We Want a Family

couple with 7mo old boyHaving a child is one of the most special things that can happen to a couple. It starts a family and creates a whole new life. We are now living in a time when people are holding off on having children to pursue their careers and with that extended time your risk of infertility rises. In my case, I had graduated from the University of Phoenix AZ and began my start at the Arizona Federal Credit Union. I got married somewhere in between and my lovely and I have been raging on for two years now. We have been trying to have a child for a year now but we are starting to believe that we are in need of a reliable infertility doctor regardless of how healthy we thought we were.  We decided to make a visit to a great fertility treatment center like IVF Phoenix so we can find the problem at its root.

When we first arrived at the fertility clinic we were really nervous but we were welcomed with a very warm welcome from everyone. We had never tried to have a baby so this was all new to both of us. I wasn’t very familiar with all the possible complications but I knew it either had something to do with my little guys or her precious pearl. Our fertility doctor at IVF Phoenix was also very nice and helped us with any questions we had.  Our doctor then led us through a series of questions and testing. We were actually in and out of their fertility clinic for the following two weeks. After all was said and done it looks like I was coming up short on my part. I had a low sperm count which was making it hard for us to conceive during sex. It looks like one of our options to having a successful pregnancy would be to go through with an In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer. This process isn’t guaranteed and it’s very expensive but we had to at least try before our health fully deteriorates. We both couldn’t imagine a life without bringing another life into this one. It was very important to us which is why we decided to go through with our fertility doctor’s suggestion.

I won’t go through in-depth details but I would like to introduce my BABY BOY TYLER!!! We owe a great debt of gratitude towards such a great fertility treatment center like IVF Phoenix. They have really changed our lives for the better and now we feel like we have added a stronger meaning to our lives.

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Don’t Be Left Unaware with Dental Care

women covering mouthI would like to think that I have been taking care of my all my dental care needs to the fullest but today I was hit with the bad news that I have a cavity. Seriously!?!? How could this be? I have been brushing my teeth twice a day for as long as I can remember. I do have to admit that I don’t always floss or use mouth wash everyday but who really does? Right? My family dentist at Modern Dentistry in Richmond VA told me otherwise. He sat me down and went through some interesting details that I would like to share with all of you.

Diet is Important

Being that your teeth are predominantly composed up of calcium you must attain a calcium rich diet.  Some foods that contain a fair amount of calcium are Salmon, sardines, white beans, cheese, yogurt, kefir, figs, bok choy, kale, black eyed peas, almonds, turnip greens, oranges, and soy products. Incorporating these foods into your current meal plan can help save you a trip to your family dentistry. Vitamin C is also vital to preventing many cosmetic dentistry complications including teeth that may be coming loose. Some foods that contain vitamin C, aside from the obvious orange options, are Kale, papaya, broccoli, many varieties of peppers, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, strawberries, mango, kiwi, and pineapple. Many of these Vitamin C foods are fairly acidic so make sure to balance them out with grains and fibrous foods. High acidity is the leading cause of enamel decay which can again send you on your way to your cosmetic dentist. Foods with high carbohydrates such as sugar, potatoes, fruits, and rice can make for excellent conditions for bacteria growth. This bacteria release acids that also affect your teeth. It’s important to eat these foods in moderation. It might help to keep a food journal that you can take to your next family dentistry appointment.

dentist workRegular Brushing, Flossing, and Rinse

Brushing your teeth on a regular basis, preferably after a meal will drastically benefit the quality of your life. You will help to prevent further expenses of tooth decay. Brushing helps brush away the harmful sugars that feed the bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease. Sugars allow bacteria to reproduce more rapidly. Many people also over look flossing your teeth which helps wipe away plaque, the thin layer of bacteria, between your teeth and along your gum lines. By adding a reliable mouth wash to your daily routine you can further kill that harmful bacteria and avoid another trip to the cosmetic dentist.

