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UTI in Cats: 3 Tips Every Pet Parent Must Know


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Peculiar behavior at the litter box could signal a cat UTI.

If you've ever seen your kitty doing the potty dance or heard them singing the litter box blues, you're not alone. Cats are notoriously mysterious creatures, and their bathroom habits are no exception. And when habits change in the litter box department, it can signal something serious, like a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Hey there, cat parents! This blog is for you, especially if your kitty's bathroom behavior has been a bit peculiar lately. At Life's Abundance, we’re all about keeping our furry friends happy and healthy. That's why we’re diving into the topic of cat UTIs—a common issue that can cause your feline a lot of discomfort and three tips for prevention.

We'll also share our top recommendation for your kitty's diet: something tasty that also helps keep your cat hydrated, which is key for preventing those pesky UTIs. But more on that later!

So, grab a cup of coffee, cuddle up with your kitty, and let’s uncover how to spot, treat, and prevent urinary issues in cats. Trust us, your feline friend will thank you!

What Are UTIs in Cats?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in cats occur when bacteria travel up the urethra and settle into the bladder, causing an infection. This sounds familiar since UTIs are common in humans, too. Just like you, your feline friends can experience pain and discomfort from these infections.

However, cat UTIs are different from what you might experience. While UTIs are fairly frequent in humans, they're relatively uncommon in cats unless there’s an underlying condition.

Instead, cats often suffer from various urinary issues collectively known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). These can include infections, bladder stones, and inflammation. Understanding urinary issues in cats is important because untreated problems can lead to more serious complications.

Since your cat can’t tell you when something's wrong, being aware of the signs and symptoms helps you act quickly to relieve their discomfort. Plus, staying informed helps ensure that your kitty remains their happy, purring self, free from the pain and stress that come with urinary problems.

Common Symptoms of Cat UTIs

Spotting a UTI in your cat early can make a world of difference. Here are some key symptoms to watch out for:

  • Straining to urinate: Your cat might struggle or spend a lot of time in the litter box.
  • Frequent trips to the litter box: Visiting the litter box repeatedly but only producing small amounts of urine.
  • Painful urination and licking of genitals: Excessive grooming of the genital area due to discomfort.
  • Bloody, discolored, or unusual-smelling urine: Noticeable changes in the appearance or smell of urine.
  • Relieving themselves outside the litter box: Urinating in unusual places, like on cool surfaces or in sinks.

If your kitty shows any of these signs, it’s time for a vet visit. If there’s any possibility of a urinary obstruction, an immediate emergency vet visit may be needed!

Early detection and prompt treatment can help avoid more discomfort and stress and get your furry friend back to their playful furball behavior in no time!

Factors That Put Cats at Higher Risk for UTIs

Now, let’s look at the factors that put cats at higher risk for UTIs and other urinary issues. Understanding the risk factors can help you take proactive steps to keep your cat healthy.

Here are key factors that increase the likelihood of UTIs in cats:

  • Age and gender: Older female cats are more prone to developing UTIs.
  • Bladder stones and diabetes: Cats with these conditions have a higher risk of infections.
  • Stress and environmental factors: Changes in the household or high stress levels can contribute to urinary issues.
  • Diet and hydration: Inadequate water intake and poor diet can lead to concentrated urine, increasing the risk of UTIs.

By being aware of these factors, you can take preventive measures to keep your kitty’s urinary tract in tip-top shape. Plus, you’ll be an even better cat parent by always keeping a loving eye on their behavior. Now that you know what to look for, you’re one step closer to keeping your cat’s urinary health in check!

3 Tips for Preventing UTIs in Cats

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,”–and when it comes to your cat’s urinary health, truer words have never been spoken. After all, who wants to deal with a cranky kitty and a surprise vet bill?

Here are some practical tips for preventing UTIs in cats:

  1. Increase water consumption. Ensure your cat has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Consider using a cat water fountain to encourage drinking. Cats love running water, and it might just become their favorite hangout spot.
  2. Keep litter boxes clean and in quiet areas. Scoop daily and place litter boxes in peaceful, low-traffic areas. No one likes a dirty bathroom, and your cat is no exception.
  3. Feed high-quality, hydrating food. A diet rich in moisture can help prevent urinary issues. Canned cat food can be a tasty and hydrating option to keep those urinary problems at bay.

By following these tips, you'll be a step ahead in keeping your kitty’s urinary tract healthy and happy. Remember, a little effort now can save you and your furry friend a lot of trouble later.


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Life’s Abundance Pork & Duck Recipe has essential hydration, helping to support urinary health.

Introducing Pork & Duck Canned Cat Food

Now that you know how to prevent UTIs in cats, let’s talk about a tasty way to support your kitty’s urinary health. Enter our Pork & Duck Recipe Canned Cat Food! Since its launch in 2019, it’s quickly become a feline favorite for its nutritious recipe and gourmet flavors.

Here’s why it’s perfect for your kitty:

  • Added hydration benefits: The savory pork broth in each pâté-style loaf provides essential hydration, helping to support urinary health.
  • Nutritional benefits and delicious taste: Packed with high-quality proteins from pork and duck, this recipe supports muscle development and healthy pounces. It’s also grain-free, carrageenan-free, and comes in BPA-free recyclable cans.
  • How it can help prevent UTIs: With added hydration and a nutritious profile, our Pork & Duck Recipe helps keep your kitty’s urinary tract in good health.

Each can offers a complete diet for all life stages, ensuring your cat enjoys a happy, healthy life. Pair it with Life’s Abundance dry cat food for a comprehensive dietary solution that meets all your feline’s nutritional needs.

So, why not give your cat a treat that’s both delicious and health-boosting? Your kitty will love the taste, and you’ll love the benefits.

