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The Unseen Dilemmas Of Pregnancy

The Unseen Dilemmas Of Pregnancy

Prenatal vitamins are crucial for a woman who is pregnant or looking to become pregnant. They keep the body healthy and strong as well as your unborn child. More often than not, women are not getting enough nutrition from their daily diet to keep themselves nourished and healthy. Continue to read to find out about the best prenatal vitamins available to expectant mothers and why they are so important.

There are many benefits that come with taking a prenatal vitamin while pregnant. What most women do not realize is that prenatal vitamins are much different than your typical vitamin. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid which assists with any neural tube defects that may occur in your child. These are defects that impact your child’s spinal cord as well as their brain. The iron that is in a prenatal vitamin helps prevent the mother from becoming anemic which can also deeply impact the baby. Prenatal vitamins can also help with depression and other issues caused with pregnancy.

Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin C, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin D. These should not be used as a substitute for good nutrition. You need to make sure you are still maintaining a healthy diet. The calcium will be very helpful especially in your final trimester. Calcium helps to build your baby’s bones and keep them strong. It is crucial that you keep a lot of calcium in your diet including the prenatal vitamin. One thing prenatal vitamins do not contain are omega-3 fatty acids which you will find in fish. So make sure you keep fish in your diet if you are able to.

Iodine is something else that is typically found in prenatal vitamins. The greater amounts of iodine your body has the less hormonal you will be during your pregnancy. If you do not have the right amount of iodine intake, you run the risk of congenital hypothyroidism and even miscarriage or stillbirth. Vitamin D is also essential in expectant mothers. This also helps to keep bones healthy in the mother as well as the child. It also can prevent a painful pregnancy and childbirth.

It is important to talk to your OB-GYN before you begin taking a prenatal vitamin. They can typically prescribe you a vitamin that best suits your needs. If you are already someone who has a very healthy diet they can prescribe one that is built around that. There are some expectant mothers that will require more vitamins others, so always keep that in mind.

A prenatal vitamin can be crucial to you and your baby’s health. It can keep you at your healthiest while carrying your precious cargo, while also keeping your baby growing healthy and strong. Too much is not always a good thing so make sure you consult your doctor.

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5 Tips For Running With Your Dog

Staying motivated to exercise can be hard on some days, but having a four legged buddy to run with helps tremendously. A dog is ready to go at any time and you don’t even have to wait for them to get into the proper gear. There are some things to keep in mind while running with your furry friend to keep you both safe and make you run even more enjoyable.

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  1. Take into consideration the health of your dog. Is it a puppy, or an older dog? Puppies are not ideal running companions for a few reasons. They are usually just beginning to learn how to walk on a leash and basic commands, which mean you won’t be able to keep them under complete control if the situation demands it. Also, a puppy is still growing so you wouldn’t want to risk a bone fracture or break. On the other hand, if your dog is on the older side they may not be able to keep up with you even though they will try, which could cause harm to the dog. It’s best to check with your veterinarian before setting off.
  2. Take a look at the gear you have for your dog. One thing you do not want while running is an extendable leash, which is just a fall waiting to happen. The best leash for running is one that is on the shorter side, but not so short as to interfere with your dogs’ gait. The size of the dog (small, medium, large) is going to be the determining factor here. If you run in the ice and snow often you will need to buy Fido some doggy shoes to protect their paws from corrosive salt. There are also small packs that a larger dog can carry on their back for food and water. Obviously a backpack for a smaller dog would need to be tested for weight.
  3. Be aware of comfort zones, both for people and other pets. There are some people out there who don’t like, or are allergic to dogs. There are also dogs out there who do not like other dogs. Play it safe and give others plenty of room.
  4. Keep America clean. Bring plenty of doggy disposal bags so you can pick up after your canine friend if they happen to make a mess. There are some neighborhoods around the United States that have canine DNA on file, so if a dog leaves a mess the owner will be found and fined!
  5. Ensure that your dog has been vaccinated. Being bitten is bad enough, but then having to worry about getting rabies? Not only is that unacceptable, but a pet owner who does not vaccinate their pet against rabies can be sued if someone is bitten and infected.

