15. CBD for Pets and How Does Supplementation Matter with Personal Travel

CBD pet supplements are becoming more popular. Following innovations like CBD oil for dogs and cats to reduce the pain of arthritic joints, more pet owners are taking notice. However, many owners are also confused about what is legal with CBD, especially when it comes to traveling with their pets on vacation either by road or air.

In this article, we cover CBD supplementation for pets and where it has a bearing on travel too.

What is CBD and Where Does it Come From?

CBD products are derived from the Cannabis plant, but this is where the connection becomes less clear for pet owners. Cannabis, the plant, has many strains. What’s common among them is around 80 chemical compounds.

One of these compounds is THC, which is the hallucinogen that creates the altered mental state that cannabis smokers commonly experience. However, when reducing the THC level down to around 0.3%, the effects are unnoticeable. At this extremely low level, it’s both barely detectable and a non-issue.  

CBD is created using Cannabidiol. This is another of the many compounds in the Cannabis plant. It’s not mind-altering at all. Because of this, it’s the compound that’s included in hemp products and the main component of all CBD products for both humans and pets.

What are CBD Products for Pets

CBD products for pets are formulated carefully to avoid any mixing of compounds. To qualify as CBD, only 0.3% of THC or less is permissible.

CBD has been found to have many benefits for dogs and cats. They tend to suffer less discomfort with arthritic joints, stay active for longer, are happier and have a healthier digestive system too. Anxiety and depression tend to be lower as well.

The important thing with pet supplements is their purity. Dogs, in particular, can have an adverse reaction to cannabis, so a clear distinction must be made in the mind of pet owners about the differences. CBD has been tested as suitable for them while non-CBD products are not.

A company like Canna Companion has been hard at work creating safe, tested formulations of CBD in their pet supplements for 16 years. It is owned by veterinarians who are clearly animal lovers and want as much reassurance as their customers’ do.

What About Traveling with CBD Supplements?

The laws are changing around CBD as states better understand the distinctions. However, when it comes to air travel and foreign travel, things are changing much slower. In fact, passengers are subject to greater restrictions and CBD products are still not permitted on flights.

For Americans who are traveling by road within the United States to their destination, they should be fine. However, getting a domestic (or an international) flight is not recommended when possessing CBD products. Different rules apply – however confusing that is for pet owners – as to what’s allowed or legal. If you’re traveling by air, leave your pet’s CBD supplements at home.

CBD products for pets provide a major improvement to pet care. Veterinarians are enthusiastic about how much they’re helping dogs and cats that otherwise were suffering unnecessarily. For pet wellness, CBD is the latest scientific innovation that’s worth learning more about.

The Secrets of Better Dental Health

When it comes to your oral health, you should be doing everything that you can to ensure that your teeth stay at their best and brightest. Of course, everyone knows the basics of dental care like brushing twice a day, flossing, avoiding sugary snacks etc, but there are plenty of other things that you need to know as well.


For bigger changes and treatments, you may well want to go to the professionals like digital smile makeover. However, if you are looking for a few things that you can do by yourself, these are what we will be taking a closer look at in this article.

Angle the Brush Correctly

First and foremost, when you are brushing your teeth, you need to ensure that the bristles are angled correctly. You should be aiming to get the head of the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line when you are cleaning both the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth.

Don’t Forget About Your Tongue

To make sure that you are really tackling any plaque and bacteria that has gathered on, around or under your tongue, you should be cleaning it on a daily basis. You can either use a toothbrush or a specialised tongue cleaner to do this. Some toothbrushes even come with a tongue cleaner on the opposite side to the bristles. The other advantage of cleaning your tongue on a daily basis is that it will help you to prevent bad breath.

Wear a Mouthguard for Physical Activity

While sports are good for your body, they do present potential hazards to your mouth. If you want to take extra care of your teeth, it may be worth investing in a mouth guard yourself – particularly if you are planning on engaging in any ‘rougher’ physical activities. Even if it is not a team sport, there is always a chance you could trip into something and damage your mouth.

Don’t Use Mouthwash Straight After Brushing

Hopefully, you are already using toothpaste which contains fluoride. But if you are using mouthwash right after you brush, it may not have had the chance to take full effect. So, you should aim to wait at least 15 minutes after you have brushed so that you have given the fluoride a chance to work its magic.

