All posts by Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love to chat and write about topics that matter to me in my life. My day has to starts with a cup of joe and usually ends with exhaustion. I have a passion for cross stitching and of course spending time with the kiddo. I am always on the look out for topics to write about like recipes, healthy living, and products I find fascinating.

Dog Wellness 101

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When you own a dog, you love a dog, and when you love a dog, you want to do everything you can to ensure that he is happy, healthy, and living his best life, which is why I’ve put together some of the best things you can do to boost your pet’s wellness right now…

Focus on nutrition

Dogs, just like people, need the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to maintain a healthy body. So, one of the best ways to look after your pet’s wellness is to ensure you are feeding him a healthy diet the likes of the best dog food at Walmart can offer. As well as ensuring that he has the best food available, you need to ensure that you do not overfeed him because overweight dogs often struggle with joint issues and other ailments, which can make them feel less than healthy.

Stay active

We all know just how important regular physical activity is for us humans, and it is fair to say it is just as, if not more, important for our four-legged friends too. Why? Regular activity will not only keep your dog’s heart, lungs and bones healthy, but it will also help to provide him with the stimulation he needs to be mentally well too The more exercise he does, the less likely he will be to get bored, anxious, depressed, or exhibit bad behaviors, so be sure to make the daily walk a priority!

Vaccinate him

Vaccinating your pet is a really sensible way of minimizing his risk of a number of illnesses that can be quite serious, including parvo and distemper, both of which can be very brutal and very upsetting for all involved. Vaccinating before an illness strike is sensible not to mention less likely to result in large vet bills than waiting until your pup has an illness to treat, and it is usually the right thing to do, Talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions about vaccination.

Keep busy

Dogs are very intelligent creatures, which means they can be prone to boredom just like we can. If, then, you want to keep your dog feeling good, you should do whatever you can to stimulate his mind Walks are always welcome, but these days, you can do so much more. From agility training to dog puzzle games, there are so many ways to keep his mind stimulated that you owe it to him to explore as many of them as you can.

Love him

Of course, the most basic thing your dog needs is your love. The more time you spend with him petting him, talking to him, and loving him, the happier he will be overall. A loved pet is a happier less anxious pet with fewer issues, and you know what? Spending time moving your dog is great for your own health too!

Dogs are our best friends, which is why their wellness matters. Treat your dog right, look after his most basic needs, and he will reward you in spades.

How To Look After Your Childrens Teeth

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How To Look After Your Children’s Teeth

Getting children to do anything we ask that will be good for them is difficult at the best of times, and brushing teeth is definitely up there with those tasks. Some of them do give it their best shot, which is almost all we can ask for, apart from them actually doing it well. 

To help children in your/their quest for healthy and happy teeth, there are some tips that might be able to help you. Read this piece to find out how to look after your children’s teeth. 

Start Brushing as Soon as They Come In

As soon as those baby teeth start making an appearance, it means they can come into contact with food. If they are not cleaned properly then problems can start to arise. 

Your child’s teeth can decay no matter how small they are if the conditions are right, so it is crucial to make sure they are brushed correctly every day.

Use a small baby brush – very soft and gentle on their teeth and gums, and brush around the teeth lightly as you would your own. Use toothpaste that is suitable for babies and children, and make sure to do this process twice a day. 

Cavities can cause tooth pain, make it difficult for your child to chew, and can also cause problems with their teeth as they get older if the problem is not addressed.

Introduce a Game

Children love games and competitions, so creating one around brushing their teeth will more than likely help them get on board with a little more enthusiasm. 

This game can be anything you can think of, or you can choose some that have already been made up by other parents!

For children who are slightly older, investing in an electric toothbrush that offers a countdown can also work well. Toothbrushes that are inspired by their favorite tv shows or characters can also get them up the stairs, ready to brush the days snacks away too. 

Regular dental check-ups will help you determine whether your children are brushing adequately enough, and a dentist will be able to give you additional advice. Just search for “dentist near me” to find a local trusted dentistry, and get your child registered. 

Cut Down on Sugar 

Sugar is the ultimate culprit when it comes to tooth decay and cavities. This is because when it is left on the tooth for too long, it turns acidic. This acid then starts to eat away at the tooth, causing a hole. If you can, try and cut down your children’s sugar intake and opt for more low sugar options. It is worth pointing out that the sugar in fruit can also damage the tooth enamel, so while a great, healthy option, make sure your children have their teeth cleaned regularly if they are eating a lot of fruit. Variety is the spice of life, so if you are not sure what to give your children instead, there are plenty of ideas available to try

How a Stable Routine Can Help You to Consistently Thrive

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In life, there are many different situations that can arise and that can throw off your sense of equilibrium, and may cause you to find yourself confronted by issues that you would much rather not have had to face.

