pet will be happier and have more fun during out-of-town vacations.

5.     Prioritize your puppy’s safety

Aside from purchasing the obvious items such as beds and blankets for your pup, make sure you get your pup quality dog accessories  that ensure their safety such as collars, tags and puppy carriers.

Your pet’s obedience training classes and your own instructions will also help ensure that your puppy is always safe.  When your pet can always obey the command “wait,” you help your pup avoid getting into accidents. If you keep your dog safe and protected, your pet will avoid injuries and will be healthy and happy all the time.

6.     Always be patient and generous with your love

Finally, although dogs are intelligent creatures, they won’t understand what you want them to do the first or even tenth time you tell or command them. As such, you have to be patient with your puppy during training and every time you’re with your pet.

Also, always use positive reinforcement rewards, not just in the form of treats but through words and actions as well.  Keep in mind that dogs are sensitive and emotional. If your puppy feels loved and is rewarded for doing something right, your pet will always want more of that affectionate attention. Both you and your pet will benefit greatly from this relationship and be truly happy with each other.

You can enjoy the company of your puppy for many years if you take the right steps to keep your pet happy and healthy. Although it will require some investments on your part, everything will be worth it, especially if you raise a loyal and happy puppy.

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.



5 Things That Can Rock Your Day and Make it Awesome
by Cathy Baylis | August 30, 2017

We all have good days and bad days, but there’s still plenty we can do to get our days off to a good start. It’s all about getting yourself into a routine in which you set yourself up for success from the outset.

That said, it isn’t always easy to know how to get started, and that’s particularly true in our fast-paced world of social networking sites and 24/7 connectivity. There’s always so much to do that we often forget to take a moment to reevaluate whether we’re living our lives the way we really want to.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together five key things you can do to change your day for the better.

1.     Get up early

Getting up early isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of night owls out there who are successful. Still, getting up earlier can give you the time you need to prepare for the day instead of playing catch up from the second you leave the house. Even ten minutes can make a huge difference.

The best thing about getting up early is the fact that you can use the time you save in a different way. If you want to check your emails then that’s fine, but it’s also fine if you want to read a book or spend some extra time with your children. Only you can decide where your priorities lie.

2.     Do the most important things first

As we already hinted in the first point, different people think that different things are important. Ultimately, you’ll need to prioritise your workload so that you’re always tackling the most important things first. The bad news is that this can lead to unimportant tasks dropping off your radar and never being picked back up again. The good news is that you can fall back on this technique again and again so that whenever there’s a clash of priorities, you know where you need to put your effort.

If you’re struggling to focus on one thing at a time, why not log out of social networks and close your emails and spend the first hour of the day ticking off the tasks that really matter? You can always catch up on your emails later when you’re feeling less stressed and less pressured.

3.     Ask for help

John Donne said that no man is an island, and that’s never been truer than today in our global, connected society. That means it’s easier than ever to ask people for a helping hand, whether a friend is helping you to move house, an Uber is taking you to work or assignment masters are helping you to score top marks. You can get groceries delivered to your door, same day delivery on hundreds of thousands of items, personal trainers, yoga teachers, wedding planners, accountants and more. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone.

4.     Take breaks

It can be tempting to power through when there’s a big deadline coming up, but failing to take regular breaks is counterintuitive. Your work will start to suffer if you’re too tired and taking a break can actually boost productivity. It’s all about working harder and not smarter.

Speaking of which, when you’re preparing to take a break, try to stop in the middle of a task so that it’s easy for you to pick it back up again. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to browse the web, check your emails and start procrastinating – and before you know it, it’ll be lunchtime and you won’t have ticked anything off your to-do list.

5.     Don’t take life too seriously

Most people tend to get so wrapped up in their day-to-day lives that they fail to look at it with perspective. As a result, many of the things that we get stressed about turn out to have little-to-no impact on our lives – especially if we look back at them years later.

That’s why it’s so important not to take life too seriously. It’s true that it’s important to give it your best, but it’s also true that sometimes we sweat the small stuff and take our eyes off the bigger picture. Instead of taking life too seriously, focus on what really matters. You might be surprised at how much it improves your performance in the workplace, too.

BIO: Cathy Baylis is a freelance blogger specialized in personal growth, leadership, motivation, and career development. Starting as a freelance ghost writer who enjoys helping other to discover little-known fact and stories, she also provides assignment help for students.



