Bone Broth (Updated)

Last week I fell ILL with a stomach bug. It didn’t matter what I tried to eat It just well… You know.. I drank bone broth and if you read the post you’ll know that drinking bone broth has tons of benefits. I was ILL for days and then when I drank bone broth I felt better within hours.
Why Haven’t You Tried Bone Broth Soup Yet?

Bone broth has received some major buzz lately and it’s certainly for good reason. This stock is special because it contains a good amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, and many other nutrients.

I suggest that one of the best components of bone broth is its rich collagen content, which can be beneficial to our joint and skin health. “Collagen is made up of different amino acids and is considered one of the most abundant proteins in humans. Consuming collagen is also beneficial for our joints,  especially since it makes up a large portion of them.

With this in mind, it’s worth mentioning that big soup brands like Pacific Foods are definitely getting in on the bone broth action, as the brand has recently released an organic bone broth soup line that features spins on old-time classics such as Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth.

And unlike some cans of chicken noodle soup which are jam-packed with unpronounceable ingredients and tons of sodium, Pacific Foods keeps things simple with organic ingredients and a relatively reasonable sodium content (430 mg). So how do Pacific Foods keep up with chicken noodle soup from competitors like Progresso? Keep reading to find out more.

Pacific Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth

Pacific foods organic bone broth chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 100 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

When compared to the Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle soup that the two products do not differ much nutritionally. However, that Pacific Foods soup contains less sodium than the Progresso version. In addition, there is slightly more iron, calcium, and vitamin A in the Pacific Foods soup, which can likely be attributed to the bone broth as well as the fresh vegetables.

Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle

Progresso chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 110 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 690 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

While Davidson explains that this Progresso soup uses chicken stock, she notes that this is essentially bone broth. This is why the protein content is identical in both soups, she says, along with the fact that they both use chicken meat as well.

In conclusion, when it comes to these two products, Davidson tells us that they don’t differ much because chicken stock is still bone broth, technically. “If you were to compare this soup to a vegetable stock, then you would notice more of a difference.

That being said, Pacific Foods new line of bone broth soups are still a lower-sodium alternative that contains skin-nourishing collagen! (This bone broth-based soup has 280 milligrams less sodium than Pacific Foods’ Original Chicken Noodle Soup.)

If chicken noodle soup isn’t your thing, Pacific Foods also offers Curry Chickpea (8 grams protein), Hearty Italian Vegetable (9 grams protein), and two 10 grams protein per serving soups: White Bean Kale & Millet and Caribbean Black Bean.

Buy a 12-pack of Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup: $4.74 each, Amazon

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Dogs

In yesterday’s post, I briefly mentioned that I give my dogs ACV every other day for overall health. I also mentioned that my next post would be dedicated to apple cider vinegar and the benefits It has for our dog friends. It wasn’t until recently when I asked a friend for advice On why my dogs weren’t pooing he told me I should give them. My friend mentioned apple cider vinegar (ACV) because It helps with any constipation the dog may have. And I admit my dogs had more cheese and people food (dog-friendly people food) than normal. I cut out cheese, held back on the treats per my friends’ advice and I gave my Pitbull 2 cap fulls and my Beabull 1 cap full of ACV and by the next morning, they were back to regular.

DISCLAIMER: I just want to mention what I do for my dogs doesn’t mean you have to do the same. We as dog parents know what’s best for our men/woman’s best friend. Over the last couple of years, I have researched all things related to dog health and how to help cure something naturally. My dogs go to the vet for their once a year check up sometimes more If I feel something Is seriously wrong and they are In good health. I am what you call an overprotective dog mom that Is one of those women who spends unnecessarily on things that my dogs don’t even like. Please don’t feel the need to do what I do for my dogs. What I do for my dogs have been researched and talked about with their vet and my friend who knows a thing or two about animals. If you want to add anything to your dogs’ diet you can do so at any age but ALWAYS and I can’t stress this enough ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT CHANGING YOUR DOGS DIET! AND ALWAYS SPEAK UP TO THE VET YOUR VET WON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG IF YOU DON’T TELL HIM/HER WHAT IS WRONG AND TALK ABOUT ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE BE THE ADVOCATE FOR YOUR DOG SINCE YOUR DOG CAN’T PHYSICALLY SPEAK!

Okay so ACV has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Mainly It was for why humans should take one shot of ACV each morning. The benefits of taking a shot of ACV Is one of those what do I have to lose type things. I love ACV over white vinegar so I always have a bottle In my home. Before I took my daily shot of ACV I did my research. And research showed me that It’s worthy to add to my daily morning routine. The same benefits It has for humans It has for dogs.

