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5 Ways to Prevent a UTI

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If you've suffered through a urinary tract infection, then you know they are no fun at all. Not only are UTIs super uncomfortable, but some can be so bad they will make it nearly impossible to continue with your regular day. I have always been especially prone to Urinary Tract Infections because of some bad habits I refused to change: like holding in my pee for hours on end or wearing panties made from materials other than cotton. I know, I know, girls are taught from early on that these things can bring on infection but it's not until I got a few really killer UTIs that I realized maybe it was time to change my ways.  

That's why I now take as many preventative steps in my daily life to prevent a UTI. And even though I still inevitably get a UTI once or twice a year, they won't be as bad as they used to be before I took active steps in my life to keep them at bay. 

Today I am sharing a few simple tips that you can follow to help prevent recurring Urinary Tract Infection, these are just a few of the things that I can easily incorporate into my days. 

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Amp up your water take-in: Luckily, I am a huge fan of water and never leave home without some. But if you are especially prone to UTIs and not a huge fan of water then I suggest doing whatever you can to make it easier for you to drink more of it. 

Water flushes bacteria out of the urinary tract, so those 8 glasses of water per day are even more important when trying to prevent a UTI. 

Skip the super-tight skinny jeans and get into something more comfortable: I spend most of my days in tight pants for work but the moment I get home I will slip into my loose track pants or even my really thin leggings that are super breathable. 

The point is not to trap all that moisture into your body, which then makes bacterial growth easier. SO while you can still wear your fashionably smart skinny jeans, slip into something a little looser as soon as you can. 

Ditch overly sugary and acidic foods: Certain foods can increase the acidity of your urine which make it easier for bacteria to thrive. I've always been a huge proponent of eating a healthier diet for my well being. While I still have a huge sweet tooth and do indulge in foods that I enjoy, I believe in finding a healthy balance.

During the week, when I need to feel my best and need the most energy, I don't reach for a lot of processed foods. Instead, I pack lunches and snacks that will keep me feeling my best including fruits and salads that have a lot of leafy greens. 

Chase that coffee with water: If you're super prone to getting UTIs it is recommended to cut down on caffeine but I admit that this is a hard one for me. I always have at least one cup of coffee in the morning and a lot of times will get another through the drive-thru as I am running around throughout the day. 

My suggestion if you too can't get out of the coffee habit is to follow up that coffee with water. I will usually get a small coffee and ask for larger water to follow it up. 

And so the moral of the story is to be kind to your urinary tract by taking these steps, along with others, and maybe we won't have to contend with as many UTIs as we have in the past. Don't forget to check out Ocean Spray® CRANBERRY +health Soft Chews at your local CVS or on Amazon.com. I really think this is a supplement that not only you will actually enjoy taking, will make your busy life so much better in the long run. Because who wants to deal with a painful, burning UTI? Not me. 

Refresh Your Hair While Helping It Fight the 5 Signs of Aging

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I've always been pretty good about upkeeping my hair: I don't wash it daily, I use good quality products to keep it as healthy as possible and I color it every 2-3 months to refresh the color with a hair dye that is not harsh. But as diligent as I have been with my hair, I didn't realize that I might not be helping it age - yes, out hair ages a lot more than we might think!

As we age, our hair experiences 5 signs of aging: it loses volume, manageability, color, moisture and shine. Already many of us suffer with thinner hair, I know mine isn't super voluminous to begin with and to think that I will lose even more as I age, is a little worrisome.

That's why this time when it was time to refresh my hair color I decided to go a different route, and use a hair color that will help me replenish all those things our hair loses as it ages, Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful anti-aging hair color.

Help Hair Fight the 5 Signs of Aging When Coloring Your Hair

AGEbeautiful anti-aging haircolor is the first haircolor developed to fight all 5 signs of aging in your clients' hair. AGEbeautiful contains melanin, keratin peptide, silk protein and a patented conditioning technology to replenish hair with the essential components that are lost with aging. The unique formula penetrates deeply and absorbs quickly to deliver beautiful, rich color. Hair feels instantly fuller, silkier and radiates with shine.

Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful anti-aging hair color can be found at Sally Beauty,

What you will need:
  • Go to your local Sally Beauty store and go to the AGEbeautiful color section and pick the shade that is right for you. I picked out shade 4RM DARK RED MAHOGANY BROWN.
  • Once you pick your shade, purchase your developer. 99% of the time 20 volume is the correct developer but I picked up the one that the Sally Beauty associate suggested would work best for my color.
  • Decide how you want to apply – in an applicator bottle or a bowl and brush and purchase those items. I am using the liquid-crème so I decided a bowl was the way to go. Don't forget the brush and gloves!