Baby Development
by Pintoo Singh | August 18, 2017

Milestone Of Baby’s Development – Everything You Need To Know About It

The joy and happiness of parenting of cannot be substituted by that of any other things. Nothing on earth is prettier than the smile of your baby and no music in the world is sweeter than the giggles of your kid. All your worries, tensions, and troubles would vanish in the fraction of a second the very moment you see your baby smiling or hear giggling or crying. However, bringing up the babies is not as easy as it appears it to be. Not only do you require giving a lot of time and sacrificing a lot many things, but simultaneously, it is essential to know the varying needs of the babies at different developmental milestones. So, if you are not well familiar with the different aspects of baby’s development, you should, surely, learn how to be instrumental in the baby’s holistic growth.

Various milestones of baby’s development

Truly speaking, there is no any cut and dried stages of a baby’s development. Nor is it important to demarcate the stages. The stages of rolling over, crawling, sitting, talking, grasping the objects, walking, and learning other things are broadly considered to be a few milestones of baby’s growth. In fact, these are various stages where you feel amazed and happy to see the baby doing these amazing things. These are some indications that baby is doing well as expected or is lagging behind.

What to expect when

You can expect the baby roll over by the age of 4 and 6 months. By this time, the baby will learn keeping the head up while lying on the tummy. Her neck and arm muscles will get strengthened enabling her to make efforts to crawl. By the age of 4 to 7 months, the baby will acquire the skill of sitting with and without support. She will learn to balance herself with the help of the hands, buttocks, back, and neck etc. The babies learn to crawl between the age of 7 and 10 months. Between the age of 9 and 12, you can expect the bay to learn walking, and around the same time, the babies can be seen learning to speak the words.

What is expected from you?

The baby will never say what she requires. What is required is that you understand the need of the baby. For instance, if the bay is starting to learn keeping her head up while lying on her stomach, you need to render the required support. Likewise, you need to be around the baby when she learns crawling and sitting. Again, a lot of assistance is required while she starts to learn walking and talking.

Indispensability of your support

Your support is indispensable in every stage or milestone of the baby’s growth. Not only does the baby grow physically and learn different stages, but simultaneously, the psychological development as a human being starts in the earliest of the stages of growth. So, you should always remember that the baby is not only fully dependent for upon you for feeding and protection, but at the same time, she is entirely dependent upon you for her overall growth.

Author:

BabyPillars is an expert in the field of Baby Development. For more information contact BabyPillars.com.



When do Babies Crawl?
by Pintoo Singh | August 18, 2017

When does a baby start crawling? Many of the first time parents may not be quite clear about it. And even if the parents already have the experience of parenting, it is not in their hands to decide about when the baby should start crawling. What they can do at their best is to maintain the physical health and overall well being of the baby. Usually, babies start crawling between the age of 7 and 10 months. So, even if your baby has not started crawling by the age of 9 months, there is no need to worry. The baby will, surely, start a new milestone by the age of 10 months. What you require doing at your best is to leave no stone unturned in maintaining the good health of the baby.

Let the baby have her own style of crawling

Initially, the baby may not be able to support herself with the knees and palms or hands. She will get the maximum support through the tummy. While supporting herself with tummy, she would try to propel herself with hands and feet. Perhaps, she would be able to do no more than changing from one direction to another without moving forward or backward. But this is the beginning. Gradually, the muscles of her legs, hands, and almost every part of the body would get exercised and strengthened, and the baby will gradually start crawling.

Encouraging the baby

One of the things that parents often forget is to encourage the babies to crawl. The question that troubles many a parents is – how to encourage the little baby that does not understand the language? Well, the child like the people of any other age is curious, and in fact, more curious than the people of the other ages. So, if you keep something before the baby, she will try to reach it. For instance, if you keep a toy before her, she will make efforts to reach to it. It may take a few days or a week, but with constant efforts, she will surely succeed.

Helping the baby crawl

It is highly significant to help the baby crawl. What the parents can do is to place the baby on her stomach and play with her. However, in the initial stages, one needs to be more careful as the baby may get tired. Also, she may not be able to keep the heap up off the floor for a long time. Moreover, you can motivate him by placing the incentives like toys. Also, you can create some obstacles on her way by placing pillows and cushions etc.

Childproofing the surroundings

Once the baby starts crawling or you teach her crawling, it is important to childproof the surroundings. Stairway gates must be closed unless she is confident and steady in making movements. Sharp objects like knives, razors, and nails etc should be kept out of her reach. In case of wooden floor, the nails and sharp edges should be removed. Again, once the baby has mastered crawling, she will require more attention. She can reach anything and move wherever possible. This can lead to mishaps and you need to take extra care.

Author:

BabyPillars is an expert in the field of When Do Babies Crawl. For more information contact BabyPillars.com.