Conclusion

Imagine your cat starring in their own superhero movie, with you as their trusty sidekick. Together, you can conquer UTIs and keep those litter box blues at bay! With the right knowledge and tools, you're well-equipped to ensure your feline friend enjoys a happy, healthy life.

To recap, we've covered the essentials of spotting and preventing cat UTIs. By increasing water intake, keeping those litter boxes clean, and providing high-quality, hydrating food, you can help your kitty stay in top-notch condition. And remember, our Pork & Duck Recipe Canned Cat Food isn’t just a tasty meal; it's a powerful ally in maintaining your cat’s urinary health.

So, channel your inner superhero and take these steps to protect your cat’s health and watch them thrive. Here’s to many more purrs, playful pounces, and happy, healthy days with your feline companion!

References:
[1] Stelow, E., Bain, M., & Kass, P. (2016). The Relationship Between Coat Color and Aggressive Behaviors in the Domestic Cat. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS, 19(1), 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2015.1081820

[2] González-Ramírez MT, Landero-Hernández R. Cat Coat Color, Personality Traits and the Cat-Owner Relationship Scale: A Study with Cat Owners in Mexico. Animals (Basel). 2022 Apr 15;12(8):1030. doi: 10.3390/ani12081030. PMID: 35454276; PMCID: PMC9024431.


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The Importance of Greens in Your Diet


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Greens powder is an effective way to get more nutrition into your busy life.

Ever find yourself staring at a plate of veggies, wishing they tasted more like pizza? You’re not alone. We all know we should eat more greens, but life gets busy, and our taste buds have other ideas.

If you're a health nut (in the best way possible) juggling a hectic schedule and looking for a tasty, convenient way to get more nutrition, greens powder is your new best friend.

Packed with nutrient-dense greens, these powders are a game-changer. Imagine boosting your energy, supporting your digestion, and getting all the benefits of vegetables without the hassle. Sounds too good to be true, right? But it’s not.

At Life’s Abundance, we get it. We’ve crafted our Greens Blend to fit seamlessly into your busy life. One simple scoop can transform your daily routine, giving you the vitality you need to tackle whatever comes your way.

In this blog, we'll explore the importance and benefits of greens powder and guide you on integrating this powerful supplement into your life. By the end, you'll be ready to take the next step toward a healthier, more vibrant you with Life’s Abundance Greens Blend. Let’s get started and uncover the power of greens powder!

5 Things You Should Know About Greens Powder

Alright, you’re curious about greens powder but still wondering what it’s all about. Let’s break it down in a way that’s easy to understand and, dare we say, fun!

  1. What exactly is greens powder?
  2. Think of it as your daily veggie boost in powder form. Greens powder is a mix of dried, powdered vegetables, fruits, and other nutrient-rich plants. It's like having a garden in a bag, but without the dirt and bugs.
  3. How is greens powder made?
  4. The process is actually pretty cool. Fresh greens are harvested, dried at low temperatures to preserve their nutrients, and then ground into a fine powder. This nutritious powder contains all the good stuff you’d find in a robust salad, minus the chewing!
  5. What's inside?
  6. Expect a blend of superfoods like spinach, kale, spirulina, and wheatgrass. Many greens powder also include extras like antioxidants for a superhero immune system, and even adaptogens from mushrooms to help you stress less. It’s like getting a nutritional hug in every scoop. Some include other ingredients like probiotics, so if you’re already taking supplements, be sure you’re not accidentally doubling up.
  7. Why should you care?
  8. Here’s the kicker: greens powder makes it ridiculously easy to get your daily dose of greens. No more excuses about not having time to prep veggies or not liking their taste. Just mix a scoop into water, juice, or a smoothie, and you’re good to go! Take your greens powder anywhere. Whether traveling, at the office, or at the gym, it’s a quick and easy way to stay on track.
  9. Does it taste like grass?
  10. They sure can, but they don’t have to! Thanks to added flavors from carefully selected fruits, some green powders actually taste great. Some even have a delightful berry twist, making your healthy drink more of a treat than a chore.

In summary, greens powder is an easy and delicious way to get your daily dose of veggies, plus it's packed with nutrients to support your health. Ready to get the full scoop? Let's explore how a high-quality greens powder can supercharge your health by digging a little deeper into its benefits.

The Benefits of Greens Powder

So, now that you know what a greens powder is, let's talk about why it's such a game-changer for your health. Adding a greens blend to your daily routine is a smart move because it’s:

  • A nutritional powerhouse with essential vitamins and minerals for overall health. Most blends also contain antioxidants and phytonutrients proven to reduce chronic disease risk. [1]
  • Convenient and easy to maintain consistency. When you don’t have time forwashing, chopping, or blending veggies. It’s made to take on the go and is perfect for busy lifestyles. Greens powder helps you maintain a consistent intake of essential nutrients, ensuring you never miss out on your plant-based vitamins and minerals, even on the busiest of days.
  • A delicious way to enhance your health. With natural flavors, greens powder can be a tasty addition to your routine, overcoming the common dislike of raw veggies.
  • An energy booster. Full of B vitamins, these supplements help convert food into fuel for natural energy. Because of this, studies show greens powder supports energy levels. [2]
  • Made to support immune function. High intake of vitamins C and A boost immunity. Studies have shown that the nutrients in a greens powder can enhance immune responses and reduce the severity of common colds. [1]

Who knew getting your greens could be so simple and tasty? Now, let’s dive into some fun and easy ways to incorporate greens powder into your daily routine.


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Life’s Abundance Greens Blend is made from a mix of organic greens and a trio of certified organic mushrooms.

How to Incorporate Greens Powder into Your Routine

OK, so you’re ready to make greens powder a part of your daily life. How are you going to do it? Whether you’re a busy professional or a health enthusiast, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of greens powder.

