These days almost everyone has heard of probiotics. Most likely when you think of them, gastrointestinal support comes to mind. And you are correct. Improved gut health, for both animals and humans, is undoubtedly the direct result of taking probiotics regularly. Today I want to share a story with you that highlights their more far-reaching benefits.
While studying the effects of probiotics on dogs, I was fortunate to interview Dr. Jan S. Suchodolski and his assistant at the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital. They were actively researching the efficacy of probiotics used to resolve gastrointestinal issues like IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).
In this veterinary hospital, no matter what the dog’s symptoms might be, blood tests are performed evaluating bowel function.
The day I was there, I had the opportunity to sit in on a follow-up office visit with a woman who had brought her Sheltie in with an eye problem. Bloodwork was performed initially and much to the surprise of the pet parent, her dog was diagnosed with IBD! Her dog had not exhibited any GI symptoms whatsoever!
The treatment prescribed for the Sheltie was dietary change and oral probiotics. It was so exciting to hear that her dog was now free of any eye issues, and her follow-up bloodwork showed that the IBD was on the mend.
In my experience, this scenario frequently happens in humans. Over the years, people have asked me about issues with their skin, ears, eyes, joints and nervous systems. When I questioned them about experiencing any digestive problems like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea – they have answered me that they had absolutely no symptoms. Like the veterinarians at Texas A&M, I suggested dietary change and probiotics, and I’m so happy to tell you that their issues began to resolve as well.
As I’ve asserted throughout my career, good health begins in the gut, whether your dog’s or your own! Vitality is a whole-body approach. An out-of-balance gut can cause seemingly unrelated symptoms, and far too often we don’t make the connection, which allows inflammatory processes to progress to chronic disease.
Yours in health,