When do babies roll over?
by Pintoo Singh | August 18, 2017

The babies learn to roll over as early as 4 months. However, there is nothing to worry if you do not see any such movements in your baby. By the age of 5 or 6 months, she will surely start rolling over. Once the baby learns head control, she will soon start learning to roll over with her own strength. Gradually, she will strengthen her neck and back muscles and discover the new skill to roll over. You will notice that the baby flips her back to her tummy and then vice-versa. All these are quite natural. Even if you do nothing, the baby will learn rolling over. However, you can initially encourage her to get control over her head and neck by creating sounds or noise from either side. This will stimulate the baby to turn the neck and head towards the noise or voice eventually helping her strengthen the neck muscles.

Help the baby lift her head & shoulder

How can you help the baby lift her head and shoulders? One of the best ways to help the baby lift the head and shoulders is to place her on her stomach. However, you should do it only when the baby is about 3 months old. Once you place her on her stomach, she will try to lift her head and shoulder with the support of the arms. This would look to be like a mini pushup. In the beginning, the baby may not be able to properly lift the head and shoulders, but with the passage of time, the muscles of her arms, neck, and back would be strengthened. This is the first stage of the baby learning to roll over.

Encourage the baby roll over

The baby will, for sure, learn to roll over as the days and weeks pass by. No matter you do not help the baby; she will learn it by her natural instincts. However, you can play a vital role in helping the baby learn rolling over. What you can do is to wiggle a toy next to the baby. This will encourage the baby to roll over and reach the toy. Also, you may lie down at some distance where she cannot reach while lying on her tummy or back. You will see that the baby makes all the efforts to come closer to you and this will spontaneously help the baby learn to roll over.

What if the baby does not roll over?

Normally, the babies learn to roll over by the age of 6 months.  However, if the baby has not acquired the skill of rolling over, you should visit the concerned doctor. But there is nothing to worry if the baby is healthy.  Babies acquire and develop the skills differently. Some are quicker while others take more time.

Premature babies may take more time

The premature babies may take more time in learning and developing the new skills. They may, therefore, reach the different milestones slower than the other babies. What you need in such cases is to observe patience and pay more attention towards encouraging and supporting the baby to learn the skills.

Author:

BabyPillars is an expert in the field of When do babies roll over. For more information contact BabyPillars.com.



When do babies sit up?
by Pintoo Singh | August 18, 2017

It gives a new perspective to your baby. Yes, when the baby learns sitting independently, she has reached a significant milestone. However, this would not be possible unless the back and neck muscles are strong enough to hold her upright. Usually, the babies learn by the age of 4 to 7 months. By this time, the baby learns to roll over her and keep her head up. The effort of keeping her and shoulder up strengthens the shoulder, arms, and back muscles. This, further, helps the baby in acquiring the skill and strength of independently sitting upright.

Care to be taken in the initial stages

Mastering the new skills is not a sudden miracle. It takes time and effort. So, there is nothing to worry if the baby fails to sit for a few minutes without support. With the passage of time the she will be stronger and achieve greater mastery over the skill. Some babies may sit for several minutes all by themselves while others may tend to topple over sooner. However, in the early phases of learning the skills of sitting independently, you need to keep the baby in the right place. The hard surfaces may hurt her when she falls down. The soft mattress, cushions, and pillows should be used to save her from getting hurt.

How do babies learn sitting?

The baby would not sit upright from the day one. Even if you try and help the baby sit, it will not work. It is essential that the neck, legs, arms, and back muscles are strong enough to help the baby strike a balance and keep her head up and erect. By the age of 4 months, the baby will strengthen different muscles rapidly and learn to keep the head up while lying on her tummy. Once she learns to keep the head up the ground, she will, gradually, start rolling, crawling, and sitting. However, you need to be close to her while the baby is learning to sit. She may fall anytime and she needs your assistance in great deal.

Your support to the baby

You can prompt the baby look up while she is playing with her head down when lying on her tummy. For this, you may use some toys that are bright or can create noise or music. A mirror can also be used. The baby would surely be interested to look at the mirror. Once her vision and hearing are on the right gear and learns to sit without any assistance, you can keep some toys or intriguing objects. You may keep these things a bit out of reach of the baby and let her try to reach them. All these will hold the attention of the baby she would learn balancing with the arms while she tries to reach out to the objects.

What if the baby does not sit up?

If the baby is unable to sit unsupported even by the age of 9 months, you should consult with the doctor. In case of the premature babies, it may take a bit longer than usual and there is no need to panic.

