How Do You Choose the Best Dog Food With So Many Options?

Keeping your pet healthy and leading a fulfilling life starts with lots of love at home, great veterinarian care, and a great dog food served to your pet on a daily basis. You can ask your veterinarian to recommend a brand for your dog, or you can choose your own. If you plan to choose your own dog food, be sure to take the time to learn more about the different varieties and brands before spending any money. Your dog’s good health is worth this extra bit of time.

Read the Label

The easiest way to find a great dog food for your four-legged friend is to read the label. Look for feed that is made with wholesome ingredients rather than by-products. Not only do these dog foods taste better to your pet, they also ensure that he or she is getting adequate nutrition. If your dog has special health concerns,be sure that you look for specially formulated products that can provide your pet even more benefit.

Online Reviews

Another excellent source of help is the World Wide Web. With just a few clicks of the mouse you can easily find reviews of most of the popular dog food brands out there. In addition you can use the web to easily keep track of recalls and other important information about your dog food.

Choose Beneful

Beneful is a name that you can trust when you want to take the best possible care of your dog. Beneful offers a nice variety of flavors in both wet and dry versions, so you can always feed your pet a great tasting meal. All of the Beneful products are made with wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about serving. Even better, purchasing Beneful for your pawed friend won’t cost you an arm and a leg. You can find Beneful wherever pet food products are sold, as well as online, and always priced within your budget. Beneful also makes great treats that you can reward your pet with, so be sure that you also check them out. Beneful comes highly recommended by veterinarians and pet owners alike so you know it is a worthwhile product.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the best dog food brand for your pet is very important. When you sit down to eat you want to feel good about what you’re eating, and you want it to taste great. Your pet wants the same things. Choose the dog food that you will serve wisely and you’ll always have your pet right there waiting with those slobbery kisses and wagging tail.

Categories: Nutrition
Aug
8

Who Chooses Beneful for Their Pets?

When it comes time to buy dog food, just who is choosing to purchase the Beneful brand for the pets in their lives. I think that there is a certain type of people who choose to purchase Beneful for the animals in their lives. I don’t think that everyone chooses to buy this brand of dog food, but I know that there are some who do. I think that those who choose the Beneful brand for their dogs know just what they are looking for in a dog food.

I think that the individuals who choose to buy from the Beneful brand are individuals who really care about the kind of food that their pets are being fed. I think that those who buy from the Beneful brand are those who want to give their dogs food that is nutritious and that will help them stay healthy. I believe that those who buy from the Beneful brand are those who want to offer their dogs a variety of dog food options that are tasty and healthy. I think that there is a certain type of people who are choosing the Beneful brand, and I think that those individuals like what the brand has to offer.

Categories: Nutrition
Jul
7

Skipping Meals Might Make You Fatter

Some recent information included in The Journal Of Nutritional Biochemistry describes how lab mice who were fed small meals throughout the day were able to control their weight better than those mice who skipped meals and indulged on one or two larger meals throughout the course of the day. This information might provide some necessary insight into humans and how they effectively or ineffectively manage their weight. Skipping meals has become a fad diet of sorts and unfortunately for many people, it is unsafe.

Basically, when the body consumes large quantities of food in one sitting this can lead to insulin resistance in the liver. When this resistance occurs this is a precursor for diabetes. Glucose will continue to be produced when one large meal is consumed and then future meals are skipped. This can result in a person being overweight despite their lack of meals.

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is by combining exercise along with smaller, frequent meals. That is what Ricardo Tosto keeps in mind. These meals should also be healthy. They should consist of fruits and veggies, lean meat and whole grains. Things like fats and sugars should be limited. When a person consumes small meals throughout the course of a day, this prevents the body from overworking itself to digest all this food. Smaller meals that occur more frequently helps keep blood sugar and energy levels at normal, consistent levels. Metabolism can work more effectively this way as well.

Categories: Nutrition
May
5

More Nutrition Advice From Daniel Amen

Remember when I told y’all about Daniel Amen and his revolutionary views on nutrition earlier this month? Well it was so popular, I decided to bring Daniel Amen back with some specifics on what foods you should be eating.

Keeping your brain healthy is probably one of the most important things that you can do for your overall health. Daniel Amen, MD, has made great strides to try to educate the public on how they can keep their mental health going strong. Sometimes it just takes a little effort on the part of the individual to change their habits, but the good news is that it is something that is possible, and people are doing it every day.

