Both, you and your furry companion, can profit from several superfoods to help you maintain a good general health. Superfoods are nutritionally dense and pack a lot of healthful benefits into one serving. They can help your bodies prevent and fight diseases, boost your energy and strenghten your immune systems. Since their goodness is so condensed you can sneak a little amount of them even into the pickiest dogs bowl…
This cheap and easy-to-find vegetable contains healthy fiber to aid digestion as well as a lot of nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and vitamin C. Broccoli has been shown to have anti-cancer effects, aid in fighting infections, treat skin and heart problems and help metabolize drugs and excrete toxins. Broccoli can be fed to dogs raw, steamed or cooked, however it can be a bit challenging to get your furry one to eat it. Try to soak it in chicken broth or cut it very small when adding it to a meal.
Delicious and full of antioxidants Blueberries are great fruits for you and your furry companion. Available all year fresh or frozen, they are also a good source of healthy fiber, manganese, and vitamins C and E. Add them to your pups food, your frozen kong routine or use them as a healthy treat.
3. Chia seeds
While you can make yourself a delicious breakfast pudding, make sure your furry one also benefits from the Chia super-powers: Its high fiber content promotes a healthy digestive tract and can help control minor tummy problems such as constipation, diarrhea, and inflammation. The high content levels of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus make chia seeds a good food for bone health. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit your dog’s skin and coat and help reduce joint pain, soothing respiratory inflammation. Sprinkle a little amount over your dog’s food or soak the seeds in water and add the gel to your dog’s food. Just as beneficial as chia is flax seed, however you have to grind them before adding them to your dog’s food.
Turmeric is one of the most promising cancer prevention foods. The super ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has been shown to prevent the growth or spread of cancer cells in many types of cancer by acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and by encouraging cell death. Have a look at this amazing recipe for Turmeric paste, that you can add to your own and to your dog’s meals.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants and are also very high in heart-healthy vitamin A and C to keep immunes system strong.Sweet potatoes with purple flesh have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, they are delicious and your dog will be excited to find them in his bowl. Just as orange, delicious and healthy are pumpkins: Full of fibers they help your dogs digestion and are a natural cure for symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea.
You should also try: Bone broth
Not exactly “superfood” but nevertheless one of the most nutritious additions you could ever make to your dog’s diet (and yours too). The contained glucosamines are beneficial for your pups joints, glycines detox the liver and gelatine helps to promote a healthy gut. It is very easy to make and you can freeze it in little portions (e.g in an ice cube tray) so it will last you for a very long time. Have a look at a great step-by-step recipe here.
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