Here are our favorite ways to use our Greens Blend:

  • Mix with water (we like to add lemon juice!)
  • Mix with orange juice
  • Add to smoothies
  • Blend into baked goods like muffins, pancakes, or cookies
  • Stir into yogurt or oatmeal
  • Freeze into green ice cubes for drinks
  • Whisk into salad dressings
  • Stir into soups and stews

Start experimenting and find the best ways to make greens powder a delicious and regular part of your life. With these ideas, incorporating greens powder into your daily routine becomes a breeze (and delicious, too!).

Choosing the Right Greens Blend

With so many greens powders on the market, picking the right one can feel overwhelming. Not all greens blends are created equal, so knowing what to look for to ensure you’re getting the best quality and maximum benefits is essential.

Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Organic and non-GMO: Choose a greens powder made with organic and non-GMO ingredients to avoid pesticides and genetically modified organisms. Organic greens ensure you’re consuming pure, high-quality nutrients.
  • No fillers or additives: Look for a product without unnecessary fillers, artificial flavors, or sweeteners. The cleaner the ingredient list, the better for your health.
  • Diverse greens: A good blend should include a variety of greens such as barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass. This diversity ensures a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Added benefits: Some high-quality greens powders include mushrooms, echinacea, or dulse, which offer additional health benefits.
  • Flavor options: While greens powders are incredibly nutritious, their taste can vary. Look for bright flavor options like berry that make your daily dose more enjoyable.

So there you have it—a quick, easy, and delicious way to up your veggie intake without turning into a rabbit. By considering these factors, you can choose a greens blend that meets your nutritional needs, tastes great, and fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.

Incorporating Life's Abundance Greens Blend into your daily routine can significantly improve your overall well-being. With its carefully selected, nutrient-dense ingredients and delicious flavor, it's designed to effortlessly support your health goals. Scoop up health, and cheers to living greener!

References:
[1] Kumar, S., & Pandey, A. K. (2013). Free radicals: Health implications and their mitigation by herbals. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831448/

[2] Dreher, M. L. (2018). Whole fruits and fruit fiber emerging health effects. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Retrieved from sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0271531719302880

 

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How to Take a Road Trip with Your Dog


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Taking a road trip with your dog requires a little planning and a lot of treats.

Have you ever tried to explain to your dog that "Are we there yet?" is a phrase best left to the kids? Taking a road trip with your pup can be one of the most delightful adventures you’ll ever have–as long as you’re prepared!

If you’re one of those pet parents who wouldn’t dream of leaving your furry friend behind on your summer road trip, this guide is for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know to ensure your road trip is as smooth as your pup’s fur after a good brushing.

Life’s Abundance is about helping you and your pets live happy, healthy lives. Our premium quality, reliable, and trusted dog products are designed to support you every step of the way.

So, as you prepare for your road trip, let us help you be ready for anything that comes your way–from pit stops and little accidents to emergency grooming and snack attacks!

Now, let’s dive into the essentials for a fantastic journey with your canine co-pilot.

What to Pack in Your Dog Travel Kit

You know what it’s like–starting on a road trip and realizing that you forgot your snacks halfway through. Not fun, right? Well, imagine how your dog feels if you forget their essentials!

Keeping your pup happy, entertained, and well-fed during your trip is crucial. Just like us, dogs appreciate a little comfort and care when they're away from home. So, what must you pack to ensure your furry friend has the best road trip experience ever? Find out below!

Nutritious Kibble

Always pack enough nutritious and tasty food to keep your dog satisfied. Dry kibble is a great option because it stores well and travels easily.

Healthy Treats

Trust us, no dog ever said "no" to a treat, especially when they're being such a good boy on a long journey. Treats are essential for rewarding good behavior and keeping your dog’s spirits high.

Look for all-natural options that are both tasty and healthy. Our treats, crafted from New Zealand-raised lamb and flavorful chicken, are perfect for this. They're packed with nutrients and free from artificial additives, ensuring your pup gets only the best!

Chews

Chewing is a great way to keep your dog occupied and happy. Our Pork Bully Sticks, for example, entertain and help maintain dental health with their unique texture. They’re perfect for gnawing during long stretches of driving. Plus, they’re made with wholesome ingredients to support your dog’s best health.

Joint Supplements

Long trips are tough on your dog’s joints, especially if they’re a bit older. Consider bringing the right supplements to keep them comfortable and active. A holistically formulated joint supplement designed to support their bones and cartilage makes a great travel kit addition.

Soothing Mist

Skin irritations can crop up unexpectedly. Having a soothing mist on hand can be a lifesaver. Try an herbal blend with calming ingredients like lavender and aloe vera, which are ideal for keeping your dog’s skin healthy and irritation-free.

Bath Mist

For those moments when your dog decides to roll in something less than pleasant, a bath mist can be a quick fix. A natural, easy-to-use deodorizer spray will have them smelling fresh and ready for cuddles in no time (not to mention getting rid of stink in the car)!


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When packing with your dog, make sure to include all the essentials.

Travel Bowls

Portable food and water bowls are a must. They make it easy to keep your dog hydrated and fed without any mess and pack up light and easy.

Bedding

A cozy blanket or their favorite bed will give your dog a familiar place to rest, helping them feel secure and comfortable throughout the trip. It's like bringing your travel pillow along for comfort. Keeping the car well-ventilated and maintaining a comfy temperature inside is appreciated too.

First Aid Kit

Always be prepared for minor injuries or health issues. A pet-specific first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and necessary medications will give you some peace of mind on the road. You never know when your pup might scrape a paw, injure an ear, or have a little tumble getting in and out of the car.

Toys

Bring a selection of your dog’s favorite toys to keep them entertained. Familiar toys can provide comfort and help reduce anxiety during the journey. Plus, it’s much easier to convince your pup to stay in the back seat when they have their beloved squeaky toy instead of trying to help you drive!

