Now You Know: Probiotics & Prebiotics

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Hello everyone, Olivia here. Today I have an announcement.

Often my huMom & I are asked questions about living with canine epilepsy, or dog related stuff in general. We are by no means experts & are sure not professionals, but we have done a lot of research & continue to do so.

So starting today, we are trying a weekly blog segment called, “Now You Know”. Readers can send in questions related to canine epilepsy, good health or dog behavior & we will do our best to find an answer. We don’t endorse products but we will speak on their effectiveness or safety.

Today we’ll start with a simple one. What’s the difference between probiotic & prebiotic food for good dogs?

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that work with the micro flora, or the “good” bacteria, living in the gut. Together, they play critical roles in the breakdown & digestion of food & help keep nasty bugs like E. coli in check. They help populate the intestine with healthy bacteria, boosting the immune system in the digestive tract & through out the body.

Prebiotics are food ingredients that travel undigested to the colon where they ferment & are converted into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, acting as a source of energy for colon cells & preserving electrolyte & fluid balance; this allows the intestine to move properly. When present in the bowels, prebiotics promote & support healthy digestive flora.

Since prebiotics are essentially feeding micro flora, it’s best to use them in combination with probiotics to support the growth of good bacteria in your good dog’s gut.

Now you know.

You can send your questions to: knottytoys4gooddogs@gmail.com

In the title put, “Now you know question”. My huMom & I will try our best to find an answer & it will appear in a future blog.

CEO Olivia

 

Good Mushrooms for Good Dogs

Health

mushroom-hat

I have recently begun to have a mushroom supplement added to my meals. Mushrooms are a very, very complex organism, so I will try my best to keep this simple. The bottom line is, mushrooms are a wooftastic digestive aid & immune system booster. I should mention that mushroom supplements have been researched & made with specific mushrooms. I’m not suggesting feeding your good dog store bought mushrooms or letting them forage through a wooded area for wild mushrooms.

The part that you can see – the stem & cap – is less than 10 percent of a mushroom’s total biomass. The mycelium is the part of the mushroom you don’t see or typically eat. It’s the part that lies beneath the surface of the soil. And it’s the part that may hold the most important nutritional benefits of mushrooms.

It only makes sense that, to fully support your good dog’s immune system, it’s equally important to support digestion & gut health, too. Mushrooms & their mycelium’s complex nutritional matrix of nutrients, dietary fiber, & fungal enzymes have been shown to support healthy digestion & support gastrointestinal tract function.

The important enzymes produced by mushrooms include:

  • Protease – helps digest proteins &  helps cleanse your good dog’s blood stream of excess undigested protein
  • Lipase – helps digest fat
  • Amylase – helps break down starch into sugar & supplies your good dog’s body with energy
  • Cellulase – helps break down fiber, which in turn promotes bowel health & regularity

I’ve only begun my supplement. It claims to help me to have more balanced behavior & less anxiety. It will balance & modulate my endocrine system & helps manage adrenaline response. It’s digestive enzymes & prebiotics mitigate nervous stomach & digestive stress from anxiety.
It also claims that it does not sedate or change my personality – just keeps me focused & calm.
I will report back in a few weeks.

If you’d like to read more.

CEO Olivia