What’s So Important About Enzymes For Our Dogs?

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason

Enzymes are the foundation of energy and the life force in all living things. They are responsible for building, detoxifying, and healing the body. They are also the force that allows your body to digest and absorb food. Enzymes also regulate tens of thousands of other biochemical functions that take place in the body every day. Even thinking involves “enzymes”. Without enzymes, seeds would not sprout, fruit would not ripen, leaves would not change color, and life would not exist.

Science has now confirmed (LEL) Low Enzyme Levels as the world’s #1 killer, based on the late Dr. Edward Howell’s 40-year research covering more than 700 worldwide studies. Low Enzyme Levels kill more humans than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and accidents – combined. The studies conclude that all diseases, from cancer to the minor sniffle, have one root cause “Low Enzymes Levels”.

When the body’s enzyme levels are high, disease disappears. When low – disease appears and eventually kills.

“Enzyme Nutrition”, Edward Howell, Avery Publishing

A famous pet-nutritional study by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger demonstrated that a ‘life-long diet’ of preprocessed or cooked foods as the main reason why animals develop chronic degenerative diseases, infections and other maladies. His study confirmed that the succeeding generations who remain on this type of enzyme-less diet will show progressively more illness and disease.

So, you can see that not only are enzymes necessary for proper digestion, they are an integral component of every chemical reaction that occurs within the body. Without enzymes no bodily processes would be possible. For example, detoxification, digestion, elimination, and a properly functioning nervous system are all processes that would not occur without enzymes. This is the reason that enzymes are considered the most important supplement today.

Are you meeting all your pet’s nutritional needs? Most animal experts agree that animals are naturally designed to eat raw, enzyme rich food. Today, domestic animals live in our homes or under our care and most are still being fed processed, commercial kibble and/or canned foods. The problem is that even the very best,commercial pet foods do not are cooked and do not provide all that your pet needs for optimal health.

Enzymes are necessary for rebuilding, detoxing and general maintenance of the body which will not be possible when feeding a cooked/processed diet. Raw muscle meat, organs and bone contain all the live enzymes necessary for simple digestion.

Kibble and/or any cooked/processed food, grains and vegetables are not what a carnivore is designed to eat. Consuming these foods places un due stress on pet’s pancreas and digestive system’s ability to make the enzymes necessary to stay healthy.

Ever wonder why so many kibble fed dogs have food allergies?
Food allergies are in reality, the body’s response to an ingredient that it cannot sufficiently break down or digest for utilization. Dog’s being carnivores, lack the enzymes to break down and utilize grains, veggies and cooked foods….

The cooking/heating and processing destroys any enzymes in prepared pet food, robbing it of its “aliveness”. Unless your pet is on a totally raw, natural diet, as he would eat in the wild, then, adding supplements is vital for his/her good health.

Benefits of Enzymes:
* Increases T-Cell (cancer fighting cell) production and activity within a short period after digestion.
* Raises white cell blood count.
* Contains over 77 Ionic minerals.
* Promotes healthy weight balance
* Strengthens the immune system.
* Improves nutritional absorption and energy level.
* Promotes Energy production
*Reduces inflammation
* Promotes [roper hormone regulation
* Decreases risks of degenerative disease, cholesterol, plaque build up and toxins in the body.
* Enables the body to obtain nutrients from food.

In other words, without digestive enzymes even the most nutritious foods will not be of any use to the body. Pet’s diets (full of processed food and foods unnatural to them) strain the digestive system, making the addition of digestive enzymes even more important.

How do enzymes strengthen our pet’s immune system?
All animals have a natural built-in “enzyme bank” from which enzymes that are necessary for digestion, battling viruses, and dissolving bacteria, are drawn. When enzymes are being diverted to your pet’s digestive tract to aid in the digestion of food other than raw, there is less enzyme potential to fight off illness and disease. Supplying the needed enzymes at the time of feeding, on the other hand, can conserve the enzymes produced by the body for use by the immune system.

If our pets have inadequate amounts of digestive enzymes they will have a number of health problems including; waste-toxins which accumulate in the blood, lymph’s and tissues (contributes to a weak immune system), lack of energy, excessive gas, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, digestive disorders, food allergies, poor skin condition, hot spots, loose stool, consumption of their own stool, foul breath and/or body odor.

Since different foods digest at different rates and in different parts of the digestive tract. Eating the wrong combination of foods can cause a conflict that will result in many different problems. For example, when proteins and grains are eaten together as they are in commercial kibble, the grains start to ferment and cause gas and digestive upset. Also, as the combination slows the digestive process, proteins start to putrefy and cause toxins to be released into the system. Same thing happens when you feed raw food mixed with the cooked or processed food at the same meal. See our article on “Are Toxins Killing Your Dog?”

Enzymes help musculoskeletal pain, swelling and inflammation
Oral enzyme formulas have been medically validated as a natural healing agent that can help to relive musculoskeletal pain, swelling and inflammation

Enzymes excel as nature’s most powerful and scientifically validated aspirin alternative. Orally administered enzymes diffuse through the intestinal tract membrane and travel through the bloodstream to inflamed sites. Once the enzymes reach diseased tissues, their altered pH enables them to work in a diseased, inflamed environment. Enzymes work by breaking up what medical scientists call circulating immune complexes (CICs) that are at the root of inflammation. indeed, chronic pain conditions almost always involve CICs. These circulating complexes of damaged proteins-made-up of cellular antibodies, antigens, and diseased tissue-accumulate in body parts such as the blood vessels, joints, and other tissues where they become systemic irritants, causing inflammation, and delaying the healing process. Unfortunately, in chronic disease states, the cleansing capacity of the body is reduced, and bad proteins formed from antibodies and antigens (the circulating immune complexes) can accumulate. In cases where there is acute inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, these immune complexes have grown so much in number and have so overpowered the body’s immune system that they have taken up permanent residence in the body’s tissues. Enzymes, with their proteolytic capabilities, help to breakup and destroy these bad proteins and immune complexes, helping the immune system to do its job better by removing inflammatory substances. Think of enzymes as a co-worker and partner in a healthy immune system that, in turn, helps with chronic pain conditions.

Enzymes also modulate the body’s immune system, enhancing the activity of its macrophage cells (“big caters”) that gobble up the broken down CICs and help to transport them out of the body through the lymph system.

While Enzymes are not as fast acting as typical NSAIDs and other veterinary prescribed “anti-inflamatories” They have no negative side affects and over the long run, they are more effective and safer.

I have found that supplementing your dog with enzymes is a truly safe and natural way to support the healing of inflammatory conditions.

The Whole Dog is proud to carry and recommend organic, whole food sourced enzymes HERE

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