Some of us (meaning Me!!) will be putting our stomachs in overdrive on Thursday as we enjoy the Biggest Gastro-Day of the Year. Turkey will be the Star of the meal but it may be overshadowed by all the yummy side dishes also on the table. It’s that combination of protein to carb ratio that is part of our uncomfortable feeling at the end of the meal or why you will be loosening your belt to feel better! This is due to a small but important aspect of Stomach pH level.
Proper digestion begins with a low pH meaning high or strong Acid amounts. If there are low or weak amounts of acid that means a high pH level. A high pH means the gastric juice is more base/alkaline than acidic; Making food more difficult to digest. Whew!! That’s a lot of science for today! But this is particularly relevant to dogs because from researching, I found this article by Dr. Bruce Syme.
Here is an excerpt:
“In dogs and cats that eat these diets with high carbohydrate, high plant protein and lower meat protein, we find that the acidity level of the stomach begins to decrease (gastric acidity relates to meat protein), and the stomach becomes progressively more alkaline (PH 4 and above). In this less acidic environment, several key issues arise;
1. With the altered PH, gastric digestion and emptying slows down
2. With the altered PH, food bacteria and contaminants are not destroyed as effectively
3. With the altered PH, raw bones and bone material is not softened and broken down effectively (digestive enzymes lose function) and this can result in obstruction.”
You can find the complete article here http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/digesting-bones-gastric-acidity-salmonella/
Did you know that the stomach will regulate “When” to empty because of pH?! Bodies are amazing! When the proper pH level is reached then the lower sphincter ( called the Pyloric Sphincter) will open to let the Chyme (digested food) into the Small Intestine. Onward and Out it goes! If the pH is not reached then digestion comes to a Halt. The Chyme may back up and go out the Top or it gets forced into the small intestine less digested then problems arise with less absorption and moving out quickly as a watery mess! Yikes!!
So why??? you may be wondering am I blabbing, I mean blogging about pH? Because pH could be why your dog is brimming with health or NOT! If your dog is eating dry, processed, dog food more than likely their stomach pH is too High. This, as stated before, will decrease the efficiency of digestion and cause numerous health problems for your dog.
I am bringing this to your attention because I would be most Thankful for you to have a Healthy, Happy, Long living. Well Trained Dog!
Happy Thanksgiving! Now Let’s Eat!
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