Anti-Anxiety or Car Sickness Solutions

Some dogs get car sick or anxious on long trips. Consider remedies like ginger for nausea. You can find ginger in dog treats or give a small amount of fresh ginger before the trip. It's like giving your dog a ginger ale to settle their tummy.

Packaging these essentials ensures your dog is as excited about the road trip as you are. From delicious treats to comfy bedding, you’ll have everything you need to keep them happy and healthy on the road.

FAQ: How Long Can a Dog Travel in a Car?

Knowing how long your furry friend can comfortably travel in a car is a common question. Most dogs can handle car trips like champs, but regular breaks are necessary.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs should have a break every two to three hours during a car ride. [1] This gives them a chance to stretch their legs, do their business, and enjoy some fresh air–a lot like you! During these breaks, offer them water and a little walk, encouraging a potty moment, too.

While you’re at it, grab some snacks for yourself at the gas station and stay hydrated. After all, road trips are more fun when everyone’s comfortable and happy!

Final Thoughts: A Fun and Safe Journey

Dogs' brains might be a little different from ours, but at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: a fun, safe vacation where everyone arrives in one piece and is happy to be there.

With the right preparation and a well-packed travel kit, you can ensure your dog has as much fun on the road as you do. So, plan those pit stops, bring along their favorite things, and get ready for an unforgettable journey with your best four-legged friend. Safe travels and happy tails!

References:
[1] American Veterinary Medical Association. (n.d.). Traveling with your pet FAQ. AVMA. Retrieved July 5, 2024, from avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/traveling-your-pet-faq


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5 Expert Summer Skin Care Tips for Radiant, Healthy Skin


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Keep your skin healthy and happy this season with natural solutions to common skin care concerns.


Imagine this: It's a sunny Saturday morning, and you're ready for a fun day at the beach with friends. You've got your favorite swimsuit, a wide-brimmed hat, and stylish sunglasses. As you pack your beach bag, you wonder—how can you keep your skin as radiant as you feel?

Welcome to our expert guide on summer skin care tips! Whether you're a beach lover, a hiking enthusiast, or just enjoy lounging by the pool, keeping your skin protected and glowing is essential.

At Life's Abundance, we believe that healthy skin is happy skin. Inspired by the University of Rochester Medicine dermatologist, Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez, we’re sharing our top summer skin care tips. [1]

We'll also introduce our Facial Cleanser, detailing its carefully chosen organic ingredients that make a real difference for your skin. With this product and expert advice, you can start a natural skin care routine that protects and pampers your face. Let’s get started!

How To Take Care of Skin in Summer Naturally

Hydration is the Magic Word

Drinking plenty of water is key to keeping your body and skin happy. Dehydrated skin can look dry and dull, with more fine lines and wrinkles. In the summer, we sweat more, so it's even more important to stay hydrated in the heat.

This means you should sip water throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be outside. Add cucumber, lemon, or mint for a refreshing twist!

Eat Well with Hydrating Foods and Healthy Fats

Eating the right foods directly impacts your skin’s health. Nutritionists and dermatologists agree that adding essential fats to your diet keeps your skin soft and elastic. Start by eating oily fish like salmon two to three times a week and adding seeds or nuts to your snacks. Flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are rich in good fats that nourish your skin.

Antioxidants are also your skin’s best friend, especially in summer. The sun can cause free radicals to damage your skin cells, but antioxidants can neutralize these effects. Add berries, citrus fruits, and leafy greens to your diet.

Hydrate your skin from within with foods high in water content like cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, and apples. Oranges are also great, with high water content and plenty of natural vitamin C to brighten your complexion.

A glowing summer complexion also means cutting back on foods that can cause skin congestion and breakouts, like dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods. While we're not suggesting you ditch your daily coffee or Friday night pizza altogether, moderation is key. Focus on adding more of the good stuff to make your diet skin-friendly.

Sunscreen is a Must

Harmful UV rays can cause sunburn, premature aging, and increase your risk of skin cancer. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed areas.

Opt for sunscreens with mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They naturally deflect sunlight to prevent UV damage. For those prone to hyperpigmentation, a tinted mineral-based sunscreen with iron oxides can block light contributing to pigment production.

Reapplying sunscreen every two hours is also crucial, especially if you're swimming or sweating. Remember, even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate the clouds, so sunscreen is a must!


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Life’s Abundance Facial Cleanser is the perfect way to remove SPF at the end of the day, without stripping your skin’s natural oils.

Add a Post-Sun Care Routine

Keeping your skin clean in the summer can be tricky. After a day in the sun, your skin craves some TLC. Start with a cool shower and our Facial Cleanser to wash away sweat and sunscreen residue. Then follow up with a hydrating moisturizer to replenish lost moisture. Aloe vera gel can soothe sunburned skin. Avoid picking at peeling skin and steer clear of hot showers to prevent further irritation.

Our Facial Cleanser is a perfect choice because it's packed with organic ingredients that cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Let’s break down the benefits:

  • Aloe Leaf Juice: Soothes and hydrates, reducing inflammation.
  • Argan Oil: Moisturizes and softens with essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: Nourishes and revitalizes.
  • Hemp Seed Oil: Deeply hydrates and balances oily skin.
  • Glycerin: Attracts moisture, keeping your skin hydrated.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Protects from free radical damage.
  • Bilberry Extract: Strengthens skin and reduces redness.
  • Sugar Cane Extract: Promotes gentle exfoliation.
  • Orange & Lemon Peel Extracts: Brighten and refresh.
  • Cranberry Fruit Extract: Rich in antioxidants.
  • Mango Seed Butter: Moisturizes and smooths.
  • Shea Butter: Deeply hydrates and soothes.
  • Flax Seed: Improves texture and elasticity.
  • White Willow Bark Extract: Clears pores with natural salicylic acid.
  • Neem Seed Oil: Keeps skin clear with antibacterial properties.
  • Rosemary Leaf Extract: Protects from free radical damage.

