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Beefing Up Your Pet’s Nourishment
Adding health-promoting nutrients to our pets’ food daily in forms that we know to be vigorous with biological activity serves as powerful health insurance. Food alone amid today’s environmental load of chemicals and foreign substances is just not enough. The higher level of oxidative chemicals that we are exposed to today warrants a higher degree of antioxidant protection that our pets and even our own biological make up is not genetically designed to produce naturally.
Just like your own body can, your pet’s cells produce protective antioxidants and immune system defence that is quite formidable. However, the chemicals that we have saturated into our environment as a consequence of industry and advanced technology are turning against us to impose strain on the body in the form of oxidation. Oxidation is a normal fact of life that our cells are designed to offset, but our bodies simply do not produce the level of antioxidant and other defence activity needed to meet new-age pollution.
As a result we need to proactively increase antioxidant levels in the body through dietary sources to help the body meet the unnaturally elevated oxidation we have created. However, processing of food typically compounds the problem. Food processing to meet our new age fast-pace damages the nutritional value to not only lower the food’s inherent antioxidant strength but the damaged nutrition also contributes to more oxidation.
Most of us are well aware of the effect that food processing has on our human food supply. Although the chemistry of what goes on with nourishment during this alteration is not well understood by most layman consumers, we do have a general understanding that this change reduces nutrient quality and food value. This processing has the same influence on our pet’s food. In fact, bagged pet food undergoes processing rigour that is often far greater than that of our own food, rendering the nutrient bioavailability low and a high likelihood that it also contributes to oxidation in the body.
A colourful list of ingredients may be displayed on the label but your pet’s ability to absorb and use the nutrition to maintain mind and body may not be what it is expected. Yet we have accepted dry, bagged food as a staple for our pets.
To put it all in perspective, we’d have to consider if we would feed our children dried breakfast cereal from a box, for three to four meals each day, every single day of their life. Not likely is it? Even though we may eat these dried fortified breakfast cereals frequently, we do get a variety of nutrients from alternative fresh whole foods either often or sporadically. This complementary nutrition offers a wider array of live nutrients including antioxidants to help offset the limitations of the dried processed foods we may consume.
Better pet health with supplementation
In the case of our pets, however, that bagged food is usually the only food they get or at best, the major source of nourishment. Adding a supplement that we know supplies biologically active antioxidants like grape seed extract; vitamins like D, C and E; and minerals like zinc, magnesium, chromium and calcium to each meal each day not only compensates for the processed food’s shortfall, it also beefs up internal antioxidant stores to higher levels than the body can naturally manufacture.
This heightened status can empower those genetically built in health preservation programs to do their job according to design. And the health maintenance tools can be supplied at concentrations that meet this unnaturally elevated environmental assault by pesticides, food preservatives, air pollution, flea medications, garden fertilizers, household cleaners and more.
aging pets need more antioxidants
As our pets age, another element is added to the oxidative fire. Their internal production of these protective antioxidants declines to compound the problem. Prevention through antioxidant supplementation supports health today and goes a long way to preserve quality of life for your pet in their senior years. Supplement your pets food with a vitamin, mineral, antioxidant supplement designed specifically for their gastrointestinal tract and metabolism. Avoid tablets and chewable forms that contain binders. Powders and liquids will provide the best method by which to beef up your pet’s nourishment to meet life head on.
This science and the dietary choices which fit the recommendations are thoroughly discussed in the book, “Potential Within Your Dogs Health”. Franco Cavaleri is a graduate of UBC, who majored in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry. His post graduate efforts in scientific research and development have led to the accumulation of several awards in the Canadian Health Industry including nine formulation awards and bestseller status for his recent book-derived from his thesis, “Potential Within, A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment”. Franco has experienced success as an athlete to have won several bodybuilding titles including the PRO qualifier, IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. Today Franco is the CEO, president, and research director of Biologic Publishing Inc. and Biologic Nutrigenomics Health Research Corp.; is an adviser to industry companies involved in human and animal nutrition; and regularly presents his findings in lectures to University level pharmacy, practicing medical and layman audiences. More on these nutrigenomic, immunity and clinical research subject matters and the author/researcher at www.biologicnr.com