Chew More

After eating or drinking (particularly sugary food), you could chew sugar-free gum to help protect your teeth and gums. An alternative solution is to finish off your meal with a cube of cheese which plays a part in reducing the effects of acid on your teeth.

Get Out in the Sun

You may not have automatically thought of stepping outside into the sunlight as a way to improve your oral health, but the vitamin D that you receive from the sun helps to keep both your teeth and your gums strong and healthy.

Seal Off Your Back Teeth

The back teeth are isten prone to problems as they are harder to reach and so you often don’t brush them as well as you can. To help protect them, you could apply a thin protective coating known as a sealant which is designed to prevent both decay and cavities. Taking an extra precaution like this can make all the difference in the long run.

Avoid Bad Habits

There are plenty of bad habits which can have a detrimental effect on your dental health. For example, excessive nail biting can end up causing hard to both your teeth and your gums. Similarly, grinding or clenching your teeth is something which you should get out of. The last thing that you want is to have an improper bite or crooked teeth. While brushing on a regular basis is important, you don’t want to brush too hard as this can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth. Avoid putting your teeth through any trials that you don’t really need to. If you are the kind of person who crunches on ice whenever you have a drink or use your teeth as a bottle opener, these are two habits which you really need to get out of. Finally, people tend to eat a huge amount more sugar than they need on a daily basis, so if you can cut out some drinks or snacks from your life, your mouth will thank you for it.

So, there you have just a few of the things that you can do (beyond the obvious) to improve your dental health.    

Why You Should Focus On Fitness (Beyond The Perfect Bod)

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You want people to turn their heads when they see you on the high street. You want your clothes to fit within an inch of their life. You want to be healthier and fitter than ever before.

Okay, so the usual reasons for focusing on fitness revolve around obtaining a perfect body. Let’s face it – the idea of hitting the beach with a toned stomach is appealing. Still, vanity alone isn’t the only reason to get fit. It’s a good start, but it’s only the beginning. You see, it’s easy to quit once the results don’t show within a short space of time.

No, what you need is something long-term that will drive you to stay fit forever. Maybe not forever, but you get the drift! So, here is a selection of reasons to focus on fitness that doesn’t include toned arms and a washboard stomach.

Enjoy, if that is physically possible!

Mental Fitness

Don’t forget that the mind is just as important as the body. In fact, a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger on azquotes.com says that the brain is the key. And, that comes from a guy who made a living out of bulging pecs. If he understands the distinction, then you can too. Without a healthy mind, it isn’t possible to maintain a robust body. Even though you would love to, the negative thoughts in your brain prevent it from happening. By hitting the treadmill or retreating to the weights room, the negative attitude turns into a positive one. It’s down to a healthier chemical balance which is a result of increased hormone activity from exercise. Of course, there are alternative ways to blow off steam, which is essentially what happens in the gym. But, none are as accessible and wide-ranging as working out two to three times per week.

Heightened Concentration

Once the brain goes into training, the body begins to experience the benefits. For example, blowing off steam keeps cortisol levels low and stops the buildup of stress. Or, it boosts adrenaline and oestrogen and testosterone creation and keeps you feeling happy and content. But, probably the principal benefit of increased mental health is a sense of heightened concentration. When you can focus more, it affects nearly every aspect of your life. From work to relationships, it is easier to spot the small things and solve problems. Add the fact that you are no longer tired or stressed and the effect is multiplied by ten. For all you goldfish out there, this is reason enough.

Ability To Say Yes

How many times have you wanted to say yes but said no? For most people, it’s too many times to count and it’s because of their health and fitness. Say someone asks you on a hike, the odds are you will say no if you’re not in shape. Even if it’s only a short trip, people don’t like to go out of their physical comfort zone. So, instead of saying “Hell yes,” lots of us will respond with a “no thank you.” The effects of this are not just physical, but, yep you guessed it, mental. FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out, is real and occurs every time you decline an invite you would love to experience. Would you like to go on an adventure holiday? Or, would you like to backpack across a continent of your choosing? Believe it or not, the key to ticking your dreams of a bucket list is a foundation of mental and physical health. It’s only three letters, yet they’re hard to say when you’re unfit.