Author:

BabyPillars is an expert in the field of When do babies roll over. For more information contact BabyPillars.com.



Why I Stopped Being Skeptical About Self Help
by Travis Peterson | February 4, 2017

I’ve got to admit it – I was pretty messed up when I was a youngster. I knew this, and knew that I didn’t want to be, but had no idea of how to change anything. In a semi-conscious effort at figuring this out, I took a class in psychology in high school.

The teacher and I disliked each other almost immediately. I had nothing that I could point at for a reason to dislike him, but I did. Of course, I gave him plenty of reason to dislike me, and the situation spiraled downward pretty quickly. I passed the course, but just barely, and became very resistant to using anything that I’d learned in it on a practical basis.

I’ve always been a voracious reader, but my lip would curl at the self-help section of the bookstore, and I focused almost entirely on fiction. My school experience had left me pretty resistant to the idea of learning any new subjects, too.

A few years later, I was selling encyclopedias door to door, and had read a few books on the art of selling. This opened me up to reading to learn things, and I started to develop a passion for learning, but only with subjects that I could put to immediate practical use.

Then came a major turning point in my life. My boss insisted that I read a book that wasn’t about selling. He practically demanded that I read Harry Browne’s How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. This book has long been out of print, and the used copies you can find are amazingly expensive. It is not an exaggeration to say that the book changed my life.

Beyond what the book teaches, it opened my eyes to the idea that how we experience life is a direct result of how we look at the world. It seems obvious to me now, but at the time, this was a major revelation to me. I believe this outlook on life could come at a key moment for many people’s lives, especially millennials. Many of today’s youth are addicted to their phones and the social media platforms that dominate how we look at life. People now feel the need to document their lives and judge their life on Instagram likes. I wholeheartedly encourage for this trend to end.

The next good self-help book I ran across was The Owner’s Manual for Your Life: The Book You Should Have Gotten at Birth, But Didn’t, published by Doubleday. The title is accurate, and the author gives specific, clear techniques that I still use regularly.

Another author that has made a strong difference in how I view the world is Robert Anton Wilson. Most of his books don’t often appear in the self-help section, and it’s always interesting to discover how a particular store will categorize his work, as science fiction or philosophy. Some of them do appear in self-help, but they’re not at all easy to find. Publishing rights for many of them have reverted to his estate, and they’re scheduled to be re-released by Hilaritas Press. If you are amused by conspiracy theories as a general topic, I think that you’ll find his work fascinating.


Inspiring People to Know | Challenge Ourselves and Everyone to Focus on Unity
by Mia Carey | July 28, 2016

 The times we are living are full of segregation and separatism.  You may be thinking segregation in 2016….Get out of here; there isn’t segregation in 2016!  However, if you walk into the majority of the high school cafeterias you will see this group over here, that group over there and them over there.  As adults we also tend to only socialize with those that look, walk and talk like us.  This is a natural animalistic tendency, which we probably behave this way for numerous of reasons. One reason is because it makes us comfortable.  We feel at ease and safe in environments with those from the same cultural and social background as us.  But does this create unity in the world?  How does this make us better collectively as a society?  Our goal should be to make the world a better place and to progress positively.  How can we bridge this gap if we do not expand our circle and unify?  

 Segregation and separatism breeds a “themism” problem.  “Themism” is a term we coined and basically means a person lacks understanding of another group and therefore makes inaccurate preconceived assumptions about others, which are usually negative, biased and not founded on facts.  The result of “themism” is a person comes to have a fear of others.  Consciously or subconsciously people come to think, “They don’t have my best interest,”  “They cannot be trusted,”  “They are against me,” or “They are a threat.”  We can go on and on.  

   They, They, They:  There is much power in the mind.  

  • What if we adjusted our thinking from they to us?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

  • What if we viewed “them” as our own and treated “them” as our family?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

  • What if we truly expanded our circle to gain understanding of others?

No matter the skin complexion, no matter the dialect, no matter the accent in one’s voice.

3 Simple INSPIRING Ways to take action on “Themism”:

Firsnumber1t, we must
recognize and accept the tendency of “themism.”  We must accept the fact that we havepreconceived notions of a person before we even get to know them.  We do not extend the same love and consideration that we give to those that look and act as we do.

number2 Second, we must intentionally adjust our behaviors and get uncomfortable.  To unify the human race, we cannot only surround ourselves with those that have the same line of thinking as us.  We must respectfully engage in dialogue with others (them) to understand their concerns and feelings.

number3Third, once communication takes place we can collectively come up with a unified course of action to bridge the gap.  What this means is we will take an empathetic approach to unify towards a common goal.

