Not All Ingredients Are Created Equal, And No One Ingredient Contains The Perfect Nutrient Profile
And this is where the job of eliminating digestive upsets while maximising well-being starts to get a little confusing. Once we have identified the ingredients that are supportive of the microbiome, we have to choose from that group those that are going to contribute the required essential nutrients. This must be undertaken before combining those ingredients in the correct proportions to ensure the essential nutrient ratios contained in the ingredient mix are balanced to the needs of the dog.
Take Protein For Example
For the body to use protein, or for “protein synthesis” to occur (to use the technical term!), all ten essential amino acids must be present in the food in the correct ratios to one another. This doesn’t mean that you have to have them all present at the same level. For synthesis to occur, they must be at such levels as to allow the precise but different amount of each individual amino acid to be present in the food. There can be excesses of any or all of the amino acids, but there cannot be a shortage of even just one essential amino acid.
This aspect of nutrition, a shortage of just one essential amino causes protein synthesisation to cease, and to restart the process means the dog or cat has to eat more food (protein) just to get the short supplied or missing amino acid. Conversely, any amino acids that are excess to the process will be converted to fat, and during that conversion, process nitrogen will be released which has to be purged from the body via the kidneys and urine. It is the unbalanced protein excess in many of the high profile, high protein foods being marketed today that are in fact, causing or potentially causing long term kidney damage to our pets.
“There can be excesses of any or all of the amino acids, but there cannot be a shortage of even just one essential amino acid…”
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