Foods can and do cause physical stress on our dog's body. In today's Dog Talk Tuesday, we'll talk about which foods and explore the long range outcome.
So how do we describe physical stress? Here is an example that you would notice shortly after the stress occurs. Unfortunately stress from foods isn't noticeable for quite some time.
In fact, I doubt any current medical practitioners consider foods in the way a good holistic practitioner does.
Okay, here's the example: Overexertion like when you decide to do a vigorous exercise routine after sitting on the couch for months or years could be one example. That pain and those overworked muscles scream that you have physical STRESS.
Food as a stressor is a sneaky one.
It's like like having an old dot to dot puzzle without the numbers on it. How can you possibly connect the dots to see the hidden picture?
In this weeks video, we will connect the dots for you.
After the video I'll let you in on a secret about dog health problems and diseases.
It's been building for a long time. Often years and years before something happens because it's been accumulating.
Commercial foods are cooked so long there is no food value left and then some things are added back in but that still leaves out real nutrition. Would you eat say an McDonald's Big Mac and fries for every meal for years?
You might function okay but have low energy, aches and pains and complaints. So would your dog but she's not gonna tell you. She just goes on until something gets too stressful.
What is digestive stress?
The more processed a food, the harder the body has to work to digest it. Some of those ingredients may never be digested but held in the body. Dr. Karen Becker did a nice video explaining it some years ago. It was lengthy and detailed. It's essence was that not all man made nutrients added to commercial dog food can be broken down by the body and others need phytonutrients to break them down that are simply not in the food.
What I see is that those stored things wear out the body.
Wearing out the body means putting undo stress on the organs since they're given too much work to do. If and when they can't function optimally, they can't do their job. The rest of the body tries to compensate but it simply can't do it long term.
In the video, Sandra and I talked about inflammation as one of the first signs of physical stress. Again, we can't see inflammation in the gut until it's been going on awhile. Then we see things like diarrhea, IBS, IBD. While we see the Irritable Bowel Disease as a "disease", think about the word . . . dis-ease. It's actually a symptom of ill health that could be completely avoided with real food. It's also something that can be healed naturally with real food and some soothing herbs.