Navigating Social Media

Navigating Social Media

Social media is the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

Navigating Social Media
Making Scents

Making Scents

Have you ever thought that scents can transform your mood and productivity? Smell is the strongest of the senses and is the most able to influence brain activity.

Making Scents
Got To Go

Got To Go

The transition from diaper to toilet can be a frustrating and tricky process. It demands fine balance between encouragement and the child's comfort. One of the biggest problems getting started…

Got To Go
Break the Ache

Break the Ache

Occasional headaches can be a nuisance and really puts a damper on your day. In addition to disrupting your daily routine, a lingering headache can also be mentally and physically…

Break the Ache
Stop the Burn

Stop the Burn

I'm sure we've all suffered at one time or another with an occasional bout of heartburn, that uncomfortable, burning, pain in your upper chest. What can you do it about…

Stop the Burn
Men vs Women – Wieght Loss Styles

Men vs Women – Wieght Loss Styles

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. There is a lot of differences between men and women; let it be in physical appearance or in the functioning of…

Men vs Women – Wieght Loss Styles
Train Your Brain

Train Your Brain

Exercise is not only important for a healthy body, but also for a healthy mind.

Train Your Brain
Pom Pom for Pomegranates

Pom Pom for Pomegranates

The pomegranate is an ancient fruit native of Persia, Pakistan and Afghanistan that was cultivated and naturalized in Georgia, Armenia and over the entire Mediterranean region and northern India since…

Pom Pom for Pomegranates

Navigating Social Media

Social media is the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Social media depends on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. The most popular social media outlets are Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Foursquare, Google, Pinterest, Youtube and Linkedin. Social media has become its own world and in this world, it is important to maintain a good online character. You never know who may be seeing your profiles. It is imperative to be careful what you write online.

What was once personal or private may now be everyone’s business. Facebook alone has more than 483 million daily users and it’s growing. Online social networking enables individuals to connect with family and friends, play games, and express themselves. It’s the expressing themselves part that gets users of social networks tangled up. Posts on certain social networking sites, like Facebook, have the potential to reach a vast audience in a very short time. More and more employers are now using social networks to recruit and to gain more information on potential candidates.

Here are five tips to help you thrive in the increasingly complex world of social media, and to stand out from the crowd in your area of expertise online:

  1. Decide who you are professionally. What do you want to be known for? Define your area of expertise, and then ensure that you brand yourself accordingly.
  2. Post with purpose. Avoid posting material just for the sake of putting up content. Before you post, ask what the post says about you personally. Not everything should be shared, the things you don’t post tell the world as much about you – or more – than the things you do post.
  3. Social networking is still primarily about networking, so you should be mindful of not only what your posts say about you to potential employers, but also to your friends and family.
  4. Sometimes less is more. Your social network is a form of media exposure and good public relations agents make sure their clients don’t get over exposed. There are lessons to be learned from this approach, before posting ask yourself if you are advancing your brand by providing some new information about yourself or are you repeating yourself.
  5. Post your best leave the rest. Social networks allow us instant and immediate access to the world; use this access judiciously. Never post while angry, under the influence, or in any other state that may cause you to post things you will regret later.

When you use social media safely and correctly, it can be very beneficial. It can:

  • Provide social confidence by interacting with others
  • help you become more familiar and comfortable with new and emerging technology
  • Help with finding employment
  • Allows people to stay in touch and up to date (while being miles apart)
  • Excellent business tool for growth by free marketing and promotions and increased recognition
  • Great tool for organizing and planning events
  • Great space to chat with those with similar interests

There are unlimited reasons to join a social media network, for business or employment growth or for a social aspect with friends, family and those with similar interests. Remember to protect yourself and your character. Use the tips above to stay safe and benefit from the use of social media.

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Making Scents

Have you ever thought that scents can transform your mood and productivity? Smell is the strongest of the senses and is the most able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. While most people think of aromatherapy as a tool for managing stress and creating a relaxing environment, selected scents can also be used to create a more creative and productive environment.

Aromatherapy or essential oils not only help improve job performance by health. This means employees are less likely to take sick time. Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Using these oils in an environment where there are a lot of people can help keep germs at bay. Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus (the area of the brain which sends messages to other parts of the body). Simply inhaling a pleasant aroma can cause many changes in the body, activating the immune system, affecting blood pressure and stimulating digestion.