The Joy

Flogging your body up a mountain never seems like a good idea. Indeed, it’s one of the worst ideas in history when you’re halfway up and about to suffer a cardiac arrest. Then, something miraculous and inconceivable happens when you reach the summit. Yep, a smile stretches across your face. As weird as it sounds, it’s scientifically sound according to the boffins at webmd.com. To begin with, the majority of folks on this planet only do the things which they find enjoyable. Running a marathon might not appeal to you, but some people find it exhilarating. Plus, there are the hormonal changes which occur when a person exercises. Dailyburn.com points out that there is a flood of endorphins after the fact which leads to a “runner’s high.” If that isn’t enough, everyone experiences a feeling of achievement when they complete a difficult task.

Addiction Aid

When you hear the word, it makes you think of heroin and hardcore drugs, yet that isn’t the case. There is a good chance you know someone with an addiction. Does a family member or close friend smoke? Do you like an occasional crafty fag? If so, you are both hooked on nicotine and can’t go a day without a hit. Okay, the impact on lifestyle might not be as harsh, but cigarettes are just as dangerous from a physical perspective. The good news is that focusing on fitness can help get the monkey off your back as working out helps you to forget. When you don’t think about smoking, there is no reason to fill your lungs with tar. In conjunction with quitting alternatives, there is an excellent chance of stopping. Ecigwizard.com has an array or e-cigs to help cut down, and smokefree.gov has tips on nicotine replacement. Nhs.uk has the “Smokefree” app, too. Use them together and the odds of cutting down and quitting are much higher.

Feeling Of Accomplishment

Smokers, drinkers and junk food eaters want to cut down but never think it will happen. Then, the results come in thick and fast and they can’t believe their eyes. Aside from the obvious health benefits, there is a feeling of accomplishment which shouldn’t be understated. For one thing, cutting down on the things that harm your health is a big deal and deserves praise. Some might say you should never take health for granted, but don’t let them get you down! An achievement is an achievement regardless. Then, there is the knock-on effect in every other aspect of your life. Once you realise you can exorcise your demons, no task seems too daunting. After fighting an addiction and winning, the world is at your feet. And, you can say yes when someone asks you to explore it this time around.

Confidence Shot

We are all plagued by doubt and self-confidence issues. Whether it’s the way we look or out skill set, no one is cock-sure of themselves. They might appear that way, but they need a confidence boost as much as anyone. Quite simply, everyone needs to feel good about themselves and their body to function. Sometimes, a person will make eye contact with you on the tube, or your boss will praise you in front of the office. But, on the rare occasions it doesn’t happen, a contingency is essential. As you can see from the above, working out has a plethora of advantages which are easy to quantify. But, just looking at the results in a mirror is enough to encourage your best Ron Burgundy impression. “I look good. I mean, I look really good. Hey, everyone, come see how good I look!”

The Social Network

The truth is that working out is not about the exercise for many people. It’s a means to an end, but they hit the gym and pound the pavement for different reasons. The leading one is meeting up with friends and socialising. Human beings – that’s men and women – love to gossip and chew the fat. “What have you been doing?” “How’s work going?” “What’s new?” These aren’t questions you only hear at the dinner table because friends want to engage and interact in your life, too. And, they often have a role which is impossible for your family to replicate. Sure, you can tell your partner anything, within reason! Some things are better left to the wise sages who you call your BFFs. The truth is that lots of people would stop exercising altogether if it wasn’t for the company they keep. Come on – everyone needs a break from reality now and again.

Lead By Example

Mothers understand the importance of setting an excellent example for their kids. After all, a child’s parents are their heroes in the early stages of their lives. So, whatever mums and dads do, kids imitate on a regular basis. From a health and fitness point of view, this is a positive as it encourages kids to exercise. In a world where childhood obesity is rising, more children need to grasp the value of exercise. Non-mothers might think this is a paragraph they can skip, but you’d be wrong. Every woman has a female figure in their life that needs guidance. From a younger sister to a niece of a work colleague, they can be as impressionable as children. Hopefully, your lifestyle will rub off on them and encourage them to respect their bodies.

A six pack is nice, but it isn’t the be all and end all. Essentially, keeping fit has an array of positives which have nothing to do with the body.

Is Falling Asleep a Nightmare? Try These Relaxing Techniques

You will probably be only too aware of the restorative properties of sleep, and if you don’t get enough of it every night, there are all manner of negative side effects. But in today’s busy world, it can be difficult to drift off at night, particularly with so many competing responsibilities and other things on your mind.


