Lilo Ask-Henriksen is a holistic veterinary nurse with over 8 years’ experience in the field of holistic dog health and nutrition. She grew up in Norway, and currently live in London and have two chihuahuas named Samba & Matilda. Lilo has a medical background as a Veterinary Nurse, Foundation Degree in Basic Science in Medicine, Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Nutritional Therapy and Certified Medical Laser Therapist.
A healthy diet for your dog promotes healthy outcomes such as supporting normal growth, development and ageing, it helps to maintain a healthy body weight, support the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic disease leading to overall health and well-being.
Food isn’t just food, I try to simplify it for you: the food your dog eat can be broken down into thousands of different nutrients including fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients are like tools for your dog’s body. Imagine their body as a fabric, and inside this fabric they have trillions of employees (cells). The employees have been assigned different work tasks to keep the body functioning optimal, but they depend on the tools (nutrients) they are given.
Like any other factory, your dog’s internal factory is dependent on deliveries of tools in order to produce what they are designed to produce. Take a car factory for example, to produce a fully functioning car the factory depends on a certain amount of steel, certain kinds of hoses and belts and pipes, and bolts, leather for the interior, etc. If three truckloads of pipes arrive but no steel, there’s a challenge, and even more so, if the hoses are all in the wrong sizes.
The same is true for your dog’s factory. They need deliveries of healthy foods of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in a certain balance, at a certain time, in order to function optimally.
Your dog’s factory is making sure your dog is feeling energetic and happy, fights of any intruders like bacteria’s and viruses, healing wounds, stabilizing hormones, cleaning their system and so on.
It’s crucial that the employees get appropriate tools to do their specific work task, and by having the right tools they can do their work thoroughly, at the right time, without facing any challenges. This is why the food we give our dogs are so important and essential for good health. We want to feed the tiny employees the best tools so they can do their jobs in an optimal and effective way, to keep our dogs as healthy, energized, happy and vital as possible.
This is also why superfood is important for your dog health, superfood is just another way of saying the food has a high density of nutrients, meaning more tools for your dog’s cells to do its job keeping them happy and healthy.
Just like other factories, if a cell factory has all the necessary supplies, tools and workers in place, production runs smoothly despite the occasional delivery of unwanted or unneeded materials. Unfortunately, processed and refined foods unfortunately abound in materials our cells can’t utilize.
If you want to make sure your dog gets all the nutrients needed through its diet, or if you’d like to discuss your dog’s health with a holistic approach - I offer online consultations.
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