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Good Dog, Bad Food: Foods for People That Are Bad for Your Dog

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If you consider the family dog, well, family—and are apt to toss him a piece of your food now and then—proceed with caution. Some foods meant for human consumption can be dangerous, and even deadly, to your dog.

How are people and animals different when it comes to food?

According to Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an animal’s body processes food much differently. “Our bodies may break down foods or other chemicals that a dog’s can’t tolerate,” she says.

And while sometimes people can have severe allergic reactions to foods, it’s different for dogs. “Allergies in animals tend to manifest themselves more in skin or ear issues,” she explains.

Moreover, a food might harm one dog and not another. It depends on a number of factors, including the animal’s genetic makeup and size, as well as the amount that animal eats. “A big lab that eats a bar of dark chocolate may not have any problems,” she says, whereas a Chihuahua could get dangerously ill.

What Foods Top the List?

“In summer, be particularly careful of foods eaten at picnics and barbecues,” Stamper says. Among the foods you want to withhold from your dog are:

  • Raw meat, which can contain E. coli, Salmonella, or other harmful bacteria. If you’re making hamburger patties or setting out steaks and chicken breasts for the barbecue, for instance, make sure they’re well out of reach of your counter-surfing canines; you’re not doing them any favors by tossing a chunk or two. “Food safety is important to you and your pet,” Stamper cautions. Don’t handle raw meat and then give your dog a treat unless you’ve washed your hands first. And remember it works the other way around, too. “People can get sick after handling contaminated dog food, not washing their hands, and then using their hands to eat a sandwich or a slice of pizza,” Stamper says.
  • Grapes, raisins, and currants can cause kidney failure in some dogs. Stamper says not all dogs are affected, but if you think you’re handing your dog a healthy snack, you could be disastrously wrong. But what about other fruits? For instance, can dogs eat apples and bananas? Stamper says yes—just make sure that with apples, you don’t feed your dog the core or seeds.
  • Fried and fatty foods can not only give your dog a stomach ache, but can also cause a potentially life-threatening disease called pancreatitis. Even if your dog is eyeing the fried chicken with longing, resist the temptation to give him his own piece to chew on.
  • Moldy foods are not something you would feed your family, and your dog shouldn’t eat them either. If you put moldy cheese rinds or hamburger buns in the trash can, make sure your dog doesn’t then get into the garbage. By the same token, if you have a compost heap and it’s the first place your dog makes a beeline for, be sure the moldy scraps are well out of reach.
  • Onions, garlic, and chives (as well as onion and garlic powder) can be harmful to your dog, especially in large amounts. If you’ve put a lot of onions and garlic powder in your salsa, marinade, or beans, don’t let your dog get into the leftovers.
  • Salty snacks, in large quantities, could also cause problems in your dog. “Feeding the odd potato chip or pretzel probably won’t do any harm,” Stamper says. But if your dog gets into a whole bag of them, he could get really sick. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water at all times, especially if he gets into salty snacks.

Two More Ingredients Your Dog Should Avoid

Macadamia nuts can be very harmful to dogs. If you’re packing white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, make sure they stay in the picnic basket and out of reach of your dog.

Finally, many dog owners know chocolate is bad for their dogs, but they may not realize that xylitol, a sugar substitute used in many sugarless products, can be deadly for him. Xylitol is found in sugarless gum, candies, oral products, and some peanut butters and other nut butters. “If you feed your dog pills coated in peanut butter, or put peanut butter in their hollow chew toys, make sure to check the list of ingredients first to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol,” Stamper says.

A Word about Cats

Why the focus on dogs? Stamper says that cats are far pickier eaters than dogs and do not often get into trouble by eating foods that will harm them. She adds, however, that cats are super-sensitive to onions, garlic, and onion and garlic powders, so make sure your cat has no opportunity to eat foods made with these ingredients.

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

 

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What Are Antioxidants And Free Radicals, Where Are They Found And What Do They Do For You?

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Antioxidants. Free radicals. Two buzzwords thrown around as often as, we eat! But what are antioxidants and free radicals exactly, where are they found and what do they do to and for you?

Antioxidants are compounds that protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Think of them as the "good guys" that protect you from the "bad guys", free radicals.

