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Does Your Cat Suffer With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

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Second only to upper-respiratory illness, digestive disorders are the chief reason for feline veterinary visits. Cats with digestive problems exhibit symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea, to weight loss, constipation and excessive gas. While the causes are many, feline IBS and IBD are two common digestive disorders. On many occasions, they are mistaken for one another, which is unfortunate because they call for very different treatments. In this post, we’ll cover the basics and try to clear up the confusion surrounding these disorders.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, also affects humans. For us, symptoms of this disorder include lower abdominal pain, excessive gas and a marked change in stools, among others. All of these need not occur simultaneously, although they sometimes do. Causes range from suffering from excessive stress, taking a newly prescribed medication and the development of dietary sensitivities. In response, the intestinal tract repeatedly and painfully contracts, like a spasming muscle, leading to stool changes. If you or anyone you know has endured these symptoms, you’ll know that IBS is no walk in the park.

It may surprise you to learn that the gut has the largest concentration of nerves outside of the brain. In fact, both the gut and the brain originate from the same clump of cells that divide to form a fetus in utero. Further, the brain and gut are directly connected via the Vagus nerve. When the condition of one is upset, the other follows suit. It’s no wonder people say that they trust or think with their gut … half of your nerve cells are located there! Presumably, this is the reason you feel “butterflies in your stomach” before a public performance or any other event perceived as threatening or frightening.

It’s not too much of a leap to see that the same feelings and experiences apply to your cat’s system. Think about it … has your cat ever defecated in the carrier on the way to the vet, or other times when stressed or frightened? Has your cat inappropriately eliminated (i.e., outside the litterbox) or vomited when there were changes in your household, but most of the time behaves normally? If so, rest assured that this isn’t unusual. In fact, it happens fairly frequently and is referred to as feline IBS. The best way to deal with feline IBS is to effectively manage stress. For tips on moderating stressors in your cat’s life, we offer an article and a video previously posted on our blog.

Cat Sleeping

Conversely, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is characterized by chronic diarrhea and/or vomiting, accompanied by gradual weight loss. In IBD, long-term intestinal inflammation leads to thickening of the gut’s lining. As the disease progresses, the thickening inhibits the body’s absorption of vital nutrients. As a consequence, cats lose weight in spite of having a normal - or even an increased - appetite. If left untreated, IBD can be debilitating and potentially fatal.

IBD is usually diagnosed by exclusion; that is, in most cases, bloodwork, fecal and urine tests all come back with normal results. When we see a cat who is experiencing chronic vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, and all of these tests come back normal, IBD moves to the top of the diagnostic list.

A definitive diagnosis requires an intestinal biopsy done by endoscopy, so most pet parents elect to wait and see if medication and a diet change improve symptoms. The only real drawback to postponing the endoscopic procedure is that the symptoms for IBD are the same as those for intestinal lymphoma, a common cancer in cats, in which case catching it earlier is better. To make matters more complicated, cats with intestinal lymphoma can improve on the same medications used for IBD, albeit temporarily. If your cat is suffering from chronic digestive issues, I strongly advise you to make an appointment with your veterinarian sooner rather than later since delaying a diagnosis of cancer is never a good idea.

As mentioned above, treatment of IBD generally requires medication and a diet change. Prognosis depends on the severity of the disease and any concurrent factors, such as hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. Medications usually include an immune suppressant, like prednisolone or budesonide, and possibly an antibiotic. Dietary changes typically include adding soluble fiber and feeding smaller and more frequent meals, as well as feeding a food that features prebiotics and probiotics. Take the time to meet with your vet to determine a treatment suited just for your cat. The good news is that cats with IBD can enjoy a good quality of life and live for a long time with proper care.

As we’ve seen, IBS and IBD are two similar disorders but with very real differences. If your cat has occasional digestive problems during stressful events, but is not losing weight and appears otherwise normal, it’s probably IBS. It may be helpful to utilize the stress management tips linked above and talk with your vet about an appropriate treatment for anxiety and the occasional use of anti-diarrheal medication if your kitty has a flare-up. On the other hand, if your cat appears to have a more chronic problem marked by vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, then you might be dealing with IBD. If this is the case, please have your sweet kitty checked by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks, holistic pet product formulator


Understanding And Dealing With A Dog Or Cat Who Is Stressed

Depressed Dog

Over the course of the last decade, there’s been ample evidence to support the idea that chronic stress plays a contributing role in a variety of medical conditions in humans. It may come as no surprise that researchers have similarly determined that long-term stress can be a factor in the medical and compulsive disorders of companion animals. Conditions such as feline lower urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, obesity, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat), noise phobias and separation anxiety have all been found to have a chronic stress component in both dogs and cats (Luescher, 2003). Even so, compared to humans, relatively little research has been published regarding stress and its effects on companion animals.

Some presume that the effects of stress on dogs and cats are not much different than those on other non-human animals. But, it appears that they’d be wrong.

In the mammalian world, dogs and cats are unique due to the bonds they share with humans, marked by their social interactions and the human homes in which they commonly reside.

