Wellness – What Is Wellness?

Is there a definition of wellness? The word wellness is in the news, social media, blogs, books on billboards, and in conversations. Many people reference a ‘state of well-being,’ which is vague to say the least. The vague definition of well-being and wellness implies ‘a state of acceptance or satisfaction with one’s condition or conditioning – i.e. What one accepts, tolerates, ignores, pretends, copes or struggles with.

Wellness has become the latest buzz word with little understanding of what wellness is or how to create it. Interestingly, the Federal Drug Administration, American Medical Association or American Pharmaceutical Association has failed to set-forth a definition of wellness. There is, however, a set of criteria and characteristics that is an accurate definition of people, who live their life unencumbered by sickness, disease, dysfunctions, chaos, distress, malaise, drama, or trauma.

Wellness is a natural state of being not an option to be decided by someone or a choice to be made only after the mind, body, spirit is in extreme decay. Wellness is your birth right; life purpose and a way of life. You were designed to be healthy. Every aspect of human existence – mind, body and spirit has a significant role in keeping your human existence healthy – provided the system has adequate emotional, physical and spiritual sustenance.

Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of wholeness. Wellness is the active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward an empowered and successful life. Dimensions of wellness includes: Emotional; Environmental; Financial; Intellectual; Mental; Occupational; Social; Spiritual; and Physical.

The concise definition of wellness is:

• Knowing my needs and working to achieve them.
• Expressing and communicating feelings; including what I am experiencing.
• Acting assertively – devoid of passivity and aggression.
• Adhering to a healthy food plan (nutrition) for my blood type. – Avoid junk food, GMO, Pharmaceuticals and medical pills, potions and body parts cut out.
• Attending to my physical health daily – Natural foods, avoid processed food, natural remedies – discovering the root cause and eliminating it; rather than treating symptoms.
• Maintaining body weight within BMI for my height and body frame.
• Engaging in adequate exercise and creating physical stamina.
• Engage in meaningful activities and projects that reflect my most important values.
• Loving myself unconditionally first and foremost.
• Loving others unconditionally.
• Creating and cultivating close relationships with family and friends.
• Responding to challenges in life as opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually – rather than seeing only problems and travail.
• Creating my ideal life rather than reacting to ‘what happens – i.e. avoid believing ‘shit happens.’
• Seeing everything as an opportunity to learn and grow.
• Trusting myself as my personal resource and my greatest strength for living and growing
• Experiencing myself and others moment to moment – avoid worrying ahead or lamenting the past.

Wellness is the state of being fully alive with a sense of attainment; responding appropriately instead of reacting to life and circumstances. Wellness is the act of remaining calm and focused while working things out with unconditional love. Ultimately your personal character; personal strength and courage will evolve. To attain wellness requires you to make healthy choices in nutrition, social contact, work, exercise, leisure and relationships. I wish you well on your journey.

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Keep Your Dog Healthy With Routine Health Care

As a dog owner you are responsible to keep your dog healthy with routine health care. This involves so much more that just regular feeding and exercise. Much of a dog’s care can depend on its age and general health. It can also be driven by your work or social schedule. Regardless, you should keep the following in mind to help

ensure that your dog lives a happy, healthy and long life. So, in no particular order:

Be watchful- Dog are actually great communicators, if you pay attention. This is true from “puppyhood” through to their elder years. You will come to know their demeanor at various times of the day. Changes in this can be signaling a change in health. Watch for reduced energy, a lackluster coat, excessive weight gain or loss, unusual growths, restlessness/anxiety or even the loss of the usual spark in the eye. If you are a dog owner already, you will know what I mean. In all cases, seek the advice of your dog’s healthcare professional.

Establish a daily routine- Dog’s love routine. It is through this routine that they come to understand their role in you family (read Pack). Create a morning, daytime and evening series of events that your dog will respect and look forward to such as:
Morning walks and light playtime.

Feeding – Depending on your pet’s age and health, daily feeding times and amounts do vary. In all cases, ensure that the feedings are earned with a simple wait command for a brief moment prior to allowing the feeding to begin. Some animal behaviorists argue that your pet should never be feed before you and your family, re-enforcing the Pack process in the wild.

Potty times. Again this will depend on the age and health of your pet. Generally, our experience is that a puppy will need a break one hour for its monthly age. For example, a two month old puppy will need a break approximately every two hours; a three month old will require a break every three hours, and so on. Adult dogs will usually need approximately 2-3 breaks per day depending on time of year, food and water intake, etc.

Evening Playtime – Your dog will want to play with you especially if you have been absent through the day. Establish a playtime/routine that will convey to your dog that this is a time to be happily anticipated. Also, to help with the understanding that there is also a downtime required so that you may get on with your other obligations or interests at home.

Bedtime On Time – Just like humans, bedtime at a regular time in the evening is preferred. Have your pet either kenneled or directed to its “lay down” space at approximately the same time each night. Ensure that they have done their business and have not been overly excited prior to this time.