Free radicals are produced when your body breaks down certain foods, from environmental exposures such as tobacco smoke and even from the sun. In science terms, a free radical is a highly reactive unpaired oxygen atom. While oxygen is good and essential for the body, it is meant to be perfectly paired in its balanced O2 form. Think of a free radical as a pinball careening around inside your body, constantly smashing into other cells, and inhibiting normal cell function—the cells can’t do their jobs properly because this little guy keeps storming the gates.They damage cells and contribute to aging and other health concerns.

The good news is that we don’t need to live in fear of free radicals. Our bodies are pretty amazing and we can fight them, even with the food we eat. Free radicals can be reduced by eating foods that are loaded with antioxidants. Now the whole “good guy” part is making sense, right?

Antioxidants help counter free radicals in your body (think squashing that fly with a swatter) in a variety of ways. For example, antioxidants lessen the deterioration of the skin’s vital components like collagen and elastin. They protect against long-term sun damage, like wrinkling and skin discoloration, and from UVB exposure by fighting the free radicals that result from sun and pollution.

My favorite foods which have been found to deliver some of the highest antioxidant power are foods such as blueberries, artichokes, black beans, lentils and dark leafy greens. But all fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes will provide antioxidants. Herbs and spices and tea and coffee are also a powerful place to up your intake.

It’s important to remember to mix it up when it comes to eating. So, no eating that same turkey sandwich every day. Eating a variety of whole foods will ensure that you consume a wide range of antioxidants providing your body with the most help it can get, and you’ll be more satisfied, too! Even when you’re eating a balanced diet, sometimes it’s near impossible to consume all of the vitamins and minerals you need. Supplementing your diet with a low calorie antioxidant blend can be as easy as adding it to a glass of water. With our Minerals & Antioxidants mixes, just pour, stir and immediately enjoy 11 different nutrient-dense super foods, while simultaneously contributing to your 8 recommended glasses of water a day!

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What Makes Life's Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants Drink Mix So Special?

We eat as healthy as possible but also know that due to many factors in the world, our food is not as nutritious as it was year's ago. I'd love to have a garden but my thumbs aren't too green so we reply on local farmer's markets and healthy drinks like Life's Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants drink. You can read more about it here and there are 2 awesome flavors to choose from - cherry and tropical fruit. While I am a little more partial to tropical fruit, the cherry is just as delicious so why not go ahead and order both like we do! You can change them up during the day and have variety because variety is the spice of life!

 

What is ORAC and why is it important?

ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and it is a way of measuring antioxidant capacities.

Why should I choose foods that are non-GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification is a technique that alters living cells to produce new chemicals and functions in plants and animals. Many food scientists question the safety of genetically modified foods because they do not know if eating GMO foods over a lifetime can damage our health.

What is vegan?

A vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products.

What does gluten free mean and why is it important?

Gluten is a protein found in certain grains including wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is the sticky protein that gives bread dough its elastic quality.

To people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is very important because it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disease. People with celiac cannot digest gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive system and affects the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, and anemia.

People with gluten sensitivity have similar symptoms to those with celiac disease but test negative for it as well as wheat allergies. These people may feel fatigued, depressed, bloated and have abdominal pain.

Gluten-free grains include rice, corn, quinoa and buckwheat.

I have noticed “soy free” foods lately and I want to know if soy products are unhealthy?

Soy is one of the top food allergies, especially among babies and children. Symptoms of soy allergy are typically mild, although anaphylaxis is possible. People avoiding GMOs may avoid soy since more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

Soy can disrupt thyroid function which may lead to hypothyroidism and thyroid problems.

Soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic human estrogen.

Is eating dairy free healthy?

People may go dairy free if they are lactose-intolerant, have a milk allergy or are vegan.

People with lactose intolerance do not have the enzyme lactase which helps to digest milk and they can experience diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramps when eating dairy products.

Milk allergies, which are one of the top 8 food allergies, occur either minutes or hours after having milk or milk products and can cause hives, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps.

People may also avoid dairy for ethical reasons or believe it helps keep their skin clear.

Sugar is a natural ingredient so why do I care if there’s no sugar added?

Eating too much sugar has been linked to inflammation throughout the body and increased health risks. It is important to check labels since manufacturers frequently add sugar to many products that you would not think of as sweet, such as pasta sauces, chicken nuggets, cured meats, and ketchup. Also, sugar comes in many forms such as cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup and crystalline fructose.

What is Stevia?

Leaves of the stevia plant are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

What is monk fruit extract?

This fruit grown in Southeast Asia is one to one-and-one-half times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed to sweeten foods and/or beverages.

