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dog-in-grassOur four-legged friends tend to be more active during the summer months—when warmer weather and longer days allow for plenty of outdoor play time. But increased exercise and more time outdoors can impact your dog’s health, and just like you, your canine companion can benefit from a little added support. Natural supplements are a safe and effective way to help your dogs cope with problems like dry skin, decreased joint flexibility and mobility, and even sensitive stomachs.

  • Keep Hips and Joints Healthy
    Just as important as making sure he stays healthy and active is making sure your dog has the right support for his hips and joints. A natural supplement with beneficial ingredients like glucosamine and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), along with whole herbs, herbal extracts and flower essences may help relieve discomfort from normal daily activity. For best results, combine it with a natural Omega-3 EPA and DHA formula to support overall joint, brain and nervous system health.
  • Soothe Seasonal Itching
    Itching, scratching, licking, shedding—all of these can be brought on by seasonal weather changes. A natural skin and coat supplement can help return a healthy glow to his coat. Look for ingredients to support healthy skin such as brewer’s yeast, inositol, borage oil, chamomile and burdock root, along with beneficial herbs and flower essences.
  • Support Healthy Digestion & Weight Management
    Because of their relatively short digestive tracts, dogs can benefit from added support to assist with healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. This, in turn, helps promote healthy weight management and overall well-being. Choose a natural supplement that includes probiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber to support intestinal health (including the relief of occasional gas) as well as bowel and anal gland health.
  • Assist with Natural Detoxification
    The backyard may seem like a playground to your dog, but we humans know all too well about the chemicals and environmental pollutants lurking in every lawn, park and play area that can take a serious toll on his health. Look for a gentle daily formula that supports normal detoxification and healthy liver function to help pets enjoy the vibrant health and vitality they deserve. It may contain ingredients such as milk thistle, dragon’s blood and green tea, along with cleansing herbs and flower essences.

Our dogs are part of the family, and they count on us to protect them and keep them healthy during the summer months and all year long. Natural herbal supplements are a great way to do just that.

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organic-radishesChoosing organically grown foods is not just a trend. More and more studies are finding that organic food is better for our health than foods grown using conventional farming methods (which typically include the heavy use of chemical-laden pesticides, herbicides and insecticides). If you haven’t yet made the switch, here are three good reasons to go organic.

  1. Boost Your Antioxidant Intake by up to 40%
    Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently looked at more than 340 peer-reviewed studies on organic food and published their findings in the July issue of the British Journal of Nutrition. They determined that organic crops and crop-based foods were significantly higher (up to 69%) in key antioxidants such as phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavanones and flavonols, and that choosing organic over conventionally grown foods could mean a 20–40% increase in antioxidant intake levels.i
  2. Drastically Reduce Pesticide Levels
    The same analysis out of Newcastle University determined that conventional crops were significantly lower in residual pesticide levels and had lower levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal known to pose severe risks to human health.ii Cadmium levels were on average about 48% lower in organic crops, according to the study abstract. In line with these findings, a study conducted earlier this year at RMIT University in Australia found that going organic for just one week could reduce pesticide levels in the body by nearly 90%!
  3. Avoid Probiotic-killing Glyphosate
    You may recall from a recent blog how researchers discovered that a chemical called glyphosate—widely used as an herbicide on conventionally grown crops—was shown to destroy the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the human gut that help protect us from illness and disease. Already linked to a broad range of disorders from birth defects to cell damage, scientists now believe glyphosate can cause a gut imbalance that can ultimately interfere with our healthy immune response—as well as impact healthy mood and behavior.

Worried about the expense of organic foods? There are ways around that—such as choosing in-season produce as well as locally farmed fruits and vegetables. This often cuts out travel and distribution costs and results in lower-priced organic selections.

i http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007114514001366
ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1578573/

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