As dogs and cats have gradually changed from living in natural settings to co-habitating with humans, one might expect that they would have fewer stressors than their outdoor ancestors. However, the evidence seems to contradict this assumption. Some veterinarians argue that, even though environmental stress is lower for today’s companion animals (i.e., less risk of predation, starvation, etc.), overall stress levels are actually higher. Furthermore, current sources of stress - such as boarding, veterinarian examinations, long-term confinement in a crate, boredom, habitual inactivity and even the sounds of modern life - are ones against which dogs and cats may not have well-developed defenses and are often unavoidable.

Stress has been eloquently described as “the sum of all nonspecific biological phenomena caused by adverse conditions or influences ... include[ing] physical, chemical, and/or emotional factors to which an individual fails to make satisfactory adaption and that cause physiological tensions that may contribute to disease” (Campbell et al, 2004). Bodies manage stress through the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system (referred to as the “hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis”). In general, the response of the autonomic nervous system is very rapid and specific, whereas the endocrine system adjusts more gradually and is broader in its effect.

In order to mount an adequate stress response, both the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system require nutrients that can only be obtained through dietary intake. For example, the endocrine messengers (norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and cortisol) are synthesized by the body. However, in order for the body to create these messengers, it needs to obtain tyrosine, choline and acetate, as well as cholesterol and acetate … all from dietary sources. Synthesis of these endocrine messengers is also dependent upon ingesting nutrients such as zinc, copper and manganese, as well as significant amounts of vitamin C. In the autonomic nervous system, signal transmission is made possible by electrical activity in the nerve cells. Fueling this activity requires dietary intake of sodium, calcium and potassium. All of these elements are vital for normal nervous and endocrine system responses to stress.

As a holistic pet food formulator, I know that the way the body responds to stress and chronic disease might have predisposing nutritional factors, such as a nutrient deficiency, imbalance, or toxicity. A good formulator must know whether or not supplementation of a given nutrient can help a companion animal manage stress effectively.

In spite of how well you care for your dog or cat, it is still likely that they will encounter daily stressors. While unavoidable, it is possible to minimize the effects through a combination of exercise, nutrition and holistic treatments.

Substances like valerian, chamomile and inositol can help to soothe the jangled nerves of dogs. Pheromone diffusers and sprays are effective stress reducers for both dogs (D.A.P) and cats (Feliway). If your budget is tight, you can do pet massage at home to help relieve tension. To develop a program of stress reduction that’s uniquely suited to your companion animal’s needs, consider enlisting the help of an alternative-medicine or holistic veterinarian.

Perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that providing proper nutrition is vital for helping companion animals deal with stress and lead long, healthy and happy lives. In addition to feeding a high quality diet, feeding them a daily supplement is a simple way to ensure sufficient nutrients to maintain a healthy endocrine and nervous system, in turn helping to cope with any stress your pet encounters.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals. Each and every one of you has my sincerest wishes for holiday full of joy, and a wonderful new year of health!

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance pet product formulator


Not All Fish Oils Are Created Equal. Find Out What You Should Look For...

Not all Fish Oils are Created Equal

The benefits of including additional Omega-3’s to your diet are well known. However, unless you’re taking a high quality supplement, you may be better off not taking one at all. In this case, what you don’t know could hurt your wallet and your health.

Your Wallet

The amount you pay for a bottle of fish oil can be deceptive. It’s not how much a bottle costs, but rather the amount you pay for 1,000 mg of the health-promoting ingredients EPA and DHA contained in the oil. If you look at our comparison, you’ll see that ultra-pure Life's Abundance Fish Oil represents one of the best values on the market today. In addition, you’ll also notice that our fish oils also contain sesame lignans and astaxanthin, two key ingredients that enhance the health-promoting qualities of fish oil.

Your Health

In its unpurified form, fish oil contains many contaminants, some of which can be harmful to your health. To purify the oil takes many steps, each one adding to the cost of manufacturing. It is important to buy your fish oil from a company that not only says it purifies the oil, but one that is willing to share the results from every batch made with you, so you can know you and your family are safe.

The Solution

Life's Abundance omega-3 fish oil supplements are highly concentrated and ultra pure and they meet or exceed the highest standards in the industry for quality assurance. In fact, each and every batch of Life's Abundance Fish Oil is tested by an independent third party organization (IFOS) and the results are posted right here so you can see the quality, concentration and purity that ultra-pure fish oil supplements can offer you and your family.

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Click Here For The Fish Oil IFOS Reports

In addition to the above, the recommended serving size of many other fish oils won’t give the amount of EPA and DHA used in most of the studies conducted on fish oil. Life's Abundance Fish Oil does. Our fish oil also represents an extremely good value for the EPA/DHA in every capsule as shown in our comparison.

Shop with knowledge, shop with confidence, choose ultra-pure Life's Abundance Fish Oil today for you and your family.

See how Life's Abundance Fish Oil measures up against competing brands!

For ease of comparison, our chart is based upon the two most prevalent nutrients in omega-3’s – EPA and DHA. The prices listed in the chart below demonstrate the costs associated with 1,000 mg of omega-3's (EPA/DHA).