This creamy, light cleanser removes impurities without harming your skin’s natural barrier. No harsh chemicals, parabens, or additives here—just pure, skin-loving goodness!

Ready for Radiant Summer Skin?

By following these summer skin care tips, you’ll enjoy healthy, glowing skin all summer long. You don’t have to stay indoors to protect your skin from the sun. As long as you’re incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you’ll be able to embrace the long, sunny days all while keeping your skin healthy and glowing.

Visit Life’s Abundance to learn more and grab your summer skin essentials today. Go ahead and soak up the sun–radiant skin is just a few steps away!

References:
[1] University of Rochester Medical Center. (2021, June 30). 5 skin-smart tips for summer. Health Matters. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/publications/health-matters/5-skin-smart-tips-for-summer


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Top Dog Breeds at Risk of Dental Disease


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Proper dental care is key to your dog’s health, preventing serious issues and keeping their smiles bright.


Think about the last time your dog greeted you with a big, goofy grin. It’s one of those simple joys that dog lovers cherish. But here’s something that’s not so joyful: a shocking number of our furry friends–about one in every eight–are battling dental disease each year. That's not just a health issue. It's a happiness one, too.

Welcome to Life’s Abundance, where we believe every dog deserves to smile healthily and happily. That's why we created Ugly Bones™. Despite their name, these treats are all about beauty–the beauty of a healthier, happier mouth for your dog!

In this blog, we're highlighting which beloved breeds are most at risk for dental disease and how our delicious Ugly Bones can help turn dental care into a treat, not a chore. By the end, you’ll see how easy it is to keep your best friend’s smile both joyful and healthy.

So, let’s get started! Because when your dog’s smile is healthy, your smiles come naturally, too.

Which dog breeds are more at risk for dental disease?

Getting to know which breeds are prone to dental troubles can seriously up your pet care game. Here’s the scoop based on insights from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. [1]

High Risk Breeds

  • Toy Poodles are nearly four times more likely to develop dental diseases than mixed breeds.
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels’ compact mouths can lead to overcrowded teeth, which increases dental problems.
  • Greyhounds are known for thinner enamel which can lead to increased dental disease.

Special Considerations

  • Brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced dogs) like Bulldogs and Pugs are 1.25 times more prone to dental issues due to their facial structure.
  • Small dogs under 20 pounds are over three times the risk of dental disease compared to their larger counterparts.
  • Older dogs aged 12 and over are nearly four times more likely to suffer from dental disease compared to younger dogs between the ages of two and four.

Lower Risk

  • German Shepherds
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • Labrador Retrievers

Each breed and age group comes with its own set of dental health challenges. But now that you're equipped with the knowledge of whether your pup might need some extra dental care, it’s crucial as a pet parent to stay vigilant.

Knowing what symptoms to look out for is a key responsibility. Let’s take a closer look at the signs of dental disease to ensure you're ready to protect your dog’s smile!


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Life’s Abundance Ugly Bones have a unique nubbed design for deep cleaning while freshening breath.

What are dog dental disease symptoms?

Early detection can be a game-changer for your dog’s health and comfort. Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Excessive drooling
  • Yellow or brown tartar buildup on the teeth

Spotting these early signs of dental trouble in your dog can really save the day by preventing more serious problems down the line. Whether it’s your pup avoiding their food, or you’re noticing some tartar build-up, these are important cues that your furry friend might need a bit more TLC for their teeth. And remember, regular vet visits can make a world of difference!

How can I remove tartar and plaque from my dog’s teeth?

Keeping your dog’s grin gleaming is easier than you think, and it starts with our tasty Ugly Bones! This dental chew is designed not just to treat, but to treat well. Here’s how they help combat plaque and tartar:

  • Patent-Pending Design: Engineered to scrape away plaque with every gnaw.
  • Wholesome Ingredients: Like pea protein and yummy chicken for a lip-smacking chew.
  • Perfect Texture: Tough enough for effective cleaning, gentle enough for sensitive gums.
  • Freshens Breath: Infused with natural mint flavor for sweeter smooches.

By incorporating Ugly Bones into your dog’s daily routine, you’re actively participating in their dental health regime. Remember, while Ugly Bones are a fantastic aid in dental care, they work best in conjunction with regular veterinary check-ups and other good oral hygiene practices.

Conclusion

Keeping your dog's smile bright and healthy is crucial, especially for breeds more susceptible to dental issues. From Toy Poodles to Greyhounds, understanding the specific risks can help you tailor your pet care approach effectively.

By incorporating Ugly Bones into your dog's routine, you're providing essential dental care that combats plaque and tartar while freshening breath and giving them a tasty treat. Combine this with regular vet visits and vigilant monitoring for symptoms of dental distress to ensure your dog enjoys a full, happy life—with less dental woes. Let's make every smile a healthy one!

References:
[1] Royal Veterinary College. (n.d.). New RVC research gets to the root of dental disease in dogs. Royal Veterinary College. Retrieved from www.rvc.ac.uk/vetcompass/news/new-rvc-research-gets-to-the-root-of-dental-disease-in-dogs



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Easy Green Fruit Popsicles Recipe for Summer


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This healthy, homemade popsicle recipe packs a nutritional punch and comes together in just under two minutes.


Ever wished for a quick and healthy breakfast moment that’s also fun to eat? Look no further! Today, we're diving into a fantastic recipe for healthy homemade fruit popsicles, perfect for busy mornings. These breakfast smoothie popsicles will change your morning routine, blending up in just two minutes (minus the freezer time, of course).

