Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Super-foods for Super Pets

What is a super-food? There is no clear definition for the word but it is common knowledge that super-foods are nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

They are often full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other life giving nutrients. We have all eaten super-foods such as berries, broccoli, kale, kefir, coconut oil, turmeric, bone broth, and many more. These foods are not only healthy for us but our pets can also benefit from them. Today I will focus on three of these powerhouse foods.

Lets talk about bone broth. Chicken soup is not only good for the soul but it is good for the body. Our grandmothers knew about the healing power in homemade broths, those you will never find in a can.

The benefits of bone broth apply to both people and pets, so you can make up a pot of soup for the Bone broth gets a lot of attention these days. Restaurants offer it on their menus and people are talking about all of its’ benefits. Bone broth is good for your joints, is rich in collagen and packed with glycosaminoglycans (glucosamine), chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid, which are known to help and Bone broth coats and protects the lining of the digestive system to aid in the healing of leaky gut syndrome & colitis. It is good for your hair and nails due to its high collagen properties. It is high in amino acids, helps with brain function, bolsters the immune system, and much more. In order to achieve its’ benefits, broth must cook for several hours, (24 hours for chicken bone broth). There are simple steps you need to take to make your broth a healthy success. Are you too busy to make bone broth? We sell Fermented Fish broth made by Answers Pet Foods. To learn more about this amazing product you can go to their website. http://www.answerspetfood.com/fish.html

Another great super-food is coconut oil. People have used coconut oil for thousands of years; it is one of the earliest oils to be used as food and as a pharmaceutical. There are many health benefits and it is a healthy oil to cook with; as a result, it is found in many kitchens today. Lauric Acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid, is responsible for many of the health benefits found in coconut oil.

It supports skin and coat health, is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and aids in the healing of wounds, hot spots, dry skin, bug bites. Pet owners report that dogs with itchy skin, allergic reactions, ear problems, contact dermatitis, or other allergic reactions typically stop scratching soon after coconut oil is added to their food. It is pretty amazing stuff. The taste is delicious and because it is a medium chain fatty acid, it doesn’t break down when you cook with it.

Not all coconut oil is created equal. It is best to buy coconut oil from a known and trusted source. The better coconut oils are organically grown, unrefined, virgin, GMO free, fully ripened when harvested, and processed in a way that assures that all healthy properties are retained in the oil. There is a wide range in the price of coconut oil. Just remember, if it is cheap, it probably is a low-grade quality. Those cheaper oils are great to cook with but will not be as useful if you are going to use it therapeutically. We carry a few trusted brands. Our very best coconut oil is Cocotherapy Coconut oil. This company grows the coconuts, harvests them, they process their oil holding to the highest standards, they package and label their oils. They are involved in every step of the process from the soil to the shelf. For more information go to their website. You will learn all that you ever wanted to know. http://www.cocotherapy.com

Another super food kefir. Kefir is a cultured (fermented) creamy product with super health benefits. It has also been around many years, dating back several centuries. It is believed to have been discovered by shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains. The early history of kefir was not passed down by written word but by the telling of its’ story. Milk is more commonly used to make kefir. For use in pets, raw goat’s milk is preferred over cow’s milk. Goat’s milk is easier to digest because the fat molecules of goat’s milk are one-fifth the size of those in cow’s milk. It is very easy on the tummy. Raw fermented goat’s milk provides over 200 strains of probiotics . Fermentation improves digestibility. In fact, kefir is known to aid in the treatment of ulcers due to its’ effective acid buffering capacity. It is also helpful in treating inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, colitis, and other intestinal issues. Probiotics in kefir have been shown to aid with allergic dermatitis, arthritis, cancer, yeast, kidney disease, kidney stones, diabetes, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, respiratory infections, poor digestion, inflammation and more. Overall, probiotics improve the function of the intestine and the immune system. Kefir is a great way to rehydrate dry kibble and it is also a great milk substitute for puppies and kittens. I know that many of us have busy schedules with very little extra time. We sell a raw fermented goat milkproduct made by Answers Pet Food. We have seen amazing results with their products. To learn more about Answers fermented raw goat milk click on their link. http://answerspetfood.com/additional.html

The idea of super foods may be new to you, however, they are not new at all. Bone broth, coconut oil, and kefir are not some new fad. They have been around for centuries, and their healing properties are known to many around the world.

“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can cure the patient with food.” Hippocrates

Resources from various publications, papers, and books written by: Dr. Karen Becker DVM, Dr. Doug Kneuven DVM, Dr. Melissa Malinowski ND, Dr. Bruce Fife ND “Coconut Therapy for Pets, Dr. Cate Shanahan MD “Deep Nutrition”, Dogs Naturally Magazine

* There are studies (2011 Stanford Study) that provide evidence that both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is an abnormal immune response. An article published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences claims that “consuming 40 mg per day of undentaured type II collegan may completely stop the abnormal immune process that afflicts individuals with arthritis”.

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