To Help Your Dog Live Longer Stop Inflammation
There are many things you can do to help your dog live longer. The causes of aging in your dog is the same as with humans:
- Epigenetics: biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off.
- Inflammation: chemicals from white blood cells leak into tissues resulting in swelling.
- Metabolism: feeds cellular processes, building blocks, and elimination of metabolic wastes.
- Molecular Damage: caused by environmental and metabolically generated free radicals.
- Stem Cell Production: unique cells that replace damaged, old or dying cells.
You can help your dog thrive and potentially live longer through feeding healthy foods, participating in quality exercise, and by providing holistic body care. There are also things you want to keep at bay. One of the most important things to limit is inflammation.
Fairly Constant Inflammation
Acute inflammation is not what we're talking about. This is when your dog injures themselves and the necessary inflammation process starts - the natural immune system. This is normal. What we're talking about is chronic inflammation - this needs to be controlled to help your dog live longer.
Low grade inflammation - we need to stop it!
Chronic inflammation is low grade and exists in your dog's body on a fairly constant basis. If left unchecked, chronic inflammation will destroy your dog's natural and much needed immune system.
This type of ongoing, low grade inflammation is linked to cell degradation, degenerative diseases, and autoimmune diseases. This all leads to organ disease, and malignant or cancer cells.
Signs Of Inflammation
Here are the signs to look for in your dog. If your dog has any of these signs, it's definitely time to seek help for your pup.
- Autoimmune Disease
- Cognitive Issues
Help Your Dog Live Longer - Stop Chronic Inflammation
Feed Your Dog An Anti-Inflammaging Diet
Omega-3 Fats (EPA/DHA)
Providing your dog a bit of pulsed broccoli is very important as it's full of sulforaphane - a powerful antioxidant and liver detoxifier. Sulforaphane is found in cruciferous vegetables, like bok chow and cabbage, but is found in highest amounts in broccoli. Steaming destroys sulforaphane.
Berries provide powerful antioxidants and natural prebiotics that help maintain a healthy gut.
Beneficial probiotics are amazing for your dog. While you can find canine probiotics in pet stores, however natural probiotics are often tasty and healthier for your dog. Consider kefir and raw sauerkraut (salt, sugar, and onion-free).
How do you help your dog fend off chronic inflammation? Let us know in the comments below.