Note – These three steps are best in a small setting where everyone can be heard and voice their viewpoint and perspective (ideally 6-8 people).  

Please email us your feedback so we can share your stories on this approach and how you have inspired others.

Hugs & Much Love!


6 Simple Habits That Supercharge Your Mental Vitality
by Gehana Kennedy

Your brain will continue to produce new brain cells throughout your life. Its ability to grow and strengthen is unbelievable.

The more you do to support brain cell regeneration, the more protected you will be against things such as anxiety, depression and physical pain. Moreover, you will have stronger cognitive functioning.

Some people can benefit from making an appointment with a therapist to improve their mental health. Others might even be taking medications to enhance their mental ability, but keep in mind that drugs are not for everyone.

A trusted vitamin shop shares some simple habits that can help you develop a healthier mind.

1. Get Enough Sleep

More people are failing to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Depriving yourself of sleep will increase your stress levels. Also, it makes you feel hungrier.

If you have trouble sleeping even when you have earplugs on, try using white noise. Turn on a fan, the air conditioner or a machine to lull you to sleep. If a noise wakes you up at night, it is not the noise that woke you up; rather, it is the sudden change in sound that disturbed you. White noise will create a masking effect by blocking out noise disturbances. It will create a consistency of sound.

Other things you can do to get a good night’s sleep is to maintain a strict bedtime routine, drink a relaxing cup of tea or milk, or avoid bright lights for several hours.

2. Learn Something New

Do something that will challenge your abilities. For instance, learn how to speak another language, cook your parent’s favorite dishes, or belly dance. Learning a new skill or activity will encourage your existing neurons to strengthen their connections. Also, it builds new neurons to form new pathways. If you have more neurons and pathways, your brain will function better and quicker.

3. Be Physically Active

Getting active will not just benefit your physical health. Aerobic exercise, for instance, has been found to increase the growth of neurons. Moreover, exercise will help reduce stress levels so that a decrease in the growth of new neurons can be prevented.

4. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of meditation used primarily to relieve anxiety and depression. The technique will require you to refocus your senses, like paying attention to different smells and hues around you. In most cases, this is also effective in helping people take power away from negative thoughts.

Another study has discovered that mindfulness helps reverse the negative effects of stress on brain areas. It decreases the physiological stress response, which means that fewer neurochemicals are triggered by stress flowing throughout your body and causing trouble.

5. Eat for Brain Health

There are several food products you can ingest to help your brain function optimally. These include the following:

●       Cocoa Flavanols

Cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolates can boost your memory as it affects a part of your brain known as dentate gyrus.

●       Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding omega-3 fatty acids for a long time. It is known to improve your memory, encourage the growth of new brain cells, and protect you against anxiety and depression. So start eating chia seeds, fish oil supplements, flaxseed oil, and salmon.

●       Magnesium

Magnesium is important for good brain health. It also helps with stress reduction. Moreover, it can strengthen learning and memory as well as protect you against anxiety and depression. Eat foods rich in magnesium to restore those that stress depletes. These include soy beans, avocado, and banana.

●       Blueberries

Blueberries are known to stimulate oxygen and blood to the brain. Also, this promotes the growth of new brain cells.

●       Choline

Choline will support your brain during aging. This will also prevent cognitive decline since it prevents changes in brain chemistry. Food rich in choline include scallops, prawns, and eggs.

●       Yogurt

Probiotics found in yogurt and supplements will reduce stress and anxiety in general. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses today; however, they do not just affect your brain. They can also cause symptoms to emerge in your digestive tracts. It turns out that good bacteria doesn’t just help with digestion, but it also promote mental health. In addition, studies have discovered that  probiotics can enhance moods.

6. Keep Toxic People Away

Toxic individuals will create toxic environments. If your brain is within this kind of surrounding, it will shut down as a means to protect itself. Although you can still function in these situations, you will become vulnerable to depression, memory loss, reduced resilience to stress, anxiety, reduced immunity, cognitive impairment, illness, and loss of vitality. So as much as you can, keep toxic people away from you.

Apart from that, you should nurture your brain to make up for the negative effects of toxic individuals in your life.

There are many things in life that you simply cannot avoid, such as stress, illness, pollution, and ageing. However, there are also crucial things you can do to protect and strengthen your mind and body. Your brain determines who you are, the way you walk through this world, and your thoughts and memories. So looking after it is the best way to make sure that you are the best version of yourself. 

