We are what we eat We (And Our Pets) Eat, Digest, Assimilate And Eliminate

Few other systems are as critical to overall health as the digestive system.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are born with a certain amount of Qi or energy.  This Qi is what allows us to “live” and can only be replenished through respiration (breathing) and digestion!  This makes sense, since if we don’t breathe, we die and if we don’t eat, eventually we will die.

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All foods are broken down into their units by enzymes. Enzymes themselves are chains of proteins.

  • Proteins are made of strings of amino acids, crucial for tissue growth and repair. Proteins are broken down into individual amino acids by proteases.

  • Carbohydrates are broken down to simple sugars by enzymes specific for carbohydrates.

  • Fat digestion begins when bile acids mix with fat, allowing enzymes to break them down into smaller molecules (fatty acids and glycerol ) for absorption into the cells of the mucosa.

If pets are eating a raw diet (not heated above 105 degrees), then the meat contains the enzymes required to break the meat down into the individual units, the amino acids, which are the appropriate size to enter a healthy intact gut lining. If a pet has been eating processed foods (cooked at high temperatures that destroy the natural enzymes in the meat), then they are eating foods that are “enzymatically dead” and are not aiding in the digestion process. Processed foods are also exceedingly high in carbohydrates/sugars, which are not supposed to be a part of a healthy carnivore diet.

Eating an “enzymatically dead” diet puts the burden of digestion solely on the pancreas. The pancreas was only meant to be a “backup organ” for digestion, not the sole producer of digestive enzymes. With this knowledge, it is understandable why so many fur babies suffer from pancreatitis, obesity and a plethora of inflammatory conditions.

*Consult your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, nursing, if abnormal symptoms arise or they are taking other medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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