Pets are a commitment and a responsibility but health wise they can be extremely beneficial. Something as simple as the act of watching a fish can lower the stress hormone cortisol. Tests have shown that pet owners have lower resting heart rates in general. Lower cholesterol rates are recorded in pet owners possibly attributed to the fact that pet owners are forced to get more exercise. Benefits extend also to recovery after a serious illness. Rates of recovery are much quicker and long lasting. Therapists prescribe pets for those suffering with depression. Fewer strokes have been recorded with cat owners especially due to their calming effect on circulation. Introverted people will find themselves mingling more. Dogs are conversation starters. Babies born to households with pets have stronger immune systems and suffer from fewer allergies. Dogs are now trained to detect significant drops in blood glucose in people with diabetes. They can also detect the warning signs of an oncoming epileptic seizure. Because pets have a calmer energy field, they will sometimes leave an area where arguments are occurring or become alarmed reminding us of an unpleasant atmosphere we may be creating. Children with ADHD can gain better focus having the responsibility of caring for a dog. Young people disconnected by autism have had their senses stimulated by the feel, sound and smell of both dogs and horses. Pets can also provide heat if a person is suffering from painful joints or fibromyalgia. Those confined to wheelchairs can gain more independence from dogs that are trained to aid in household chores. Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts when they have a pet present. We may sometimes take for granted that these little friends are in tune with us. If you find that owning a pet can cause too much of a change in your lifestyle, spend a little time at a shelter or walk a neighbor’s dog. Plan to go on safari, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding or visit a farm. As little as 20 minutes can have a positive effect on your well being.
– 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios
– 1/4 cup pitted green olives
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes
– 2 garlic cloves
– 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
– 1 cup fresh, flat parsley leaves
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– Pinch of red pepper
– Put all ingredients into a food processor until uniformly minced
(Recipe taken form Nutrition Action Newsletter by Kate Sherwood)
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