Our Pets Are What They Eat

adequate nutrition vs. optimal nutrition

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason, co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy

You have heard it before ” You are what you eat!”  This applies to our companion animals just as much as it does to us humans.

Nutrients from the foods we eat or that we offer our pets to eat need to provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every cell in the body, from the skin and hair to muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems, etc.  

The body is constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding itself. Here’s how it works, and why it so important what we give our pets to eat is so very important:

Every cell in your body has a “shelf life” so to speak –  stomach cells live a couple of days, skin cells about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, the body is busy making new cells to replace those that have “expired.” And how healthy those new cells being made are is directly determined by how well the animal has been eating. The nutritional content of what we eat and what we give our pets to eat determines the composition of the cell membranes, bone marrow, blood, and hormones.

On top of all of that “Regeneration” the body is always repairing existing cells. This includes recovering from everything from the wear and tear of exercise to every day life stress, pollution, etc.

Whatever we feed our companion animals has to be converted by the digestive system into basic substances required to support and maintain life – tissues, organs and the millions of cells that make up our pets. A diet filled with cooked and/or processed pet food that’s obviously low or totally lacking in live, naturally sourced nutrients simply doesn’t give the body much to work with.  On the other hand, a raw, nutrient rich whole food diet will naturally build cells that work better, and are less susceptible to premature aging and dis-ease.