ProBiotics and Beneficial Bacteria in Dog Food
It is not an exaggeration to say that the overall health of a mammal is dependent on the overall health of their gut (intestines).
ProBiotics is the name used to refer to the beneficial bacteria or Microbes that live in a mammals gut. There are also non-beneficial or pathogenic bacteria that exist in the gut, the primary one being Candida albicans which exists in every gut.
The bodies mechanism for regulating the gut and keeping it healthy and fully functioning is a massive colony of beneficial bacteria or microbes that exist in the gut and maintain its effectiveness.
There are roughly ten times the number of bacteria in the gut as there are nucleated cells in the body (100 trillion beneficial bacteria or probiotics versus 10 trillion cells). As long as the beneficial bacteria are more numerous and can limit the negative effect of the harmful bacteria in the gut, all is well.
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, including Leaky Gut.
Leaky Gut is when the joints between the cells (enterocytes) that line the inside of the gut wall are compromised and begin leaking fecal matter, as well as Candida Fungus, into the blood stream. This is the cause of Allergies to food, as well as skin problems of all sorts. I’ll go into that in more detail in another Blog Article.
Some dog food manufacturers add Probiotics to the food but tests have revealed that about 99.8% of them are activated prematurely 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 as much probiotics to the gut than normal probiotics used in dog 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 because it doesn’t feed the Candida albicans as the less expensive one and two cell probiotics do.
Over the last 11 years we have seen the incredibly positive health effects that result 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.