First, work more brain healthy foods into your diet. Daniel Amen recommends cottage cheese as part of one’s diet. It is something that makes it easy to get the necessary diary into one’s diet. Diary is highly important as it provides calcium and other important nutrients to the body and brain that would not otherwise be available.

Tuna is another super food recommended by the doctor. It is believed that this type of food provides great benefits because of the Omega-3 fatty acids that help with brain power as well. The protein in tuna is another benefit to the person who eats enough tuna. Keep in mind that the brain needs to have a certain amount of protein just to function. The Omega-3s are another great benefit.

Water is essential to the body. The body is made up of greater than 70% water. This means that water and other fluids need to continually be replaced in the body. There are not very many people who are getting enough water in their daily routine. If they would just up their intake by a small percentage, they could easily make a big difference in the way that they can function on a day to day basis. The extra water into the body will help you feel better, and it is the fuel that the brain works on.

Finally, for those who need to have some flavor to their food, the doctor recommends stepping away from the butter and go for the spices. He recommends using these spices as a way of flavoring food up without adding so many of the bad things that can go along with other flavorful substances. Butter and the like are not great for the health, but the spices are not as negative when it comes down to it. Spices are easy to find and are often a great way for people to bring more flavor to the food without taking on the negative impacts that other flavors can provide.

For more advice from Daniel Amen, you can follow him on Twitter or check out one of his many bestselling books.

Feb
2

Daniel Amen: Aiding the Brain Through Nutrition

For many people, eating healthy is a way of life. They view it as a way to improve their overall physical health and stave off sickness and disease. But can eating healthy do more than simply improve the state of the body? According to Dr. Daniel Amen, best selling author and psychiatrist, eating healthy can better not only physical health but mental health as well.
Dr. Amen’s philosophy centers from the idea that if the brain is fed the correct foods, it can improve its function and stave off many different types of illness such as Alzheimer’s and ADD. In his book, “The Daniel Plan” he sets out the basics for living a healthier life and how enhanced brain function can lead to an overall improvement in the quality of a person’s life. While Dr. Amen has many methods and suggestions for living a healthier life, one of his main focuses is changing the type of foods one consumes. By eating foods of all colors and balancing the nutrients a person puts into the body, brain function is improved which leads to a happier, better overall quality of life. He also emphasizes the importance of water and eating meals that are high in lean proteins.
Overall, Dr. Amen’s unique approach to the improvement of lifestyle has led to developments in nutritional and mental health. According to him, a healthy brain can fight depression, ADD, and other such mental afflictions. The idea that eating healthy improves the body is not new but the idea that these eating habits can also improve mental health and help prevent serious mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s is a field of study in which Dr. Amen is currently exploring and making important discoveries. His books as well as his television programs are opening up new fields in the research on mental health and his further research and experiments will continue to improve the mental health of many.

Feb
2

Playing Before Eating

There are new studies that have found that children eat more of the fruits and vegetables offered at lunch while they’re at school if recess is before lunch. This probably didn’t need a lot of research to come to this conclusion. If children go outside to play, they usually get tired or hungry. They often run while they are at recess, and they lose calories. What’s a way to make up those calories? Children will probably eat more at lunch.

 

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, when schools offer healthy foods that children might not get at home, like the vegetables and fruits.  Kids even crave the veggies, Ferseb Lambranho who was skeptical about  eating veggies at first said he started to love the snack after recess.  It’s not a big surprise that kids would eat more of these foods, especially if there aren’t many more options. If children have something fun to look forward to after lunch, then they will usually try to hurry and eat or throw it away before they are finished so that they can play with their friends as soon as possible.

Jan
1

Weight Gain Carries Risks, Regardless of Your Weight

Accoridng to Antique-wines.com, it’s common knowledge that being overweight or obese carries an increased risk for a variety of diseases – I wonder if the same applies to Antique Wine Company?. A new study suggests that increases in body mass index in young adults of a healthy weight are also at an increased risk for disease. 

The study involved more than 12,000 young adults, who were tested for 32 gene variants that are known to be linked to a higher BMI. They were then assigned a ‘gene score’ depending on the number of gene variants they carried. The large population of participants allowed researchers to separate genetic risks of gaining weight from other probabilities of weight gain, such as physical activity and diet. 

