Dr. Mercola Liver & Kidney Support for Pets Products and Knowledge
"Don't Let Toxins Ruin Your Pet's Health"
Today, more than ever, your cat or dog comes into contact with environmental toxins.
Just breathing the air, indoors or out, romping through grass and garden, and lapping up tap water or puddles outside, your pet comes into contact with toxins and chemicals.
Today Our Pets Are More Polluted Than Ever
A 2008 report from the Environmental Working Group found, in the first study of its kind, that American pets' blood and urine are polluted with even higher levels of many of the same chemicals found in the average human.
For dogs, blood and urine samples were contaminated with a total of 35 chemicals.
Cat samples contained a total of 46 chemicals.
Liver + Kidneys = Your Pet's Detox System
No matter the source, incidental or unintentional, toxins and chemicals can accumulate in your pet's body.
If your pet is young and healthy, his body can typically clear away many toxins and wastes through his natural detoxification systems - the liver and kidneys.
Using a two-phase system, your pet's liver performs the biggest detox job of all...
Phase Ibreaks down environmental toxins and wastes in the body
Phase IIneutralizes and prepares toxins for excretion
To support both phases of detoxification, your pet's body requires an adequate supply of nutrients, antioxidants, and cofactors. At the same time, many of those same nutrients help protect against free radical damage.
Supporting Your Pet's Natural Detoxification System Starts With... Digestion
What's one of the most important ways to help maintain your pet's liver and kidney health?
Support healthy digestive function.
If your pet's digestive function is less-than-optimal, the liver and kidneys must assume the task of breaking down nutrients and filtering out toxins.
When your pet's digestion works optimally, his liver and kidneys are better able to do their intended jobs.
When Your Pet's Normal Detox Processes Become Less-Than-Optimal
Age, stress, injury, and a host of other contributors can result in less-than-optimal detoxification for your pet. Sometimes the build up of toxins simply becomes too great for your pet's body to handle.
If toxins and waste can't be removed through normal detox processes, several problems can arise, including:
Your pet's body attempts to remove the excess toxins through his skin, resulting in itchy, scaly, and dry skin.
Your pet's body tries to shed toxins and waste through mucous membranes, leading to eye discharge, teary eyes, or a runny nose.
Your pet's body stores the overload of toxins to be handled later.
Toxins and unwanted waste that isn't removed can remain and build up in your pet's body and can potentially lead to less-than-optimal health.
The nutrients that assist the detoxification process can become depleted when your pet is under stress, too, exposing her body to even more potential damage from environmental factors.
As threatening as all this sounds, there are natural ways to support your pet's normal detoxification processes and promote optimal health.
Your Frontline Defense: Diet
It might be the most important thing you can do...
Feed your dog or cat a healthy diet.It's certainly one of the simplest things you can do to help support your pet's normal detox processes.
Check the label of the food you're feeding. Does it contain chemical additives and preservatives? How about artificial colors and flavors?
Treats matter too, as they are a part of your dog's or cat's daily intake. Switch to natural, preferably all-meat treats (trust me, your pet will thank you!).
You may already know that I recommend a natural, species-specific raw diet for most pets.
Looking at what our cats and dogs eat in the wild gives us an important clue as to which types of foods your pet's body handles best.
Cats and dogs aren't well equipped to digest carbohydrates. So make sure you feed your pet food that's species-appropriate.
Fresh, filtered water is important, too.
Your Second Line of Defense: Regular Exercise
Daily exercise assists your pet's normal detoxification processes in several ways:
Stimulates blood to help remove toxins and waste from cells, tissues, and organs
Helps move lymph fluid to carry toxins to the liver and kidneys where they can be safely eliminated from the body.
Promotes regular bowel movements to move toxins and waste through the digestive tract in a timely manner to help prevent reabsorption.
Regular exercise is essential for not only the normal detoxification process, but also for help in maintaining a healthy weight for your pet, and total body and mind wellness.
A Quick Review of the Essentials...
Let's take a minute and review a few key points that we've discovered so far...
Environmental toxins are unavoidable, no matter how "green" a lifestyle you and your pet live.
Pets are equipped with innate detoxification mechanisms.
Because exposure to toxins is inevitable and most pets could likely use some help, I've created a unique formula for Mercola Healthy Pets to assist your pet's normal detoxification processes.
And, surprisingly, this liver and kidney support formula has never been available before...
Kidney and Liver Support in a Bottle...
For over ten years in my practice, I've been assisting animals of all types with their normal detoxification processes.
I've tried just about every herb and nutrient... and for the last decade I have been using a unique blend of nutrients and herbs.
Mercola Healthy PetsLiver and Kidney Supportis a product that I've personally formulated, based on my extensive research and experience. I've brought together a total of 14 nutrients to support your pet's kidney and liver health.
And I'm excited to say there's nothing like it on the market...
The FIRST Complete Liver and Kidney Support Formula
You can useLiver and Kidney Supportdaily, monthly, quarterly, or yearly, depending upon your pet's exposure and overall vitality:
If your pet spends time outdoors and may be exposed to toxins.
