Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food

                                             - Hippocrates 431 BC

 

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The other saying that we have all heard is, "garbage in, garbage out."  What you feed your pets is so important for overall health and wellness.  Food therapy not only involves feeding a good quality diet, but also a diet that energetically matches the needs of your dog/cat. several traditional medicines (including TCVM) categorize foods into different energetic categories; hot, cold, damp, dry, moist, sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and neutral.  Dietary recommendations are made based on the needs of your individual pet.

The other importance of a quality diet is that over 50% of the immune system is now known to be within the gut. Ongoing research of the gut microbiome is showing the importance of those friendly (and some not so friendly) bacteria residing in the intestines. These bacteria are influenced by the food that our pets eat and the proper choices can lead to a healthier microbiota population.