Why are these fruit popsicles so special? Not only are they easy to make, but they're also packed with a sweet berry flavor from our Greens Blend. That’s right! Our tasty drink mix is delicious and loaded with health benefits, making this fruit popsicle recipe a powerhouse of nutrition.

Who are these popsicles for? Whether you're a parent looking to sneak some greens into your kid's diet, a health enthusiast wanting a nutritious start to the day, or just someone who loves a good popsicle, this recipe is for you.

At Life's Abundance, we’re all about making healthy living easy and delicious. Our Greens Blend is just one of the many ways we help you enjoy nutritious meals without the fuss.

Ready to get started? Let’s dive into this easy, breezy, and oh-so-tasty fruit popsicle recipe that will make your mornings a delight. Say goodbye to boring breakfasts and hello to a fun, healthy start to your day!

Healthy Homemade Popsicle Recipe with Greens Blend

Makes 10 popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop of Life’s Abundance Greens Blend
  • 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen (about 10)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/16 tsp. sea salt (the smallest pinch)

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for four hours or overnight.*
  3. Store popsicles in an airtight container for up to one month.

*Don’t have popsicle molds? No problem at all. Serve this up as a smoothie in your favorite glass.

Chef’s note: For extra creaminess, add one cup of cauliflower rice or half of an avocado instead of the banana. This recipe also halves well if you need a smaller batch.

And that’s it! This is one easy popsicle recipe that promises tons of summer flavor with even more health benefits.


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Life’s Abundance Greens Blend is a delicious, tasty way to add more iron and B vitamins to your routine.

Life’s Abundance Greens Blend Benefits

With Life’s Abundance Greens Blend, you’re getting:

  • A natural, nutrient-dense boost to keep you energized all day.
  • Organic greens harvested at peak nutrition from pristine glacial soil.
  • Iron, B vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients from a blend of organic reishi, maitake, and shiitake mushrooms.
  • No grassy aftertaste!
  • A smart, healthy, and delicious way to fuel your day.

With the power-packed benefits of Life’s Abundance Greens Blend and this easy popsicle recipe, you're all set for a fun and healthy start to your day. Enjoy every bite and savor the season!

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Probiotics for Travel: Don’t Leave Home Without Them


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Travel can disrupt your digestion due to changes in diet or dehydration.

Are you gearing up for your summer travel adventures? Whether you're dreaming of sipping smoothies on sunny shores or exploring a new city, there’s one travel buddy you shouldn’t leave home without–probiotics for travel.

As fun as it is to jet off to new destinations, it’s no secret your digestive health often takes a back seat. Whether it’s those tempting comfort foods or a gelato spree after lunch, your gut is actually on the front lines. That's where Life’s Abundance comes in! We're here to keep your travel plans smooth and your digestion smoother.

We’ll guide you through the world of on-the-go gut health. By the end of this post, you'll not only understand the importance of probiotics for travel but also be ready to make them a non-negotiable part of your travel kit.

Let's get started and ensure your vacation memories are full of spectacular sights and delectable eats, not digestive woes!

The Importance of Gut Health While Traveling

Travel often means indulging in new foods and perhaps straying from your usual diet, which can shock your digestive system. From richer meals to increased snack foods, these changes in eating habits can lead to discomfort.

Additionally, staying hydrated is a common challenge, particularly with the hustle of transit and varying quality of available water. Stress, too, plays a significant role; the demands of travel—from navigating airports to adjusting to new time zones—can further strain your digestive health.

Statistically, up to 70% of travelers experience some form of digestive issue, like traveler's diarrhea or constipation, depending on their destination. These figures underscore the need for robust gut support. Probiotics for travel can be crucial in enhancing your gut's resilience against such disruptions, ensuring your travel plans remain as smooth as your flights.

Choosing the Right Probiotics for Travel

When finding a probiotic for your travel needs, it's important to choose strains that are proven to withstand the rigors of travel and address common issues. Strains like Lactobacillus acidophillus and Bifidobacterium lactis are particularly beneficial for their robustness and effectiveness in supporting digestive health and helping steer clear of common travel-related gut issues.

Life’s Abundance Probiotic is tailored to meet these travel-specific needs. Each capsule:

  • Is packed with a potent 25 billion CFUs.
  • Ensures a high level of active probiotics enter your system.
  • Maintains its potency and effectiveness without needing refrigeration.

Our strains are carefully selected for their ability to survive harsh stomach acids, ensuring they reach your gut where they're most needed.

Additionally, the convenience of a shelf-stable formula cannot be overstated. Unlike many probiotics that require refrigeration, this probiotic formula maintains its potency and effectiveness for two years at room temperature, making it an ideal companion for travelers who need reliability and efficacy on the go. This stability ensures that you can carry and use our probiotic anywhere in the world, supporting your digestive health no matter your destination!


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Life’s Abundance Probiotic is a shelf-stable, potent probiotic that is perfect for on the go.

Additional Tips for Gut Health During Travel

Maintaining gut health while traveling goes beyond just taking probiotics though. Here are some practical tips to ensure your digestive system stays as ready as your adventurous spirit:

  • Stay hydrated. Always carry a bottle of water with you, especially in hot climates or when spending long hours exploring. Opt for bottled or filtered water to avoid contaminants that could bother your stomach.
  • Make smart food choices. While it's tempting to dive into every local delicacy, try to balance indulgence with sensibility. Incorporate high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables into your meals, which can help regulate digestion and prevent constipation.
  • Avoid common pitfalls. Be cautious with street food or buffet items that may have been under the sun for too long. Opt for freshly prepared dishes to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  • Maintain hand hygiene. Always wash your hands before eating and after visiting the bathroom. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This simple practice can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses.