If you do have a persistent sleep disorder, it is important that you try to deal with this as soon as you can. Sleep apnea is one of the most common and MyCPAP Machine has been shown to have certain positive effects. In terms of ways that you can relax yourself before bed, here are a few of the most common which get positive results.

Set Yourself a Pre-Sleep Routine

Getting into a regular sleep-wake cycle is a great way to get your body ready for sleep each and every night. So, try out different pre-sleep routines until you find one which suits you. For example, you may decide to have a warm bubble bath every night to relax your muscles. Alternatively, you could do some gentle stretching or try listening to music. Try to avoid watching TV or playing on your phone as these activities tend to be more stimulating and can therefore be disruptive.

Write Down Your Worries

One of the things that often keeps people tossing and turning during the night is being fixated by the worries which are rushing around their heads. So, try writing these down when they come to you. After all, there is nothing you can do about them while you are trying to sleep and once they are written down, you can remember to come back to deal with them the next morning. In fact, you may come back to find that many of these worries were not such big issues after all.

Create the Right Environment

If you want to go to sleep easily, you need to create the right sleeping environment so you feel totally comfortable and at ease. So, start by tidying up your bedroom so there is not too much clutter on display as this can end up stressing you out. Depending on the season, make sure that you don’t have too many or too few duvets and blankets on the bed so you are at a comfortable temperature. Try to create a cool environment and you could also make things dark with a blackout blind.

Occupy Your Brain with Simple Mental Activities

One way of falling asleep that has been shown to get results amongst certain people is by occupying your brain with simple mental activities when you are falling asleep. For example, you could think of a category like ‘food beginning with the letter A’ and thinking of as many as you can. Alternatively, try focusing on a particular object and thinking about all its individual details closely. This way, your mind is not tempted to go back to bigger and more stressful issues in your life.

Having One Of Those Days? 30-Minute Solutions To Lift Your Spirits

Are you having one of those days? We all go through times when it seems like everything is a challenge or we’ve got too much on our plates. If you feel like you’re juggling responsibilities or you’ve woken up feeling low or stressed, here are some 30-minute solutions you can try to lift your spirits. Next time you’re having one of those days when nothing is going right, these simple techniques could help to turn your frown upside down.

Fresh air

If you’ve been cooped up inside all day, take half an hour at lunch or a break during the afternoon to get some vitamin D, stretch your legs and clear your mind. Take some deep breaths, have a walk and enjoy being out in the open. Your serotonin levels are affected by the amount of oxygen in the body, so inhaling clean, fresh air will do your mood a power of good. If you take a break in the sunshine or go for a brisk walk on a chilly day, this will also energize and refresh you, and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the rest of the day holds.


Have you had a stressful day? Have you been feeling tense or fraught? Are you spinning plates at work or have you been dealing with tantrums at home or trying to get through a to-do list that seems like it has no end? Sometimes, when you’re busy, you need to take time out to rest your body and mind and release tension, and having a massage is a great way to do this. Massage is proven to boost the circulation, reduce muscle pain and make you feel relaxed. For half an hour, you can forget about whatever’s happened earlier in the day and just chill out. Close your eyes and enjoy a bit of pampering.


Do you feel angry or frustrated or do you want nothing more than to collapse into bed and sleep for hours? Whatever your mood, fitting in 30 minutes of exercise a day can have incredible benefits for your physical and mental health. When you work out, your serotonin levels increase, and your body also releases happy hormones, known as endorphins. If you’re tired and you need to unwind and shut off, activities like Pilates and yoga are an excellent choice. If you need to burn off excess energy, try something more intensive like boxing, kickboxing, spinning or martial arts. Hitting balls on a tennis court or a golf course can also be cathartic if you’re looking for an alternative to going to the gym.


If you’ve got thoughts swimming around your mind or you feel like you’re ready to explode, call a friend or speak to your mum or your sister. Offloading helps to prevent you from bottling things up and enables you to deal with your emotions. Often, getting things off your chest can make you feel better in an instant.

If you’re having one of those days, don’t let it ruin your mood for the rest of the day or the week ahead. Try these simple 30-minute solutions to lift your spirits, reduce stress and get you back on track.

