Proper Diet Builds the Immune System
Diet is always the first line of defense. As you have probably read before in our other articles, diet is the foundation of health. If your companion is consuming highly processed food that provides only minimal nutrition and includes toxins such as chemical preservatives, food dyes, texturizers, and other additives, his immune system is being depleted daily just to cope with that diet. Fresh, wholesome food is the first step in building a strong immune system.
Many people wait until their animal has a serious or chronic illness such as cancer, kidney disease, or allergies to finally change the diet. Prevention is so much kinder and immeasurably more effective. Please see our article What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food for more information about proper diet. Feeding a varied diet that includes as much fresh food as possible tales more effort than scooping kibble out of a bag, but it is truly worth the effort in the long run. And an initial investment in good-quality food will end up saving a bundle in vet bills for preventable, nutrition-related diseases down the road.
One of the benefits of a healthy diet is a healthy gastrointestinal tract. If the digestive tract is stressed by inflammation from allergies or inflammatory bowel disease or other digestive disorders, the nutrients in even a healthy diet are harder to process and absorb. Healing and maintaining the digestive tract is vital to overall health and immunity. Digestive enzymes, probiotics, and essential fatty acids all play a role in gastrointestinal health and proper digestion.
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