What is Kamut? THAT is the most common comment I her regarding Kamut. So, to start this off, let me explain: Kamut is an ancient grain that is in the wheatgrass family. It was found in Egyptian tombs and was brought back to the US to grow. Unlike most other forms of wheatgrass, it has not been altered or diluted, from it’s natural state. Meaning, Kamut has only eight chromosomes while wheat grasses have over thirty. Kamut is a pure form of superfood and can do amazing things for the human body, as well as dogs.
Now, I realize that I have talked, previously, about looking for grain free foods, for your dogs, and I still stand by that. Truth is, grains, in general, just aren’t that helpful to dogs and most dog food companies use high amount of grains as fillers for their foods because they are cheep. Cheep means they probably have little to no nutritional value to them, but, since they don’t cost much, that is what manufactures want…you know…it’s that “bottom line” we have talked about in the past. However, this grain is different; different in that is is highly nutritious and chalked full of chlorophyll, which, is extremely important for dogs. Chlorophyll, or the search of, is the main reason that dogs instinctually eat grass when they have stomach aches. Unfortunately, the grass that they are eating has little to no nutritional value in it, so it doesn’t help the issue. Kamut, my fur-loving-friends will.
For a few years now, I have been drinking Kamut, on a daily basis. Pleas keep in mind that at the time, I thought I was “gluten intolerant”, but I would drink it anyway as it was the only thing, at the time, that would make my daily stomach aches go away. I didn’t really know why, nor did I understand the science behind it. All I know is that when I am using this amazing grain, on a daily basis, I don’t have stomach aches, my skin is clearer, and I have way more energy.
What does this have to do with dogs? Well, about two weeks ago, my daughter’s dog was pretty sick. He threw up his breakfast, two days in a row, and then stopped eating. Now, since there was no blood in his vomit, I decided to wait it out. It was on a weekend, which is when all animals choose to get sick or hurt, and he is terrified of going into town, so I thought that if I could make him feel better, without the stress of a trip to the vet, he would be better off. Now, what can you give a dog, who isn’t eating, and is clearly having stomach issues? I went to what I know, Kamut. I took just a little of his kibble, maybe a quarter of a cup, and sprinkled some Organic Kamut on it. Guess what? He ate it. Even licked the bowl clean of the excess powder that had fallen to the bottom of his bowl. Huh. Well, it made sense. If a dogs natural instinct is to chew on grass because they are seeking chlorophyll, and Kamut has chlorophyll in it, why wouldn’t he, naturally, want to eat it? After that, it only took a day or two to get him back on his normal eating. I am still putting the Kamut in his food, for now.
Chlorophyll is one of those things that dogs, in the wild, used to get plenty of. They would kill their pray, that were vegetarians, and were able to absorb the nutrients that their pray had gotten from the plants that they ate…like chlorophyll. Since it has been a long time since our domestic dogs have hunted for their own meals, the natural nutrients that they used to get from their food sources just aren’t there anymore. We all want our dogs to live and to thrive, as long as possible. The best way to do this is to get them back to their natural diets, without having them hunt and kill their own meals. 🙂
Another food that has been widely removed, and or destroyed, from our pets food is alfalfa. Now, alfalfa is a grass that has deep strong roots, with which to absorb all sorts of nutrients from the earth. With roots that can grow up to forty feet deep, it is absolutely full of wholesome goodness. Unfortunately, alfalfa has lost a lot of face, especially in the holistic and organic arenas, because it is one of the most widely sprayed, with glyphosate, crops there is. However, since alfalfa is such an amazing herb, that has many benefits including anti-inflammatory attributes, high levels of protein, and chlorophyll, using dried organic alfalfa, can be very beneficial for your pets. Sadly, I had a scare, several years ago, with a horse of mine that was diagnosed with toxic levels of Round-up Ready in her system. It was because of the alfalfa. I completely stopped feeding alfalfa and for years, wouldn’t even allow it on my property. Then I did some research, saw the amazing benefits, and found a source for organic alfalfa pellets. My point; please feed this amazing herb to your pets but please please please make sure it is certified organic and only feed it in it’s dried form.
As you probably well know, all foods are not made the same. Quality and integrity mean so much, these days. I know that it may cost a little more, but I urge you to spend the extra few cents for better quality ingredients. This not only goes for your beloved pets, but for you and your family as well. In this day and age, the educated shopper may out-live us all!
My source for Organic Kamut is: https://ishoppurium.com/products/kamut-blend-family-size-270g, (Use gift code LOYALTY to get $50 off of your first $75 order)
My source for Organic Alfalfa Pellets is: http://www.modestomilling.com/livestock.html, (the organic alfalfa pellets are toward the bottom of the page)
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Many blessings to you and your four-legged-loves ~ Tammy