Fasting for health? You bet. It’s good for your dog so learn the benefits along with the intermittent fasting method for those who just can't say no at mealtime.
Fasting is in fact a form of body cleansing. Everyone needs it at times and dogs often do it by choice.
Why? Because it's instinctual.
Whenever one of my dogs turned down a meal or two I simply put it away until the next meal time.
I learned not to coax.
How did I learn? I had a very good teacher. My dog Bonz. That boy would refuse food one or two days a week. At first I worried and kept offering. Know what he'd do? Flip that bowl upside down and try to bury the darn food.
Didn't work on the carpet.
Then I learned what I'm going to share with you now.
The most beneficial fast is no food at all for 24 to 48 hours. (Don't panic, just keep reading) 3 or 4 times a month.
The hardest job a body has is …digestion.
There’s a lot of work involved in breaking down food and turning it into nutrients the body can use.
What does the body do if it's not busy digesting?
An empty stomach allows the body to concentrate on letting the immune system heal by:
What the heck does all this mean?
Macrophages are a type of white blood cell that engulf and eat foreign substances, cellular garbage, microbes, cancer cells, and anything else that does not have the types of proteins specific to the surface of healthy body cells.
Immunoglobulin is an antibody that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.
In short, fasting allows the body to cleanse by filtering out the junk and kill the bad guys.
The next best thing to a full fast is changing your daily routine in a way that doesn't make you feel guilty but has clear advantages.
Intermittent fasting is simply restricting your dog's food and snack intake to an 8 hour period every day.
That leaves 16 hours, giving the body time after digesting to cleanse and build up new forces.
An example is feeding breakfast at 8:00 am and dinner at 4:00 pm.
You can do that can't you? If you're wavering on the idea, go back to the microphages and immunoglobulins.
It should go without saying, good clean filtered water should always be available. If you need a brush up on what that is and why tap water is a no-no, head over to water for dogs.
And if you want to make something really special for your dog that's liquid yet nutrient dense, use my bone broth recipe.