Ah, the power of enzymes for dogs. They help break down debris in the intestinal tract, heal mucus membranes, reduce pain and inflammation without drugs or side effects. But do you know...
Wait a minute. What the heck are enzymes anyway?
Special proteins manufactured by living things that either form or break down chemical substances without changing themselves. Our dogs must have them to be healthy, So do we.
And heat kills enzymes.
Internally, our dogs need enzymes to break down and metabolize food and externally enzymes can clean, deodorize, heal wounds, and help heal many internal health problems as well. Arthritis is one example. Good grief, they can even take a stain out of a carpet or unclog a drain.
There are many enzymes, each with their own specialty. Collectively they break down, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, including sugars and fiber.
We are actually born with enzymes, some of which we can manufacture ourselves while others become depleted and are never replenished.
As an example, do you know anyone who used to eat beans without a problem but now gets gas unless they take the product "Beano"?
Guess what Beano's main ingredient is? Yup, the enzyme we need for the digestion of beans!
That brings to mind if you suffer from your dogs flatulence (he's not too comfy about it either) he's either short on enzymes, good gut bacteria or both.
There are lots of enzymes in food itself that help dog digestion. The problem? I repeat, cooking KILLS enzymes. The more dog food is cooked, the less there are. We can safely assume then that highly processed commercial dog food does not contain any at all.
Even if they added enzymes afterwards, it wouldn't work because it would make that dog food able to rot. Rot? Think about it. Enzymes break down food and that's how you know your food is good. It's rottable. Seriously.
I'll let you ponder that one a bit.
Okay, time's up. Here's an example.
I have no idea how many of our foods are void of enzymes, but here's a test I did by accident.
Thinking I was being very health conscious I was buying bottled juice that had no sugar or preservatives in it. It even said "keep refrigerated" on the label.
Then the refrigerator went out. That juice sat on the counter for a week because that's how long it took me to drink it and it never went bad. Yet I know if I make home made orange juice, I only have a few days to drink it if it stays in the fridge and only hours if its on the counter. Talk about disappointment!
What that means is: foods spoil because of the actions of enzymes within that food. By killing off those enzymes our food now has a shelf life of several months instead of several days. Good for shelf life, bad for digestion and nutrition.
When I was a kid (back in the days we actually had "milk men" deliver fresh milk twice a week) I remember we only had a 3 or 4 days to drink it or it started to sour.
Industry fixed that. It's called pasteurization. Heating the milk enough to kill the enzymes so it lasts longer. And now we have "ultra-pasteurized" that makes dairy products lasts longer and I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole. I don't want dead food.
You didn't think I was going to talk about just dog digestion did you? Enzymes have many other functions as well.
The other essential functions throughout the body are less talked about but they are extremely important. Enzymes for dogs promote systemic as well as digestive health.
Here is a partial list of benefits:
I want to share something about enzymes that made me laugh. Have you
ever bought enzymatic cleaners? I have and they didn't impress me much.
Probably because they do not have enough enzymes in them or the right
types. Plus I didn't really want perfume.
And then one day I tried a new one and I was blown away.
For 20 or 30 years I've been studying nutrition and a few years ago I started taking enzymes and couldn't believe how much better I felt all over. I even dropped a few pounds which was awesome. THEN I started giving them to Lulu and I just HAD TO learn more.
If you're new to this website I only use NSP supplements. There's a trust factor for several reasons. Anyway, they also have an enzyme "cleaning product" that I rarely use for cleaning because it's just too darn good. (Except for occasional vomit or new stains on carpets or clothes.)
Now I know one that does and Natures Fresh Enzyme Spray is a topical use of enzymes for dogs. Not just as a deodorizer or stain remover but to actually spray on your dog to reduce swelling, help arthritis pain, speed recovery from bites, stings or any skin problems. You can even use it for acne.
How can spraying the outside help the inside? The skin is an organ silly. It absorbs whatever you put on it. (Think about that when you use bug spray!)
Is that a hoot or what? Now I know why a friend of mine keeps two or three bottles on hand all the time. Not because she's a clean freak but because she has four dogs and four cats.
Here's a link to a PDF download about NSP spray enzymes that left me with my mouth hanging open. See, I keep learning new stuff every day.
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