Winter Immune Support
Posted on December 02 2020
Nutrition is the core of a healthy immune system. Your pet needs a complete and balanced diet year-round and certainly during the colder months. A fresh diet with natural digestive enzymes and probiotics will enhance gut health - a critical component of wellness. Enzymes not only help break down food for digestion but are also responsible for biochemical reactions that impact toxin removal and muscle development in the body. Unfortunately, enzymes are very fragile and are deactivated by the application of heat, making a raw diet even more essential for optimal health. Similarly, probiotics help to balance the good bacteria in your digestive system and contribute to heart health and overall immune system function. They are also very sensitive to heat and their environment.
Essential vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables hold important keys to vitality and longevity. Organ meats are packed with B vitamins, folic acid, and vitamin D, which are necessary for immune system function. Vitamin A found in carrots, parsley, and spinach maintains the health of your pet's skin and coat, while antioxidants in vegetables and fruit, such as blueberries, remove free radicals from the body.
In addition to sound nutrition, your pet needs healthy exercise during the winter months. Do take advantage of sunny winter days for fresh air and exercise! Be sure to watch temperatures for outdoor activities to prevent frostbite and provide adequate water to ward off dehydration. Keep an eye out for chemicals used in winter, such as antifreeze, which are toxic to pets. Be sure to wipe or wash your pet's paws after a walk to remove and traces of salts or ice melting products that can damage the skin.
Enjoy the season!