Ultimately, one thing that everyone wants in life is to thrive. To have a feeling of well-being and accomplishment, and to have an overall sense that things are moving in the right direction, as opposed to spiralling out of control.

For specific, and often very serious, issues that people may face over the course of their lives, there are various effective and conscientious services available that can help. For example, sober living houses for those with addiction issues.

On a more general and day-to-day basis, however, one of the things which seems to be the most important for consistently thriving, is to establish a stable routine.

Here are some ways in which a stable routine can help you to consistently thrive.

By helping to maintain habits that naturally encourage well-being and productivity

Just as certain habits can end up dramatically undermining your sense of well-being, so too are other habits likely to naturally encourage a sense of well-being, in addition to other positive and desirable things, such as heightened productivity.

The thing is, it’s not always easy to maintain awareness of just what those uplifting habits may be, particularly when you are in an otherwise hectic situation.

Establishing an effective daily routine that integrates certain uplifting habits – things like going to sleep at a certain time each night, and engaging in some regular physical exercise – can help to ensure that you continually benefit from the power of these habits.

By removing a lot of the uncertainty and chaos from each day

Simple uncertainty, and the sense of chaos, can end up having a very detrimental impact on your sense of well-being in a number of different ways.

For one thing, it can increase your sense of threat, and can prevent you from being able to properly notice and appreciate the small blessings that arise over the course of each day, moment by moment.

Having a stable routine can often help to remove a lot of the uncertainty and stress from each day, even when you are in the midst of generally chaotic circumstances.

By improving your ability to keep moving forward even when you don’t feel like it

One skill that everyone has to develop in life in order to thrive and achieve their full potential, is the ability to consistently move forward in a positive direction, even – or maybe especially – when they don’t feel like it.

The more well-established something is as part of your routine, the easier it will be to maintain the momentum generated by that routine, even in trying times.

In this way, having a well-established daily routine can help you to maintain more consistent “willpower” and “discipline” than you would otherwise have had – and these things can certainly be invaluable in a range of different situations.

5 Ways to Slowly Incorporate Sustainability into Your Lifestyle

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There’s a very high chance you’ve heard about sustainability and living an eco-conscious lifestyle. These two words are usually tied together with upper-class people eating lunch from a stainless steel container, drinking from a HydroFlask, living completely vegan, shopping at overpriced grocery stores, and purchasing fair-trade clothing that costs more than a months’ worth of rent.

 The idea of being eco-friendly sounds super unattainable and even sounds as if it’s for the privilege if you only think of the “aesthetic appeal” of sustainability. Thankfully, this is only the aesthetics of being eco-friendly, and it does mean that anybody regardless of their economic status can be green. There are plenty of ways to slowly incorporate green habits that can last a lifetime, and in this post, a few will be covered. 

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Drop the plastic bags

One amazing perk that the US has over many countries is the fact that the cashiers will bag your stuff for you. This is wonderful, however, the bags that are used are plastic.  It’s best to look into using reusable tote bags. These come in a variety of different appearances, colors, sizes, and there are even some tote bags that are on the high-end pricing scale if that’s something that you’re into.

Go thrifting

If there’s something you’re needing, try and find it second-hand before buying it brand new. Going thrifting can save you a lot of money for unique items, plus thrift shops carry things that are not widely available at stores. There’s a lot of character to something that’s second-hand, and it makes it all the more special. Plus, whenever you’re purchasing something second-hand, you’re saving it from going into a landfill.

Take a look at your home

Are there any changes that you believe you can do right at home? Sometimes starting at home is the best way to completely change your lifestyle. One way would be through solar panels, so it’s great to look into a top solar company. Other ways would include checking your doors and windows to see if they’re sealed properly, using a low flow toilet, using the fireplace instead of the thermostat, and even getting reusable filters for your boiler.

Upscale

Upscale and giving something a second life are absolutely crucial. It doesn’t cost any money to extend the life of something. Jars are often used for canning, used as containers, and cups, or anything else you can think of using one for. Once you have an empty jar, why throw it away when it can be reused. The same can be said for a toothbrush. You don’t have to immediately throw your toothbrush away, instead just look into making it a little scrub brush for the hard-to-reach spots when cleaning.

