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    Why mineral deficiencies lead to dehydration and premature aging

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    3 steps to keeping your dog feeling young This week I discovered most people do not know mineral deficiencies lead to dehydration, which leads to premature aging. The reason why is because the body needs to maintain the right osmotic balance to maintain the optimal mineral to water ratio. When minerals are missing, the body has to reduce the water volume in order to keep the proper levels of electrolytes. Over the years, I have frequently written on the topic of mineral and nutrient depletion, but now we have more data to confirm what is happening. In fact, the situation is worse than I thought because almost every dog that doesn’t get supplements is depleted. Despite this information, some people still resist taking a few simple steps that will make a huge difference. It is almost as if they need to learn the hard way and it is difficult to watch. I wish their dogs could tell them what is missing. Then I thought, perhaps these guardians are concerned about the cost, but ultimately supplements are much less costly than treating any disease and that is why I am reaching out this weekend. I think the biggest reason people don’t give supplements is because most people are not aware that supplementing missing minerals leads to better hydration, which leads to improved function of every cell and organ in the body. Hydration is also essential in slowing down the aging process. I will confess that I didn’t expect the difference between dogs with and without mineral supplements to be as big as it is. It was an eye-opening experience and it is so great to see dogs in their teens acting like they were seven or eight-years-old and you can do the same for your dog! All you need to do is to take the following 3 steps: Measure mineral levels by using HairQ test Give your dog all-natural essential supplements Feed wholesome, natural raw or cooked food. © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM 

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