Amazing Benefits of Adding Lemon Water to Your Diet

We all know the importance of drinking a substantial amount of water on a daily basis. But have you considered adding a few slices of lemon to the mix? Not only will this make it easier for you to consume your required eight glasses per day, but also there are many health benefits associated with drinking lemon water:

  • Help fight viral infections – Warm lemon water is one of the most successful methods for getting rid of viral infections and the subsequent sore throats that follow.
  • Helps to cut out the caffeine – Are you guilty of indulging in one too many cups of coffee while at work to get through the day? If so, you should consider replacing your morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water instead. A lot of people aren’t optimistic about this switch, until they try it. Not only will you feel refreshed, but you won’t experience the jittery nerves that are associated with caffeine, and you will avoid the pesky afternoon crash that happens way too often.
  • Energy boost – When lemon juice enters your digestive tract, it provides your body with energy, which is great for getting through the day ahead. Not only this, but it helps to reduce depression and anxiety too.
  • Reduces inflammation – The acidity in your body will decrease if you drink lemon water on a frequent basis. This is where disease states occur. In fact, one of the main causes of inflammation is uric acid in your joints, and this is something that lemon juice will remove.
  • Gives your immune system a boost – Lemons are full of Vitamin C, which are like jumper cables to your immune system. If you are feeling stressed, extra vitamin C can help to improve your mood.
  • Lose weight – Adding lemon water can help you to lose weight in a number of different ways. Of course, by drinking lemon juice it means you are drinking less fizzy drinks and other drinks that are bad for you. Not only this, but you are likely to experience less hunger cravings by adding lemon water to your diet. This is because lemon water contains pectin fibre.
  • Excellent potassium source – Lemons are also an amazing source of potassium, which is good for nerve and brain function, as well as heart health.
  • Keeps your skin blemish-free – Lemon water can reduce wrinkles and decrease blemishes thanks to the antioxidants that are present. Your skin’s radiance will be maintained because lemon water detoxifies the blood.
  • Freshens your breath – When giving up smoking, lemon water is a must. While an e cigarette starter kit is widely considered the best way to stop smoking, it can not eradicate the negative effects of smoking that have already taken hold, for example, a smoker’s breath. This is where lemon water comes into place, as it will help to freshen your breath.
  • Cleanses your system – Last but not least, lemon water will enhance your enzyme function, which stimulates your liver to help flush out the toxins in your body.

Real Cigs Vs E-Cigs: Making The Swap


Are you trying to quit? It isn’t as easy as it sounds, is it? In your quest to give up cigarettes for real, you will have come across e-cigarettes. And, the hope is that they will make the transition easier. However, swapping from a real cig to an e-cig is not an easy process if you are uninformed. Sadly, most people are when it comes to electronic liquids and this puts the whole process in jeopardy. The great news is that you can learn more about them if you are willing to listen. So, are you ready to go on a potentially life changing journey? Good, then buckle up!

Don’t Be Self-Conscious

Even though e-cigarettes are relatively new, lots of people believe they need to look or act a certain way. As such, it is tempting to ask other people what works for them and copy their process. This method is without a doubt the most harmful part of making the switch because what works for one person won’t work for another. What you must do is figure out your preferences and stick to them regardless. Hopefully, this will tie you down and prevent you from jumping back to cigarettes.

Go Shorter

The normal e-cig is a long and bulky number, and that can be problematic for smokers. The fact that it doesn’t resemble a typical cigarette takes away from the experience and ensures they don’t commit to the transition. If you belong to this group, the simple fix is to find a shorter and sleeker version. That way, the thing in your hand will feel natural and help satiate your cravings. But, when you take it back, the smoke won’t fill your lungs with harmful chemicals. There are even e-cigs shaped like normal cigarettes if you want to take it one step further.

Invest In A Quality Product

From an Aspire to a SMOK vape kit, there are lots of versions on the market. Although it appears like a good thing, it can be confusing for the uninitiated who don’t have a clue where to start. To cut through the smoke, so to speak, there is a general rule you should follow: buy quality. Why? It’s because the best products deliver a more balanced ratio of nicotine and last longer. As such, the effects are far greater than opting for a budget version. Even the cost will plateau in the long-term as a good product stands the test of time.

Switch Up Flavours

There is always a flavour that you like more than the rest. But, it is important to remember that you might be using your electronic cigarette for a while. Therefore, one flavour can get boring and cause you to fall out of love with your e-cig. What you should do is try different flavours throughout the course quitting. Hopefully, this tactic will be enough to keep the novelty alive so that you don’t start smoking again.

No one said quitting is easy, but it is a lot easier when you know how to use an electronic cigarette.