What makes ultra-pure Life's Abundance Fish Oil an exceptional value and a better choice for you and your family?
  • High Concentration of Nutrients
  • Exceptionally Pure and Fresh
  • Fish Sourced from some of World’s Cleanest Waters
  • Stringent Scientific Testing (IFOS 5-star Rating)
  • Test Results Posted for Your Review
  • Very Safe and Effective
Product Name IFOS
 5
Star
Sesamin Astaxanthin Cost
 per
Bottle
Cost per
1000 MG
of
EPA/DHA
Life's Abundance Fish Oil – 8 Ounce Liquid Yes No Yes $58.10 $0.46
Life's Abundance Fish Oil with Sesamin – 120 Caps Yes Yes Yes $37.69 $0.52
Omega -3 700 MG (Solgar) No No No $42.40 $0.59
Omega-3 Fish Oil Squeeze Packets (Coromega) No No No $44.99 $0.67
Critical Omega (Renew Life) Yes No No $29.99 $0.68
Ideal Omega 3 (Barlean's) Yes No No $41.57 $0.69
Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil (Xtendlife) No No No $17.95 $0.70
Ultimate Omega (Nordic Naturals) Yes No No $69.95 $0.71
Ultra EPA-DHA Double Potency Omega-3 (Barlean's Organic Oils) No No No $27.53 $0.78
Nutrasea Hp Omega-3 (Ascenta) No No No $48.99 $0.82
Maxi-Omega-3 Concentrate (Maxi-Health) No No No $86.95 $0.84
Ultra Pure Omega -3 (Purity Products) No No No $36.65 $0.91
Nutrilite Ocean Balanced Health Omega-3 (Amway) No No No $47.35 $1.08
Super Critical Omega (Renew Life) Yes No No $53.99 $0.97
Super Essentials Omega (Living Fuel) No No Yes $39.97 $1.39
Omega Ultimate Shield (Iceland Health) No No No $34.95 $1.66
Essential Omega-3 (Procaps Laboratories) No No No $20.90 $1.89
Omega Brite (Omega Natural Science) No No No $39.99 $2.08
Omega-3 (Perricone MD Nutriceuticals) No No No $38.00 $2.33
Wholemega 1000 (New Chapter) No No Yes $54.95 $2.50
The information for this comparison was acquired from reputable Internet web sites during November 2015. This comparison chart focuses on the cost of 1,000 mg of Omega-3's (EPA and DHA) only. Although some of the products used in this comparison contain additional ingredients that may be beneficial to your health, only the cost of the long-chain Omega-3's (EPA and DHA) were calculated. The Life's Abundance products used in the above comparison are Autoship prices.
 

Are You Getting The Recommended Daily Allowance Of Vitamins And Minerals

Multivitamin-2016Unfortunately, four out of five people don't get the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals through food alone. That's why supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is so important.

To ensure a balance between getting just enough and not overdoing it, we formulated our Life’s Abundance Multivitamin. This unique supplement provides you with a focused approach to daily wellness. That’s important because instead of bombarding your body with an endless list of vitamins and minerals, like other dietary supplements, we included only the nutrients you need for optimal health and nothing you don’t. Plus the proprietary spice blend and black pepper fruit extract in this supplement, supply you with an additional nutrition boost.

This multivitamin supplement is in vegan-friendly, veggie capsules that do not contain magnesium stearate. The capsules are made from cellulose, which not only helps protect sensitive ingredients but also breaks down and delivers nutrients more quickly than the compressed tablets you can find on store shelves.

Life’s Abundance Multivitamin is a wise choice for those who wish to take a sensible, focused approach to daily supplementation!

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Magnesium Stearate

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Multivitamin-Supp-Info

Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate and 25% as beta-carotene)

An antioxidant, this combination of vitamin A helps the body convert beta-carotene to vitamin A if it is needed.

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)

A well-known antioxidant, vitamin C is important to all animals (including humans) for many reasons. It also helps the body absorb iron and protects vitamins A, C and fatty acids from oxidation.

Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)

Vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. This is the same form of vitamin D that is created by your body when exposed to sunlight. It is up to 87% more potent in increasing and maintaining vitamin D concentrations than other forms of vitamin D.

Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl succinate)

A fat-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the proper function of many organs in the body. This form of vitamin E is better absorbed by the body.

Vitamin K (as phytonadione)

A fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin K is involved in blood clotting. This form of vitamin K is more potent than other forms of vitamin K.

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI)

The body needs this vitamin for more than 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism.

Folate (as folic acid)

Works with vitamins B12 and C to process and create new proteins and red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Works closely with folate to help make red blood cells and iron work better. Also helps produce the body’s genetic material. This form of vitamin B12 is more efficiently absorbed than other forms of this vitamin.

Biotin

A B vitamin that aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate)

Necessary for the metabolism and the breakdown of fat.

Calcium (as calcium carbonate)

The body needs calcium for many important functions, including bone, nerve and muscle health.

Iodine (as potassium iodine)

Used by the thyroid gland to regulate metabolism and metabolic functions like blood cell production, nerve and muscle function and body temperature.

Magnesium (as magnesium oxide)

This mineral is important for healthy muscles, nerves, and bones.

Zinc (as zinc citrate)

Helps create new cells and encourage collagen production. Needed for carbohydrate and protein metabolism. This form is more available than other forms of this mineral.

Selenium (as sodium selenate)

An antioxidant itself, selenium also helps the body make its own antioxidant, glutahthione.

Copper (as copper gluconate)

In association with amino acids and vitamins, this mineral enables normal metabolic processes.

Manganese (as manganese gluconate)

An essential nutrient that is involved in many chemical processes in the body including metabolism, bone health, etc.

Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate)

Aids in metabolism and storage of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Chromium polynicotinate has greater biological activity than other forms of chromium.

Molybdenum (as molybdenum chelate)

Aids in metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Potassium (as potassium citrate)

This mineral plays a role in the proper function of cells, tissues and organs. It is also an electrolyte (a substance that conducts electricity in the body). Potassium citrate is a well absorbed and a highly bioavailable form.

Vanadium (as vanadium chelate)

A trace mineral.

PROPRIETARY SPICE BLEND

 

Rosemary extract (aerials)

Rich source of antioxidant, it contains carnosic acid.

Turmeric (root)

An antioxidant and the spice that gives curry its yellow color.

Oregano extract (leaf)

Contains the antioxidant, rosmarinic acid.

Cayenne pepper (fruit)

Contains capsicum and linked to metabolism.

Cinnamon extract (bark)

An antioxidant rich spice.

Holy basil extract (leaf)

A powerful antioxidant that is often used in ayurvedic medicine.

Ginger extract (root)

An antioxidant rich spice.

Clove powder (stem)

Contains phytonutrients and flavonoids. A great source of manganese, vitamin K and good source of iron, magnesium and calcium.

Bioperine® black pepper fruit extract

Enhances absorption of nutrients from the intestine including vitamin C, selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and coenzyme Q.

Hypromellose

A gelatin alternative thickener that is made from raw cellulose, making it appropriate for vegans.

Microcrystalline cellulose

This is an ingredient used to make vitamin and mineral supplements.

Stearic acid

A fatty acid used to make vitamins and mineral supplements.

Silica

A mineral that lends strength and elasticity to collagen.

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Treating Pet Allergies Naturally

Dog_cat_scratching_ear2Just like us, our pets have many different kinds of allergies—seasonal allergies, food allergies and contact allergies. These different types of allergies have different clinical signs and different treatments. With warmer weather approaching, veterinarians expect the arrival of pet seasonal allergies. At this time of year, everything is flowering filling the air with pollen. We often end up treating pet allergies the way we treat ourselves.  Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available, but they do nothing to help overall health and come with a host of side effects.

Allergies are a sign of an imbalance in the immune system. Balancing and strengthening the body can decrease or even rid your pet of seasonal allergies altogether. Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, food therapy and herbal remedies, does just this. The first thing to do is look at diet– a basic homemade single protein diet is key to eliminating allergies.  It also strengthens the immune system. If you cannot make a diet, select a grain free single protein diet to help with your pet’s allergies. Once the diet is well balanced, the body is better able to heal itself.

Acupuncture and herbal therapies are excellent in treating the symptoms of allergies. When the body is in balance, symptoms disappear and health is restored. When treating allergies that cause upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing and runny eyes, herbal remedies such as Nettles Eyebright can be invaluable for both dogs and cats.

Pets that have itchy skin absorb pollens through their feet and skin making them extremely itchy.  Washing your pet with Pure Natural shampoo will help to reduce the amount of pollen on the skin and feet. You can also wash your pet’s feet with cooled black tea when he or she comes in from walks to remove the pollen. This is particularly helpful last thing at night. Itch Support Gold is a drug-free alternative that relieves itchy skin and is safe for long-term use.

Many allergies also affect the gastrointestinal system and can cause symptoms like vomiting and loose stool. Allergens can leak into your pet’s bloodstream through “leaky gut syndrome”.

Dysbiosis, or “leaky gut,” is a bacterial imbalance that leads to inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. Once inflamed, the intestinal lining is compromised and allows undigested food particles and other potential toxins to enter the bloodstream. These toxins trigger an allergic response in the gut and this can cause GI symptoms or itchy skin. A better diet and probiotics such as the Ultimate Probiotic can usually resolve the problem or make it significantly better.

One other natural product that works well for pets with allergies is natural honey. Natural honey contains bee pollen that can serve to “immunize” your pet against local allergens.  The key is this honey must be from a local producer so it contains the pollens in your area.

Your pet does not need to suffer from allergies this spring. There are many natural ways to treat this common problem.


Miracle Molly - The Dog Battling Cancer And Liver Problems

This story is from Patty who is Miracle Molly's mom.

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This is our Miracle Molly, aka Princess Molly. Two years ago, at age four, she became extremely ill, not eating and bleeding out of her little bottom. Ultrasound indicated a stomach tumor and she was taken in for an emergency surgery called stomach resection and was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the operation.
 
Once the vet had her open, he discovered it wasn't her stomach, but her liver was enlarged. They biopsied her liver and lymph nodes. The results came back as T-cell Lymphosarcoma, a deadly aggressive cancer. Being that it was in the liver and lymph nodes put it at stage 4.
 
Chemo was $4,000 and the vet said it would only extend her life 4-6 months. I felt she had been thru enough with the surgery and that the side effects of chemo were not something I wanted to put her through. Then a friend told me about milk thistle and he looked it up online and found it at Pet Wellbeing. We immediately ordered it along with the cancer support drops too. The vet also put her on Prednisone and a low dose antibiotic. We basically were told she had 10-12 weeks to live. So we made her Princess Molly and let her do whatever she wanted.
 