If you want to share the aromas try placing a drop of the essential oil in a bowl of hot water and place it in the middle of the table during a brainstorming session. If you don’t want to offend others, place a drop or two of the essential oil on a cotton ball and enjoy the smells yourself – and reap the benefits.

Here are some of the best productivity boosting scents:

  1. Lemon – This scent promotes concentration and has calming and clarifying properties that are helpful when you’re feeling angry, anxious or run down. Lemon also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and can help fight sore throats and colds by boosting the body’s immune system and improve circulation.
  2. Lavender – This essential oil has calming properties that help control emotional stress. Lavender has a soothing effect on nerves and can relieve nervous tension and depression as well as treat headaches and migraines.
  3. Jasmine – Just like lavender, jasmine also is used to calm nerves. It is also commonly used as an anti-depressant because of its uplifting capabilities that produce a feeling of confidence, optimism and revitalized energy.
  4. Rosemary – This oil is a perfect pick me up smell. In addition to improving memory retention, rosemary has stimulating properties that fight physical exhaustion, headaches and mental fatigue. It is great for morning use to get you going.
  5. Cinnamon – The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus.
  6. Peppermint – Use peppermint essential oils when brainstorming. Peppermint is an energy booster that invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking.

The benefits of aromatherapy can be vast and versatile, but you want to make sure you are using the right scents for your needs. The simplest way to do this is to use more energizing scents earlier in the day, and more calming scents later on. Next time you need to focus on work and keep stress at bay, consider breaking out some of the essential oils listed above. You may be surprised on how it works to get you working.

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Got To Go

The transition from diaper to toilet can be a frustrating and tricky process. It demands fine balance between encouragement and the child’s comfort. One of the biggest problems getting started with potty training is that every child takes to it differently. What may work for one may not for the other. If you’re lucky, you might not even have to worry about teaching your child potty training as they simply teach themselves by imitating older children or adults.

When do you start? As with everything else in child development, every child is different and will start the process at different ages. However, generally, potty training will begin around 1 year of age and be completed by about 3 years of age, but this is very flexible. It’s a process of trial and error, and there should be as little pressure as possible on the parent and on the child.

If you’re trying to wean your child off of diapers and it is becoming a heated and unhappy time, then stop and try again in a month or so. Parents often report that the most successful time to begin potty training is when the child themselves shows an interest in learning – don’t rush a child or push them. When a child is ready, it will be an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone involved.

To get the process started, it is important to get a potty or potty seat for the toilet. Find one that the child likes to use, maybe a fun design, or their favorite characters, or even lights up when they sit on it. The potty also needs to be stable and sturdy so there is no risk it will tip over. It should be shaped and contoured for their comfort and ease of use allowing them to fit snugly on it.

Choose the best training option for you and your child’s life. A three day potty training session where you don’t leave the house for days may be what works for you. Training with the help of pull-ups or training pants could be another option. Whichever method you use, you must remain consistent in your training and determined. Remind yourself to be patient – your child WILL learn to use the toilet.

Some Tips on Potty Training:

  • Offer lots of praise and encouragement when your child uses the potty successfully.
  • Don’t get cross or lose your patience or temper. Don’t introduce an element of shame into the process.
  • Boys tend to be slower – by as much as 6 months or so – be patient.
  • Buy clothes which can be easily and quickly removed by your child.
  • Never hurry or pressure a child to “push” hard on the potty as it can lead to bladder and bowel disorders.
  • Encourage a routine for potty use.
  • Have some games or activities your child can do while sitting on the potty
  • Give out positive reinforcement in the form of treats and rewards after successful potty use.

However you go about your potty training process, plan ahead. Preparing for the training and the steps involved will make the transition as smooth as possible for all those involved. Be consistent in your approaches and make sure all adults involved in the training are all “on the same page”. And soon, you’ll be well on your way to a diaper free life.

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Break the Ache

Occasional headaches can be a nuisance and really puts a damper on your day. In addition to disrupting your daily routine, a lingering headache can also be mentally and physically exhausting. Headaches can come on for a number of reasons. In order to get rid of headaches, most people resort to taking medication, especially aspirin, because it’s the easiest and fastest form of pain relief. However, you don’t need to run to the drugstore to treat headaches. There are several home remedies that you can try first.

First, you have to figure the cause of the headache.