AUTHOR BIO

Gehana Kennedy is the owner of vitaminshop.ae, the go-to source for high-quality wellness products including a range of step-by-step formulated vitamins, fitness supplements and natural skin care products. With innovative ideas and implementation of new technologies, she was able to establish a platform that offers not only quality products but also valuable information for customers.


ALABAMA ROT AND LYME DISEASE:

ALABAMA ROT AND LYME DISEASE: TWO RARE DOG DISEASES ON THE RISE IN THE UK

September 15, 2016

ALABAMA ROT AND LYME DISEASE: TWO RARE DOG DISEASES ON THE RISE IN THE UK

“New data indicates that Alabama Rot, a serious disease affecting dogs, may be taking a foothold in the UK and that Lyme disease, a bacterial disease spread by ticks, is on the rise, too. The risk to your dog from either of these remains very low, but it is nonetheless important to understand the symptoms and be able to recognize the warning signs should your pet come into contact with either, potentially life-threatening conditions.”    Read More 

Alabama Rot
What is it?

“Alabama rot is the common term for cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV). It is a mysterious disease which is hard to identify and sadly, very difficult to treat. Since December 2012, there have been 78 confirmed cases in the UK, including 14 in 2016 so far.”   Read More 

An unknown cause
“As mentioned, the causes of Alabama Rot are still unknown and we don’t yet know if it can pass between dogs, either. What we do know, is that the strain afflicting the UK is not limited to any particular breed, body weight, sex or age, and the disease affects the skin and kidneys.”  Read More 

How to prevent it
“There are no specific steps you can take to prevent your dog from contracting the disease, but there is some evidence of seasonal fluctuation, with most cases appearing between November and June.”   Read More 

Know the signs and check your dog
“Importantly, you should always keep a lookout for the first sign of Alabama Rot, which is skin sores that have not been caused by a physical injury. These sores can present as lesions, swelling, a patch of red skin, or may be open and ulcer-like. The sores are most commonly found below the knee or elbow or occasionally on the stomach or face. Usually, this will cause localised hair loss and the dog will begin licking the wound. These lesions will be followed – between two and seven days later – with outward symptoms of kidney failure: reduced appetite, fatigue, and vomiting.”   Read More 

Lyme disease
What is it?
“Lyme disease, conspicuous when contracted by humans because of its bullseye rash, can also be deadly to dogs although the primary symptom is lameness. There has been a 560% increase in cases of the disease affecting dogs, with 99 reported in 2015 alone. These reported cases are thought to be just the tip of the iceberg, though. NHS data also reveals that the number of diagnosed cases amongst people has increased fourfold between 2001 and 2013, with, at least part of the increase, being attributed to the warmer winters we are experiencing in the UK.”   Read More 

Preventing Lyme disease
“There are a number of vaccines available for dogs that claim to prevent or reduce the risk of Lyme disease, however, some vets have criticised the efficacy of these and do not recommend them. You should always seek your vet’s advice specific to your dog and circumstances.”   Read More 

If your dog is diagnosed
“Lyme disease is diagnosed with a blood test and requires a relatively simple treatment of antibiotics lasting between 14 and 30 days. However, it is possible for your dog to relapse after this treatment and they should be monitored carefully. Where the disease causes acute pain, such as in joints, your vet may recommend a pain relieving treatment in addition to the antibiotic.”   Read More 

A small but growing risk
“Both Lyme disease and Alabama rot affect a very small number of dogs each year, but the number of reported cases is growing. The risks for Lyme disease are mostly between late Spring and Autumn when the tick population is highest, so now is the time to be particularly vigilant. If left untreated, Lyme disease can be a serious and debilitating condition which can cause long term problem.”    Read More 

Pet Care

The goal of “Pet Care” is to connect the world with Resources from around the world which contain tips and guidance for taking care of the God’s sweet animals who so generously give unconditional love.

6 Expert-Approved Tips For Raising Happy, Healthy Puppies 

by Farah Al-Khojai | September 26, 2017

This article is in the guest blog section.