If your pet is relatively healthy and not exposed to a great deal of toxins indoors or out (a "green" home and lawn).
It's your choice.Liver and Kidney Support'singredients are safe for regular, daily use.
What makesLiver and Kidney Supportso unique, you may be wondering...
Glutathione and Glycine - Two Cornerstones for Liver and Kidney Support
Glutathionehelps support your pet's liver in its removal of unwanted compounds. A peptide molecule made up of 3 amino acids, it also includes glycine.
I've includedglycinealong withglutathioneinLiver and Kidney Supportto help your pet's body make even more glutathione. It's important for other mechanisms, too.
Most everyone connects the herbmilk thistlewith liver health, but do you know what makes it so valuable?
A main constituent of milk thistle seed extract is silymarin, a flavonoid compound.
One of the most studied botanicals around the world, I've chosen to include milk thistle inLiver and Kidney Supportbecause it can:
Help protect the liver against toxins
Support immune function
Promote free radical scavenging
Help preserve glutathione
Research shows that milk thistle promotes many positive effects throughout an animal's entire body, and not just the liver. And moderate amounts of milk thistle have been found to be safe for animals.*
*Important note:If your pet is on prescription medications or receiving medical therapy, please ask your vet ifLiver and Kidney Supportis appropriate for your pet before using.
A 'Bitter' Tonic for Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidney Support
If your lawn is free from herbicides, chances are you may have brilliant yellow dandelions growing there right now...
Did you know that the leaves, especially, when grown organically without pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, offer a multitude of benefits?
I've added dandelion leaf extract toLiver and Kidney Supportfor its superior support. Rich in nutrients, dandelion contains "bitters" which provide the herb's main benefits.
Dandelion gently stimulates and supports liver and gallbladder health. And it's especially helpful for kidney health, too.
The Anti-Aging 'Wonder'... Supports Normal Detoxification Processes Too?
Often regarded as an anti-aging 'wonder' because it vigorously attacks free radicals.
Certain plants produce resveratrol as part of their defense system against environmental stressors. While many people may associate red wine and grapes with resveratrol, that's only one source. Resveratrol is found in 70 other plants, including pomegranates, raspberries, and Japanese knotweed.
I've included resveratrol in myLiver and Kidney Supportformula because it helps the liver "clean house" by flushing away unwanted fats, promoting optimal function.
As most pet owners realize, grapes are hazardous for dogs. For that reason, we have selected Japanese knotweed and not grapes as our source of resveratrol.
Especially for Kitties... An Important Amino Acid for Liver and Gallbladder Support
Taurine, especially essential for cats, is an important amino acid for liver and gallbladder support.
It's essential for optimal blood flow, cardiovascular health, and the production of bile in both cats and dogs.
Pets with less-than-optimal levels of taurine may be at greater risk of adverse effects from toxins.
Although a minimal level of taurine is included in most commercial pet foods, taurine is easily depleted in stressed pets.
8 More Nutrients for Liver and Kidney Support
I've chosen 8 more substances that are highly regarded for their usefulness in supporting liver and kidney health to be part ofLiver and Kidney Support:
Phosphatidylcholine (PC)helps support a process known as methylation.
Pets' bodies are equipped with powerful stress hormones. Adrenaline and noradrenaline help your pet through a crisis. However, chronic exposure to these hormones can be unhealthy. The faster your pet can get rid of these hormones once they are no longer needed, the better.
The process of getting rid of these hormones is called methylation. Phosphatidylcholine or PC is required for this process of breaking down and eliminating these hormones from your pet's body.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), another potent free radical fighter, is an enzyme found in all living cells.
As your pet ages, the number of free radicals he encounters can challenge his body's natural levels of free radical-quenching SOD.
Supplementing with SOD may help your pet quench the free radicals his body encounters.
NACis a cellular antioxidant that boosts your pet's tissue glutathione levels.
NAC protects against oxidative stress and is a potent free radical scavenger.
Green Tea leaf extract'scatechins help protect cellular DNA, according to recent research.
For the well-being of your pet, we use only decaffeinated green tea leaf extract for this formula.
Schisandra fruitsupports liver function by stimulating liver enzymes.
Curcuminis what gives turmeric its yellow color.
This potent antioxidant supports your pet's liver and kidney health.
Chlorellasupports your pet's normal detoxification processes.
Glycineis an amino acid essential for the healthy function of the digestive and nervous systems, and supports glutathione production.
Mercola Healthy Pet Detox - Not Just For Cats and Dogs...
Just like with anything new, always check with your veterinarian if your pet is currently on prescription medication or undergoing any medical therapy to see ifLiver and Kidney Supportis right for your pet.
By now you have discovered how environmental toxins can potentially affect your pet's well-being.
When your pet's body contains less toxins and chemicals, your pet has a greater potential to enjoy optimal health. It just makes sense, doesn't it?
Why not take steps today to help support your pet's normal detoxification processes?Liver and Kidney Supportmay be able to help.
At the very least, it's a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Have a question or comment? We would love to hear about it.
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