Now to talk about nutrition and how kinesiology can help this very important part of your pet’s life. Did you know that feeding the wrong foods and supplements can cause health and behavioral problems? Many sensitivities/allergies are a result of the foods your pet is eating. It can even contribute to behavioral issues such as lethargy, hyperactivity and anxiety. It does not matter if it is a dog, cat, horse, etc. That is how important nutrition is. Ideally, if an animal body’s was in perfect balance, they could eat anything and would be just fine. But because of so many factors in their lives, including environmental, it makes this extremely challenging. So, if you are not feeding the right food, then anything else you try to do to help your pet’s health will primarily be a temporary fix. That is how important nutrition is.
Things to keep in mind when looking at nutrition:
- Always look at the core diet first. The core diet options are dry food, canned food, prepackaged/mix food, cooked food and raw food.
- Some animals have sensitivities to grains (corn the biggest but also wheat, rice, etc.), soy (a popular additive but causes health issues for many people and animals), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.), etc. You have to take this into account when picking out foods. Even small quantities can cause problems.
- Some animals have sensitivities to certain proteins (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.), regardless of how they are offered (can, dry, etc.). For instance, a number of dogs right now are having a problem with chicken. Some times when they can’t eat chicken, they can’t do other poultry like turkey or duck. Food sensitivities can happen during a certain time of year or may be an issue year around. This actually has a lot to do with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in that certain seasons can contribute to certain issues.
- Only after you have the core diet figured out should you look at supplements. The reason is because if you have the core diet right, you might not need supplements or may be very little. Unnecessary supplements can contribute to health issues, not to mention they would be a waste of your money. So find out if a supplement is truly needed before you spend the money or possibly cause your animal to not feel well, such as an upset stomach. Some supplements you may want to consider are probiotics, oils and joint supplements. There are others, these are just a few of the more common ones.
- One supplement that is ideal to have in every pet’s diet, is a probiotic. Some holistic brands of food include it. If your diet does not have it, it helps put good bacteria in the body (especially if they’ve been on antibiotics or steroids), which aids in the processing of the food and helps to build up the immune system. There are premium probiotics (are in capsules) like Mito-Max and non-premium, which come loose, like Probios. Both are very good probiotics and I use both of them. If your pet is allergic to dairy, though, you want a probiotic that is lactose free.
- Many dogs and cats tend to need salmon oil or flaxseed oil in their diets. But one will be better over the other for an individual animal.
- Many animals need joint supplements and there are many to consider – glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM, shark cartilage, yucca, etc. Again, one will be better than another or a combination will be needed.
- Another thing to pay attention to is amounts. You may have the right product but if you do not feed the correct amount, it might not have the desired effect. Or if you feed too much, it may have an undesired effect and will also be a waste of your money.
- The best way to find out what diet and what amounts are right for your pet is kinesiology, also called muscle testing or energy testing.
So what is muscle testing? It is a method that can change your life and the life of your pet. Anyone can learn to do it. Some chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, holistic vets and those that have private health food stores use muscle testing. Chiropractors use it to find out where the body needs adjusting. ND’s, vets and those in health food stores use it to determine what is the best food or products for their clients. To help you understand more about muscle testing:
- People and animals are made up of energy. Our bodies give off an electrical charge so to speak. Think of us as having a positive and negative charge, like a battery.
- It is scientifically proven that if a food/product is not good for the body, the body will test weak. This technique is truly like using the body’s innate wisdom.
- Muscle testing is best done with two people. One person will touch the animal with one hand and hold out their other arm, acting as the surrogate. The other person will be either pushing down on the person’s arm or trying to pull their fingers apart, whichever method works best for the person touching the animal. (The photo shows the dog being tested using the person’s arm. When the second person is pushing on the arm, it is not going down, indicating a strong response. In other words, the product is great for that dog.) It sounds complicated, but it is really quite easy.
- If using the arm and the arm goes down, this indicates a weak response, as in the food is not right for the animal at this time. If the arm stays strong, then this indicates the food is right for the animal. It is really that simple.
- Muscle testing is best learned in person if possible. Most people learn better hands on.
I hope you will consider evaluating your pet’s nutrition, especially if they have health issues. And while muscle testing may sound weird, it is amazing and even the strongest man will test weak if something is not good for their body!