Take a look at your diet

If you’re a meat-eater, then chances are the meat you’re consuming is affecting the environment. There are benefits of changing your diet and focusing more on a healthy plant-based diet. This will help you improve your health while also saving the environment. It doesn’t mean that you need to stop consuming meat or fish, but it helps out the environment on a massive scale by cutting down on the meat you consume.

The Benefits of Changing Your Diet

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The benefits of changing your diet can be numerous and far-reaching. Changing what you eat will not only make you healthier in the long run but may also help with weight loss, improve moods, and even prevent disease. This blog post will explore these benefits and offer some easy-to-follow tips for healthy eating that can lead to a better life overall!

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The Benefits Of Changing Your Diet

One of the main benefits associated with changing your diet is health. By eating a more nutritious and more varied diet, you reduce your risk for obesity and many lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These conditions can not only shorten your lifespan but also result in physical limitations that keep you from doing things you enjoy, like playing soccer or going to the gym!  Changing what we eat has been shown to have positive effects on our moods as well. One study found that people could reduce their overall cortisol levels (the stress hormone) by simply adding some fruits and vegetables to their day-to-day meals instead of meat products. Another benefit associated with eating healthy is weight loss: Studies show that those who eat more plant-based foods are more likely to be at a healthy weight than those who rely primarily on meat. These benefits aren’t just good for you but are good for the environment too! A lot of energy goes into industrial farming practices – more than what they yield in food. By eating a more plant-based diet, you reduce the overall amount of meat products needed, which can help decrease greenhouse gas emissions. One thing to take into consideration when changing your diet is making sure to go for Allergy Testing. This test will help you determine which foods you can choose for your diet. 

Tips For Eating Healthy 

Eat breakfast! This is the most important meal of the day – it will help you to stay full longer and give your body a boost of energy first thing in the morning. Try having oatmeal or toast with some fruit on top for a nutritious start to your day!

Don’t forget about plant-based foods! Sure, meat products are tasty, but they aren’t always good for us either. Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds all have their place on your plate, too, so don’t neglect them when trying to eat healthier.  Eating more plant-based meals can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute heavily to global warming as well as improve our overall health by increasing fibre intake has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Eat more whole wheat products! White slices of bread, kinds of pasta or rice can be high in sugar content which will cause your blood glucose levels to spike quickly. After these spikes, you are likely to feel tired or irritable so try replacing them with whole wheat options instead for a longer-lasting energy boost throughout your day.  Whole grains also have much more protein than their white counterparts, along with being rich in fibre which keeps things moving through our digestive system properly without any problems that may lead to bloating or cramping.

In conclusion,  changing your diet can have a wide range of benefits to both the way you look and feel as well as for our environment! For example, by eating more plant-based foods and whole wheat options, you can improve your health as well as help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Maintaining Your Health and Overall Wellbeing

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Looking to maintain your overall health and wellbeing? Well, you have quite the task on your hands! Health doesn’t always come naturally and you do need to put some effort into monitoring and managing your own health on a day to day basis. The more you do this, the sooner it will become routine and you’ll complete many of the steps without even really thinking about it. Here are a few areas of focus that should get this journey started out in the right direction!

Attend Health Checks

We should all attend routine health checks. These can help healthcare professionals to keep an eye on your overall health and wellbeing and implement preventative or precautionary measures for issues they see establishing themselves. Whether that’s cervical screening, a six monthly dental checkup, an eye test once every two years or a check in with Thermo Fisher Scientific technology, your body will thank you for it.

Eat Well

Diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to come up with a diet that suits you and that is sustainable. There’s no point going on an all-out health kick once a year, only to spend the rest of the year in bad eating habits. What’s most important to focus on is eating a healthy, balanced diet within your recommended calorie intake. This can take some planning, but by planning out your meals and main snacks for the week, you can ensure that your body is being fuelled the right way. Make sure to eat all of the food groups in moderation and to ensure you get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs.

Exercise

Did you know that the average adult should get one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week? If you’re short for time, this can be exchanged for seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. While this doesn’t sound like too much, many of us still fail to reach this goal post and end up with waning physical health and fitness as a result. The issue? Many people simply don’t feel they enjoy exercise. The truth is, there probably is a form of exercise out there that suits you – you just need to find it. The gym is great, but it’s not the only option. If you struggle to keep on running on a treadmill, or don’t particularly enjoy squats, simply seek out a form of exercise you do enjoy. Like being social? Attend a fitness class or get involved with team sports? Struggle with commitment? Hire a personal trainer who can spur you on. Enjoy dancing? Try salsa, ballet, ballroom or any other form. Want to be mindful? Try yoga, pilates or other holistic exercises that incorporate breathing exercises and peacefulness too. Find that exercise is tough on your joints? Try swimming. Go through a simple process of trial and error until you find the form of exercise that works for you.