She immediately responded to the milk thistle and cancer support drops. She did so well that I took her off the RX drugs, feeling that if the cancer didn’t kill her the drugs would. It’s been two years and she shows no sign of illness. She is now six years old and wakes up every day happy to be alive.
 
We believe in our hearts that it was the milk thistle that healed her liver and the cancer support drops that protected her from the prednisone. Some believed it was a misdiagnosis, but I know how sick she was and I saw the ultrasound and biopsy results.So she is our little miracle. She has since hiked up to 7 miles and learned to surf too. She is our reminder of how precious life is. We feel blessed beyond words!
 
Patty

Not A Fan Of Veggies? Drink Your Greens Instead! This Seriously Tastes Delicious And Not Greeny Tasting.

Girl Drinking Greens Blend

Many people assume a green juice is for other people. They claim they don’t like veggies. They fear the poison-colored concoction will taste even worse than it looks. They think die-hard green juicers seem nutritionally elitist and willing to compromise their taste buds in the name of super fuel.

While there is definitely a spectrum of green -- from beginner to advanced -- there is a place for you somewhere along the line. I promise. And I’m encouraging you to join the party, because nothing bad happens when people add more whole green foods to their diet. Nothing. Zilch.

There are a few ways to go about getting more greens into your diet, and I promise they’re way easier than you think. Best part? You don’t even need a fork. You only need a straw.

Here are three ways to drink your greens

1) Hop on the green juice train. If you want to make your own juice, you’ll need a juicer but not necessarily the fanciest one on the market. Juicing is a process that extracts the liquid from whatever you put in it, and it leaves all the pulp out of your cup. The pulp is full of beneficial fiber, but if pulp isn’t your thing, you still get plenty of vitamins and minerals from drinking just the juice. Not into cooked broccoli, kale, collards or spinach? You may like them better in a raw juice. Sometimes the flavors are milder when raw and combined with other ingredients.

Immediately after the juice is made, it starts losing its nutritional powers, so you’ll want to grab a straw STAT. Green juice is sensitive to time (how long from when it was made until it is consumed), temperature (heat can diminish some of the vitamin potency) and storage (air and clear glass containers can also make the juice less potent). But even not-so-fresh juice is better than no juice at all, so don’t let this deter you. Just make sure to put in the fridge and drink within 24 hours if you’re not drinking as soon as you make it. Here’s a great beginner recipe if you’re just getting your feet wet:

Keri’s Beginner Greens Juice

● ½ head of romaine lettuce
● ½ cucumber
● ½ cup spinach leaves
● 1 green apple

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

2) Get your smoothie on. If you don’t have any more room on your kitchen counter for yet another appliance, then your handy blender is waiting for you to let it make a smoothie. A blender can’t separate the pulp from the juice, which is why by definition smoothies are thicker and well, smoother. The smoothie crowd is just as cool as the green juice crowd, and some would even argue smoothies are even healthier than juices because of that pulp stuff I mentioned.

My formula for the perfect smoothie is incredibly simple … 1 cup milk (cow’s, nut or seed-based milk), 1 fruit, a handful of greens, 1 healthy fat, an extra (call it a flavor wild-card) and protein powder.

One of my fave healthy fats is coconut because it’s loaded with health-promoting properties, flavor and, of course, healthy fats. The fat in coconut is mostly MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) and although they are a type of saturated fat, they are not the same saturated fat as you’ll get from say fatty meat.

3) Add a green supplement to your drink. Think green juices and smoothies too much work for you? I’ve got you covered. At Life’s Abundance, we’ve created a Greens Blend that is jam-packed to the brim with nutrients. All you have to do is mix with water. Yep, it’s that easy. Add a scoop to water and mix. The Greens Blend is made of organic greens (picked at peak nutrient density) and an organic mushroom blend for overall health. The best part? It doesn’t have that I-just-ate-dirt-from-the-yard taste. It has a yummy, berry flavor. You can add to water, your morning smoothie, baked goods like zucchini muffins or even to yogurt. Most important, just drink up. Greens are the master of the health universe. 

Salad Keri Glassman MS.RD.CDN


Probiotics! Everyone Talks About How Good They Are, But Do You Know Why?

It's funny because people through the word "probiotics" around but how many people actually understand what they are talking about or know why they are good for you? This is a great article from Keri Glassman that breaks it down.

Girl doing yoga

After years of hearing about the benefits of probiotics, you probably think you know everything you need to. Chances are they were your friend to help you through the winter ambush of colds. To most minds, there’s probably no mystery left.

Given the nature of the good news plus more good news, you’re either in favor of probiotics or you’re like me, a totally pro-probiotic fanatic.

But regular doses of probiotics? Hmmmm.

Even in the media, probiotics are discussed generically, rather than mentioning the individual helpful strains of friendly bacteria. Such overgeneralizations leave us unsure if you should be taking them, which ones to take, how often to take them, and (when you just get down to it) what exactly is it that probiotics do?

Well, I’m gonna break it all down for you, demonstrating, once and for always, just how awesome probiotics can be.

First, let’s see what “the authorities” say. Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “live microorganisms, which, when consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Probiotics are often referred to as “good” or “friendly” bacteria, and YOU are the host the WHO is referring to in this instance.

But what exactly are probiotics, you ask? Well, stay with me here.