  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Stress/tension
  • Temperature changes
  • Chemical smells
  • Allergies
  • Tight neck muscles
  • Exertion
  • Foods

    Once you have pinpointed what is causing your headache, try and eliminate the reason. You can also try some of these recommendations:

    1. Keep a headache diary. It is important in identifying, and avoiding, important triggers such as those things listed above that can bring on your headache. Document what you were doing, eating, drinking, exposed to, etc just before your headache began and try to avoid it.
    2. Massage/Physical Therapy. When a headache occurs get a neck/shoulder massage from a massage therapist. Neck and back of the head muscles get very tight when a headache occurs. Releasing this tension can almost always release the headache as well.
    3. Decompress. Getting some exercise will also relieve stress included muscle tension and a tension-based headache. Swimming leisurely in a cooler pool will unkink your tense muscles and almost always relieve a tension headache quickly. Walking or swinging your arms, loosens stiff neck muscles and helps stop a headache.
    4. Eat. Low blood sugar headaches and brain fog can occur from not eating regularly throughout the day. Eat carbohydrates and a protein, like milk and bread, or nuts and fruit, to raise your blood sugar back up, keep it stable, and get rid of that headache.
    5. Natural Pain Relievers. Try some natural relievers such as white willow back.
    6. Ice/cold, or heat compresses. Apply a compress to the back of the neck/head muscles can help unkink tense muscles that are causing the headache.
    7. Soak your feet. A warm water foot bath will move blood from your head to your feet and helps relieve the vascular congestion in your head that may be causing the headache.
    8. Magnesium. Frequent migraine headaches caused by muscle tension may indicate a magnesium deficiency. Try taking 400 mg of magnesium with a glass of milk and lie down.
    9. Valerian. This is a natural relaxant. A few drops of it in warm water can help you relax and de-tense you, helping end your headache quicker.
    10. Potassium. Potassium can help knock out a migraine, especially if you are deficient in it. It is often the ingredient in some prescription migraine drugs. Potassium is also found in foods such as potatoes, bananas, milk, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, and nuts.
    11. Relaxation/Meditation. Learning how to breath deep, relax and meditate to relieve a migraine.

    Headaches can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let a headache put you out of your daily routine. Get right back to life with some of these recommendations.

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  • Stop the Burn

    I’m sure we’ve all suffered at one time or another with an occasional bout of heartburn, that uncomfortable, burning, pain in your upper chest. What can you do it about it? Heartburn or acid reflux, like every other pain in your body, is a warning signal. It is telling you that something must be changed.

    Heartburn is a muscular problem. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a specialized ring of muscle located at the end of the esophagus, opens when you swallow to let food pass into the stomach. It then closes quickly to keep things in the stomach. When the LES doesn’t close quickly enough, or reopens at the wrong time, stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. The acid on the sensitive lining of the lower esophagus causes a burning sensation.

    True heartburn relief must make the LES operate properly. It must keep the LES from relaxing inappropriately, or it must strengthen the LES. The simple fix of over the counter medication such as TUMS and other antacids really only mask the real issue.

    So, how can you get proper heartburn/acid reflux relief? Follow some of these suggestions:

    1. Diet. Everyone is different and what types of food causes heartburn for one person will differ for the next. Our stomachs produce differing amounts of gastric juices, with differing degrees of acidity. A type of food that may not agree with you and cause acid reflux may be fine for someone else who also gets acid reflux. Relief requires listening to your body. The next time you have heartburn, think back to what you ate. Keep a diary every time you get a bout of heartburn. After about a month, look back on the diary and determine if there is a pattern to the type of food that may be causing your problem.
    2. Actions. The failure of your muscle to keep the “door” closed between the stomach and the esophagus may be as simple as your actions. Eating too fast, eating too much, or not chewing food well can all contribute to heartburn. Also, things like bending at the waist right after eating or wearing tight clothing can also be common connections to heartburn. An overweight person may also have more acid reflux cases as the extra weight puts undue pressure on that area of the body, an action best corrected by losing weight. Going to bed on a full stomach or exercising too soon after eating will also cause heartburn. Look at some of these possible causes and see if they may have an effect on you. Eat slower and chew every bite before swallowing. Stop eating before you get full. Sometimes your brain and your stomach take a bit to “talk” to each other. Wait at least 2 hours after eating before exercising and at least 3 hours before going to bed.
    3. Water. If you suffer from heartburn during or after exercise, you may simply be dehydrated. Every muscle, including the LES that prevents backflow of stomach juices, needs sufficient water to function well.
    4. Garlic. Garlic provides heartburn relief for many, especially those that have H. Pylori (a bacterium found in the stomach). H. Pylori works with acid secretion to damage stomach tissue, causing inflammation and contributing to heartburn. Garlic helps eliminate H. pylori – try eating 1 or 2 cloves of fresh, raw garlic daily.
    5. Oxygen. As mentioned several times, the root cause of heartburn is muscles. Muscles demand oxygen for efficient functioning. Maybe your stress is high or you have poor habits and fail to breathe deeply and regularly and thus you deprive the LES of the oxygen it needs to be strong and operate properly.

