You enhance your health with vitamins & supplements because you know the benefit. If so, you probably wonder if your four legged friend can benefit from them too. Estimates say approximately one third of dogs receive supplements. Here is a list of the things to consider when trying to determine which supplement may be best for your 4 legged family members.
The first known record of dogs on earth dates back 31,700 years ago to the Paleolithic era. Throughout history canines have existed on a diet mostly comprised of animal matter. That's a fairly lengthy period of evolution and a key fact to consider when selecting the primary food for your dog. At no point in the evolutionary history of dogs did their diet include any significant amount of grains or other plant matter. Conventional dog foods that have grains as an ingredient offer far lower nutritional support to your four legged friends. As a matter of fact, a grain-free diet will optimize your dogs health as much as supplementation will.
Whether your thinking of getting a new puppy or you have a dog who's a senior and dealing with the challenges of aging, nutrition is as important for your dogs health as it is to yours. If you are what you eat, than so is your dog. Feed your dog a high quality whole food diet with proper supplementation to ensure they're by your side for as long as possible.
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The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
Today, many people suffer from a condition they may not even know exists: “leaky gut.”
You see, the gut requires adequate amounts of essential amino acids to regenerate itself every few days. If they are lacking in the body, then the gut membrane can become more permeable, creating an increased susceptibility to “leak” fragments from proteins and microorganisms into the bloodstream from the intestines.
As you can imagine, this is very bad. Some people contract infections from their own intestines, which can lead to a blood infection, resulting in sepsis or meningitis.
The word “micronutrients” sure sounds nice.
Health marketers use it as a generic catch-all term, but usually without any specific meaning.
It’s easy to have an idea about what it probably is –– small nutrients, right? –– and it’s easy to understand that they are probably important.
But what are they really? And what do they do? Are there different kinds?
This article will help you clear up the confusion so you can make an informed choice about your health and nutrition and what is or is not a worthwhile purchase.