A complex ecosystem of bacteria, known as the “intestinal microbiota,” develops after birth, taking up residence in the intestinal tract. Yep, we have a whole ecosystem of bacteria shacking up in our gut. The intestinal microbiota contains both “good” and “bad” bacteria. When the “bad” starts to outweigh the “good,” which can be due to lack of sleep, excess stress, or a bunch of other causes, it may affect your digestive system and your overall well-being.

To level off any imbalances, taking a probiotic supplement can help this whole gut situation. Maintaining a consistent level of “good” bacteria in your intestinal tract may actually improve how well it functions. Take that, “bad” bacteria!

Having adequate “good” bacteria has been shown to help support a healthy digestive system, a healthy immune system and help maintain oral health.

But all probiotics are NOT created equally. This is where it gets tricky.

There are many strains of cultures that have probiotic potential. But, each strain does different things, and each has its own little suitcase of benefits. We figure all this out in controlled studies, and we also figure out if you need a little bit or loads of a certain strain to reap its benefits.

You may have seen something on a food label (think yogurt or sauerkraut) about live and active cultures. Live cultures are microbes used to ferment foods, but not all live and active cultures are probiotics (meaning they don’t all have studies supporting specific benefits.) The “Live Active Cultures” seal was established by the National Yogurt Association to help consumers distinguish between yogurts that contain a minimum level of live and active cultures versus those that don’t.

So, bottom line, should you take a probiotic supplement?

I recommend that most people include a serving of fermented food each day (for example, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut) and take a premium probiotic supplement as insurance for good gut health and overall wellness. When you do this and your best to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, including managing stress and getting the proper amount of Zzz’s, you may just become a pro-probiotic fanatic, too!

Keri Keri Glassman MS.RD.CDN


Pet Food Super Powers

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Believe it or not, it wasn’t until nearly the 20th Century that pet food was something distinct from scraps derived from human diets. However, only in the past four decades has the emphasis on health-promotion entered the mix. Some of our readers will no doubt recall the “Gravy Train” commercials of the 70’s. Pet food certainly has changed dramatically since those days!

Back in 1999, our company was born of the true revolution in health-promoting diets for companion animals. As a holistic veterinarian formulator, I’m proud to say our nourishing formulas have made a real difference for the dogs and cats who enjoy our products every day.

As many Life’s Abundance customers have witnessed firsthand, simply feeding a dog or cat appropriate nutrition can go a long ways to promoting health. But how exactly does food alone help to protect wellness? In the following, we’ll explore four ways that nutrition packs a powerful punch!

Edible Immune Protection

One of the best ways you can protect your pet kid is by building up his or her immune system. The scientific evidence is clear … a stressed body has a lower immunity compared to a non-stressed individual. Veterinary behaviorists are just discovering sources of stress in companion animals. Many focus on domesticated cats, who have on the evolutionary scale only just recently made the switch to indoor living. Even though we don’t know all the things that cause stress, or even recognize all the symptoms of stress in pet kids, we do know that actively trying to improve their immunity with proper nutrition is worthwhile.

At Life’s Abundance, we were one of the first to add fruits and vegetables to our formulas. They naturally offer huge amounts of flavanoids, vitamin E, C and so much more. Antioxidants are just one of the many reasons doctors and dieticians say, “eat your fruits and veggies!” A 2002 study suggests that antioxidant supplementation can achieve sustained increases in circulating levels of antioxidants that exert a protective effect by a decrease in DNA damage, leading to improved immunological performance.

Our formulas feature guaranteed levels of Vitamin E and C, as well as guaranteed amounts of probiotics, important to gut health and immunity.

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Healthy Joints

Joint health, which affects one’s ability to get around, is obviously important to your pet kid’s quality of life. Foods and dietary supplements that contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate have been scientifically shown to promote cartilage, joint and connective tissue health. This is done by decreasing the enzymatic activity that breaks down cartilage in canine joints. These compounds, along with other synergistic ingredients, are found in Life’s Abundance Agility Supplement.

Possibly even more important to your pet kid’s joint health is maintaining a healthy, size and breed-appropriate weight. Your first clue that your dog or cat is too heavy is when you cannot easily distinguish the ribs (and the spaces between them). Measure out proper meal proportions for your companion animal, using the recommended servings as a guideline, to help maintain an ideal weight. If your dog needs to shed excess pounds, I strongly encourage you to cut back on portions and consider switching to our Weight Loss Formula for Adult Dogs. Of course, I can’t stress enough the importance of regular exercise, which also supports joint and bone health.

Sharp Minds & Shiny Coats

For cats and dogs, skin and hair condition reflects overall health and well-being. If your cat has a matted, greasy coat, or your dog’s once shiny coat has grown dull over time, these are examples of the body sending clear messages that something is up and you should schedule an appointment with the veterinarian.

To maintain healthy skin and coat, dogs and cats need to eat the appropriate ratio of fatty acids. Dogs cannot produce omega-6 fatty acids on their own, so it’s vital that they consume sufficient amounts through diet. In fact, new research is highlighting the importance of adding omega-3 fatty acid supplements to daily intake as well, but in proper ratios with other fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important for pregnant dogs and for puppies, as they are required for brain and retinal development.

Proper Digestion from Tip to Tail

Many people don’t realize, but your pet’s digestion starts with his or her teeth! Brushing your pet’s teeth at home, coupled with routine oral health check-ups at the vet, can have a phenomenally positive effect on your pet’s health. Giving your dog a daily dental treat and safe items to chew can benefit overall health and digestion.

