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Article by Marie Cargill:
IT'S TIME FOR AN INTERNAL BATH

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Help for Dogs!

When you or your dog's groomer scrubs him up periodically, he not only looks great but he also feels great. If you gave him an internal body bath periodically, you would have a very healthy dog. Good health is impossible without a clean liver and blood supply. Periodically, you need to flush the main detoxifying organs of his body : the intestines, liver, and blood.

Let's take the liver first. To repair and rebuild the liver, we must remove the excess fat, get bile flowing freely again, eliminate toxic wastes that the liver has filtered out, dissolve any gall stones stored in the liver, and regenerate the damaged cells. This is a really big "spring cleaning" happening!

Next to skin, the liver is the largest organ in the body. In some ways it is the most important organ, and often is the last to be considered when it comes to health. The liver is involved in over 200 separate functions: it regulate fat stores, cleanses the blood, neutralizing poisons, helps in using and recycling proteins, manages chemicals in the blood, aids digestion by producing bile, helps the body resist infections by producing immune factors, stores vitamins, minerals, and sugars, controls cholesterol, maintains hormone balances, and through all this is able to regenerate its own damaged tissue. On one hand, if the liver is functioning well, most diseases can't develop; on the other hand, an unhealthy liver is very likely at the root of most serious health problems.

How does the liver become harmed? You won't catch a dog becoming an alcoholic but if he eats too much protein, his liver will be over-stressed. Metabolizing protein takes a lot of work; the greater the consumption of protein, the more work the liver has to do. Too much food of the carbohydrate and fat kind is also difficult on the liver. The body converts excess simple carbohydrates into triglycerides which in turn are stored in the liver as fat. A fatty liver can't perform. All the drugs your dog has taken have been processed, purified, and refined by his liver. Some of these drugs cause inflammation of the liver's tissue. Once inflamed, the liver cannot filter. The organ gets plugged up, more inflamed, and eventually hardens (called cirrhosis). Everything your dog eats, breathes, and absorbs through his skin is purified by the liver. This means all the toxins, heavy metals, and environmental pollutants will pass through his liver. It appears that the liver carries the heaviest burden and receives little or no payback for all its work. Perhaps the time has come to do something for it.

If you give your dog's liver a chance, it will astound you in its thanks. The liver has a great ability to regenerate itself. You can help it immensely through simple ways. First, a detox diet is of particular importance in terms of the liver. During a detox, the liver is purging all the fats, cholesterol deposits, gallstones, poisons, drug residues and toxic wastes it has stored. Start by giving your dog fresh fruit or vegetable juice drinks. Beets are especially good. Don't mix the fruit and vegetable juices together. You may dilute the juices. For his solid food, you can prepare a raw vegetable and sprout salad topped with a dressing of fresh, cold-pressed olive oil and lemon. Repeat this meal for five days if you do not fast the dog and even feel free to give your dog snacks of fresh vegetables or a fruit smoothie. This detox diet could go to five days. Or you could fast the dog for two days at any time in the detox schedule.

Also recommended throughout the day are cups of potassium broth. Take the peelings ( 1/4 to ½ of the skin peel) of several potatoes. (The outside of the potato is one of the highest plant sources of potassium). Do not use the inside. Add other well chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery, whole beets, fresh greens and simmer for 40-60 minutes in a covered pan over low heat using clean filtered water. Strain out the vegetables, cool and leave some out for the dog to drink throughout the day. Refrigerate the rest in a glass container for use over the next days.

The use of herbal tinctures with the flush is essential. You can mix your own blend of herbs if bought as tinctures or buy a liver flush detox mix. The key herb is Dandelion root one of the strongest tonics for the liver. Other herbs you can use or that you should find in a good detox tincture mix are Parsley root, Burdock root, Horsetail herb, Milk thistle, or Artichoke. Put equal parts of 3 or 4 of the suggested herbs together if you make your own. The liver detox tincture is a good place to include an anti-parasitic herb tincture such as Wormwood or Black Walnut. This may be given separately. In all, 2 droppersful 3 times a day for an average to large size dog, and half the dose for a small dog. During the 5 days you may see what looks like small green or black stones which is the bile or tiny white crystals which is the cholesterol pass in the stool.

A dog's blood supply is filled with just as many impurities as his liver including too many fats and toxic heavy metals. It makes sense to clean. Do you believe that the body is capable of removing the waste created by a lifetime of eating? Day after day, year after year, the blood cells and plasma have to deal with poor food choices: too much sugar, too much fat, too many toxins. The blood will become toxic, thick, sludge burbling through the arteries. The blood replaces itself every 120 days. How can you possibly expect to be building high quality blood on a diet of commercially prepared dog food and treats loaded with chemicals?

Cleansing the blood begins with a good herbal formula. It should contain some or all of the following herbs: Red clover blossoms, Burdock root, Chaparral, Periwinkle, and Goldenseal. Another important addition is oral chelation based on cysteine, an amino acid, or malic acid, or cilantro. All of these chelators will grab onto heavy metals such as the aluminum, lead, and mercury in the cardiovascular system and pull them out of the body. By removing heavy metals, chelation therapy reduces the production of free radicals in the blood stream and consequent scaring of the arterial walls.