These are some areas to begin with. Hopefully, working on them will help to improve your health and general lifestyle!

Five Ways To Take Better Care Of Your Health

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As the winter is coming back around again, everyone is becoming more concerned about the viruses that are floating around. The common cold might be the least of our worries but there are plenty of ways that you can protect your health all year round.

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Eat well

Having a diet that has a good mixture of fruit and vegetables, as well as protein and carbs, is a great place to start when it comes to your health. Our bodies need fuel to work every day so you need to ensure that you are filling it with the best stuff. If you’re not sure what you should be eating, you might need to speak to someone who knows a bit about the foods that are good for you. The general rule is to avoid sugar but replace it with plenty of fresh foods.

Get your teeth checked

This might come as a surprise but your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. In fact, gum disease can affect your heart health. It is a good idea to use dental consulting services every 6 months to ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. If there are any issues, your dentist can advise you on what to do. And, while you are there, you could get your teeth cleaned properly to remove any stains.

Get a massage

If there is one thing that is sure to relax your body and mind, it is getting a massage. The type of massage that you get will have a different effect on your body. For example, a sports massage will work out the knots in your body, while other types will soothe your soul. Even getting a hand massage can help reduce your stress levels. The stress levels in your life can affect your overall health so make sure you make time to unwind and relax. Just make sure that you choose the massage that is right for you.

Mental health check-in

Looking after your mental health has become a top priority but a lot of people have no idea how to start looking after this part of their health. One of the easiest ways to do it is by having a mental health check-in and asking yourself how you feel. You can write your thoughts down or talk to yourself to get to the bottom of how you are feeling. If you are concerned about your mental health, make sure that you reach out to someone and talk about what is bothering you.

Exercise

Getting your daily exercise can help you manage a whole heap of health problems and can help prevent health issues that can appear because of obesity. Obesity is a growing problem and we need to take it seriously. If you can, try and be active for around 30 minutes a day, your overall health will improve massively. If you can get outdoors for your exercise, this is even better as you will benefit from the fresh air.

Taking Care Of Your Teeth As You Get Older

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As we get older, it can get harder and harder to take care of certain parts of our bodies. And for many of us, that means dealing with a bit of tooth decay and even the loss of our teeth altogether. Our mouths age just as surely as we do! 

However, there’s a lot you can do to take care of your teeth. Sure, you might need to be a bit more proactive with your enamel care and watching out for signs of gum disease, but it’s all possible to do so! And with the points below, we hope to help you keep that smile as full and shiny for many years to come.

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Brush AND Floss

As we get older, our mouths need a lot more TLC than ever before. And that means you’re going to have to both brush AND floss, rather than just one or the other. Maybe you could get away with it in your younger days, but now you’re going to have to commit to a more thorough routine. While you’re at it, you might even want to invest in a reliable mouthwash brand to top it all off. 

Don’t Put Off Seeing a Dentist

Do you like seeing the dentist? Probably not; no one wants to lie back in a chair while someone fiddles around in their mouth with a dental probe and mirror! And of course, we all know that kids can be loath to see the dentist – it’s a scary place filled with scary medical instruments! But as an adult, we definitely can’t let that fear hold us back. 

The older you get, the more important dental care becomes. You wouldn’t want to miss your window for keeping your original teeth, and you certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on the chance to use proper, fitted dentures to allow you to eat and drink normally. 

And the dentist can have a lot of good advice for you, if you’re not sure where you’re going wrong or what to do next. A dental appointment is your chance to talk through your worries, and get them seen to as soon as possible. 

Watch Your Food

Finally, your teeth care all comes back to your diet. What are you eating? And how big are your portions? It all matters for the sake of your enamel, and the amount of acid that could swarm and also reflux and wear down your teeth before their time. 

Anything that’s packed with sugar is a no go, and you might not realize it, but wine, cider, and your favorite sauces are doing you more harm than good too! Of course, you’re an adult so you eat what you want, but make sure you’re aware of how your favorite foods might be affecting your teeth and gums. 

If you want to take better care of your teeth, and have a smile to match, be sure to keep points like those above in mind for the future. 