Are natural flavors healthier than artificial flavors?

In general, artificial flavors tend to be in foods that are overly processed. If a food product contains artificial flavors, check to make sure that it doesn't also contain other less desirable additives like artificial colors and preservatives.

What’s wrong with artificial colors?

Artificial colors may cause hyperactivity and behavioral changes in children.

What’s wrong with artificial preservatives?

Some artificial preservatives have been linked to increased risks for illnesses.

What are the manufacturer’s credentials?

This dietary supplement is manufactured by a company that is GMP certified and FDA regulated in the USA.

Learn more about Life's Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants Drink Mix & Place Your Order Today!

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Does Your Dog Need A Little Help In The Tooth And Gum Area?

For the past 11 years, Rio and Thor have happily been munching on Life's Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats. They know every morning they are going to get their dental treat and wait by the pantry. Rio always wants a second and Thor always waits until Rio is finished and then eats his slowly and makes Rio watch, drool and of course forget he just had one. Then they end their day with another dental treat. Rio and Thor are large dogs and their suggested feeding guideline for the Life's Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats would be up to 4 per day but since they also love our Grain Free Turkey & Berry Chewies and our Tasty Rewards Training Treats, they only get 2 dental treats each day.

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The Life's Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats now comes in a convenient 9 ounce and 18 ounce bag with a zip top closure to keep them fresh. The gourmet dental treats are made in a USA bakery, are gluten free and contain no artificial preservatives or colors. They smell so good that you will want to eat them!

They have kept their teeth and gums looking great and the vet was very pleased with their dental health regimen (they also use this Foam Breath Freshener) and how good they look at 11 years old. 

We know your dog will love them just as much as ours do! Order your furbaby some Life's Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats today!

 


Have You Heard The Buzz? There's An Amazing Nutrition Line That Is Non GMO, Gluten Free, Dairy And Soy Free, Grain Free, Etc.?

We've been distributors with Life's Abundance since 2003 sharing our healthy, natural, never recalled dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and pet care products. Up until recently, we've had one supplement for people...our Omega 3 Fish Oil in both liquid and capsules. It is ultra-concentrated with 2 to 3 times as much health promoting EPA and DHA as competing brands. If you are currently taking a fish oil supplement, we encourage you to check out Life's Abundance fish oil and compare Life's Abundance fish oil to your brand as not all fish oils are created equal.

Now back to this Ahhh-ma-zing news about our new nutritional line from Life's Abundance! Life's Abundance has partnered with one of the nation’s leading authorities on nutrition, Keri Glassman MS.RD.CDN. to develop our new line of dietary supplements. We were SUPER EXCITED to hear this news! Keri Glassman AND Life's Abundance! WOW! Then we got a look at the new nutritional line of dietary supplements and products. More WOW! Then we got to taste them. Ok, you had me at Life's Abundance and Keri Glassman partnered but now tasting them and taking them daily - Oh My! I love waking up to my morning smoothie which I add the Life's Abundance Plant Protein Powder and Life's Abundance Greens Blend to almond milk, a banana and frozen pineapple chunks. Yummy!

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Keri Glassman’s Nutritious Life and Life's Abundance product line long-established reputation as a leader in her field positions her as a highly sought after speaker and regular guest on major television programs, where she shares her insights on nutrition and healthy eating. In addition to authoring six popular books on diet, nutrition and healthy living, she also serves as an advisor to both Women’s Health Magazine and Yahoo Health and is a contributor to People Magazine and Foodnetwork.com.


As founder of Keri Glassman Nutritious Life, Keri and her team help many private clients, including celebrities, live happier, healthier lives by balancing nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress management, among other things.

Keri’s passion is driven by the idea that excellent nutrition should be attainable for everyone. And, pairing with Life’s Abundance helps her further her mission of empowering the public to take charge of their wellness through nutrition.

That’s why Keri Glassman wholeheartedly endorses these meticulously formulated products with hand-picked ingredients and no GMOs, gluten, dairy, grains or anything artificial to provide clean, healthy choices for those that are striving to lead more nutritious lives.

 

Ok, did you catch that? This line is Non GMO and GMO's are genetically modified organisms–yuk! None of that in here! WooHoo! It gets even better. This line is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, grain free, has no artificial sweeteners, no added sugars, artificial preservatives or colors and is a great way to add amazing nutrients to your diet!

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Before you go any further, do you want more information about joining this amazing team and working together? Email Us or click here to immediately join our team today!

