Golden Retrievers are awesome dogs! They make wonderful companions and great family dogs. But did you know that this breed is at a very high risk of getting cancer? The breed has a cancer rate of about 60%, which is ridiculously high.
This statistic may have you wondering if there is anything that you can do to prevent your beloved Golden from getting cancer. Well, in this article we will focus on diet and how it relates to cancer. Believe it or not, diet can play a huge roll in preventing and, even, treating cancer.
When Diet Hurts
To understand the best diet to prevent and help heal cancer you need to be aware of what kind of diet is not good and why. So, let’s start with carbohydrates. There are many reasons why carbohydrates are not a good thing to feed your dog if you want to prevent cancer. The main reason is that carbohydrates turn into glucose in the body and glucose is the preferred food of cancer cells.
Another problem with carbohydrates is the ingredients that contain carbohydrates. Grains, nuts, and soy are often a source of carbohydrates in kibbles. These ingredients contain aflatoxins that are known carcinogens.
Some kibbles and treats also contain food colorings. These food colorings, especially Red 3, are known to cause cancer. These should be avoided at all costs!
Kibbles and many treats are also preserved with lots of different preservatives. These include known carcinogens like ethoxyquin, BHT, BHA, sodium nitrates, and others. It is best to feed a fresh diet that requires no preservatives.
The high heat processing of kibble and commercial treats can also cause the ingredients to change to a point where they will cause cancer. The heating can cause fats to go rancid which can contribute to cancer and early aging.
Kibble is also very high in omega-6 fatty acids which is very inflammatory. This is a good thing as long as the omega-6 fatty acids are balanced with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, kibbles and commercially processed foods are rarely balanced in their fat content and are typically very high in omega-6s. The inflammation from too many omega-6 can be a huge contributor to cancer.
Another vitamin that can contribute to cancer is a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D can be very helpful for reducing inflammation and helping to support the immune system. It is often found that dogs with cancer also have low vitamin D. Unfortunately, you cannot simply let your dog be outside more to absorb sunshine. Dogs are not able to absorb vitamin D from the sun so they must get it from their diet. However, synthetic vitamin D is not that effective and can cause health issues too.
What Diet Is Best?
So, what is the best diet to prevent and help heal cancer? A raw, species-appropriate diet, of course! This is a diet and is as close as possible to that of a wolf, the wild cousins of our Goldens. In other words, the diet that dogs have been created to eat.
With a raw, species-appropriate diet you avoid carbohydrates completely. No carbs = no preferred fuel source for cancer to grow. With this technique, you can literally starve cancer!
While dogs cannot absorb sunlight through their skin and turn it into vitamin D other animals can! Animals like cows, chickens, pigs, and others can absorb sunlight and make it into vitamin D. Then when your dog eats these animals he can absorb the vitamin D from them. Of course, these animals must be raise outside so that they can absorb the sunlight.
Grass-fed, pasture-raised liver, pasture-raised egg yolks, wild-caught salmon, and sardines are all excellent sources of vitamin D for your Golen Retriever. Vitamin D is very sensitive to cooking so it is best to feed these things raw.
Supplements To Help
There are many supplements that can help to prevent and heal cancer. These natural supplements are helpful and have little to no negative side effects. You can add them to your dog’s diet regularly as prevention and support for overall health. If you are not currently fighting cancer with your Golden it is a good idea to rotate adding these to your Golden’s diet.
Adaptogens help to kill cancer while preserving healthy cells. Turmeric, parsley, milk thistle, mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, turkey tail, cordyceps), rosemary, and ginger are all excellent adaptogens that can help kill cancer while keeping your Golden healthy.
Still, there are other foods that can help to absorb carcinogens form the body. This includes things like spirulina, chlorella, bentonite clay, humin acid, and vegetable fiber. If the carcinogens are absorbed then they will pass from the body without causing damage.
There are still other foods that help to neutralize carcinogens. These include basil, rosemary, tops of celery, shiitake, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. These can help to make carcinogens cause less damage.
CBD oil is anti-inflammatory and helps return the body to homeostasis. Homeostasis is basically the way the body is designed to be. And no body is designed to have cancer in it!
Antioxidants can be hugely helpful for defending the body from cancer. They are also anti-aging. You can find antioxidants in things like phytoplankton, blueberries, leafy greens, raspberries, and green-lipped mussels are wonderful antioxidants!
Echinacea and Astragalus are also helpful for boosting the immune system. Anything that boosts the immune system can help to prevent the body from forming cancer cells as well as support whole-body health.
There are lots of things that you can do to support your Golden Retriever, prevent cancer, and even help to heal your dog of cancer. Of course, prevention is always the best medicine! So, avoid known carcinogens in your dog’s diet and environment. Also, be sure to support your dog with a species-appropriate, raw diet and supportive supplements.