Thursday, July 30, 2015

End of the honeymoon with nutrients

I think I'm reaching the end of my micronutient craze.
  •  I've used them for over 6 weeks (more like 6 months) in reasonable dietary quantities, and I've seen vast improvement initially but it peters off over a period of time.
  • Cats have had the worst of it. Initially they ate less and looked healthier, but over a period of 6 months, I've noticed they've all grown considerably thinner, especially the older males. I think that it could be due to either Iodine, Potassium Iodate or Magnesium. I read in Obligate Carnivore that magnesium creates crystals in some male's urinary system/bladder, making it harder for them to pee. Cats being desert-creatures, this could possibly explain the loss of weight. The more obvious explanation would be the iodine-potassium iodate, since it increases thyroid function and might explain weight-loss. Anyway, it wasn't too positive.
  • In the dogs there's general improvement, and they've mostly all weathered the storms that have hit us continuously pretty well. But they've all given up eating rice! Maybe a more balanced nutritional meal for them is just an increase in protein and fat! The rice consumption is down by almost half and I don't know if that's a good thing at all. I depend on the rice to increase the number of animals I feed - if I gave them all just meat, I'd barely feed 20 dogs, let alone 60-100.
The changes I've made:
I've reduced the nutrients I add from 2 spoons to about a half a spoon for the entire lot, and then only during the full moon cycle.
 
I've increased the fiber and oil a bit and plan to increase it more. I also plan to add a few nutrient absorption-enhancing spices - ginger, garlic, jeera, turmeric instead of more nutrients.

I plan to use more Schussler biochemic combos and homeopathic nutrients than the actual chemical versions in the future. I figure that they'd do the enhancing of absorption better that way and be less dangerous than more nutrients.