You can get started with all the products (a super fantastic deal) with the Supplement Executive Rep Pack!

 

Life's Abundance Plant Protein is 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 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. Since they are raw, they retain more nutrients than cooked greens.

 

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

 

The Life’s Abundance Probiotic formula was developed with an award winning probiotics manufacturer in the USA, focused on supplying the highest quality strains that are vigorously tested using top technological advances.

 

Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants drink mix is a delicious way to supplement your diet. This unique mix is made with a variety of freshly harvested sea vegetables and contains approximately 74-plant based, naturally chelated, trace minerals. For an additional nutritional boost, it also contains antioxidants from 11 nutrient-rich super fruits like acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate ... making this a high ORAC beverage blend. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and it's a way of measuring the antioxidant level, which is important because antioxidants are essential to good health.

That was our nutritional supplement line in a nutshell! Don't forget that we also have an entire line of healthy, never recalled pet products formulated by holistic vet, Dr Jane Bicks!

Are you ready to get started with us? Join our team here!


Tired Of Sugary Health And Sports Drinks?

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Americans are deficient in minerals. In fact, way back in 1936, the Department of Agriculture told congress that 99% of the population was deficient. Regrettably, there are many more recent studies confirming varying amounts of mineral deficiencies in our diet, mainly due to their depletion in our soil.

We need minerals! Vitamins cannot work properly without them and they are absolutely vital to maintain our mental and physical well being. Since the body cannot manufacture minerals, they must come from our diet.

Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants drink mix is a delicious way to supplement your diet.

This unique mix is made with a variety of freshly harvested sea vegetables and contains approximately 74-plant based, naturally chelated, trace minerals. For an additional nutritional boost, it also contains antioxidants from 11 nutrient-rich super fruits like acai, cranberry, goji, maqui and pomegranate ... making this a high ORAC beverage blend. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and it's a way of measuring the antioxidant level, which is important because antioxidants are essential to good health.

Unlike many liquid water enhancers made from chemicals, our formula is made with coconut water and aloe vera and it does not contain any added sugar, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The organic coconut water replaces electrolytes plus it is alkalizing, which helps to restore a natural pH balance in the body and counters the effects of an acidic diet.

Instead of giving you a sugar crash like most other “health” drinks, our Minerals & Antioxidants mix gives you sustained energy.

Give hydration a boost with Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants. In two delicious flavors, Cherry and Tropical Fruit, pour into a water bottle for a convenient, go-anywhere nutritious drink. Take it to the gym or give a bottle to the kids … it’s delicious, refreshing and nourishing!

Non GMO
Gluten free
Vegan
Soy free
Dairy free
Naturally flavored
No added sugar
No artificial flavors
No artificial colors
No artificial preservatives

Learn more or place your order at http://bit.ly/MineralsAntioxidantsLA

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Aloe Vera

Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins including five B vitamins. It is also rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium

Organic Coconut Water

Natural source of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium which are important for hydration. Organic, plant-based alternative to sugary sports drinks.

Red Marine Algae (Lithothamnion sp.)

A plant-based source of marine minerals, unlike other products that are derived from limestone. A marine mineral complex including bioactive calcium, magnesium, selenium and 71 other trace marine minerals.

Acai

High in the antioxidant vitamin A. A source of fiber and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

Amla

Uniquely rich in antioxidants and a wide array of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Plus, Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Goji

Nutrient-rich source of antioxidants including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.

Pomegranate

Rich in potent antioxidants and an array of vitamins and minerals.

Acerola

Very high in the antioxidant vitamin C, vitamin A and healthy fats, Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Mangosteen

Flavorful tropical fruit known to possess a potent spectrum of antioxidants called xanthones. It is also rich with vitamins and minerals including thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

Strawberry

Delicious source of antioxidant phytonutrients and dietary fiber.

Cranberry

High nutrient and antioxidant power with vitamin C and vitamin E, plus vitamin A. Also, a source of fiber.

Maqui

A deep purple pigmented fruit with highest known ORAC level of any berry.

Jabuticaba

This deliciously sweet dark purple berry is a rich source of many antioxidant compounds including the unique jaboticabin.

Schisandra

This antioxidant-rich red berry possesses unique lignins.

Grape Seed Extract

An antioxidant powerhouse.

Red Beet

Good source of folate, potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

Learn more or place your order at http://bit.ly/MineralsAntioxidantsLA

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