Whole Food Nutrition (WFN) is one of the most powerful tools in veterinary medicine and often the most under-utilized. At VPC, WFN is the center of our practice. Much like building a house, it is critical to set a strong foundation on which we can build a solid structure of health and vitality.
Consider this, all chronic diseases start with nutritional deficiency. Every cell in the body requires specific nutrients to drive the functionality of that cell. Deprive the cell of nutrients and it falls into a dysfunctional state. When enough cells are dysfunctional, then symptoms emerge. By providing cellular nutritional support, functionality improves and the body’s normal systems of healing take over. Consequently, responses to individual treatment modalities are profoundly accentuated.
Modern commercially processed diets are grossly inadequate in nutrient density. Clever marketing and word selection lead consumers to believe that a dry, kibble diet is truly “balanced & complete”, when nothing could be further from the truth. In WFN, the focus is on using real food, minimally processed, in the form that nature intended for optimal absorption and utilization by the body. WFN relies upon the synergy between naturally occurring nutrients, phytonutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants to support cellular health. As the canine pet food market has grown, commercially available whole food diets go beyond home-cooked diets and raw food diets into the realm of freeze-dried, air-dried, and dehydrated. Once a pet ventures into the whole food realm, variety is introduced to optimize nutrient exposure.
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