And that’s just the beginning of a healthy digestive system. To keep things moving along the entire tract, all Life’s Abundance dry foods are formulated with prebiotic fiber, a plant-based carbohydrate that produces fatty acids. These fatty acids provide energy to the large intestine and promote overall health of the entire intestinal system.

We live in a very exciting and fortunate time. With all these advances in nutrition and veterinary medicine, our beloved pets will benefit, living longer and being healthier.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks  Dr. Jane Bicks

REFERENCES:

Massimino S1, Kearns RJ, Loos KM, Burr J, Park JS, Chew B, Adams S, Hayek MG. Effects of age and dietary beta-carotene on immunological variables in dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2003 Nov-Dec;17(6):835-42.

Heaton PR1, Reed CF, Mann SJ, Ransley R, Stevenson J, Charlton CJ, Smith BH, Harper EJ, Rawlings JM. Role of dietary antioxidants to protect against DNA damage in adult dogs. J Nutr. 2002 Jun;132(6 Suppl 2):1720S-4S


This Gluten Free, Non GMO Plant Protein Will Make Your Smoothies Rock!

I've had a smoothie for breakfast for years. I go through my usually routine of Almond Milk, some frozen fruit, a banana, some greens and then add my protein powder. We tried Life's Abundance plant protein a few weeks back and my smoothies taste better. This plant protein just seems to add a smoother tastier taste to my smoothie. Of course now I've always added Life's Abundance Greens Blend to my smoothie so I don't need to run out to the store for fresh greens since they don't stay long in the fridge. I love when I can improve on what I'm doing when it comes to my health!

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors


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Our 100% grain-free, plant-based protein powder is a nutrient-rich blend of clean, high-quality proteins including pea, chia, pumpkin, hemp and quinoa.

At only 100 calories, it contains 14 grams of high-quality protein in every serving. For comparison, one-half of a boneless chicken breast, cooked is about 13 grams of protein and 115 calories.

Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is absolutely delicious and you can feel great about drinking it every day, because each and every ingredient was carefully chosen for its quality and safety.

While other protein powders use sunflower oil, we decided not to use this oil because it is high in omega-6 fatty acids, a fat that is much too prevalent in the American diet. Our Life’s Abundance Plant Protein contains non-GMO coconut oil powder, which is a great source of beneficial fatty acids that are easily absorbed. In addition, this health-promoting oil adds to the delicious taste and smooth texture of our blend.

Life’s Abundance Plant Protein is ideal for pre or post workouts, breakfast or whenever you need a healthy boost of energy from protein or a quick on-the-go snack.

With a superior taste and texture, it mixes easily with water into a silky smooth, rich and satisfying shake. Add to smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, oatmeal and more for a delicious way to increase protein.

Here is some info on the main ingredients:

Protein

Naturally cholesterol free, pea protein is considered highly useable and contains branched-chain amino acids (the building blocks of body tissue). It is a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Pea protein is considered a hypoallergenic ingredient, so it is perfect for people with major food allergies. Because it is easily digestible, it is easy on the stomach.

Quinoa

A great source of protein for vegans, quinoa is an easy to digest, complete protein that contains all of the essential amino acids as well as healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids. Quinoa contains iron, B-vitamins, vitamin E and fiber. Chock full of minerals, it contains magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and calcium in addition to manganese and copper.

Hemp Protein

An easy-to-digest grain considered a complete protein because it contains all of the amino acids. Hemp is a very good source of protein for vegans. Contains essential fatty acids and it is a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc. Hemp is high in fiber so it helps you feel full, longer. Hemp protein is great for people with major food allergies because it is not derived from commonly allergenic foods like milk, eggs, soy and nuts.

Chia Seed

High in protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seed helps slow digestion, leaving you fuller, longer. Chia seed is high in tryptophan and a good source of calcium and phosphorus.

Pumpkin Seed

Rich in phytonutrients, phytosterols, manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron, pumpkin seed is a great source of omega-3s. It is also high in tryptophan.

Organic Coconut Oil Powder

A source of health-promoting fatty acids, which are easily absorbed and used for energy.

Learn more and watch our video!


Natural Supplement For Diabetes In Dogs

Natural Supplement for Diabetes in Dogs
  • Supports normal serum insulin levels
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy triglycerides
  • Helps maintain eye and liver health

Order Blood Sugar Gold today and help support your dogs blood sugar levels.

  • 90 day money-back guarantee
  • 1 bottle = 2oz (59ml)
  • 1 bottle is a 1 month supply for most dogs

 

 
 
 

Uno is approaching 13 years. He has jogged with me for at lest ten of those years, but going downhill rapidly. Drinking water by the gallons and obviously diabetic. I was contemplating putting him down for he just wasn't a happy dog. I fortunately stumbled across this product...it's like a miracle. Within a couple of days, he returned to his old self...he jogs with me...his intake of water has returned to normal...he's eating like he used to...and is a very happy dog.
— hit man from Hendersonville, TN

What is Canine Diabetes mellitus?

Diabetes results when a dog's pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. Sugars build up in the bloodstream rather than enter the body’s tissues where they would otherwise provide energy. (This is why diabetic dogs are often lethargic.)