ACV Is also gaining popularity for dogs. ACV has been around for thousands of years and Is commonly used for home remedies. ACV Is cheap. The one I get Is by Bragg. Here Is a link to the one I use for myself and my dogs. I buy mine from Walmart for $6.00.

One thing Is to make sure that the ACV you get Is Unfiltered and Organic. The link I provided Is the company I get from Walmart here Is another link for ACV that you can also buy from Walmart I’ve used the Walmart brand before and It’s not bad I just like what I like.

It’s easy to see what people think ACV Is a “cure-all”. I admit before I started taking an ACV shot I felt bloated and kinda sluggish. Since taking one shot of ACV every day I started feeling less bloated and “regular” If I thought I was regular before well I was wrong. ACV has simple Ingredients that you don’t have to worry about any nasty Ingredients or additives.

If you are reading this and you made It this far then chances are If you look In your cabinet you will find ACV In your cabinet.

Apple cider vinegar is brewed using yeast and bacteria to turn the sugars in apple juice into alcohol, and then into acetic acid.

Acetic acid is the pungent sour taste we think of as “vinegary”.

Then manufacture goes in one of two directions: either the vinegar is filtered and pasteurized (this is the stuff we usually find in grocery stores), or it’s left raw: unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Raw cider vinegar is often advertised as still containing the “mother”.

Mother of vinegar is a cobweb-like substance formed of yeast and bacteria from the fermentation process, and small quantities of cellulose and proteins.

It gives vinegar a cloudy appearance, and according to manufacturers who promote apple cider vinegar as a health supplement, it’s the best bit.

  1. Ear Infections? I personally haven’t tried this on my dog but my friend did do this to me when I had an ear Infection last year. The Instructions I’m giving Is what he did to me and when I researched It Is also what you would do If your dog suffers from ear Infections.
  1. Make a mixture of equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Soak cotton balls in the mixture.
  3. Swab your ear(s) depending If you have an Infection In both ears. Going only as far as you can see, Until the cotton ball comes out clean
  4. Dry the ear with a clean cotton pad or cotton ball, as damp ears are associated with ear irritation and infections.
  5. Always check your dogs’ ears before using ACV to make sure your dogs’ ears aren’t raw. DO NOT DO IF YOUR DOGS EARS ARE RAW!

2. Does your dog suffer from Itchy skin? My Pitbull during his summer allergies always has Itchy skin and I started giving him what Is called an ACV rinse or wash. Here are the Instructions.

  1. Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water to make a post-bath rinse.
  2. Bathe your dog as usual and, after thoroughly rinsing the shampoo from your dog’s coat, pour the ACV mixture over your dog, carefully avoiding his eyes.
  3. Do not rinse; towel dry your dog until damp and then let dry naturally.
  4. Another option is misting diluted or undiluted ACV onto your dog’s fur immediately before brushing to help give his coat a beautiful, healthy shine.

3. Does your dog have Irritated paws? I don’t personally do this for my Pitbull because I currently use something else and once that’s done I’ll do this. If you are Interested In doing this for your dog here Is how to do It.

  1. Mix two parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a large bowl or bathtub.
  2. Soak the irritated paws for up to five minutes each.
  3. Don’t rinse, but do ensure you thoroughly dry your dog’s paws after soaking

4. Treat hot spots with ACV. Hot spots are places that your dog licks and scratches excessively. My Pitbull suffers from hot spots during the spring and summer because he has sensitive skin. You can treat hot spots with ACV but first what I do Is I treat his hot spots with hot spot treatment here Is the link for what I use. I get mine from my local pet store for way more than I care to admit. So I found you the same thing I use just 1000 times cheaper.

After I start with the anti-lick I wait for his paws to heal up then I use ACV to help his paws along the rest of the way. Here Is what I do.

  1. Mix one part water to one part ACV in a medium bowl or container.
  2. Dip a sponge or cotton ball into the mixture, ensuring it’s fully saturated.
  3. Sponge or dab the mixture onto the affected area on your dog.
  4. Reapply daily as needed until the affected area has shown improvement.
  5. Never apply ACV to open wounds or extremely raw skin.

5. ACV can help with your dogs’ joints. I personally don’t give my dogs ACV for this particular reason but since I still give It to them It still benefits them. To keep my dogs’ joints young and youthful I give them CBD oil. If you want to give your dog an ACV compress here Is how you do it.

  1. Warm a small portion of undiluted ACV in the microwave.
  2. Soak a compress or folded washcloth in the mixture until saturated.
  3. Apply the compress directly to the dog’s joints.