    Here are some other home-remedies that may work for you:

    • Tall glass of milk
    • Baking Soda (full glass of water with 1 tsp of baking soda)
    • Celery
    • Yellow Mustard (1 tsp mixed into half filled glass of water)
    • Raw Potato (clean, peel an average size potato and blend it with a glass of water)
    • Chamomile
    • Ginger
    • Peppermint
    • Fennel
    • Papaya
    • Pineapple

    If you are experiencing heartburn or acid reflux on a more regular basis, please make sure you see your doctor to rule out any other underlying health concerns. Once the more serious concerns are ruled out, try some of these simple, non-prescription or non-medicine based options to get relief from uncomfortable heartburn

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    Men vs Women – Wieght Loss Styles

    Men are from Mars and women are from Venus. There is a lot of differences between men and women; let it be in physical appearance or in the functioning of the body’s organs. Do men lose weight faster?The simple truth is that men are larger and have more muscle than women due to the hormone testosterone. They are genetically designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat, which works in favor of keeping them fit and allowing them to eat more calories.

    Women are predisposed to store and retain fat. It’s in the genes. Women have higher levels of estrogen, a hormone that works to keep the fat on a woman’s body so it’s easier for her to get pregnant. That means women have to work harder to lose weight at the same rate as men. Women also have a smaller lung capacity than men, which can make women feel as though they are working harder than men even if the women are working at the same level. This can also make exercise feel harder in the heat or high humidity.

    There is a difference in body composition. Every pound of lean body mass you have burns about 14 calories a day, while every pound of fat you have only burns about 2 calories. So, the more muscle you carry (and the less fat) the greater your daily calorie burn. There’s the benefit for men, not only are their bodies bigger, they tend to carry more muscle than women do too.

    So what it boils down to is, the number of calories it takes for the average man to maintain his weight is higher than it is for the average woman. And that can be a big advantage to men when it comes to weight loss. A heavy-set guy who maintains his weight on 2500 calories a day can cut out 1000 calories or so from his daily intake, still have a reasonable 1500 calories to spend on his meals and snacks, and drop a couple of pounds a week. While, on the other hand a woman struggling to maintain her weight might be maintaining on only 1600 calories or so. To lose weight safely, she shouldn’t cut her intake to less than 1200 calories a day – cutting only 400 calories.

    For either male or female, here are some weight loss tips that will help:

    1. Eliminate sugar. If you need to sweeten things up, try using honey.
    2. Exercise a ½ hour each day for 5 days out of the week.
    3. Eat more vegetables.
    4. Stop eating unhealthy snacks and living a sedentary life.
    5. Avoid high calorie and high cholesterol foods (no deep fried, creamy, breaded options).

    Men and women are different beings, different compositions – it requires different work to get to the healthy weight you want. Eat healthy, have a good workout routine and patience. You’ll reach your goals with hard work and determination. Speak to your Doctor or fitness trainer to get more tips on weight loss and healthy eating.

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    Train Your Brain

    Exercise is not only important for a healthy body, but also for a healthy mind.The incidence of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is about 4% at the age of 65 and increases to 50% at the age of 85. Some believe that everyone has Alzheimer’s Disease and it’s just a question of the degree. We have a blood-brain barrier that is intact when we are healthy. Its purpose is to contain things in our blood. When those vessels travel through the brain, they make sure that nothing leaks out into the brain that shouldn’t. As we get older, we experience aging associated changes in our blood vessels, including the integrity of the blood-brain barrier. You begin to spring leaks in your brain, and they wreak havoc on the ability of the brain to function. It is found that those with Alzheimer’s Disease have a material called amyloid that characteristically accumulates in their brains. Amyloid is found all over your body but not in your brain. When your brain-blood barrier breaks down, amyloid now begins to flood out in the brain. The accumulation of amyloid is one of the hallmark characteristics of the disease.