Excess sugar in a dog's bloodstream can lead to several other conditions, including heart, liver and kidney disease, increased infections, slow healing, cataracts, blindness, etc.

Risk factors for dog diabetes include:

  • Obesity
  • Poor diet (high carbohydrate kibble)
  • Steroid treatments
  • Diestrus (several cycles in one breeding season)
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic predisposition

Diabetes is more common in:

  • Female dogs
  • Pets fed a strictly dry kibble diet
  • Overweight dogs
  • Middle-aged and older canines

Common symptoms of dog diabetes mellitus include:

  • Increased thirst, frequent urination
  • Weakness, lethargy
  • Signs of pain in the abdomen
  • Cataracts (eyes cloudy rather than clear)
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle wasting

Diagnosing and Treating Dog Diabetes

If you think your dog might have diabetes, you should take him to a vet. A veterinarian can diagnose canine diabetes mellitus by examining sugar levels in the dog's blood and urine.

A recommended lifestyle change usually includes a healthy species appropriate diet. If your dog is overweight, you should help him lose weight gradually through diet and increased exercise but keep in mind that strenuous exercise can increase insulin levels so ensure exercise is consistent and moderate. Conventional treatment may also include regular injections of insulin. Your dog's feeding regime will be determined when a glucose curve is done by a veterinarian. This will indicate the best time to give insulin and when to feed your dog.

What is Blood Sugar Gold?

Our unique formula has been developed by our holistic veterinarians to support stable blood sugar levels in dogs. Using effective herbs for blood sugar maintenance, it also contains herbs to support liver and eye health. Used consistently over time, Blood Sugar Gold may assist your dog's body to maintain healthier blood sugar levels.

What is Blood Sugar Gold used for?

Blood Sugar Gold may be used alone or in tandem with other protocols for maintaining healthy canine blood sugar levels. It is imperative to monitor blood sugar levels closely when using natural products that have an affect on blood sugar. Natural products can be surprisingly effective. How quickly your canine responds will be unique, and it is extremely important that blood sugar levels stay within a healthy range. 

High blood sugar, as a primary health problem, causes a number of secondary problems to occur, as previously discussed. These include weight gain, thirst and hunger, among others. Once the primary issue begins to stabilize, the secondary issues may also begin to improve.

Before you begin administering Blood Sugar Gold to your dog, please read and follow the cautions .

Can my dog take Blood Sugar Gold with medications?

Blood Sugar Gold may heighten the effect of blood-sugar-lowering drugs. Monitor blood sugar levels closely if administering the product with blood-sugar-lowering drugs. A veterinarian can help to ensure optimal blood sugar levels are maintained. 
An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to taking this product.

Does it come with a guarantee?

Yes! Blood Sugar Gold comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.

Why choose Blood Sugar Gold for your canine friend?

  • Certified organic and ethically wild-harvested:  Our formulas are entirely prepared from organically grown and wild-harvested herbs.
  • Good Manufacturing Practices:  All of our formulas are manufactured in a facility that adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Full Sprectrum Extract:  The full biochemical spectrum of the herbs is preserved  to ensure the potency of the extract.  All raw materials are tested for identification and purity.
  • Every batch tested:  Every batch of our Blood Sugar Gold is tested to ensure the highest quality and potency.  Every single batch.
  • FDA-Registered Facility:  Our manufacturing facility is FDA-registered.  Strict quality control procedures are meticulously monitored.
  • FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Guidelines:  PetWellbeing.com complies with the provisions of the CVM's good guidance practices for pet dietary supplements.  All ingredients and caution statements adhere to these national guidelines.
  • It's Guaranteed:  In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90-day money-back guarantee.

Who makes Blood Sugar Gold?

Blood Sugar Gold is made by PetWellbeing.com, founded in 2001.  Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet.  When your pet is healthy; you're happy.

To fulfill our vision, our on-staff, holistic veterinarians have developed formulas using time-honored, traditional uses of herbs, and integrated the latest scientific research.  It is our aim to produce the best products for your pet that we can.

Purchase Blood Sugar Gold Today!


Tired Of Grassy Tasting Greens Drinks? This One Will Knock Your Socks Off!!

The Life's Abundance Green Drink is really good. It mixes well in water (where it stays berry color) and also works great in smoothies (in ours it turns green). I've been doing both and absolutely love the taste. Purchase your Life's Abundance Green Blend Today!

Life's Abundance Greens Blend nourishes your body with a blend of raw, certified-organic grasses plus certified, organic mushrooms.

Our organic raw greens are grown in glacial soil and cut at peak harvest before the jointing stage, so you're getting the best quality greens. Because they are raw, they retain more nutrients than cooked greens.

To boost this formula’s nutrient value, we added a certified organic blend of reishi, maitake, and shitake mushrooms to provide a vegetarian source of iron and B vitamins, and also a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants.

Life’s Abundance Greens Blend has a delicious-yet-subtle berry flavor and silky smooth texture. It mixes easily with water or into your favorite smoothie. It is one of the best tasting GMO-free greens blends on the market and leaves no "grassy" aftertaste.

At only 25 calories per serving, this nutrient dense supplement is a simple way to help you consume the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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We did it 13 years ago when we had our pet sitting business and it was the perfect complement to our business.
 
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