Introduction to Species Appropriate Raw Food Diet (SARF)
What is a Species Appropriate Raw Food diet (SARF)
SARF is a diet that is based on the animal’s natural diet, which will consists of raw, unprocessed animal proteins, fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods, depending upon the species. This diet is designed to provide the animal with a balanced and nutritious diet that offers all the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed for optimal health.
Specifically dogs and cats, as carnivorous predators, need to ingest all the major parts of their herbivorous prey, except the plants in the digestive system to grow and maintain their own bodies.
What are the Benefits of a Species Appropriate Raw Food Diet (SARF)
A Species Appropriate Raw Food diet (SARF) provides numerous benefits for both cats and dogs. Here are some of the most significant advantages of feeding your pet a SARF diet.
Improved Digestive Health
One of the main advantages of a SARF diet is improved digestive health. Eating a diet that is species-appropriate helps to keep the digestive system functioning properly and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, maintaining the correct stomach Ph levels. Eating a SARF diet also helps to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation as it maintains function of ease creating homeostasis.
Better Nutrient Absorption
The consumption of raw foods specific to the species also helps improve nutrient absorption in the body. By eating food in its natural form, the body is better able to absorb and use the nutrients that are present in the food. This improved absorption will lead to better overall health and well-being as the body functions with ease.
Biochemistry shows us that minerals are responsible for cell strength as well as repair. It is stated in biochemistry that around 102 minerals are what make up the body of a living organism, for example, the bones are made up of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, the brain is made up of carbon and copper, the pancreas chromium and the blood iron to name a few examples. Providing a SARF diet helps to improve nutrient absorption in the body because the minerals assimilate at a cellular level thus improving overall health and well-being.
Improved Immune System
Eating a species-appropriate raw food diet also helps to improve the immune system. The immune system in simple terms is comprised of skin, blood and lymph, the blood and lymph are sealed elasticated fluid pipework networks, that have to flow freely through the whole cellular system, skin is considered as the third kidney as its the largest eliminative organ filter.
Raw foods and in particular a SARF diet is processed efficiently and effectively through the cell and the waste created not only through digestion but at a cellular level can be eliminated efficiently, this will allow the body to function with ease thus creating a strong and healthy immune system, creating overall health and vitality.
Better Oral Health
Eating a SARF diet will also help to improve oral health. When a species consumes its SARF diet the teeth are constantly being cleaned and the gums are being nourished. Eating raw foods also helps to reduce plaque build-up and can help to prevent gum disease.
Because no synthetics, chemicals or acids are being consumed that would cause the teeth to break down causing plaque build-up this also helps to prevent gum disease.
The benefit with a SARF diet when looking at oral health when observing dogs or cats as carnivores is understood and seen when they consume a whole prey meal or a raw meaty bone their teeth are cleaned whilst eating as their powerful jaws and carnassial teeth cut through the bone, ligament and flesh the bone scrapes against the teeth whilst chewing and the meat acts like a flossing agent cleaning between the teeth.
Raw foods are usually lower in calories than cooked foods, making them a great choice for pets that are trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Eating raw foods can also help to reduce hunger, which can make it easier to stick to a healthy diet.
Eating a SARF diet generally results in better weight management promoting weight control but essentially provides an ideal body condition. SARF foods are processed much more efficiently than cooked foods or synthetic kibbles. Foods that are not SARF will either not be processed at all or processed inefficiently, resulting in poor elimination seen in the form of weight gain. A SARF diet is not only a great choice for pets but it’s in line with nature. Eating SARF foods can also help to reduce hunger as it is feeding the body at a cellular level as opposed to the hunger (malnutrition) seen with other recommended options.
You Are What You Eat!
A Species Appropriate Raw Food diet (SARF) will ensure that everything consumed in the form of food will assimilate into the body at a cellular level and the waste created from processing will be eliminated efficiently, this means it doesn’t back up in the body leading to inflammation and ultimately disease – dis-ease of function or motion, the natural result from this is, of course, is a reduction in vet visits as well as bills.
With a SARF diet, you can essentially remove the chance of a negative impact on health by understanding the root cause of issues such as arthritis, lack of energy, allergies, skin conditions, dull, bad breath, smelly dogs and more. Feeding your pet a SARF diet and when done correctly will be beneficial for both their physical and mental health.