Continuing with your regimen of probiotics can provide the necessary support to overcome these challenges. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your travels with fewer worries about digestive issues, allowing you to focus on the joys of exploring new cultures and cuisines

Wrapping Up Your Travel Wellness Plan

As we've explored, maintaining gut health while traveling is crucial to enjoying your next journey to the fullest. From unexpected culinary adventures to the inevitable changes in your daily routine, your digestive system often endures the brunt of travel stresses. Ensuring it has the support it needs with the right probiotics can make all the difference.

Remember: Start your regimen about a week before departure and continue until a week after your return. This small step will support your digestive health and enhance your travel experience, letting you focus on creating memorable adventures without the digestive drama. Here’s to a healthier, happier travel experience!

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Cat Colors and Personality: Myth vs. Reality


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Research suggests a cat’s personality isn’t necessarily linked to their coat color.

Some cat parents swear their orange tabbies are the life of the party, while others say their gray and white fluffballs are a bit on the feisty side. Cats strut their stuff in an array of dazzling coat colors, but is there more to their mane than just catwalk fashion?

Researchers have examined the link between cat colors and personality to uncover some surprising results. Let's explore the colorful world of our whiskered companions and see if there's any truth to this furry tale.

The Colorful Genetics of Cats

First off, let's talk about how our feline pals get their fabulous coats. You may already know that your cat’s coat color and pattern are influenced by genetics, nature's own patchwork quilt. It’s well known that genes control spotting, pigment intensity and color switching in your cat’s regal mane.

Female cats, especially, can sport a mix of colors, earning them the glamorous titles of "tortoiseshell" or "calico." This is thanks to having two X chromosomes. And male calicos? Seeing one of those is like finding a four-leaf clover–rare and unique–requiring an XXY chromosome.

But what about their personalities? Is there a “spicy” gene linked to those vibrant tortoiseshell coats, or a “mellow yellow” version for sunny-orange tabbies?

Does Cat Color Affect Personality?

Now it's time to separate fact from fiction. You may have heard tales of tortoiseshells with “tort-itude" or calicos that get the "calico crazies." But before we start labeling your cat based on their coat, let's look at the evidence.

Researchers did the work to determine if there is a link between the color of your cat’s coat and their personality. Owners said cats with coats like tortoiseshell, calico, black-and-white, and gray-and-white have a tendency to act more aggressive in certain situations. [1]

But perception is a tricky thing. It turns out that our views on our cats' behaviors might be more about us than them.

So, what's the takeaway? The study's conclusion suggests humans are prone to attributing certain traits to cats, regardless of their coat color. Even though the study was interesting, it's not enough to say for sure that fur color and personality are connected.

It's like saying all people with red hair are fiery - it's just a stereotype. When choosing a new feline family member, it's better to look at how the cat acts and feels around you, not just its fur color.

And, while we're busting myths, let's tackle the big one - black cats. Despite old wives' tales, another study found no evidence to support the rumor that black cats are less friendly than other cats.[2] Take that, superstitions!


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Research suggests a cat’s personality isn’t necessarily linked to their coat color.

3 Definite Things That Shape Cat Personality

So, if coat color isn't the personality crystal ball we thought it was, what actually shapes our cats' characters?

Cat personality is mainly influenced by:

  1. Learned behaviors from parents. Just like in the human world, cats can inherit certain traits from their parents. Got a snuggly momma cat? Her kittens might just be cuddle champions too.
  2. Socialization. Kittens exposed to lots of human love and cuddles tend to grow up into sociable, friendly adults.
  3. Early life experiences. How we treat our feline friends as they grow can shape their personalities, proving that love and care go a long way.

Ultimately, whether your cat is a sleek black ninja, a regal Siamese, or a tortoiseshell with a hint of attitude, what matters most is the love and care you give. Feeding them top-notch food, engaging in playtime, and providing endless cuddles are what genuinely help your kitty thrive, beyond the color of their coat.

The bottom line: Love your cat - coat and all! Celebrate your feline friends in all their colorful glory, remembering that each one is a unique bundle of joy and endless purrs.

References:
[1] Stelow, E., Bain, M., & Kass, P. (2016). The Relationship Between Coat Color and Aggressive Behaviors in the Domestic Cat. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS, 19(1), 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2015.1081820

[2] González-Ramírez MT, Landero-Hernández R. Cat Coat Color, Personality Traits and the Cat-Owner Relationship Scale: A Study with Cat Owners in Mexico. Animals (Basel). 2022 Apr 15;12(8):1030. doi: 10.3390/ani12081030. PMID: 35454276; PMCID: PMC9024431.

 

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Feel Your Best: 7 Wellness Tips for Spring & Summer


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Adding one of our powdered drink mixes to your water adds an easy, flavorful twist to staying hydrated.

We have reached the pinnacle: that special time between spring and summer when things really start to heat up. Whether you're firing up the grill, planning your next great getaway, or just enjoying the long, sunny days with your furry friends, there’s always room to boost your well-being and add a little extra zest to your days.

Here at Life's Abundance, we’re all about making good days great and healthy living easier and more enjoyable. That’s why we’ve put together seven wellness tips for spring and summer to add some smart, healthy habits into your sunnier seasons.

We’ll also tell you our favorite way to make your water more delicious with our Minerals & Antioxidants or Greens Blend drink mixes. They’re perfect for staying hydrated and feeling refreshed, no matter what you’re up to. (And who doesn’t love a delicious twist to staying hydrated?)

Ready to make this your best spring and summer yet? Let’s dive into these tips that are sure to make your sunny seasons even brighter.

Healthy Grilling with the Right Oils

When it comes to grilling, choosing the right oil makes all the difference. Opt for oils with high smoke points to ensure your food is grilled to perfection without any harmful byproducts. Avocado, canola, and peanut oils are great choices that can withstand the heat. Save the olive oil for your salads and cool dishes. It’s best used at lower temperatures to preserve its flavor and nutritional benefits.