    Exercise seems to be a helpful tool to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. It is found by researchers that exercise alone can decrease the risk by 50% and 40% risk can be cut down by following proper diet. Blood flow is reduced and our cardiovascular system becomes weak when there is little or no exercise. When blood flow reduces, tissues can get damaged and the cells will begin to die. Both the heart and the brain is kept healthy by doing regular exercise as blood flows more strongly through exercise. Certain neuroprotective substances in the body are created and boosted by exercising regularly. When there is more physical activity, the brain automatically becomes active as both are interrelated.

    It is also important to keep up mental stimulation. Individuals that continue to stimulate themselves mentally are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. There are many ways to keep your brain sharp and working hard. Try learning something new (foreign language, musical instrument, tweek an existing habit like using the opposite hand to brush your teeth), play some strategy games (Sudoku, scrabble or online Brain Builder, Luminosity).

    Try some of these ideas to keep your brain stimulated and sharp:

    • Read a book
    • Play an instrument
    • Play challenging games
    • Memorize famous passages
    • Learn poetry
    • Do the crossword puzzle
    • Do Sudoku puzzles
    • Solve word or math problems

    With a healthy diet and including exercise for your body and your brain, you can help reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease in the future.

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    Pom Pom for Pomegranates

    The pomegranate is an ancient fruit native of Persia, Pakistan and Afghanistan that was cultivated and naturalized in Georgia, Armenia and over the entire Mediterranean region and northern India since ancient times. Pomegranates are mentioned several times in the Old Testament, and the ancient city of Granada in Spain was renamed after the fruit during the Moorish period. The pomegranate shrub was introduced to California by Spanish settlers in the early 18th Century, and is now widely cultivated in that state as well as in Arizona.

    With a rich history in myth, symbolism and art, the pomegranate was even thought by some scholars to be the forbidden fruit, which tempted Eve, not apple. Because of the intense ruby color of its edible seeds, the pomegranate was an inspiration to many artists of the region.

    The pomegranate is used for medical purposes in Persia, Georgia and India and has always been an important part of the Middle Eastern diet. In its long history, the pomegranate has been linked to health, fertility and rebirth.

    Because pomegranate has astringent, anti-parasite properties, it’s root bark is used to treat intestinal parasites. The bark contains alkaloids that sedate intestinal parasites making them lose their grip on the intestinal walls, and therefore easier to expel.

    This day and age, the pomegranate has become a super-food mainly because of its antioxidant properties. It is a symbol of good taste and good health. Research has shown that the pomegranate fruit and its juice may help with heart disease, as it reduces blood clots and contains the damage done to the arteries by cholesterol. The pomegranate also helps with other problems associated with ageing due to the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, folic acid and iron.

    Pomegranate fruit extracts can block enzymes that contribute to osteoarthritis, according to study done at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This study found that pomegranates possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and these properties have therapeutic benefits in a variety of diseases.

    The pomegranate has become the most versatile produce on the plant; lending its distinct taste, beautiful color and luscious smell to all kinds of foods and skin care. Its uniqueness and flexibility makes it fun to experiment with, and because of its brilliant shade of red, crunchy texture and intense flavor, anything made with pomegranate makes a statement which is why it is becoming popular with famous chef’s, celebrities and restaurants.

    Pomegranates take a good amount of time in order to get to the edible red bulbs on the inside. They can be very messy as the juice inside will dye anything it touches – counters, hands, clothes. That’s why bottled Pomegranate juice has become a popular version of enjoying this healthy fruit.

    Enjoy this fun, bright, delicious fruit. It is a super-fruit with many healthy benefits. Pour yourself a tall glass or enjoy a bowl of the juicy bulbs.

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    Eat Turkey but Avoid the Hangover

    Holiday dinners usually mean Turkey. With the turkey dinner comes the aftermath, lying on the floor or couch, sleepy and full. However, there are many benefits of a delicious turkey dinner.The turkey is often cited as the culprit in the after dinner lethargy, but most of the time it is not the bird that makes you feel the effects of the feast. Turkey does contain L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep including effect. L-tryptophan is used in the body to produce the B-vitamin, niacin. Tryptophan also can be metabolized into serotonin and melatonin, neurotransmitters that exert a calming effect and regulates sleep. However, for tryptophan to really take effect and make you feel sleepy, it needs to be taken on an empty stomach without other amino acids or protein. You’re likely enjoying your tryptophan filled turkey with other delicious dishes.

