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Seasonal Essential Oil Support

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Seasonal Essential Oil Support

The holiday season can bring joy, celebration, and time with your loved ones - wether that be in person or virtual.  Holidays can also have some stress, germ exposure, and sometimes loneliness.  Here's a quick guide to some helpful essential oils for stress management, wellness, and mood. Stress  The oils from this grass have been used for centuries in fragrances and massage applications.  It has a deep woody-rooty, earthy aroma with a mossy-green undertone.  It can be grounding, relaxing, nurturing, and helpful for anxiety. Chinese medicine function: To nourish Blood and Yin, descend the Yang, drain heat, and calm the...

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Beating Holiday Pet Stress

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Beating Holiday Pet Stress

The holiday season can mean travel, visitors, or schedule changes for your pet, and sometimes that can cause them stress.  Depending on the species of animal, there are some simple tips to help reduce that stress for them. Signs of Pet Stress and What To Do About It If possible, always remove your animal from the stressor.  If your pet is constantly stressed, see your veterinarian. Dogs: Resist the urge to overly pamper your dog when they are scared, this can reward and reinforce their reaction.  Instead give the opportunity for routine tasks or commands first.  A walk or other...

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Choosing the Best Dog Food for Your Pup

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Choosing the Best Dog Food for Your Pup

Basics There's a lot of info on dog food labels, and that's regulated by the FDA.  Manufacturers are required to list the ingredients in order by weight - heaviest to lightest. The main thing to look for is crude protein, which should be at least 18%, but keep in mind dogs are not wolves.  They have the amino acids necessary for digesting plants, and vegetables should be a part of their diet.   One thing to consider is that meat can be up to 75% water which can bump it up to the top of the list.  Meat "meal" is...

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Approaching Healthy

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Approaching Healthy

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our pantries, and our routines, it's important to be realistic and practice self-love when it comes to our diet.  To do the best you can on the budget you have usually means considering ingredients and quality as well as diet type.   Water I recommend that my patients drink half of their body weight in ounces of water per day.  For example, if you weigh 100 lbs., drink 50 oz. of water every day.  You can substitute herbal tea or carbonated mineral water for some of it, but sugar, artificial sweetener, caffeine, and...

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Pets Benefit Seniors

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Pets Benefit Seniors

We Love Pets! A while back we wrote about the benefits of pets during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.  Pets can in general help our mental health by combatting feelings of isolation.  They can also encourage physical health such as walking.  Today we are going to dive deeper into how pets can specifically support older adults and why that matters so much - especially now. COVID Isolation in the Senior Community At the time of writing this article we still face uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is talk of a resurgence of cases post-halloween, and...

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