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The New Dog Microchipping Laws: What you Need to Know

February 22, 2016

THE NEW DOG MICROCHIPPING LAWS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is microchipping?
Did you know that 8.5 million families in the UK have at least one dog?*    Read More 

So what is the new legislation?
Three years ago the UK Government introduced plans to change the way we ‘register’ our pets. On April 6th, that new legislation is coming into practice. From this date forward, every dog in England, Scotland and Wales will be required by law to be microchipped.   Read More 

Why is the new legislation being implemented?
“The introduction of the new microchipping regulations will help educate the dog owning population of the importance of not only microchipping but the essential supporting registration on a microchip database. We know there is a vast amount of misunderstanding about the procedure but now that it is going to be a legal requirement we have the opportunity to improve this knowledge, increase the number of microchipped dogs and ultimately bring more lost pets home.” – Beverley Campbell, Anibase.   Read More 

What do you need to do as a dog owner?
To get ready for the new legislation you will need to have your dog microchipped before the 6th April 2016 if they are 8 weeks or older. If your dog is found not to be microchipped after this time, you’ll be given 21 day to have the procedure done.   Read More 

Frequently asked questions about microchipping
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In summary…
The new dog microchipping law is a good thing. It’s something that many animal welfare organisations have been campaigning a number of years for. Getting your dog microchipped is quick, painless and affordable (even free at selected subsidised clinics), and it’s the best chance you have at being reunited with your beloved pet should they ever go missing.

It’s also something the government has been planning for a number of years to help reduce cost burdens on the taxpayer and aid with the prosecutions of those who neglect or abuse dogs.   Read More 


Mental Nourishment

Mental Nourishment 

happy-brain-e1424904826409“Don’t lie down with anyone who is not willing to stand up for you.” Robert Overstreet

The goal of “Mental Nourishment” is to connect the world with Resources from around the world which contain tips and guidance for your journey towards success. Most importantly, how to live a life with well balanced emotional health.

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15 Ways to Become a Better Person

 December 24, 2015

15 Ways to Become a Better Person
By John Rampton
Entrepreneur and investor@johnrampton

1. Compliment Yourself
2. Don’t Make Excuses
3. Let Go of Anger
4. Practice Forgiveness
5. Be Honest and Direct
6. Be Helpful
7. Listen to Others
8. Act Locally
9. Always Be Polite
10. Be Yourself
11. Be Open to Change
12. Be Respectful
13. Don’t Show Up Empty-handed
14. Educate Yourself
15. Surprise People

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7 Thoughts to Keep You Inspired

 October 17, 2015

7 Thoughts to Keep you Inspired

1) Life is an internal job.     Keep Reading 
2) Accept what you can and can’t control.   Keep Reading 
3) We are special and unique individuals.    Keep Reading 
4) You are worthy to receive unconditional love.    Keep Reading 
5) You are on a journey to become your authentic self.   Keep Reading 
6) We possess the internal strength we require.   Keep Reading 
7) Don’t be afraid of change.    Keep Reading 


4 Ways to Keep Social Media from Ruining your Relationship

 April 15, 2015

1) “Stop Being “Single” Online but “In a Relationship” in Real Life”   Keep Reading 

2) “Don’t Believe Your Own Hype”  Keep Reading 

3) “Stop It with the Sneaky Stuff”   Keep Reading 

4) “You Must Have Some Limitations”   Keep Reading 


3 Simple Steps to Change your Energy

 March 14, 2015

1) “Change your Environment: One of the easiest things you can do to transform your energy is to make changes to your environment!

If the energy of a past relationship still lingers in your home, causing you grief and sadness, change things up! Get yourself a brand new comforter, some brightly colored throw pillows you love and paint the walls. Bring in fresh flowers, play a completely new kind of music and declutter. Hang new photos and buy yourself new dishes.”   Keep Reading 

2) “Change your Location – This is all about mixing things up and creating a new environment for yourself. Sure, sometimes it might mean moving to a new job or apartment, but it doesn’t have to be a big to-do!

Start taking the peaceful, scenic route home from work. Maybe instead of heading straight home, you stop off at the gym, a coffee shop or a friend’s house. Instead of shopping at the same grocery store, mix it up and hit a different brand name or just visit another neighborhood’s farmer’s market.”  Keep Reading 

3) “Change your Location – This is about more than just “think happy thoughts,” though I highly recommend you practice positive thinking. It’s about creating the space and opportunity for new ideas and growth. Growth forces us to release limiting beliefs and try out new ways of thinking, being and processing our world.”   Keep Reading 


12 Things every Guy Should Master to Become a Real Man

 February 28, 2015

12 things every guy should master to become a real man | March 3, 2011 By Atalwin Pilon

1) Be fearless – Being fearless does not mean being without fear, being fearless means admitting your fears and going beyond them.

2) Be resilient – A man should be flexible and reliable at the same time.

3) Live, speak and listen from the heart – A real man doesn’t hide his feelings and intentions. He is not afraid to be gentle nor afraid to be sad.

4) Own your anger – A real man owns his anger. His anger has transformed into masculine compassion. He can be angry, strong, decisive and courageous.

5) Own your anger – Try not to become a man of success, try to become a man of value.