    L-tryptophan may be found in turkey and other dietary proteins, but it’s actually a carbohydrate-rich (as opposed to protein-rich) meal that increases the level of this amino acid in the brain and leads to serotonin synthesis. Carbohydrates stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin. When this occurs, some amino acids that complete with tryptophan leave the bloodstream and enter muscle cells. This causes an increase in the relative concentration of tryptophan in the bloodstream. Serotonin is synthesized and you feel that familiar sleepy feeling.

    Here are 5 reasons to indulge on the holidays and enjoy your turkey dinner:

    1. One of the main health benefits of turkey is that it supports healthy growth. This nutritious meat contains a massive 30 grams of protein per 100 gram serving. Protein’s main role in the body is to build, maintain and repair the body’s cell. Without protein your body cannot produce new cells and is unable to grow and develop properly.
    2. Another health benefit of turkey is that it can boost your mood. The protein found in turkey contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan which your body can use to produce serotonin. Serotonin is an important hormone which has been shown to improve mood levels and even prevent depression.
    3. If you struggle to sleep then you may be interested in this health benefit of turkey. The tryptophan found in this meat has been shown to improve sleep cycles (especially for insomniacs).
    4. Turkey is rich in two key cancer fighting antioxidants. It contains 0.032 milligrams of selenium (over half the recommended daily allowance) and 1.32 mg of zinc (1/5 of the recommended daily allowance). Selenium has been shown to prevent colon cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer while zinc has been shown to protect against prostate cancer.
    5. Another key health benefit of turkey is that it promotes a strong immune system. The selenium in turkey helps your body produce antibodies (organisms which work as part of the immune system to fight disease and infection) while the zinc in turkey helps your body produce white blood cells (cells of the immune system which protect the body from disease and infection).

    So, turkey isn’t the culprit here. It’s likely the amount of food we end up eating. It takes a great deal of energy to digest a large meal. When your stomach is full, blood is directed away from other organ systems, including your nervous system. The result is a feeling of lethargy, especially after a big meal that may be high in fats and carbohydrates. Take it slow over the holidays. Enjoy all your favorite foods, but do it in moderation. A little bit of everything. You can always have some leftovers the next day.

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    Saying Goodbye to Your Furry Friend

    As soon as you bring them home, they become family. You spend countless hours caring for them and loving them. And they love you back, no matter what. The family pet is a family member – a best friend. The loss of a pet can be a heart-wrenching and emotional experience. When your furry loved one can no longer enjoy a quality life, euthanasia can be a blessing for your pet. But saying goodbye is difficult.

    It doesn’t matter if the death comes abruptly through trauma or gently at the veterinarian’s office, invariably, the result is the same, you are suddenly left with an empty feeling. Owners often say goodbye to their pet in a clinical setting and most do not have the opportunity to come together, as they would if a human family member died. There is no doubt that our pets touch our lives deeply through their unconditional love. For many, the loss of that love is also the loss of an era of time. As pets live longer, many owners are faced with the death of a companion who has seen them through life events (highschool, college, marriage, careers). That loss can be overwhelming for some.

    When the day comes where you have to say goodbye, you can make your pet feel extra special. Talk to them, tell them how much you love them, and give them their favorite treats, dinner and toy to play with. Let them have their last time doing the things they truly enjoy. Show your pet how grateful you are for all the wonderful memories you have shared with them. Pets live in the moment. One of the most wonderful things about animals is how they embrace the present.

    It’s said that an animal will tell his owner when it’s time to go. If only it were really that easy. Maybe they do tell us, but we can’t – or don’t want to – hear it. It is a tough call to make when you have a sick pet at home. There is no right answer when it comes to making end-of-life decisions, only what makes sense for you and your family. A veterinarian will help put your beloved furry family member to sleep.

    When you have to return to that now empty home, it can be heart breaking. Remember the great times you shared with your pet. You can do this by putting up a memorial of them in your home with items such as picture, collar, paw print, and ashes if you decided to bring them home. This memorial spot will allow you stop and take a minute when you pass by to remember all the wonderful things your furry friend brought to your life.

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