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Senior Care for My Uncle

senior-buddiesGrowing up, my uncle and I have always been gym buddies.  We’d keep each other motivated and made sure we both stayed on track with our fitness goals.  Growing up he’d always pick me up from my house and we’d go together, and then once I was able to drive, I’d pick him up.  However, as the years have gone by, he’s been less and less able to continue on the same workout plans as me.  Although we’d still drive in together, we would separate.  I would go through my routine, and he’d meet up with his trainer and do his.

However, now that I’m older and have a family to care for, my schedule isn’t quite as flexible as it once was.  This means that I’m no longer able to pick up my uncle and drive us to the gym at a time that’s convenient for both of us.

Now, as a senior, my uncle doesn’t feel as comfortable driving to the gym by himself.  So if I wasn’t able to pick him up, that would mean he didn’t make it to the gym that day.  So as I became busier and busier with work and home life, my uncle was able to visit his trainer less and less.

One day, a few months ago, I was visiting with my uncle and he had mentioned how he missed being able to see his trainer on a regular basis.  This really got me thinking about how I could help him even while being busy.  While online, reading about how others have managed to balance work, home life, and caring for their senior relatives, I discovered an in-home senior care service in Loveland CO that was highly rated by others in my community.

What this service does, it pairs seniors with other seniors who would visit their partners in their home and help them out with chores and errands.  I thought this would be the perfect service for my uncle.  Not only would someone be available to take him to his training sessions, but they would also be there to help with cooking, cleaning, and shopping.  It sounded perfect for our situation!  I brought the idea up to my uncle.  He sounded wary of it at first but ultimately agreed to try it out for a month.

Needless to say, it’s been three months now and my uncle and his partner are best buddies.  They hit the gym together, run errands, and everything else.  They actually have just signed up to do a 5K together this fall.

I’m sad that the days of us hitting the gym together are long gone, but I’m happy that my uncle has been able to find a new buddy to take my place.  I know having companionship in his life is important and I’m glad he’s able to have that again with his senior care helper.

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Benefits of a Sport Massage

runningIf you’re into running, biking, swimming, weight lifting, or any other active sports, then you know how easy it is to put wear and tear on your body.  Your body is often tired and sore and you spend a lot of time stretching; trying to get your muscles loose.

If you’re an active athlete then having a regular sports massage is must.  According to the American Massage Therapy Association, regular massages help to improve sport performance, prevent injury, reduce pain, and shorten recovery time.

Physiological Effects of Massage

A relatively unknown fact about massages that many people don’t realize is that a good massage can stimulate your cardiovascular system.  This is because relaxed muscle is able to promote better, more efficient blood flow to and from your heart.  The manual stimulation of the massage encourages blood efficient blood flow, which in turn delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to tissue throughout your body and removes toxins.  Massages are also excellent for lowering your heart rate due to their relaxed atmosphere.

Psychological Effects of Massage

One of the most well-known effects of massage is its ability to reduce stress and increase focus.  Because athletes use just as much of their mental faculties as they do physical, they have much more to gain from having a massage.

The Best Type of Massage for Athletes

sport-massageSerious athletes most likely won’t benefit from a typical soft and gentile massage.  This is because gentile massages won’t reach the tight tissue in our muscles allowing them to promote blood flow.  The best type of massage for an active athlete is a deep tissue massage.

Deep tissue massages are often uncomfortable and leave you feeling sore afterwards; but this is a good thing.  Applying heavy pressure will help to alleviate knots and muscle tension that may have developed while training.

How Often to Receive a Massage

Research suggests that receiving regular massages (minimum of twice per month) is ideal for reaping the benefits of massage.  Just like exercise, the effects of massages are much greater as a cumulative effort rather than receiving one here and there.

It’s important to remember that deep tissue massages may leave you feeling sore afterward for up to a day or so.  Therefore, it’s important to be sure not to schedule one right before an important even that you’ve been training for.  It’s best to receive your massage on a rest day rather than a training day.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of massage, visit AMTA or speak to your local massage therapist.  For those located in Richmond VA, I’ve always recommended Massage Envy for any and all massage needs.

Happy Training!

 

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