Environmental Toxins Toll on Your Dog or Cat
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on Your Dog or Cat
by Gary Le Mon
What is environmental toxins toll on your dog or cat?
We know toxins are out there. We usually go out of our way to avoid them. But even if we eat organic food and use natural cleaning products, we are still exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis. And so are our pets.
Some toxins are unavoidable. We have to breathe air. Car fumes and industrial airborne waste are the main pollutants found in outdoor air. Indoor air pollution is on the rise too. The average home or workplace is stuffed full of furniture, carpets, plastics, paints and solvents – all emanating toxic chemicals.
They’re in our water: Pesticides, poisons (such as arsenic and lead), and even prescription medicines – all end up in the water supply.
They’re in our food: Canned, frozen, pasteurized, decaffeinated – all have collected chemicals somewhere along the way. Even your organic apples may come wrapped in toxin-spewing plastic.
They’re even in our clothes: And it’s not only man-made fabrics that contain chemical toxins. A plain cotton T-shirt retains the pesticides and insecticides used for growing the cotton. Add in processing chemicals, flame retardants and stain repellents (not to mention a liberal dose of synthetic dye) and you have a toxic concoction you might not be inclined to put next to your skin.
Should we worry?
Yes! The FDA sets levels that they deem safe for a particular chemical in the environment or in a product. But (typical of the FDA’s favoritism toward big business at the expense of the consumer’s health) this “safe” level doesn’t take into account the accumulation of hundreds of synthetic chemicals mixing inside our bodies. We are ingesting not just a chemical cocktail but a toxic time-bomb.
In 1999 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began testing thousands of Americans for toxic chemicals present in blood, body fat and organs. So far, over 200 different chemicals have been measured in people’s blood or urine. The tests are ongoing and more toxins are being added to the danger list every year.
What harm do these toxins do?
Toxins cause free-radicals to form inside the bodies of humans and animals. Free radicals attack healthy cells and can cause the onset of serious illnesses such as cancer and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Our cleverly evolved bodies can handle small amounts of some chemicals, but most accumulated toxins are going nowhere unless we take action to get rid of them.
What can you do about environmental toxins toll on your dog or cat?
Thankfully there are simple, 100% natural ways you can minimize environmental toxins toll on your dog or cat.
Many natural methods of eliminating toxins come from the plant world. When it comes to environmental toxins, it is the liver and the kidneys that bear much of the burden. These organs have the important functions of filtering toxins and removing waste from the blood. The liver also produces bile which aids digestion and helps break down toxins. Some herbs increase the detoxifying function of the liver and kidneys by increasing bile and/or urine production.
While the liver and kidneys top the dog detox checklist (and while most pet cleansing products stop far short of a total body detox by targeting only these two organs), they are by no means a complete list of biological systems/organs that need to be treated. That's why I recommend Relivel Multi-Herbal Multi-System Liquid Detox for Dogs and Cats. Only RelivelTM (Rel-uh-vel) is formulated to cleanse, detoxify and nourish the Blood, Liver, Kidneys, Gall bladder, Colon, Lungs and Skin. It's the smart pet detox product that can multitask!
The RelivelTM formula uses only 100% USDA Certified Organic herbs including
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale)
A folk medicine favorite, herbalists have long used dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Countless scientific studies in recent decades have affirmed this detoxifying function.
Burdock (Arctium Lappa)
Another natural detoxicant, Burdock root, is used in Asian and Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments and is known to remove toxins from the blood. The roots are popular as a food in the Far East and China.
A 1996 study in Taiwan found that Burdock root also enhances free radical scavenging. It contains powerful antioxidants which are essential in the battle against free radicals.
Dandelion and Burdock are often used in combination. Even in 13th century Britain, the fermented roots of dandelion and burdock were used as a bitter liver tonic. And for good reason. These two toxin-expelling herbs both have a cholagogue action. This means they increase bile production to help digestion and nutritional uptake, and they help to detox both liver and kidneys.
A long-known folk remedy for liver disease, this wonder tonic contains Silymarin, an active compound extracted from milk thistle seeds. Evidence shows that Silymarin protects liver cells from toxic chemicals. Studies have shown Silymarin to actually promote the growth of new, healthy liver cells. Silymarin is also a flavanoid, meaning that it fights oxidation, the process by which free radicals damage cells. A University of California study in 2007 showed that this truly amazing compound can even reduce the growth of cancer cells in the liver.
Black Walnut Hull (from the Black Walnut Tree - Juglans nigra)
Black Walnut Hull has been used for centuries by Native Americans as an anti-parasite, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal herbal remedy. Constituents include juglone, tannin and iodine -- three powerful agents that kill harmful microorganisms, clear up yeast and fungal infections, and destroy over 100 different types of parasite.
Uva ursi (Bearberry)
This herb is best known for its ability to cleanse, heal and fortify the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract from end to end. For two thousand years natural healers have used the herb to treat nephritis, kidney stones, chronic cystitis, and as a general tonic for under-performing kidneys, liver and pancreas. Tannins in the leaves of uva ursi lower the acidity of urine, reducing the risk of uric acid buildup that leads to kidney stones, and relieving joint pain due to crystallization.
is anti-viral; it detoxifies the lungs and protects against colds, dog flu, and other viral infections. Its anti-bacterial properties protect against pathogenic bacteria. It helps detoxify and treat infections in the colon, skin and urinary tract. Oregano is anti-fungal, treating both internal fungal infections and external conditions. It is an anti-parasitic that kills internal worms and parasites, relieving irritations such as flea-allergic dermatitis. It is an anti-oxident that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals, slows down aging and protects from certain cancers, macular degeneration, osteoarthritis and rheumatism. Oregano is anti-allergenic and acts to desensitize a dog or cat's involuntary allergic reaction to environmental and man-made toxins.
Pets need to detox too
These herbs are safe and effective for both you AND your pets. Dogs and cats absorb as many toxins as humans (if not more), and are in just as much need of a regular, multi-system pet detox. This 100% natural formula is fully guaranteed to scrub away environmental toxins deep down at the cellular level, giving both you and your precious pets a total nook-and-cranny cleaning like nothing else on the market can give.