Why did I want our dogs to have Dandelions in New Super Sally Snacks ?
I came home from the hospital last year with a PICC Line in my arm pumping very strong antibiotics into my arm. For the next 4 weeks my body worked to destroy a very dangerous staph infection, but I also knew that my liver was suffering collateral damage as a result of the medicine. So I went on a quest to find the most powerful natural liver booster, and I landed on the Dandelion.
I have to admit that at first I was skeptical. This cute little yellow flower that blankets the side of the hills where I hike, or in the cracks of the sidewalk in front of Starbucks is strong enough to fight the damage of man-made antibiotics? Isn't this like bringing a knife to a gun fight?
Unfortunately we often think that what comes easy can't be any good. We like rare wines, limited edition sneakers, hard to get reservations at the latest restaurants. But isn't the search, the never ending quest, also a little exhausting?
What if the Dandelion is Mother Nature's reminder of the abundance that surrounds us every day and that everything we need is right in front of us? -
Here's what The Medical Medium says about the Dandelion in his book "Life-Changing Foods."
"Dandelions come up in the early spring, just when our bodies are due for a spring cleaning. When consumed, the dandelion's defining characteristic is bitterness, and this is the very feature that lends it restorative process."
Don't you feel better just reading this? Doesn't it make you feel like Mother Nature knows a thing or two?
Here's what I know: The Dandelion is one of the most complete plant foods on earth. It contains Vitamin A, C,K, D and B Complex, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc and other trace minerals that have been stripped from a lot of food sources these days due to poor planting and soiling practices. Here's an interesting article on zinc deficiency in dogs.
Also there have been promising studies showing the potential for Dandelions to fight cancer. Read this.
THREE REASONS TO LOVE THE DANDELION
Each part of the dandelion -The Flower, The Leaves and The Roots (what we use in Super Sally Snacks) have their own healing properties. *
1. The flower is known to have a mild pain relieving effect and can be less irritating for dogs (and cats) than aspirin.
2. The leaves are said to "warm up" the body's metabolism which triggers an increase in bile production which can result in a more efficient digestion, reduced indigestion and better absorption of nutrients from their food and any other supplements you might be giving your dog.
3. The root is the most concentrated part of the dandelion. It has been said to help support the liver and the gallbladder by increasing bile production. Read this.
I give this to my dogs each morning (1 TBSP per 20 pounds body weight). Given that my Lab Sancho is 11, I like knowing that the organ responsible for detoxifying his body (the liver) is getting a little back up. Even Batman needed Robin, right?
Also watch this video below, where a vet goes into more detail about the health benefits of Dandelion.
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*I am not a vet or a nutritionist. Please talk to either before making any changes to your dog's diet.