ACV can also help If your dog suffers from arthritis. Like I mentioned before I add 1 cap full In my Beabulls water and 2 cap fulls for my Pitbull. I do this every other day or whenever I remember to grab It from the kitchen. So they get It at least 4-5 times a week. My dogs reacted well to It and they have no problem drinking their water with the ACV added In. If your dog doesn’t drink the water that you added ACV to It always have another bowl of plain water so that way your dog won’t get dehydrated.

6. This Is the main reason why I give my dogs ACV and It’s for digestion. I also mentioned this a few times already that my dogs suffered from constipation. My friend told me to add ACV and by the next morning, they were back to normal. I’ve mentioned this already but just Incase you missed It for my Beabull I add 1 cap full and for my Pitbull, I had 2 cap fulls every other day. You can add It to your dogs’ food. But I know my dogs and I know they wouldn’t eat their food If I added ACV so I add It To their water.

7. Help with your dogs’ dandruff. I honestly never thought of using ACV for dandruff. I always reach for the burts bees oatmeal shampoo I have for the dogs. If you’re Interested In doing this here Is how you do It.

  1. Bathe your dog, as usual, rinsing well.
  2. Pour undiluted ACV directly onto your dog’s fur.
  3. Thoroughly distribute ACV throughout the fur by massaging lightly with a dog grooming glove.
  4. Rinse well once again to remove all traces of ACV.

8. Helps with UTI.

  1. Mix the suggested portion of ACV into your dog’s food or water bowl daily.
  2. Suggested dosage for treating UTIs is:
    • 1 teaspoon for small dogs (under 30 lbs.)
    • 1 tablespoon for medium dogs (30 to 80 lbs.)
    • 2 tablespoons for large dogs (more than 80 lbs.)
  3. Add the ACV directly to your dog’s water dish or sprinkle over or mix with food.
  4. Provide an alternate water dish without ACV when mixing with water in case your dog drinks less due to the addition of ACV in the other dish.

There are TONS more benefits of adding ACV to your dogs routine. Please, no rude comments your comment will be deleted and you will be blocked. I only write about positivity and helpful Information. If you are curious how to get your dog(s) started with ACV to their diet feel free to comment or message me on any links that I provide and I will more than happy to help you.

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CBD (Hemp) Oil for Pets

Today I will be talking about something that to some might be quite controversial. Today’s post Is about CBD oil for your pets and what benefits It has for your pets. I will talk about what CBD oil Is and what benefits are for your pets for long-term health. At the end of this post, I will be posting 3 pictures of the brand of CBD oil I use for my dogs. It’s 100% Organic,Non-GMO, Gluten- Free, All natural& Organic Hemp Oil.  I paid $37.00 with no tax For 1 fluid oz. Of product. And that Is a 30 day supply for 1 single dog. I have 2 dogs that I use It for and my sister uses It for 2 of her cats. Let’s just say the bottle Is almost empty.

DISCLAIMER: CBD Oil may not be for every pet. Obviously, check with your vet and do your own research. I did my own research Into It and I felt comfortable buying It. Please, no rude comments I will delete your comment and you will be blocked. I’m here to give my opinion on It and why I think you should add It to your pets vitamin routine.

The first thing I am going to mention Is what CBD Oil Is.

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD.

Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration and uses of different oils vary.

what I mentioned above Is simple and straight to the point of what It Is. If you want a more scientific compound you can always google It? Or I can just put It here but I won’t since the post would be super long. Here Is a link explaining what CBD Is.

The next thing when researching CBD oil Is It Marijuana? And the answer to that Is no and here Is what I found.

Until recently, the most well-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the most active ingredient in marijuana.

Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects.

THC is well-known for the mind-altering “high” it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. However, it does appear to produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have medical benefits.

Most of the CBD used medicinally is found in the least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp.

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, but they are very different.

Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to be very high in THC and other compounds that interested them, either for a smell or an effect they had on the plant’s flowers.

On the other hand, hemp farmers have not tended to modify the plant. It is these hemp plants that are used to create CBD oil.

So for me, I felt comfortable In that Info and I went ahead to research the benefits what CBD oil for dogs.  I do get laughed at or questioned what I do something for my dogs. Recently I started adding 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar every other day to my dog’s water. I won’t talk about that today that Itself deserves It own post because there are TONS of benefits to giving your pets ACV. I will give 1 reason and the reason that I started giving my dogs ACV Is that they both where suffering from constipation and I was looking for a more natural way to cure It. My friend came over and explained to me how much to give them and when to give It to them. I did and let me tell you by the very next afternoon they were back to normal.

So here Is the part that most of you scrolled to or have been waiting to read and that Is what are the freaking benefits of CBD oil for your dogs. There are benefits for cats as well but since I only personally own dogs the benefits are for dogs unless I state otherwise.

