Optimum Nutrition: What’s The Solution!?

Optimum Nutrition:
What’s The Solution!?

To ensure your pet’s health, you need to make sure that he’s getting the right amount of probiotics, omega 3, and whole fatty fish in his diet.

Cell regeneration is life.

Your dog’s body keeps constantly replacing itself – it grows new skin every six weeks, a new liver in eight weeks, new nerve cells every month, and so on.

So, almost every cell and tissue in your dog’s body breaks down and is replaced on a regular basis. The bone is reabsorbed into the body and renewed, the cartilage experiences wear and tear, almost everything in your dog’s body constantly undergoes change and repair.

The process of re-growth in tissues, cartilage, and bones is anabolic while the process of breakdown is catabolic.

Together, they are life.

There’s a time in life where the anabolic process dominates the sphere and rates of tissue-building are higher than that of breakdown. This is when your dog grows in size and becomes an adult dog.

This is followed by the time when the catabolic process dominates and the wear and tear is higher than the repair. This is also the time when bones begin to get weaker, cartilage begins to thin, and the brain and other cells start to malfunction.

This is when nutrition can either make it or break it.

If you feed your dog right during this time, he will be pink of health because you’re providing him with the best nutrition out there to ensure that the cells have the right raw material.

But, that’s not all your dog needs to be his best.

Fatty acids, probiotics, and the right amount of protein and fat, together help you ensure your dog’s health.

Probiotics are Good

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the biggest issues with feeding your dog kibble is that the high temperatures and processing destroys the bacteria.

Both, good and bad.

This means that your dog can face a lot of health issues because of a lack of balance in the bacteria present in his gut. So, digestion and immune system are affected negatively.

A healthy gut means a healthy dog.

For example, if the Helicobacter bacteria in your dog’s gut overgrow, he can have painful stomach ulcers. On the other hand, when the Clostridium bacteria flourish, your dog may have bloating and severe diarrhea.

These bacteria are essential for the process of digestion.

But, they need to be balanced.

Did you know that the good bacteria present in your dog’s intestinal tract are a part of the immune system?

They work by contributing to a healthy intestinal mucosal lining and if the lining is inadequate, it can cause leaky gut syndrome.

Holes in the mucosal lining can also let the undigested proteins enter the bloodstream and allow them to travel to the liver to be processed. As the proteins aren’t present as amino acid, the liver rejects them and your dog’s body gets inflamed.

Inflammation is actually the body’s natural response to stop the invaders from entering. The body tries to remove the invaders via its circulatory system and

  • through the skin which results in the symptoms of allergies

  • through the intestinal tract which causes diarrhea

So, a healthy gut means a healthy liver and skin.

Conventional kibble doesn’t contain the essential good bacteria which means that you need to give your dog some probiotics. Names to look out for on the food label include:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus

  • Bifidobacterium longum

  • Enterococcus faecium

It’s also important to support the existing intestinal flora in your dog to ensure good digestion and immunity. You should give your dog some prebiotics which are resistant starch or soluble fiber that feed the healthy bacteria in your dog’s gut. These are:

  • Guar gum

  • Beet pulp

  • Chicory root

  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

A healthy gut means a happy dog.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Important

Healthy fats, especially fats rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are not found in conventional kibble and they’re essential for your dog’s health. Kibble actually contains hydrogenated or trans fats because of processing which are downright dangerous. The ratio of Omega-6 and 3 acids is also really bad. Most kibble contains a 20:1 ratio!

As we mentioned earlier, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory which need to be balanced out by anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids for optimal health. So, if your feed your dog kibble, he needs more anti-inflammatory foods in his diet.

Omega-3 oils like fish oils minimize inflammation and protect against heart disease, arthritis, or cancer.

When you give your dog a diet that’s properly balanced in fats, it can help improve your dog’s behavior, mental abilities, health, and even longevity. In fact, according to research, feeding your dog enough balanced fats can help develop better brains and behavior.

This means that puppies get to learn quicker and older dogs remain sharp.

The right balance of fats also supports eye and heart health, helps develop muscles, and leads to better athletic performance.

  • Puppies need a source of the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA for proper development and functioning of the brain, central nervous system, and vision

  • Pregnant and lactating dogs need them for proper development of the brains and retinas of the pups

  • Help manage inflammation in the skin and joints

Fish is Highly Nutritious

Everyone understands how important protein is in a dog’s diet because they’re carnivores that thrive on meat.

The essential amino acids in the fish are the building blocks of tissues and cells and help maintain the functioning of essential processes like digestion.

Fish is high in protein and is a good choice for overweight dogs because it has a favorable protein-to-calorie ratio. The amino acids in fish help to build muscles, regulate hormones, fix tissue in tendons, cartilages, ligaments, and maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Fish is excellent for dogs with arthritis.

Fish also contains necessary fats that doesn’t line the dog’s adipose tissue as it contains healthy fats and helps your dog absorb fat-soluble minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.

One of the best things about fish is that it doesn’t contain any carbohydrates while having the proteins and fats that are a staple for dogs.

Did you know that the essential fatty acids in fish can help to heal sore, flaky, damaged or itchy skin?

The Omega-3 fats in fish oil helps reduce inflammation and lessens the intensity of allergies. It may reduce your dog’s reaction to pollen as well as other allergy triggers.

According to Bianca Boulton-Major, a Nutritional Consultant: “A fish based diet can benefit dogs of all ages, but the benefits are often more noticeable in older dogs who can find too much red meat no longer suits them.

The Best Dog for Your Dog

When you understand the magnitude of what dog food companies are doing, you’ll feel like throwing out the bag of kibble that you’ve just bought for your dog because you know it’s slow poison. It’s okay to feel cheated and helpless in such a situation.

We all did.

There, however, is a solution.

Low Sugar and Carbs

Dogs are carnivores and haven’t evolves to eat food that’s high in carbohydrates.

In fact, because dog food companies have been producing food that’s 50-70% carbs, dogs have been getting sicker and sicker.

The best food for dogs is:

  • Low in carbs (about 10-20%)

  • Moderate in protein (about 30-40%)

  • High in fats (40-50%)

This why fish is one of the best sources of protein because it is high in protein, fats, and essential fatty acids and extremely low in carbohydrates.

Embrace The Organic Ingredients

Foods that are genetically modified or are grown using chemicals and fertilizers are bad news.

In fact, studies have linked them to the rising number of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Biological magnification is a real thing which is why investing in a dog food that uses only organic ingredients is essential. Use what Mother Earth can provide and your dog will be healthy, happy, and energetic.

Cells need to regenerate and for that they need the right raw materials.

Organic ingredients ensure that there’s no room for the bad stuff to get into your dog’s body to cause any trouble in there.

Low-Temperature Dog Foods

Finally, food cooked at a high temperature loses most of its ingredients which is why dog food should be cooked at a lower temperature help preserve the valuable ingredients.

A temperature of 39 degree Celsius as the food kept at this temperature doesn’t destroy the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients.

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