When my hair was longer I would have purchased 2 of the 2oz colors to ensure enough product to color my entire head, but since it's short right now one box is enough, and I will only be using 1/2 the bottle of developer.

How to:
  • Mix color and developer. Mixing ratio for most of the shades is 1 to 1; meaning for every ounce of color you need an ounce of developer. The color comes in a 2oz tube; the developer a 4oz tube so I will only be pouring 1/2 of the developer and the full tube of color.
  • Do a patch test to make sure you are not allergic.
  • Apply to dry hair with brush, make sure you apply gloves. After the mix is in the hair make sure to wipe off any color that might be on your skin, you will want to do this right away.
  • Leave hair color in hair for suggested amount of time: 30 minutes for me

After application, rinse hair well, shampoo and condition as usual. And with that we have a fresh new haircolor that has also helped fortify my hair against those signs of aging.

I really like this color, I just love that hint of red!

Again, for reference, it's shade 4RM DARK RED MAHOGANY BROWN, and a perfect color to take me through the rest of the holiday season.

In the overall scheme of life I am still pretty young and might not yet have to worry about my hair aging, but I have always been super proactive about caring for my skin and hair. Since I color my hair every few months anyway, why not use a hair color that will help me prevent those signs of aging?

5 Ways To Keep Your Adult Cat Healthy & Happy

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As a multi-cat family it is important that we give each of our cats the right nutrition and care that each of them needs, depending on age and health. Even if your cats are the same age, we have five kittens from one liter, they can have different health issues/needs. So we try to be careful of what each of our cats particular needs are and to cater to those needs as best as possible, which is easy when you have a PetSmart in your town. 

PetSmart is a one-stop location for all of our pet needs. At PetSmart we can find everything from pet care items (flea care, shampoo,etc.), bedding, toys and an incredible variety of food. Here we can get the food we feed the kittens, their favorite brand of snacks..meal add-ons plus the food we buy Fluffy, their mom. As an adult cat, who had several liters before getting fixed, she has digestive issues and needs as much nutrition as possible in her diet.

Purina® Pro Plan® PRIME PLUS Chicken &Rice Formula Adult 7+ Dry Cat Food has her needs covered: With a proprietary blend proven to improve and extend the life of cats age 7 and older (Findings based on cats exclusively fed a complete diet with the proprietary blend vs. cats fed the complete and balanced diet alone.)

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Fluffy loves Purina® Pro Plan® PRIME PLUS Chicken & Rice Formula Adult 7+ Dry Cat Food, which is really good for her. It  improves microflora for a balanced digestive system - having lived as a stray all her life before coming here, she's definitely dealt with some digestive problems. It also strengthens her immune system and helps her build lean muscle mass, helping to keep her at a healthy weight. 

Something else really important for cats is having healthy skin and on this diet her skin and coat is really flourishing.

And as much as Fluffy loves dry food and could be happy on that alone, I do love to incorporate wet food a few times a week into her meals. Wet food is something that we know makes our cats extra happy, so we always make sure to have some in the house. This Purina® Pro Plan® PRIME PLUS Adult 7+ Seafood Varieties Pack is her favorite and really livens up her regular mealtimes - she gets to enjoy a can a few times a week or when she's feeling a bit down and needs a little pick me up, like on days we visit the vet. 

Regular vet visits are also important when it comes to ensuring your cat leads a healthy, happy life. So - while it's something none of us enjoy, Fluffy cries the entire time and my wallet cries after, it's something we do a few times a year. Is there anything as soul crushing as the sound of your pets crying their heart out?

But it's okay, after a regular check up and a nice meal we can get to doing one of Fluffy' favorite things, brushing her coat and giving her extra scratchies.

This along with watching her babies play seem to be the things that also make her happiest. While she no longer runs after balls and chases her kids, she does love to sit and watch them play all day long. 

Those are just some of the ways that we ensure our adult cat is happy and healthy. Fluffy is such a good cat and she deserves a good life after spending years on the street. She'd had a few liters before but none of her babies had ever made it. But this time she is getting to make up for all those lost babies and she is one of the best cat moms I have ever met.

How do you keep your pets healthy and happy? Visit the social hub to see how others are meeting their pets needs with the right diet and Pro Plan® Prime Plus™.