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Page 24 | Abby's Magazine | INFLAMMATION is a natural and posi ve response of the bodies natural defense mechanism. Uncontrolled, chronic inflamma on is a problem that leads to dis-ease and accelerated aging. The body is remarkably intelligent, having many built in "systems" for survival, including the "inflammatory response". The benefits and importance of inflamma on are o en mis-understood, leading to an overwhelming effort in the tradi onal medical model to squelch the inflammatory response rather than to understand the purpose, address the underlying causes and offer support as indicated. In the case of acute inflamma on, the immune system responds to ssue injury by producing inflammatory mediators to trigger a healing response. Acute inflamma on is also the bodies way of removing pathogens (invading organisms) that could lead to harm. Acute inflamma on is a posi ve response of the innate immune system, but chronic inflamma on is not. When inflamma on becomes chronic it can nega vely affect the whole body. Chronic inflamma on will express itself through the weakest link/links in the body and can express differently for every pet. Every major health condition can be linked to chronic inflammation Skin allergies, ear infec ons, respiratory diseases, kidney and liver disease, arthri s, obesity, gastro intes nal disorders, immune mediated disease including thyroid disorders, cogni ve dysfunc on and cancer are but a few of the commonly seen health challenges facing our fur family. The leading causes of chronic inflamma on include: 1. Feeding a species inappropriate diet (feeding processed kibble and processed can food) . Dogs and cats are carnivores and as such were designed to eat an animal they killed, in the state they killed it in . Carnivores in the wild did not drag their fresh kill to a kibble processor or canning factory where the food is highly processed before being consumed . Though modern lifestyles warrant a more convenient way to feed pets, sustainable solutions do exist ! 2. Blood sugar imbalances caused by consuming excessive carbohydrates (sugar). Most processed diets are exceedingly high in sugar (up to 40%-60% sugar) while a carnivore's natural diet is under 1% carbohydrates. Sugars cause a spike in insulin, leading to a quick drop in blood sugar and a rise in cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) . Cortisol contributes to leaky gut . Over time this pattern of sugar / insulin spike / cortisol spike leads to insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease and immune dysfunction . 3. Leaky Gut Syndrome results from eating toxins, like synthetic vitamins, hormones, chemicals, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients . These products damage the gut lining, impairing the natural barrier that filters the outside world from the inside world of the body. The result of leaky gut is that large sized molecules come through the gut filter membrane that would have otherwise not been allowed to enter the body. These large molecules are transported by the blood to the liver where the liver sees them as foreign material and mounts an inflammatory response. Once the acute inflammatory response removes the pathogens, the inflammatory response turns off and the bodies repair process kicks in, returning the system to balance. The problem becomes chronic when the gut damage is perpetuated bite a er bite, meal a er meal, month a er month and year a er year with toxins, never allowing the inflammatory response to stop. 4. Nutrient deficiencies . University studies showed that 80% of animals ea ng a processed food diet were Vit D deficient, resul ng in an impairment of the innate immune response. Other common deficiencies include B12, INFLAMMATION and our Pets

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