Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2013

Nutrition: The Foundation of Optimum Health and Immune System Support.

dogNUTRITION: THE FOUNDATION OF OPTIMUM HEALTH

AND IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT.

-by Chef Daryll (J. Daryll Chester)

Four-Point Program for Optimal Health

 No matter what supplements, herbs, oils, homeopathic remedies, or flower essences you add to your pet companion’s meal, none is as important to overall health as the food itself.  These supplements are designed to fill nutritional gaps left by the formulation or the method of processing used. An animal body cannot heal itself if its nutritional needs remain unfilled. Even apparent behavior problems such as irritability, fearfulness, aggression, excessive grooming, and litter-box issues often, at their most fundamental level, have a nutritional component. After all, when your pet doesn’t feel well, their behavior is more likely to be abnormal.

Here is a simple 3-point optimal immune system support plan:

* Detoxify

* Whole Food Diet (Essential fatty acids, particularly Omega-3 fatty acids)

* Antioxidants

If you include all these in your pet companion’s diet you will be providing the very best base for your dietary plan and paving the way to correcting some of the most common nutrient deficiencies. Let’s look at each of these elements in more detail.

1. DETOX

Our pet’s body naturally detoxifies everyday as part of a their normal body process. Detoxification is one of your pet’s most basic automatic functions of eliminating and neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. Unfortunately in this day and age, with the pollution found in the air, water, processed food, fertilizers and weed killers, our pet’s immune system has a hard time staying in optimum form. Our pet’s chemical laced diets tend to have too much animal protein-containing hormones, steroids and other drugs and chemicals, too much saturated and trans fat, too many poor quality GMO ingredients, synthetic preservatives, and food colorings all building up and weakening their immunity.

Genetic body systems and organs that were once capable of cleaning out unwanted substances are now completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside their cells and tissues. Our pet’s bodies try to protect themselves against dangerous substances by setting them aside and surrounding them with mucous and fat so that they will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response.

Detoxification through special cleansing diets is the best way to assist your pet’s natural self-cleaning system. This is especially important for immune-compromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue. However, even if your diet is good, a spring cleanse can revitalize your system and rid your body of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites.

2. WHOLE FOOD DIET

Natural” is a trendy-word these days that bears some scrutinizing. By a natural diet, we mean one that is appropriate to the species, and contains a minimum of or no processed ingredients, synthetic additives, and chemical ingredients.

Many holistic veterinarians emphasize a whole food diet made from organic ingredients for their patients, and there’s no question that a carefully balanced whole food diet is the very best diet possible for a cat or dog.

Whole food is what a dog’s or cat’s “ancestral meal” would have been prior to the popularization of commercially made processed food. Most domesticated dogs were developed into working breeds starting about 15,000 years ago. These canines ate the local food that their owners ate and fed them.

Many holistic vets and animal nutritionists have hundreds of stories about pet companions who were cured of allergies, autoimmune disease, seizures, digestive problems, cancer, and dozens of other conditions, solely (or mainly) by switching to a well designed whole food diet. There are no studies confirming the use of processed food as being species-specific and/or nutritionally advantageous to any dog’s immune system.

If a home-made diet is not possible or practical for your lifestyle, then you must make a choice of hiring a company like Pet Nutrition Systems to create a formulation designed for your particular pet, and have them make and ship the food to you.

There are a wide variety of frozen commercial pet foods. Most of them use denatured ingredients that are nothing like their original form nor are they close to being nutritionally similar to their natural form.

In general, I recommend that you avoid foods based mainly on grain ingredients (ground yellow corn, for instance), that contain meat by-product meal, meat meal, or meat and bone meal. Also avoid foods containing the chemical preservatives ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate or propylene glycol, or that use any preservatives.

3. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

You may have heard about essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. There are many kinds of fatty acids, of which Omega-3 and Omega-6 are two types. “Essential” means that our bodies cannot synthesize them, and they must be obtained in the diet. The modern American diet contains far more Omega-6 than Omega-3 fatty acids, and many studies are showing that this imbalance is potentially harmful. The average animal diet contains 10:1 or 20:1 depending the breed or mixture of breeds, age, sex and activity level of the pet, because Omega-6 oils are less expensive and more stable than Omega-3’s.

