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10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

If your dog is your best friend, as is the case with many of us, you’ll do just about anything to make sure that your best friend is healthy and happy. Being a pet owner is not something you can just decide on a whim. It is a commitment that can last 15 years or longer, depending on the breed of the dog. So, you need to know that you are doing everything you can to show your dog how much you really love them. Here are some of the main things you need to know in order to keep your dog healthy.

1. Dental Care

Your dog’s teeth can develop cavities, which can lead to painful toothaches. To avoid this, make sure that you regularly brush your dog’s teeth. This should start when dogs are puppies, so they get used to it at a young age and don’t try to fight you. You need to use a specific toothpaste for dogs. Human toothpaste is not good for dogs.

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2. Regular Baths

It is important that your dog is bathed regularly. Not only is going to get rid of that “stinky dog” smell, it is going to help the dog’s health. Animals are subject to the same skin conditions as humans, and they need to have clean skin and fur to avoid these problems.

3. Healthy Diet

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to feed it a healthy, well-balanced diet. Dogs, cats, and other animals need certain nutrients, just like people do. Some pets have specific dietary needs, so you need to make sure that your pet is getting exactly what it needs. Powerful holistic treatments combined with proper diet can help to prevent and even cure many illnesses, including certain types of dog cancer. Your vet will know best.

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4. Lots of Water

Like humans, dogs need to be well-hydrated at all times or they risk developing a number of health problems. Make sure that they always have access to fresh water, even if it means having several bowls around the house.

5. Regular Grooming

In addition to bathing, dogs need to be groomed regularly (about every month or so). This involves trimming the hair around the eyes, shaving coats in hot weather, and trimming toe nails.

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6. Give them Bones

When you can’t brush your dog’s teeth, give them a bone. Not only are they loaded with nutrients, including calcium, chewing on them helps to strengthen dogs’ teeth. Raw bones are best, and they should be knuckle bones (with joints). If you cook them, a lot of the important nutrients will disappear.

7. Give them Exercise

In addition to eating healthy, dogs also need to get plenty of exercise. Some breeds need a lot more than others, depending on their energy levels, size, diet, etc. Your dog should be walked at least twice a day. This will help to keep them in shape, get the blood pumping, and keep them from getting bored.

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8. Give them Toys

Dogs, like humans, get bored. They need to interact with people and other dogs, or at least have a reasonable facsimile. They should have plenty of toys to keep them occupied when you are not around. There should also be toys that you can use to play games with your dog. You’ll both have a blast.

9. Dress them Up

While some people think that dogs look silly when they are wearing clothing, there is actually a good reason for it besides human vanity. Some breeds, especially those with very short hair, get chilled easily. When outside in the cold, they should have a coat or sweater, and even booties.

10. Keep their Space Clean

If your dog has its own space in the home, such as a special cushion or a kennel, make sure it is always clean. You don’t want to lay in dirt, feces, urine, etc., and neither does your dog. It can make them depressed, and it can cause health problems.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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