Here are some testimonials I found while doing research.

A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back …

A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved

  1. CBD oil reduces anxiety In dogs and can help with separation problems. My Beabull has both. When I take my Pitbull for a walk or a trip to the vet without him he barks like almost yelling. Now when I give him his daily dose he Is calm and playful not anxious when I leave without. I am working with him to be my emotional support dog so hopefully, with training and CBD oil, he’ll be ready full the public full time.

2. CBD and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.

1.CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death.

2.CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.

3.CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.

4.CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment

Those benefits do the same for humans. Who wouldn’t want to prevent cancer cells from growing or stop cancer all together?

3. CBD oil can prevent Seizures Epilsey It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.

CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.

4. It helps relieve pain. If your dog suffers from arthritis or If your dog got Injured or just had surgery CBD oil can naturally help relieve the pain without you having to give your pet pain medication. Honestly, I wish I knew CBD oil was a thing last summer when my Pitbull had surgery. I felt so bad giving him pain medication that he didn’t even want. If I knew about CBD I would’ve gladly spent the money.

5. Helps with appetite. When a dog loses their appetite, it can be hard to know the reason why. Majority of the time, however, they lose it due to nausea. As a human, we won’t eat when we feel like that unless we take something to alleviate the digestive issue and receive pain relief. CBD can do this for your pet. Again If I knew about CBD I would’ve gotten this sooner for my dogs because like I said when my Pitbull had surgery he lost his appetite and I had to entice him to eat.

6. Helps with cardiovascular and other diseases. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Cardiovascular Disease.

7. Can help prevent/Treat Diabetes. I have a Beabull he Is a mix of Beagle/ English Bulldog with those 2 breeds he Is prone to diabetes. I give my 2 dogs a relatively healthy diet with organic fruits, veggies and good herbs like turmeric, parsley, basil, Himalayan sea salt, chia seeds, hemp seeds and cinnamon. I’m very fortunate that because of the things I do for them that they are healthy at almost 8 years old.

8.Helps with allergies. I don’t know about your dog(s) but my dogs suffer from seasonal allergies. My Beabull Isn’t as bad just some runny eyes and sneezing. My Pitbull, however, SUFFERS BAD! His chest gets red, he breaks out in hives, he licks his paws raw, he sneezes and you know what seasonal allergies bring. I can treat him for his allergies but CBD oil can help more by calming him so he won’t be focused on his itching and uncomfortableness.

9.Sleep. I don’t give CBD oil for my dogs to sleep because they know once I go to bed the come with me and they fall to sleep with me. I give 1 daily dose of CBD oil usually midday and It calms both dogs down for the rest of the day. I am able to take my Beabull for a walk and not have him chase every car or bird he sees and I can walk my Pitbull with or without CBD. I mainly give my Pitbull CBD for preventative health. Like I said I’m VERY fortunate that they are healthy.

10. Training. I mentioned earlier that I am training my Beabull to be my Emotional Support dog. So when I give him his CBD oil It calms him and we can work on whatever training Is on the schedule for that day.

11. Supplement. I give my dogs CBD oil for preventative health. It’s part of their daily routine with other beneficial things they get besides daily exercise and healthy treats.

12. No Side Effects. This Is the best part. If you follow the bottles Instructions there shouldn’t be any side effects unless If you give your dog too much. If you suspect that you did PLEASE call your vet right away. My dogs haven’t had any side effects because when I give them their drop I make sure It’s a drop sometimes a little more may drip off the applicator but that’s fine.

 I am all for Improving my pet’s overall health. If It’s going to benefit them and after some research, I approve and talking to a friend I’ll go out and buy It. I don’t want you to feel like you have to buy CBD oil for your dog after reading this. If your vet says that your dog Is In good health than don’t worry about It. I don’t listen to my vet very often (unless necessary) and I go with my doggie mom Instincts and I buy what I feel Is best for my dogs. I’ll admit I spend too much money on Items for my dogs that just went to waste. And I also want to say please talk to your vet, do your research and be your dog’s advocate. The vet can’t help you If you don’t tell Him/Her your concerns. I’m very fortunate that the vet my dogs see are very knowledgeable In all areas even veganism for dogs even though he disagreed with me (my dogs are no longer vegan) I did It anyway and they thrived until my Beabull became allergic to something and switched their food.
Here are 3 pictures of the CBD oil I buy for my Dogs and I guess also now my sisters’ cats. It’s $37.00 out of pocket. The CBD oil Is by the brand ests (earth science tech)

Here Is a link to the CBD oil I buy the prices online Is higher than what I pay In person at my natural foods store.

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I mean to post educational, Informative things than I just don’t. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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