According to Ayurveda, Fresh, Whole Ripe Fruits require practically no digestion and helps build Ojas (The vital energy or core essence generated as a result of digestion). Whole fruit fed in the proper season are considered pure nectar, i.e., they immediately turn into “Rasa” (Plasma or nutritional fluid) that nourishes each cell of the body. It is this essence that helps build immunity.
Some of the benefits of including fruits in your pet’s diet plan are:
Provides valuable nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants & phytochemicals.
Cleanses the body of toxins
The bioactive fibre in fruits has prebiotic effects
Improves GI health
Support weight management
Helps fight cancer
Improves Bone Mineral Density
If you are adding fruits to your pet’s main meals…then continue reading this.
According to Ayurveda foods when combined in right way can help increase Ojas, however if incompatible foods are consumed they can cause Ama or build up of toxins.
Based on the compatibility principles, fruits when combined with proteins, grains, meat and dairy can sit in the stomach much longer, which leads to fermentation and production of alcohol which is an Ama or toxin in the body. As a result fido may experience gas, bloating, indigestion and other gastric symptoms. This Ama impairs digestion and reduces Ojas.
“If fruits are not fed in the right way they can spoil your pet’s digestion.”
So how do you add fruits to your pet’s diet and gain the benefits of feeding fresh whole fruit?
The basic rule is feed fruits on an empty stomach or 1 hour before meal time or 3-4 hours after meals.
DO NOT ADD FRUIT TO YOUR PET’s MAIN MEALS.
They make a great snack in between meals and replaces the need for a mid-day snack if you are feeding your dog AM and PM. They also make great treats of course if you follow the rule.
Can you feed fruit Smoothies to your dog?
As long as you follow the compatibility rules of the foods, yes. However research indicates that fruits are best fed whole instead of juiced.
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