The Omega-3’s have a number of important effects on immune system function, nervous system development and function, and on the skin. They also have anti-arthritic, antioxidant, and anti-ulcer properties. The first sign of an imbalance or deficiency of Omega-3 fatty acids is most likely to show up in dogs and cats as dry, dull fur or itchy, irritated, or flaky skin.

  

4. ANTIOXIDANTS

 There are many kinds of antioxidants. They are important in the neutralization or scavenging of “oxygen free radicals” which are normal by-products of body metabolism. Controlled amounts of free radicals are necessary as weapons against viruses and bacteria, as well as for their roles in hormone production and numerous enzyme-catalyzed reactions. However, excess free radicals can damage cellular DNA, destroy cell membranes, and lead to long-term immune system damage and cancer.

Excessive amounts of free radicals are formed from exposure to radiation, including sunlight, environmental pollution, and high-fat diets. In people, a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables may contain adequate natural antioxidants. Dogs and cats eating commercial pet food do not get enough appropriate antioxidants in their diet, which is considered one of the major reasons for the rise in cancer growth amongst our pets in the last 30 years.

Common antioxidants include Vitamins C and E, which do indeed have significant antioxidant activity as well as many other important metabolic functions. These vitamins are excellent supplements to the diet in any case. Try to find either sodium ascorbate or Ester C forms of Vitamin C. Vitamin C may be dosed to “bowel tolerance.” That is, you start off adding just a little Vitamin C (50-100 mg) to the food, and increase the dose very gradually until the animal develops diarrhea. At that point, you back off to the previous dosage amount that did not cause diarrhea, and stay with that dose. The animal’s tolerance may vary depending on diet, time of year, and stresses such as changes in the home, pollution, and exposure to radiation (UV light, x-rays, power lines, etc.). Natural Vitamin E comes in the form of d-alpha tocopherol, but a supplement containing mixed tocopherols (alpha and gamma) may have more benefits. (Avoid dl-alpha tocopherol, which is a synthetic form of Vitamin E.) It is very safe to give. Give 100 IU per day for a cat or small dog (less than 20 pounds), up to 800 IU for giant breed dogs.

Associated Nutritional Factors

Glandular tissues are rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes, and many other substances. Glandular therapy can supply essential nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner.

Adaptogenic Effect

For a tissue cell to repair or replace itself, it must have the raw materials necessary to do so. Glandular therapy provides the raw materials to the failing organs, glands, and tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

Biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph. D ., suggests a rational explanation for how glandular therapy products work. According to him, glandular-based food supplements may contain small polypeptide, protein-like substances that which have specific messenger activity which act on target tissues. Dr. Bland suggests that many hormones found in the glandular tissues, even at low concentrations, still have potent tissue-specific activities. For example, a small polypeptide material present in one tissue can have selective effects in encouraging another tissue at a different site in the body to produce hormonal materials, which then may affect a final target tissue and change its physiological function.

A key organ for metabolism is the thyroid gland. It regulates the metabolism by releasing hormones that control production of energy in all cells. Thyroid extract administration helps cells to eliminate cellular waste and speeds up restorative functions. A healthy thyroid is an important prerequisite to a healthy immune system.

SUMMARY

Worrying over which are the right additives & supplements and the correct amounts can be avoided by feeding a well designed, nutritionally complete natural/whole food diet. This type of diet would be one that takes into account your pet’s unique nutritional requirements, health history, age and/or ancestral food sources.

 For the month of April (2013) Pet Nutrition Systems is offering free diet plans for those of you who would like to prepare their companion pet’s meals at home. Please call 570.266.1224 or email us at: info@petnutritionsystems.com If you would like to have us prepare the meals for you, visit our website to order your hand-made frozen meals at: www.petnutritionsystems.com 

 

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