If you decide to make a cilantro chelator, process one cup packed fresh cilantro and six tablespoons of olive oil in a blender until the cilantro is chopped. Add one clove of garlic, a half cup of almonds and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Blend together. Give your dog a teaspoon a day for three weeks.

The pH of the body is very important. The dog's body has a whole bunch of different pH's Blood pH is slightly alkaline; saliva is slightly alkaline; the stomach is strongly acidic; the intestines are strongly alkaline; and urine is acid. But of all the pH's in the body, the must crucial is the blood. Since every cell requires oxygen for life and health, a slightly alkaline blood supply maintains optimum oxygen availability. An acidic blood supply binds up the available oxygen and cells suffocate. The pH balance comes primarily from food. All meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, cooked grains and refined sugars are acid forming foods. Fresh fruit and vegetables are alkaline forming and help the body maintain its proper pH. Even citrus fruits will be treated as alkaline in the body.

Eliminating acids is handled through neutralizing them with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. If there are not enough available minerals to neutralize all the acids present, the body will steal them from anywhere it can. The blood must not become too acidic therefore, the body will begin leaching calcium from bones to balance the pH. Osteoporosis is preferable to death!

It really makes sense to test the pH of your dog's saliva on a regular basis. You can pick up pH paper specifically designed for this purpose at most health food stores. Make sure to test before you brush his teeth or give him his breakfast. If it tests below 7.0, you should get aggressive in terms of alkalizing his body.

The road to health begins with intestinal cleaning and detoxification. No matter how well your dog is or if ill, what the disease or problem is, an internal bath is incomplete without a intestinal cleansing. A cleansing will remove all old fecal matter and waste from the colon; it will remove all the heavy metals and drug residues that have accumulated in the waste. The colon musculature will strengthen and any damage such as inflammation in either small or large intestine can be repaired. A cleansing will eliminate the presence of polyps and other abnormal growths allowed to flourish because of an unhealthy intestinal environment. Plus a cleansing will let you replenish and rebuild the various friendly bacteria cultures the must line virtually every square inch of the tract.

Currently about 100 million Americans are affected by digestive disorders. These disorders are responsible for over 50 million physician visits and more hospitalizations than any other category of medical problems. American dogs are following fast behind with the same signs and symptoms as humans including constipation, self-toxification, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, diarrhea, food sensitivities, and allergies. Other diseases have a component related to functional bowel disorder: diabetes, gall stones, kidney stones, hypertension, obesity, skin problems, and some auto-immune diseases. And as if that were not enough, probably there are intestinal parasites which produce symptoms of nervousness, ulcers, nausea, diarrhea, itching, acne, foul breath, jaundice, and fatigue. Finally, there are the yeast infections such as Candida Albicans. The symptoms for Candida are bloating, gas, chronic diarrhea or constipation, rectal itching, allergies, impotence, recurrent fungal infections such as on the skin, in the vagina, bladder, or kidneys, sores that bleed and itch between the toes, chronic ear infections, mouth sores, and extreme sensitivities to environmental triggers. The dog may have a constant "yeasty" odor no matter how many times he's bathed.

A healthy dog with a digestive tract working well will have one bowel movement a day for each major meal he eats. That's right. If he eats two meals, he should have two bowel movements the next day.

Since the foundation of a health or healing program must begin with the intestinal tract, what should you do to promote good intestinal health? First, the correct probiotics specifically for canines will promote the growth of beneficial bacteria colonies. Two, fiber in the diet is an absolute necessity. A good source is ground organic flaxseed meal . One and half tablespoons or teaspoons depending on your dog's size and with the juice will keep the dog regular. Including foods such as squash or pumpkin, apple slices with the peel or any real food fiber source will provide multiple benefits. Using herbs will loosen and draw out old fecal matter, wastes, and toxins. They stimulate the muscular movement of the colon, halt putrefaction, disinfect, soothe and heal the mucous membrane lining. They can also increase bile flow. Look for a formula that contains organic herbs such as Aloe, Senna, Cascara Sagrada, Barberry root, Ginger root or Fennel. Or you can make your own formula choosing two or three depending on the issues you want to address. For example, constipation can be treated with Cascara Sagrada to promote regularity coupled with Aloe to soothe the tract and help repair irritated areas.

 

Periodically, you will need an even stronger purifier and cleanser to help draw old fecal matter off the walls of the colon and out of any bowel pockets. This will remove toxins such as heavy metals as well. Such a purifier should include: Marshmallow root or psyllium seeds and/or husks, this formula can be given three or four times a year

Your dog's life span is directly related to how healthy his detoxification organs are working. A healthy colon is one of his body's first lines of defense against invaders. A clean, peak performing liver, purified blood, and a slightly alkaline pH are the baseline of health. A last recommendation is the fast. Your dog can easily fast one or two days a month or a few times a year. When you deprive his body of food, it begins to consume itself to survive. Being geared to survive, the body chooses to consume damaged cells and toxic cells first saving the healthiest for later. The body is healing itself. You have diverted the energy used to process food into a power that repairs and rebuilds instead. Provide filtered water and if you wish, you can provide fruit juices or vegetable broth as well. You can even put spirulina or chlorella into the program. Your dog's body has a remarkable ability to repair itself if you give it a chance.

 

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