Kenneling- This is becoming the much preferred way for your pet to be trained and be housed in doors. It has been our experience that a dog will, if introduced to a kennel properly, heartedly accept it as a secure, comfortable place to occupy. Allow your pet to run the house especially as a pup or younger dog will make house training more difficult. The kennel represents a positive place for your to put your dog between feeding/potty trip early on and also a place for an older dog to rest, sleep or just plain chill. The size of the kennel is very important and dependent on your pet’s size. Seek the advice of your sales clerk prior to purchase.

Choose healthy, age appropriate dog food- This is so important for your dog. The adage that we are what we eat applies to your pet as well. Take some time to read the label of various dog food bags at your place of purchase. You will be shocked at the ingredients found in the offerings. Price is not an indicator of healthy food either. Obviously, natural ingredients are the best. The better the food intake, the better your dog will look, feel and act. This is very important folks!

Exercise your dog – Exercise yourself- Your pet is going to need exercise. Some breeds admittedly require less exercise but generally all dogs need some level of exercise. Beyond the physical benefits of the routine, don’t underestimate the psychological benefits as well. A dog without exercise is going to become frustrated, anxious or even aggressive at times. Also, each time you walk or play with your pet you are increasing the bond between you. This is emotionally beneficial to both of you. Lastly, each step you take during this routine is a step closer to good health for you. Vary the routine if you can. It will be more enjoyable and interesting for your dog.

Toys should be age appropriate- Toys that are not age appropriate can actually be dangerous for your dog. Certain types of rawhide bones could, after being chewed by a puppy, lodge in its throat and be quite a threat. Dogs at each age plateau have unique needs and abilities with respect to toys. They can help to stimulate, educate, develop structurally and amuse your pet. The use of toys are also important. It has been suggested, for example, that playing tug of war with your pup and letting them tug the toy from you may be sending it the wrong message. It may learn that it can beat your or dominate that particular exercise. Check with your Vet for advice in this area.

Prevention save money and extends life- Regular checkups with your Vet are absolutely essential to the quality of life for your dog. Beyond the physical assessment that will be taken, this is a good opportunity for the following:

Update vaccinations and apply boosters if necessary

Treatments for tick, heartworm and fleas may be applied

Tests for bloodworm and fecal evaluation may be done
If there is a problem, chances are it will be diagnosed, treated and resolved quick saving you pet unnecessary discomfort, trauma, or a more serious outcome down the road.

Grooming is more that just looking good- Regular grooming is important on a number of levels. You want your dog to look good and this will do the trick. If you decide to do this yourself, it is yet another chance to increase the bond that you have with it. In addition, the groomer may be able to spot any unusual skin ailments that can be brought to your attention and assessed by your Vet. Grooming for your pet can be as anticipated as a long awaited massage for you. Most dogs will love the attention. This is also a time to trim nails. This is important to your dog’s health. Not trimming them properly or very infrequently can hurt your pet or actually affect its ability to run, walk or remain stable on certain types of flooring. Regular trimming alleviates this.
Just a few ideas that will help you to keep your dog healthy with routine health care. It takes some work and attention but the benefits to your dog are immense. This is your companion after all. Do all you can to provide it with a long, healthy and happy life.

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8 Natural Remedies You Can Try To Stop Hair Loss and Help Hair Growth

If you suffer from hair loss or thinning of hair and look for ways to stop hair loss and help hair growth, here are 8 remedies you can try.

1. Take about 10-15 minutes to massage the scalp before going to bed. Rub your hands till quite warm. Begin from forehead, massage your way down to the nape. Repeat .Good massage stimulates the blood circulation and strengthens the hair follicles in the scalp. Make it a habit. Do it every night, over time, you’ll find remarkable result. Not only does it help stop hair loss, but it helps hair growth. You’ll have shiny healthier hair.

2. Head Stand (this is my favorite) – stand on your head and keep it for 1- 5 minutes if you can. If you can’t do it that long, a few seconds will do. You can gradually increase the time when you feel more comfortable with the posture. It helps increase blood circulation to the scalp, thus promotes hair growth. A word of caution, for people who have certain conditions, this posture may not be suitable. Consult your doctor before you begin.

3. Cut five thick slices of ginger. Put them in a pot of water. Bring it to boil. Keep it boiling for 10 minutes. Rinse hair with the water when it becomes lukewarm. It helps prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

4. Drink cucumber juice daily. Cucumber is a fantastic source of silica. Silica is important for hair health. Daily cucumber juice intake helps prevent hair loss and promote your to hair grow healthier.

5. Apply Aloe Vera jel directly to the scalp. Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse. Twice a week. Aloe Vera has been long been known for their beneficial effects to hair health and hair loss prevention. It helps the scalp by healing it and its balancing the pH level, thus making the scalp a better environment for your hair.

6. Soak one ounce of ground rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week. Strain the solution and add one ounce of castor oil and one ounce of water to the liquid. Apply the solution at night before bed or before shampooing. Rosemary and sage are herbs that promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and thickening hair.

7. Put a few drops of vinegar into warm water. Rinse your hair with the water. Vinegar is thought to have a normalizing effect on the scalp’s oil glands and pH level as well as having a strong cleansing effect. This practice can prevent hair loss and help hair grow healthier and thicker.

8. Mix one teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Take it with or between meals. For hair loss caused by a tissue salt deficiency, apple cider vinegar can supply the deficiencies where needed, thus help re-establish a natural balance and help hair grow.

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