I was flabbergasted when I realized that four global pet food companies control most of the food our dogs and cats eat. Knowing this it now makes sense that chronic disease and pet obesity is going through the roof. Raising healthy pets is a paramount importance.
Why? Well, it must say something about the quality of ingredients these companies are serving our loved furry buddies if our pets are ill more often than before. The purpose of this article is to share steps to raise the healthiest pet you can.
Nutrition for all beings begins at the cellular level. There is now research that looks at the relationship between food and health. Although we can’t change the genes we are born with, we can modify the way genes work – and we can do this with food!
Nutrigenomics is the study of how food interacts with our cells and genes.
Unhealthy genes lead to disease including inflammatory issues, arthritis, and cancer just to name a few. When genes are healthy, they fight off disease. Knowing this – it only makes sense to nourish our pets with the food that makes genes healthy!
Steps To Raising Healthy Pets
If you don’t understand the ingredients on the label, ditch the food. Check out your pet’s food label and see if you understand what your pet is eating. If you can’t – return the food. Would you eat those ingredients? The diet your pet needs is one full of real food, ingredients you can understand.
Chemical Additives? Skip the food. Mass-market pet foods include additives such as artificial flavors and colors, emulsifying agents, and preservatives. All these chemicals can send terrible messages to your pet’s cells which can lead to the dreaded inflammation that leads to disease.
Vitamin K3 can be deadly. Sounds like a good ingredient right? Wrong! Vitamin K3 is the synthetic form of vitamin K, and it’s an inexpensive rip off supplement found in our commercial food.
Why should you be concerned about vitamin K3? Well, it’s been tied to some terrible affects on your pet’s body including toxicity in liver cells, problems with blood clotting, allergic reactions, irritation of skin and eczema – just to name a few!
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Buy organic whenever possible. I realize organic food is expensive, but the reasons might be worth the cost. Organic pet foods don’t have antibiotics or growth hormones, GMOs pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, radiation or pesticides. It’s important to make healthy choices, and this guide provides research-based toxins in our food. Any change to organic is an investment in change.
Monitor high-glycemic carbohydrates in your dog’s food, these carbs are junk food. We know that High-GI foods cause the body to create a chronic inflammatory response. Once this response is triggered, over and over again a variety of health problems occurs. A few of these health problems include arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. High GI foods often found in pet food contains corn, wheat, white rice and the dreaded sugar.
Bottom Line of Raising Healthy Pets
The bottom line is to stop and reflect – is this food real? How is this diet affecting my pet’s cells? All foods talk to our cells and communicate with genes to promote health or create disease. We need to feed our pets at the cellular level. What does that mean? Feed pure and clean whenever possible.
I hope you enjoyed the first Five Steps of Raising Healthy Pets. I’ll be sharing the next Five Steps on Friday.
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