6) Own your edge – This life is a journey and we all are somewhere on our path. A real man is honest about where he is at in his development.

7) Be vulnerable –  A coward is always trying to hide his weak spots, a real man works on them.

8) Make love passionately – A real man does not hold back. When he makes love he opens up to all his rawness and all his tenderness and he gives his woman everything he has got.

9) Practice a martial art – When push comes to shove every man should be able to defend his wife, children and honor.

10) Have a sense of humor –  (don’t take yourself so fucking seriously)

11) Own your edge – A real man can hold both the utter importance and the utter unimportance of life at the same time. He can see his own failures and flaws and joke about that. Since he knows his self image is just an image he feels no need to defend that image.

12) Be real – In the end a real man knows that he is just a guy. He does all these things because that’s what he is: a man. He likes hanging out with other men, he might drink beer during football, he loves his woman and he works wholeheartedly.

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5 Side Effects of Kindness on Health

 February 11, 2015

5 Side Effects of Kindness on Health

1) Kindness Makes us Happier – When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good.

2) Kindness Gives us Healthier Hearts – Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth.

3) Kindness Slows Aging – Aging on a biochemical level is a combination of many things, but two culprits that speed the process are Free Radicals and Inflammation, both of which result from making unhealthy lifestyle choices.

4) Kindness Makes for Better Relationships –  This is because kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people and so we feel more ‘bonded.

5) Kindness is Contagious – When we’re kind we inspire others to be kind and studies show that it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends – to 3-degrees of separation.

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Coping with Depression

 January 17, 2015

The following is from the site “HelpGuide.org”. I am not trained professionally, I have suffered thru depression (does not make me an expert, I did gain empathy). My gift to you is provide information that is able to lead you towards the right direction so you will

Self-Help and Coping Tips to Overcome Depression

“Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.”  Read More 

Depression self-help tip 1: Cultivate supportive relationships

Depression self-help tip 2: Challenge negative thinking

Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself, the situations you encounter, and your expectations for the future.


 Tips for coping with depression

  • Be more active
  • Face your Fears
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Have a routine
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When you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, problems don’t seem temporary—they seem overwhelming and permanent. But with time, you will feel better, especially if you reach out for help.

Read Helpguide’s Suicide Prevention articles or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

For help outside the U.S., visit Befrienders Worldwide.


10 Sure Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2014

10 Sure Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

    1. Keep your resolutions simple.
    2. Choose carefully.
    3. Be realistic.
    4. Create bite-sized portions.
    5. Plan a time-frame.
    6. Make notes.
    7. Treat yourself.
    8. Receive support.
    9. Don’t give up!
    10. Put yourself in charge.
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15 Important things Kids Should Know by Age 15

December 13, 2014

15 Important Things Kids Should Know by Age 15

1. “Parents are people too and why I will never be your best friend.”
2. “Think for yourself, that’s why you have your own brain.”
3. “There will always be problems: focus, focus, focus!”
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6 Practices to Handle Holiday Stress 

November 15, 2014

The holidays can be a stressful time. As much as we have fun, all the hard work and time that we invest making sure everyone else is happy can place an extra physical, emotional, and mental burden on ourselves. The following two sites with great resources and recommendations for helping us cope.

6 Simple Practices to Handle Holiday Stress

Coping with the Holidays


How to Improve Focus Thru 15 Relatively Random Techniques 

October 19, 2014

How to Focus

…how to improve focus through 15 relatively random techniques…

  1. How to focus by becoming comfortable
  2. How to focus by eliminating work space clutter
  3. How to focus by taking a break (what irony!)
  4. How to focus through written plans
  5. How to focus through visualization
  6. How to focus through centering
  7.   Read more  

Positive Affirmations 

October 1, 2014

Positive Affirmations

  • I deserve to be happy and successful
  • I have the power to change myself
  • I can forgive and understand others and their motives
  • I can make my own choices and decisions
  • I am free to choose to live as I wish and to give priority to my desires
  • I can choose happiness whenever I wish no matter what my circumstances
  • I am flexible and open to change in every aspect of my life
  • I act with confidence having a general plan and accept plans are open to alteration
  • It is enough to have done my best
  • I deserve to be loved

More Self-esteem Affirmations

Self Help and Development


12 Habits of Productive People

August 9, 2014

12 Habits of Productive People

  1. They’re not chained to email.
  2. They handle things at once.
  3. They have a system for getting it all done.
  4. They practice selective perfectionism.
  5. They don’t get wrapped up in “being productive.”
  6. They’re conscientious (but not overly so).
  7.  Read More 

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