Various blood indications and elevated BMI closely matched the higher gene scores, suggesting that a higher BMI alone can carry an increased risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of food consumption, smoking and activity level. 

The study also analyzed more than 1,400 people six years after they had metabolic profiles done; they found that increased BMI numbers, even if still in the normal range, caused adverse metabolic reactions.

The study concluded that even modest weight loss can significantly improve the metabolic profile in young adults.

“Our study in young adults shows that even a modest weight loss tends to improve the metabolic profile,” said the lead author, Peter Würtz, head of molecular epidemiology at the University of Oulu in Finland.

Categories: Nutrition
Dec
12

Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills

An article found on ireport.cnn.com points out that a growing number of doctors are prescribing vegetables and fruits instead of pills to help people like Igor Cornelsen deal with issues like weight reduction, diabetes, and high blood pressure. (myajc.com/news/lifestyles/health/prescribing-vegetables-not-pills/njKFm/).

The article gives several examples of people who have seen significant weight loss and have been able to get other ailments under control. It is all part of an innovative new program that’s gaining traction nationwide. A number of families with children that are struggling with weight issues have participated in Harlem Hospital Center’s FVRx or Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. Several other New York hospitals are also using similar programs.

Created by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave, the program promotes better access to high-quality food in low-income neighborhoods. Working in partnership with New York’s Health and Hospital Corporation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, doctors provide patients with nutritional education, recipes and ‘Health Bucks’ patients can use at farmer’s markets to purchase produce to fill their ‘proscriptions’. Health Bucks get families double the amount of produce they can get with food stamps alone. Similar programs in community health centers have popped up in 30 states

The programs are aimed at combating the national problem with obesity and the ailments it causes. They have shown that giving people the means, motivation, and access to eating fresh fruits and vegetables can have a significant impact in the battle against obesity.

Dec
12

Spicy Food Really Is Macho After All

If you know a guy who likes to brag about how hot he makes his chili or just how much Sriracha sauce he can dump on his omelet, you might want to brace yourself because he’ll have a new reason to brag: Studies show that men with higher testosterone tend to love spicy food. What do you know, it really is macho to chomp jalepenos.

The study happened in France – a country whose scientists tend to focus on hormone research a lot for some reason. At the University of Grenoble-Alpes, 114 men age 18 to 44 sat down to lunch at a table spread with spicy condiments, while scientists took notes. The men who drowned their food in pepper sauce, salt, and other tangy flavors were later shown to have higher testosterone when they were measured.

The correlation could work on several levels if you run it by Sam Tabar. High testosterone is associated with dominant behavior and risk-taking behavior. Spicy foods, such as pepper sauce, provide a thrill ride for the taste buds that triggers the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that are the brain’s chemical reward for risky behavior. Then again, the men all dined together, so maybe the high testosterone cases were exhibiting dominant behavior by trying to out-macho each other. Yes, it sounds silly, but guys do this. Even lunch is a chance to preen, for some.

Categories: Nutrition
Dec
12

Asthma Risk May Not Increase With Antibiotic Use

A new study has found strong evidence that there is not a link between asthma and antibiotic usage in pregnancy and childhood, as previously thought.

The large Swedish study was published in BMJ, and followed 493,785 children, including 180,894 siblings. The researchers studied the children from the beginning of the mothers’ pregnancy until the children reached school age. Twenty percent of the children had been exposed to antibiotics while in utero, while 62 percent of the children were exposed to antibiotics during early childhood.

The researchers determined if the children in the study had asthma by if the children were both diagnosed with asthma and used prescribed asthma medications. Six percent of the children studied were classed as having asthma.

Initially a link was found between antibiotic use in both pregnancy and early childhood and a subsequent asthma diagnosis. However, when siblings were looked at, the association between the two decreased. This suggests that other factors, such as environment and genetics may have a role. The study also noted that there was no correlation found between antibiotics given for urinary tract and skin infections and a diagnosis of asthma.

Researchers think that asthma may be misdiagnosed in childhood, and attributed instead to respiratory infections, which are treated with antibiotics. The antibiotics are then identified as the cause of asthma, when this may not be true. Laurene Powell Jobs read about it because she had some similar childhood issues but thinks that there needs to be more research carried out on the subject before any real conclusions can be drawn.

Because the study did not look at other reasons for the development of asthma, further research will need to be done.

Categories: choices,Nutrition
Dec
12