4 Everyday Issues That Can Affect Focus and Performance

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There are plenty of examples of focus being the key to success, yet achieving – and maintaining – your focus is easier said than done. Often, it is not a single issue that affects your focus, and whether you’re at work, exercising, or even trying to relax and catch up on your favorite TV show, it can have a severe impact on your life. Here are some everyday issues that will affect your focus and performance. 

A Cluttered Workspace 

A cluttered workspace means you are unable to truly focus on the task at hand, and this is especially true when working from home surrounded by distractions, whether it’s other people, dirty dishes, or the TV that you told yourself is only background noise. Decluttering your workspace will allow you to focus solely on what is in front of you, and this allows you to complete your tasks without interruption. While it might seem like a lot to do, tidying up can clear your mind. You won’t worry about needing to do it later – and then putting it off – and you will enjoy a calmer, more productive space.

Taking On Too Much At Once 

Another common problem is trying to do too much at once. This relates to work, especially if you are a freelancer or even if you struggle to say no to your manager’s work requests. Rather than focus on one thing, there are multiple projects you need to finish, and this can affect your mental health as you worry that you won’t be able to meet deadlines. While you have good intentions when accepting client work, you end up disappointing them if you do not deliver the projects on time. This affects your reputation and could damage your career. 

A Lack of Sleep 

Going to bed and waking up early may make you feel like you get more done each day, but this will affect your performance and focus eventually. While some successful people pride themselves on getting four hours of sleep, this is not for everyone, and it can severely impact your work and activities. It’s not something that you will notice immediately, but the lack of sleep can impact your wellbeing. You will wake up each day feeling groggy, meaning it takes longer to get going. Even if you overcome your tiredness with strong coffee, the lack of sleep will catch up with you. 

Poor Posture 

If you spend all day at a desk, you need to make sure you sit correctly to reduce pressure on your neck, shoulders, and back. Slumping in your chair can impact your focus and even cause migraines and other issues that make it impossible to focus. You can overcome this by investing in comfortable office furniture such as adjustable desks, chairs with back support, and monitor stands. You can also speak to Chiropractors to treat severe posture problems, allowing you to feel more relaxed and efficient at your desk. 

Seeing Clearly 

Many issues can affect your focus which will have a direct impact on your performance. If you can recognize which common problems are the cause, you can take steps towards changing them, enabling you to stay on task and ensure you reach your potential, whether in your professional or personal life. 

How To Keep On Top Of Your Health This Winter

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In recent years, keeping on top of your health has become a huge priority in a bid to stay safe. Not only have we all been avoiding Covid-19, we are now trying to avoid getting the usual health woes that seem to appear every year. Here are some ideas to help you keep your health in check this winter.

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Don’t ignore health concerns

This should go without saying but if you have a health niggle, go and get it seen to. There are a lot of people who are putting off getting something simple seen to and allowing it to snowball into a much bigger issue. If you are concerned, head to your local urgent care center to get some treatment. In many cases, your issue can be resolved in one or two appointments. It is always better to get these issues seen before they become more than niggles.

Eat well

One of the best things that you can do to take care of yourself this winter is to ensure that you are eating plenty and eating well. Make sure that you are getting plenty of fruit and vegetables into your diet to help boost your immune system. There are plenty of wonderful vegetables that are available locally at this time of the year, now is the time to make the most out of them with soups and stews. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to eat well with the different holidays but just make sure that you add plenty of green veg to the mix.

Exercise

Getting some exercise is one of the top ways to ensure that your health is in tip-top shape this winter. Not only will you feel better shaking off the cobwebs, daily exercise has a benefit of helping with your overall health. Exercise does not have to be intense and difficult, it can be anything that gets your heart rate up. If you want to take it easy, you could try yoga or swimming. If your local gym is shut or you can’t get to it due to the bad weather, you could try some of the YouTube workouts available or running.

Vitamins

If you feel that your immune system needs that bit of extra help, you could look into the various vitamins and elixirs that are available to help your immune system be stronger. There is a wide range of things to choose from such as simple multivitamin tablets to organic honey. When it comes to these options, there is no right or wrong answer, but you should be mindful about overloading your body with certain vitamins. Fizzy vitamin tablets can have a lot of salt in them and this might cancel out the good that they do for your body.

As you can see, there are a few different ways to look after your health this winter that are simple. If you have any concerns about your overall health, speak to your doctor or healthcare professional to get the best advice for you.