Why is Hair Analysis for your dog a really good idea..?
...because it is an excellent way to be sure the food and supplements you are feeding are appropriate for your companion's Metabolic Type.
For example, if your dog tests low on thyroid function, you certainly would not want to add cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower to his/her food - these foods contain 'goitrogens,' compounds that lower thyroid function.
Your dog's energy level, digestive function, mood and behavior, endocrine balance and all other aspects of health are dependent on proper balance of his/her autonomic (involuntary) nervous system.
Food and supplements ideally are adjusted to be more suited to your dog's individual needs. But you can't do that unless you know just what those needs are!
Metabolic balance is vital for canine health as well as our own!
Hair Analysis for your dog gives you a report that includes:
Your dog's Metabolic Type: Just like you and me, your dog's metabolic rate can be fast or slow. Hair Analysis for your dog gives you his/her metabolic type and a rating from 1 - 4, with 4 being the more extreme end of the fast or the slow spectrum.
Nutrient Minerals: The electrolyte minerals - Calcium, Magnesium, Salt, Potassium - and trace elements such as zinc, selenium, molybdenum and iron.
Toxic Metals: Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium and uranium.
Nutrient Mineral ratios: Shows you the nutrient mineral relationships. For example, Calcium to Phosphorus, or Salt to Potassium.
Nutrient Mineral to Toxic Metal ratios: Tells you whether your dog has enough of each of the nutrient minerals to oppose the heavy metals that are shown in his/her results.
Thyroid and Adrenal Sufficiency ratings: A Hair Analysis for your dog includes thyroid and adrenal sufficiency rating as indicated by your dog's mineral patterns.
Thyroid and adrenal function determine your dog's performance level. Do you have a working dog with a demanding schedule of competition - or a family companion for whom you want the best possible health and quality of life? This part of their report indicates how close you are to achieving that.
Diet: Depending on whether your canine friend turns out to be a Fast or a Slow Metabolizer, there are some adjustments you can make in diet that can help bring them to a more balanced state.Hair Analysis for Your Dog: Index to Articles on this Testing Method
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