A healthy Gut – Another Way To “Good 4 Life”.

There are two more nutritional products besides the minerals I spoke about in the last blog, in our Good 4 Life system for dogs, which helps maintain optimal health and well being. They are prebiotics and probiotics.  You may be familiar with probiotics which are healthy living bacteria, if you eat yogurt or take them in pill form.  While you may be aware of the benefits of PRO-biotics, PRE-biotics are less known but just as important.

A prebiotic is a non-living, special type of dietary fiber that provides the environment in the gut for the living bacteria, the probiotic, to survive. Both are needed and both have great health benefits for your dog. So what do they do? In a nutshell they provide good gut health for your pet. 

Here's why this is important.  

Did you know that the interaction between the bacteria that lives in your dog's digestive tract and the rest of its body is one of the single biggest factors that dictate your pet's health? Extensive research in digestive health has proven that most disease situations originate from a compromised immune system, which you probably already know, or the malfunctioning of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, which I didn't know.   

This means the GI tract (the gut) needs to be in a state of stable balance between good and bad bacteria. When there are more beneficial bacteria in the gut, they suppress the activity of the negative or pathogenic, bacteria present. When an imbalance occurs, the opportunistic “bad” bugs can overcome the number of desirable microbes reducing their beneficial effects – typically resulting in disease or symptoms such as diarrhea.

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Having Bio-mos®, the special Alltech pre-biotic in our pet food combats the negative microorganisms in the gut and actually attracts these undesirable bugs to its surface and traps them. Then these bad strains of bacteria, e-coli as one possible example, are reduced dramatically in the gut, as they are ‘washed out’ in the animal’s droppings. Pretty cool for a little bit of fiber.

Our probiotic, (the good living bacteria) helps with the absorption of nutrients, improves digestion of  the nutrients in the stomach and helps maintain an environment that doesn't allow bad bacteria to grow. Big job for good little bugs.

And, to retain the integrity of the living probiotics, at KLN family brands we spray them on the kibble after it has been cooked.  

Next blog, Good4life for cats, and remember the Good4Life system is exclusive to our brands. 

Want Food That’s Good For Your Pet’s Life?

One of the things that really make us different from other pet foods is our Good 4 Life System. See the little blue and orange symbol on our bags?

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Here's what it means.

There is another family owned company, called Alltech, (www.alltech.com) a very cool company from Kentucky that makes nutritional products for animals using real ingredients from the earth, (not synthesized drugs).

KLN family brands wanted to make sure that the minerals and pre and probiotics used in their pet foods would be highly effective ones so they approached Alltech and together, they created the Good 4 Life system. This is a combination of Alltech nutritional products designed to maintain the health and well being of your pets. Its 4, patented, trademarked, nutritional products in our dog food and four in our cat food that maintains gut health, assists reproduction and supports the overall immune system which is needed to fight off disease when challenged.

We'll start with discussing two of the items in our dog food.

Let's talk minerals.

You probably know that the immune system in both our bodies and in our dogs is the first line of defense against infectious disease.

What you might not know is to maintain a properly functioning immune system a dog's body requires optimal nutrition and minerals play a key role.

During times of stress and disease, the body draws on its mineral stores in the tissues in order to increase the efficiency of the immune response. So having top notch minerals is crucial. We've got them! The Bioplex® organic trace minerals (copper, iron, manganese, zinc,) in our food made by Alltech, are 100% proteinated minerals. These are organic minerals that are attached to natural protein amino acids, causing them to act like a protein which results in more efficient use of the regular trace minerals. For your dog, this means they are better absorbed and used by the body and most closely mimic the green leafy vegetables from Mother Nature.

But there's more. Before this process happens, Alltech takes the minerals mined from the United States and puts the minerals through some heavy duty testing, to make sure they are not contaminated by any heavy toxic metals, dioxins, or PCB's. You may be surprised to learn that a fair amount is rejected due to contamination. So, then the pure minerals are proteinated and sent along to KLN.

Wanting to provide the highest mineral status we can get for optimal health, we also are using organic selenium. Selenium is another very important mineral that we and our dogs need. Here is what selenium does: it plays an essential role in metabolism, orchestrates normal growth, aids reproduction and supports the immune system, to name just a few of its benefits.

Sel-Plex® is Alltech's proprietary organic form of selenium, manufactured to again, mimic Mother Nature, and is better absorbed, stored in the body and utilized more efficiently by your dog than inorganic selenium. (The inorganic type goes by the name sodium selenite on most other pet food bags).

On our ingredient panel, you will see Sel-Plex® listed as selenium yeast and it is the most researched and proven form of organic selenium and is also the only FDA reviewed and first EU approved source of organic selenium. The point is, our selenium does what it is suppose to do.

Take a look at this part of our ingredient panel on all our dog food.

Ingredients:
Minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, selenium yeast),

We are one of the few pet foods that have 100 percent proteinated minerals and organic selenium! We take the health of your pets seriously and want to make sure our pet food is good for supporting your dog's life and longevity.

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And remember, because KLN family brands and Alltech created the Good 4 life system, for our foods, it is exclusive to our brands!

Next time, find out about how the Good 4 Life system provides for good gut health – something that every-body, human and furry needs.