With just a few precautions you can hit the sidewalk or trail with your favorite buddy.  Dogs love to be outdoors and seeing their joy while running is the best motivation a person could ask for.

How To Ensure A Balanced Diet Despite A Hectic Schedule

balanced dietWith all of the fast food choices available today even those without a crazy schedule have a hard time making healthy choices. Throw in the added complication of a busy schedule and the choices seem to be twice as hard.

Fortunately consumers are recognizing that even though they may be pressed for time, there are still ways to incorporate healthy eating into our daily lives. Because of the push from consumers, fast food restaurants are adding more healthy choices to their menus such as salads, juices and milk, and fresh fruits. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to a diet can be one of the easiest things a person can do because most fruits and vegetables do not need to be cooked and are in fact more healthy when eaten raw. Chop up some carrots and celery which can be thrown in a bag for a snack on the run, or grab an apple or a banana for a quick bite on the go.

Many grocery stores are now offering pre-cooked meats such as rotisserie chicken which can be shredded and thrown on top of a salad, eaten as a lettuce wrap or added to frozen vegetables with a little sauce for a quick stir-fry. The same can be done with canned tuna, or you can add a can of kidney beans or chickpeas for protein and as a substitute for the meat.

Nuts are also a great choice for a snack on the go. Sunflower seeds are full of antioxidants, as are walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pomegranate seeds, the list goes on and on. Seeds are also a good source of vitamins and fiber, which is sorely lacking in today’s diet. Some nuts contain high levels of melatonin, which has been shown to lower stress levels and help us to sleep at night.

Another area where we tend to overindulge is with the caffeinated beverages we drink. The average office worker will consume anywhere from one to 10 cups of coffee every day. Or they may start with the coffee in the morning and switch to soda in the afternoon. Either way it is too much caffeine and in the case of soda, way too much sugar to be consuming on a daily basis. One way to help make a change for the better is to substitute the coffee for tea. Some types of tea will still give the caffeine boost you crave and tea is full of antioxidants as well.  Teas come in several different flavors and strengths and some are known to help digestion as well as helping to calm us down when stressed.

The bottom line is that it is much easier today to incorporate a healthy diet into our daily lives, no matter how hectic our schedules are. Once you make the change and start eating a healthy, balanced diet you will notice that your stress levels will decrease and you will feel healthier in general, ready to take on whatever the day may bring.

Are Too Many 20 Somethings Living Beyond Their Means?

freedom lifestyleCredit used to be a nasty word to Americans. Living on credit meant that you were not capable of providing for yourself or your family. Many would rather live in abject poverty than accept food or shelter by means of credit.

It is a completely different world that we live in today. Using credit as a means to obtain what you covet whether it’s a car, a house, the clothes we wear or the food we eat, has become a way of life. Unfortunately there is no training or classes available in our current school system to teach young people about credit and how it works, so we are now finding ourselves a society that is in debt. The terrible thing is that it is happening to younger generations than in the past. Those who are in their 20’s have as much debt on their plates as someone in their 50’s, but with much less to show for it.

Teaching children while they’re still young about credit and its risks is one of the most important things a parent or teacher can do for a child. Most teenagers are applying for credit cards before they even know what a credit score is. Young people are graduating from college with mountains of debt before they even begin their lives as adults and most of them do not even know how to check their credit scores themselves.

The old saying “if you don’t have the cash for it, you can’t afford it”, can only be applied for small items in today’s world. Not too many people are going to be able to pull thousands out of a savings account for a car, or tens or even hundreds of thousands for a house. Even a small apartment in New York can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learning how to budget your money will help an individual to see how they may save for the things that they want while still affording the things we all need, such as food and shelter. Budgeting may not be all that glamorous, but understanding how a budget works and starting while a person is young is the key to living a financially stress free life. Starting a retirement account while you are young may also seem a bit premature, but the younger you are when you start the younger you can be when you chose to retire, instead of retiring as late as possible because you can’t afford it. Using a retirement calculator will help an individual to understand how much is needed to save each month to be able to retire and will also help in determining if the money you have saved will last in your retirement years.