Elevate Your Hydration Game

Believe us, staying hydrated doesn't have to be boring. Forget plain old water! Let’s jazz it up. Our Minerals & Antioxidants mix turns your glass into a fruity getaway with a twist of flavor that also packs a nutritional punch. Or, for a green boost, add our Greens Blend with some lemon to transform your drink into a delicious powerhouse of refreshing nutrients.

Whether you’re hitting the gym, lounging at the pool, or just keeping busy with your daily routine, enhance your hydration with these tasty additions made to keep you refreshed and revitalized all season long.

Block Harmful UVAs & UVBs

All this sunshine calls for serious sun protection. Did you know that while UVB rays can burn your eyes, UVA rays can age them? That’s why choosing the right sunglasses is crucial. Look for sunglasses labeled with '100% UVA/UVB protection' to shield your eyes from harmful rays. Protecting your eyes helps you enjoy sunny days safely for many years to come.

Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away

Don't let bugs put a damper on your outdoor fun this season. Instead of reaching for chemical-laden repellents, why not try a gentler, natural approach? Essential oils like citronella, eucalyptus, and lavender are not only pleasant smelling, they're also effective at keeping those pesky insects at bay. You can mix these oils with a carrier oil and apply them directly to your skin or add a few drops to your diffuser to create a bug-free zone in your backyard. Your skin and the environment will thank you!


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Adding some outdoor time with your pets is a great way to enjoy the sunny days of spring and summer.

Make the Best of Outdoor Time

Getting outside is one of the best parts of spring and summer. Whether you’re a gardening guru, a pet parent, or just love a good stroll, there's something refreshing about spending time in nature.

Here are some other ideas of how to get outside this season:

  • Take your furry friend for a morning walk
  • Plant a butterfly or herb garden
  • Find free events in your city, like concerts or yoga classes
  • Pack a picnic and go to your favorite park
  • Grab your camera and take some nature photos
  • Look for local leagues for sports like pickleball, tennis, or kickball

Whatever your interest, there’s an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors and reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.

Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

No matter how much you love the sun, it’s smart to play it safe with your skin. Always choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for effective protection. Apply liberally about 30 minutes before you head outside - that gives it time to absorb properly. And remember, reapplication is key, especially after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. For an easy reminder, reapply every two hours. A good sunscreen protects your skin and keeps it looking healthy and youthful.

Eating with the Seasons

Embracing a seasonal diet is a journey of flavor. During spring and summer, a bounty of fruits and vegetables reach their peak, offering you the best in freshness and nutritional value.

Here are some top picks to add to your meals through spring and summer:

  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Sweet corn
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes

Incorporating these seasonal delights into your meals supports local farmers and provides richer flavors with better nutritional benefits. Whip up a fruit salad, throw some veggies on the grill, or simply enjoy them fresh. Eating with the seasons is a delicious way to keep your diet varied and exciting.

Summing It All Up

With these seven stellar tips, you’re all set to make this spring and summer your healthiest and happiest yet! From grilling with the right oils to protecting your skin and staying hydrated with flavorful drinks, embracing these habits can significantly enhance your well-being. Don’t forget to spend time outdoors, enjoying everything the season has to offer, while eating fresh, seasonal produce. Here’s to a vibrant, joyful season filled with good health and great memories!

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Trees for the Future Recognized as a United Nations Flagship


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By providing families and farmers with the tools they need, TREES helps grow thriving communities in Africa.


Imagine walking through a lush forest, the air cool and fresh around you, sunlight filtering through a canopy of green leaves. Each tree around you stands as a testament to nature’s resilience and beauty.

Now, multiply that feeling by millions. That’s exactly what Trees for the Future (TREES), supported by Life's Abundance, is working towards with their ambitious reforestation projects across Africa. By planting millions of trees, they’re transforming barren lands into vibrant forests.

Think of their work as creating massive "lungs" for the Earth that:

  • absorb carbon
  • enrich soil
  • restore biodiversity
  • strengthen communities

Here’s the big news: This incredible effort has recently been recognized globally! The United Nations (UN) has honored TREES as a World Restoration Flagship. Only seven projects were picked this year, and their ‘Forest Garden Approach’ was one of them.

This prestigious title underscores TREES' role as a key player in achieving the UN’s 2030 environmental goals. And with Life’s Abundance’s support, they’re proving that when we give back to the earth, it gives back to us in countless ways.

If you’ve ever lost yourself in a forest's magic, you’ll understand why this is such a big deal. Ready to see how these forests are flourishing? Let’s explore how innovative gardening and passionate people are making our world greener—one tree at a time!


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TREES innovative ‘Forest Garden’ approach turns barren lands into thriving forests.

What’s TREES All About?

TREES is like a superhero team for the environment. They teach farmers all over the world how to grow forests that are good for the earth and good for people too. Here’s what makes them super special:

  • They plant lots of trees. They’re leaders in creating something called the ‘Forest Garden’, where every tree and plant has a special job that helps all the others.
  • They help families. By teaching farmers how to grow these awesome gardens and giving them seedlings, they help families eat better, make money, and live healthier lives.

You might wonder why this matters to you. Well, every time you purchase a Life’s Abundance skin care product, you’re helping plant more trees and gardens. You’re making the air cleaner and the soil healthier while empowering families to grow food to eat. You become a hero for the planet, too!

We’re super excited to celebrate this big win with you. If you want to learn more cool stuff about TREES and all the good they’re doing, just click here. It’s full of fun facts and other ways you can get involved.

Thanks for being awesome and caring about our planet. High five to you! Let’s keep making the world a greener, happier place together.

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