wellbeing, healing and disease prevention
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“Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine” said Hippocrates, the man who is reputed to be the father of western medicine. Somehow or other we have lost this sense of the value of food just as we lost the practice of energetic medicine. In the latter part of this century we have increasingly looked to the east to replace this loss.
Chinese medical theory states that food is like a medicine.
Why eating close to nature is the way to go.
The old adage that “you are what you eat” applies here.
Food can do one of two things: it can benefit the body or it can be a deficit. Ancient civilizations understood these basic principles, but over time, we seem to have hit a grey area. We’ve disconnected from the fact that food will either take your pets health where we want it to go, or the contrary.
Along with vitamin D and sleep, food is a primal source of energy. We don’t drive our car into the petrol station and fill it up with water, and in the same way, we can’t expect our pets to thrive with minimal or incorrect nourishment. But what’s more, depending on your pet’s health, the food they eat may be creating a perpetual state of poor health – especially if their gut health is compromised.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that each animal protein or plant-based ingredient has an energy that can interact with your pet's natural energy. An imbalance could cause itchiness, food sensitivities, skin irritation, or excessive panting. The goal is to create perfect harmony for both the yin and yang energiesThe foundation to finding what type of proteins your pet should be eating depends on what their energy is like. The characteristics of each of the different energies can help you understand what your pup is:
Pets with cold energies are always seeking heat. They will have cold ears, nose, back and limbs. They tend to
snuggle up in blankets and can become sluggish during the colder months. Pets with arthritis that is affected by the cold can also be categorised within this energy.
Pets with hot energies can be warm/hot to the touch. They will always be seeking cool places such as a cold floor to lay on or shade. They may exhibit red eyes, red skin, and pant at inappropriate times (not while exercising or excessive heat).
By TCM theory, feeding your pet foods that will help your pet reach a neutral state will help create balance. If your pup has a cold energy, you will want to feed foods that are warming or hot. If your pup has a hot energy, you will want to stick with cooling foods. Both pups can eat foods that are considered neutral as they won't affect balance.
In TCM, we drill down a little further to look at the energetic properties of food, finding that they fall into certain categories: warming, cooling and neutral. The simplicity of this makes it very beautiful and easy for us all to adopt and drill down on the whole premise that food is indeed medicine.
How these categories work in the body is pretty straight forward:
Cooling foods aid in clearing heat and toxins from the body, and nourishing the internals. Incorporating cooling foods into your pet’s diet will help to resolve the underlying disharmony that is causing the reaction.
Warming or hot foods
Warming foods assist in raising energy of the body and the organs as they
improve circulation. Use warming foods when there is internal cold, such as pain.
These foods are neither warming nor cooling, but help to maintain your pet’s overall wellbeing. They can be extremely beneficial when the digestive system is weak and needs strengthening, as they are often very easy to assimilate.
Food therapy, when combined with other approaches, can be a very effective way to treat allergies in out pets.
Here is a list of foods energies:
Cooling foods include:
Meat: rabbit, duck
Fish: cod, whitefish
Vegetables: green leafy vegetables, chard, broccoli, celery, cucumber, eggplant, seaweed, kelp, lettuce, mushroom
Fruit: apple, banana, pineapple, cranberry, kiwi, lemon, mango, orange, pear, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon
Grains: barley, buckwheat, millet, mung bean, wheat, wild rice
Miscellaneous: eggs (duck), eggs (chicken), flax seed oil, cheese, yogurt
Neutral foods include:
Meat: beef, beef liver, goose, pork liver, pork kidneys, pork trotters, quail, tripe, bison, turkey
Fish: carp, catfish, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna,
Vegetables: beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, peas, string beans, pumpkin, potato, shitake mushroom, yams
Fruits: papaya, pomegranate, raspberry
Grains: white rice, brown rice, lentils
Miscellaneous: yogurt cheese, cow’s milk, honey
Warming Foods include:
Meat: chicken, chicken liver, pheasant, kangaroo
Fish: mussels, prawn, anchovy
Vegetables: squash, sweet potato
Fruit: cherry, date, peach, longan
Grains: oats, sorghum, sweet/sticky rice
Nut/Seed: chestnut, coconut,
Miscellaneous: ginger, galangal, turmeric, vinegar/apple cider vinegar, molasses, goat milk
Hot Foods include:
Meat: lamb, mutton, sheep, venison
Miscellaneous: cayenne, chilli
Dishy Dogs Superfood meals, Meat: Beef (neutral), Chicken and Kangaroo (warming) include:
Fish: salmon (neutral), sardines (neutral)
Vegetables: green leafy vegetables (cooling), kale (cooling), chard (cooling), broccoli (cooling), beetroot (neutral), celery (cooling), sweet potato (warming), cabbage (neutral), carrots (neutral), green beans (neutral), string beans (neutral), pumpkin (neutral)
Fruit: papaya (neutral), apple (cooling), banana (cooling), pineapple (cooling), mango (cooling), pear (cooling)
Please note: Dishy Dogs Superfood meals are balanced. The warming meats (chicken and kangaroo) are counter balanced with cooling ingredients rendering them neutral.
Dishy Dogs Superfood supplements:
Flash Fangs (cooling)
Omega Boost (cooling)
Probiotic Pet (cooling)
Colloidal Silver (neutral)
Turmeric Tonic (warming)
If you are interested in wellbeing, disease prevention and healing your pet, then check out Dishy Dogs range of superfood meals, supplements, bone broth and treats.
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