An important aspect and an essential part of the body’s metabolism is detoxification. The liver plays an important role in this process. Every day the liver is being bombarded with toxic chemicals. Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances from processed foods add to the production of toxins as do many drugs. Our external environment produces the strongest stress load on the liver and it is heavier today than ever before in history. It has been stated that there are over 60,000 toxic chemicals in the environment today. They are found in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Our pets are being fed, watered and breathe the same air.
When the liver gets overloaded and cannot function properly, the toxins accumulate in the body and makes us and our pets sick in various ways. The main damage occurs with the immune system. Once this system is compromised then many chronic diseases develop.
A good solution to an ailing liver condition for our pets is to convert to a raw meat diet. Feeding a non-toxic, unprocessed raw food diet offers internal healing.
There are some important concerns that need to be noted regarding the effects of detoxification. When a pet is being converted from a kibble fed diet to a raw meat diet you might experience a worsening condition with skin and coat conditions. The elimination of any accumulated toxin buildup in the body will most easily happen through the skin rather than the feces or the urine. It is the easiest route of administration from the body. Thus you may find that a skin irritation condition may be exacerbated because of the detoxification process. If the condition gets worse it most probably is a sign that the body is doing it’s magic and is eliminating the harmful toxins from the body through the easiest means available. It is important to not get discouraged during this process because there is light at the other end of the tunnel. The important message to gain is to minimize the ingestion of toxins and processed foods because they will inhibit the healing process. Starting to feed a raw meat diet will initiate a natural detoxification process. Socrates once said” Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. The body heals better than medicine if you give it a chance to heal.
posted by Rob Mueller