Just like you and I, your dog has cells. Trillions of them. These cells provide structure for the body and carry out specialized bodily functions. They assist the body to take in vitamins and minerals from food and help convert these nutrients into energy.
More than 50 billion cells die in the body every day. All living creatures have a finely tuned biological mechanism called programmed cell death. If it did not exist, we would have more disastrous diseases like cancer and auto-immune diseases (defined as too little cell death), and degenerative diseases (defined as too much cell death).
It is imperative that you keep your dog’s cells healthy, and this happens through something called homeostasis. This is the body’s way of staying balanced, and helps your dog adjust to all variables, including his diet and environment.
There are four ingredients that your dog needs in order to live a balanced, healthy life.
Organically derived minerals are vital to feed your dog’s cells. A long time ago, we were able to get these minerals through food. But because of soil depletion, your dog needs additional minerals, even if you feed them as much fresh, local food as possible. These minerals can also remove toxins like heavy metals from the body through a process called chelation.
Sadly it is very hard to find quality mineral supplements, and one must be careful of synthetic mineral supplements, as they stay in the body for too long and can become toxic.
How do you get these organic minerals for your dog? Feed him fruits, vegetables and ancient seaweed. These food items are superbly rich in Humic Acid, a mineral that comes from deep within the earth. It is impossible to reproduce chemically. Fulvic acid is sometimes called the king of soil-based minerals.
Fulvic and humic acids work on a cellular level by:
- Stopping toxins and viruses from attaching to the cell
- Fighting inflammation
- Helping to stop malignant cell growth
- Regulating disease
- Replenishing nutrient levels
- Boosting the gut and immunity by getting rid of toxic substances
Spore-forming bacteria or SBOs can “seed” the digestive tract with healthy bacteria that can grow and help balance your dog’s microbiome. In many ways, they are better than other probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus, because of the following reasons:
- They can live indefinitely at room temperature (in desiccated form)
- They survive the acidity of a dog’s stomach to reach the small intestinal intact
- SBO’s work better for sensitive dogs (such as dogs with allergies) than traditional probiotics
- They colonize the gut more effectively than lactic acid bacteria
- They benefit dogs who have been on a lot of antibiotic medication
- They help with chronic digestive issues
- They produce natural bacteriocins that limit harmful bacteria
Bring the power of the sea to your dog with an ancient superfood and powerful antioxidant. Phytoplankton is rich in omega-3s. It is a whole food, not a supplement and contains the trace minerals chlorophyll, essential amino acids, omega-3, protein, carotenoids, antioxidants and vitamins. It is absorbed through the mucous membranes, so does not need to go through the digestive system to start working. Because of this it is ideal for sick dogs who cannot absorb nutrients.
If you feel that your dog can benefit from phytoplankton, make sure you choose one that is:
- Tested free of radiation, heavy metals and other toxins
- Sustainably grown on land and not detrimental to ocean life
- Non-GMO and vegan
- Has no fillers
Of course, we can’t live without air. But it’s not only about basic breathing for survival.
Research shows that breathing and exercise improve cell health. Movement benefits just about everything in the body:
- Develops muscles (including anti-gravity muscles)
- Strengthens arteries, makes them more elastic
- Mineralizes and strengthens bones
- Keeps the lymphatic system moving
- Stimulates the brain
- Boosts white blood cells and immunity
- Reduces cancer risk
So give your dog plenty of vigorous exercise and play! Send him to doggie daycare, or invite his friends over for a playdate. Stimulating activities can help your dog thrive and enjoy life!
When you openly show your dog how much you love him, there are physical benefits for you and for him! Just like the gaze between a mother and her infant … when you gaze into your dog’s eyes, the body releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone. This helps to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce pain and inflammation, and help with anxiety, and shyness. It may even help with cancer prevention and treatment
As you can see, when we incorporate the use of non-genetically modified minerals, we can support the natural physiology of the body, and keep our dogs healthy, happy, balanced and thriving.