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Whole foods are quickly gaining popularity among dog owners, and for good reason. The benefits of raw food and herbal supplementation go beyond being simply ‘a healthy choice’. Whole, unprocessed foods such as raw food diets, natural essential oils and herb along with Omega supplementation carry great benefits, especially when it comes to allergy related skin irritation and coat health.
Allergic reactions begin with metabolic activity occurring deep within our dog’s cells. The first exposure to an allergen stimulates their immune system into a heightened state of alertness. Each subsequent exposure sets off a series of defensive cellular reactions. Often these early reactions are subclinical — without symptoms presenting upon physical examination; a silent festering. This subclinical reaction increases histamine receptor sensitivity, eventually manifesting as skin irritation and poor coat health.
Processing methods used in the manufacturing of commercial dry and wet foods drastically alter the chemical makeup of otherwise beneficial ingredients; in some cases, reversing their intended benefits. Fatty acids can suffer from oxidation to such an extent that it may even contribute to inflammation in their body. This, along with an age-related decrease in endogenous (internally produced) antioxidants, cause previously silent allergic reactions to erupt into a raging inflamed frenzy of itching.
Raw foods; however, supply nutrients in their whole, unadulterated form. By providing higher levels of unscathed fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, their metabolism receives the nourishment it needs to keep reactions to allergens at bay. Essential Oils, Herbs and fatty acid supplementation, further build their body’s defense against allergies. Many natural bioflavonoids have antihistamine like properties, working synergistically with vitamins and minerals contained in their diets. A natural antihistamine preparation can include: quercetin, biotin, folic acid, zinc and vitamins E and C
Once allergies appear under control, continuing with fatty acid supplementation is crucial in maintaining their healthy inflammatory response. Using a quality Omega fatty acid supplement that contains the correct ratio of Omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) to Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is important. An imbalance of Omega fatty acids can cause inflammation; whether there is too much Omega-3 and not enough Omega-6 or vice versa. A well balanced fatty acid supplement will help their body build and support their natural defense against allergies.
Pharmaceuticals and conventional antihistamines provide temporary relief; they also bring with them the potential for significant side effects. Long-term use may result in connective tissue
degradation and cardiovascular damage. The best approach to allergies is starting with their diet. Providing a whole food diet that includes raw food, Omega and pure essential oils and herbal supplementation will nourish their body’s ability to work against allergies self-sufficiently.
I recommend supplements along with a combination of certified pure essential oils, enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics to get to the root of the problem. Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint Certified Pure Essential Oils provide a natural antihistamine formula along with the supplements to help build the immune system.
You will find the below products in supplements:
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, from the flowers of the pagoda tree. Quercetin does an effective job suppressing histamine release that causes much of the inflammation, redness and irritation in your pet.
Grape See Extract is a strong antioxidant that helps to support the immune system and has an anti-inflammatory effect in cats and dogs with allergic skin conditions. The extract from the grape seed is not toxic to your pet like grapes are.
Digestive enzymes provides pancreatic enzymes (protease, amylase, lipase) supporting the pancreas to promote healthy digestion when your pet is not provided enough raw foods or the foods are too high in carbohydrates that do not get broken down efficiently.
Active enzyme blend with Protease plant enzymes to break down complex proteins in food that do not digest properly that contribute to allergies.
Zinc antioxidant mineral that helps prevent the histamine to begin with.
Omega fatty acids help decrease inflammation throughout the body. Adding them into the diet of all pets – particularly pets struggling with seasonal environmental allergies – is very beneficial.
Coconut oil is very beneficial for us and our pets. Everything I have read is positive on the research benefits of Organic Unrefined Coconut oil in our diet. I have used it for over three years with myself and my pets.
Coconut Oil Benefits by Dr. Axe
To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.
Research has finally uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:
· Caprylic acid
· Lauric acid
· Capric acid
And around 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat.
Most of the fats that we consume take longer to digest, but MCFAs found in coconut oil provide the perfect source of energy because they only have to go through a 3 step process to be turned into fuel vs. other fats go through a 26 step process!
Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in plant based oils, MCFAs are:
· Easier to digest
· Not readily stored as fat
· Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal
· Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy
· Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat
20 Proven Coconut Oil Benefits
According to medical research, coconut oil benefits the body in the following ways:
1. Proven Alzheimer’s Disease Natural Treatment
The digestion of MCFA’s by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy by the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy.
Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. (1, 2)
2. Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols.
By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.
3. Cures UTI and Kidney Infection & Protects the Liver
Coconut oil has been known to clear up and heal urinary (UTI) and kidney infections. The MCFA’s in the oil work as a natural antibiotic by disrupting the lipid coating on bacteria and killing them. Also there is a study showing that coconut oil directly protected the liver from damage. (3)
Coconut water also helps hydrate and support the healing process. Doctors have even injected the coconut water to clear up kidney stones. Coconut is a super powerful food!
4. Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications. (4)
In another recent study, coconut oil that was harvested with only medium heat was found to suppress inflammatory cells. It worked as both an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
5. Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Coconut oil has two qualities that help it fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in it’s digestion. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose dependent. It is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover.
Two, as the MCFA’s digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!
6. Immune System Boost (antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral)
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria, and create a hostile environment for viruses. Many diseases today are causes by the overgrowth of bad bacteria, funguses, viruses and parasites in the body.
You can replace grains and sugar in your diet with coconut oil as your natural fuel source when you’re sick. Sugar feeds the growth of bad bacteria. Instead take 1 TBSP of coconut oil 3x daily when sick and consume plenty of vegetables and bone broth as well.
7. Improves Memory and Brain Function
In a 2004 study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the MCFA’s found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects.
Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently. (5)
8. Improves Energy and Endurance
Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as it’s MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy!
Today, many triathletes will use coconut oil as their source of fuels during training and races for long distance events. You can make a homemade energy fuel by mixing coconut oil, raw honey and chia seeds together. Simply put together 1 TBSP of each and consume 30 minutes prior to exercise.
9. Improves Digestion, Reduces Stomach Ulcers & Ulcerative Colitis
Coconut also improves digestion as it helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.
If coconut oil is taken at the same time as omega-3 fatty acids, it can make them twice as effective, as they are readily available to be digested and used by the body.
Coconut oil can help improve bacteria and gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida. Candida imbalance especially can decrease stomach acid which causes inflammation and poor digestion.
10. Reduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease & Pancreatitis
The MCFA’s of coconut oil do not need the pancreatic enzymes to be broken down, so taking coconut oil eases the strain on the pancreas.
Additionally, this super fat is so easy to digest that it has been known to improve the symptoms of gallbladder disease as well. Replace other long-chain fats with coconut oil to improve gallbladder and total body health.
11. Improves Skin Issues (burns, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, and psoriasis)
Coconut oil is wonderful as a face cleanser, moisturizer and sun screen, but also it can treat many skin disorders. The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.
It protects the skin and has many antioxidants that make it ideal for healing the skin. In addition the antimicrobial properties balance out the candida or fungal sources that can cause many skin conditions.
I am a Subtle Energy Animal Practitioner & Healing Touch for Animals Practitioner. I am P4EO Certified in using Essential Oils with animals.