It is not an exaggeration to say the overall health of a dog is directly connected to the overall health of their gut (intestines).
A healthy gut contains roughly ten times the number of bacteria (100 trillion) as there are cells in the body (10 trillion).
The gut functions best when the beneficial bacteria outnumbers the potentially harmful bacteria and keeps them from taking over. If they overrun the beneficial bacteria it creates a state of Dysbiosis. As long as the beneficial bacteria are more numerous, and can keep the harmful bacteria in the gut under control, all is well.
ProBiotics are beneficial bacteria that, when added to the existing colony of beneficial bacteria living in a mammals gut, helps strengthen it so it keeps the pathogenic, potentially harmful bacteria under control, and keeps everything functioning smoothly.
If the dogs diet contains grain or potato, or other high glycemic carbohydrates, the pathogenic bacteria grows faster than the beneficial bacteria and eventually causes major disruption to the gut (Dysbiosis) which can lead to serious problems like Leaky Gut and Systemic Candida
The overuse of antibiotics contributes to an imbalance of bacteria in the gut because it kills the beneficial bacteria along with the harmful bacteria and in the presence of high glycemic carbs the harmful bacteria multiplies faster than the beneficial bacteria causing a state of Dysbiosis which leads to Leaky Gut.
Leaky Gut occurs when the joints between the cells that line the inside of the gut wall (called enterocytes) are compromised and begin leaking fecal matter, including the Candida Fungus, into the blood stream.
The Candida Fungus in the blood stream is known as Systemic Candida and causes no end of skin problems.
Some dog food manufacturers add Probiotics to the food but tests have revealed that about 99.8% of them are activated prematurely by the warmth and moisture when the food is bagged and are long dead by the time your dog eats the food.
Brothers Dog Food uses a probiotic protected from early activation by a system developed by a Ph.D Biologist that encapsulates the beneficial bacteria safely and keeps it 99.8% viable until it gets to the gut, where it is activated. Brothers’ encapsulated probiotics delivers 1,000 times more probiotics to the gut than normal probiotics used in dog food. 21,000,000,000 cfu (colony forming units) / lb of food
Probiotics ensure the proper functioning of the gut because they:
Keep the Candida Albicans from overpowering the beneficial bacteria.
Maintain the integrity of the gut lining so Leaky Gut does not develop.
Maintains the integrity of the cilia that line the gut, which extract nutrients from the food and transport them into the blood stream, and ensures vitamin and mineral absorption.
Maintains a strong immune system since about 80% of the immune system is generated in the mucosal lining of the gut and the Probiotics maintain the health of the mucosal lining.
The probiotics also function to remove excess moisture from the fecal matter and return it to the system which produces a firm stool.
Brothers also uses a long chain Prebiotic to feed the Probiotics which doesn’t feed the Candida Albicans like the less expensive one and two cell prebiotics do.
Over the last 15 years we have seen incredibly positive health benefits from delivering large quantities of high quality viable probiotics to the dogs gut which has proved the axiom that the health of the gut determines the overall health of the dog.
Written by Richard Darlington
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