Learning the basics about your own finances is the key to staying as debt free as possible, living your life comfortably and being able to retire when you would like to. Turn a blind eye to your finances and you will be wondering, as retirement age approaches, how you are going to be able to afford to live.

Can Walking Be As Good Of A Workout As Jogging?

walking as good as joggingAs many studies have shown, both walking and running have their benefits. Whether you walk or run, your health will be better because both are shown to lower blood pressure, help to maintain weight, cause the cardiovascular system work better, control diabetes, the list of benefits goes on and on. But is one better than the other?

Walking is usually easier than running due to several factors. Walking is something most of us do every day. Walking doesn’t require special shoes or outfits or gym memberships, just a sidewalk or even an empty field. It can be a challenge to gauge how far you have walked without a pedometer, because determining how many steps are in a mile depends entirely on the person doing the walking. Walking can be done at a leisurely pace or you may prefer a “fast walk”. Weights can be added to the wrists and ankles to make the walk more of a workout. The use of weights while walking increases the amount of calories you burn.

Jogging on the other hand will usually require a special type of footwear to avoid injury. For women it also means a special type of sports bra for extra support. Jogging will cause a person to burn more calories than walking, but the chance of injury is higher as well. Shin splints, runner’s knee, problems with the Achilles tendon, or a plain old ankle sprain are some of the more common injuries a runner can face. An individual will receive more of a workout than they otherwise might get with walking, but being unable to walk or run due to injury is something to be considered.

If you would like to get more of a workout from your walk you can add some weights to the equation. Walking with ankle weights can be as beneficial a workout as jogging can, although you again run the risk of injury because of the weights. The best thing to do is to alternate walking and walking fast or short periods of jogging. Alternating between a regular walk and a fast walk or jog will cause your metabolism to speed up; thereby increasing the amount of calories you can burn. The main thing to remember is to get up and do it! Our bodies are meant to be in motion, not sitting still for long periods of time. Go jogging, walk the dog, take a stroll to the corner store, anything to get up and moving.

Becoming A Physiotherapist: Is It The Right Path For You?

becoming a PhysiotherapistIf you like to work with and help people then becoming a Physiotherapist may be the right career path for you.

A Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist is someone who, through diagnosis and treatment helps to rehabilitate those who are in physical pain through manual manipulation, massage, hydrotherapy and exercise. Patients may come to a physical therapist due to disease, an injury on the job, an auto accident, or to rehabilitate from surgery.

A physical therapist will make a diagnosis based on an initial examination and initiate a plan of treatment to help the patient regain their mobility. The job of a physical therapist is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.

A Physical Therapist has many career options available to them, from working full-time with a sports team diagnosing and treating sports related injuries to working part-time at a doctor’s office or hospital. Physical Therapists are also used in nursing homes, gyms, and extended care and pediatric centers. As their career progresses a physical therapist may choose to become an expert in a particular field of study such as working with Geriatric or older adults, women’s health, or Pediatric care or care of children. It is a great career choice if you want to become self-employed as many physical therapists work on their own or in collaboration with other physical therapists.

 The education requirements for this type of work largely depend on how far you want your career to go. For an entry level position which is called a physical therapy technician the requirement is usually a certificate of completion from a technical college. Some physical therapists have started out as massage technicians (which only require a 100 hour education commitment), which is a good way to start if you are not sure that being a physical therapist is a good fit for you. To take your career to the next level you may wish to consider a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or even a Master of Physical Therapy degree. Most states in the U.S. require licensing and certification so it is best to do a little research before you commit yourself to a particular program. A physical therapist must be aware of the ethics of their profession and learn the skills to perform diagnosis and treatment of a patient. They will also need to learn how to communicate with a patient as well as fellow professionals and possibly family members of the patient.

A Physiotherapist also has the ability to make a very nice income. Most physical therapists that have been in the job for a few years are making incomes in the six figure range.  Even the salaries in the lower range are still at approximately $50,000 annually, which is not bad for an entry level type job. Obtaining the higher levels of education in regards to physical therapy will help to increase the salary range (as with any profession), so the limits of income are really up to the individual and how hard they wish to work.