Protein Temperatures

Protein Temperatures

Hot, Cold, And Neutral Proteins

The subject of protein “temperatures” was introduced to us by our holistic veterinarian while he was using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat Kimahri’s cancer. According to TCM, food “temperature” can be used in alleviating various ailments including allergies. Although there’s much to read and learn on this subject, Kimahri’s cancer was “hot” from a TCM standpoint, and therefore her prescribed diet contained neutral to cold proteins.

Our holistic veterinarian also recommends we should predominantly feed neutral and cold proteins in the warmer seasons since huskies, as Arctic dogs, will benefit from a non-heating diet during hot weather temperatures.

We also learned that neutral proteins make fantastic introduction proteins during transitioning, especially for sensitive and allergy-prone dogs. This subject is fascinating to us, and you may enjoy reading into it. I’ll leave some resources in this chapter for you to explore further!

Common Proteins and their TCM Temperatures

Food Temperature
Duck Cold
Rabbit Cold
Duck Egg Cold
Whitefish Cold
Pollock Cold
   
Beef Neutral
Goose Neutral
Quail Neutral
Bison Neutral
Mackerel Neutral
Sardine Neutral
Chicken Egg Neutral
Cheese Neutral
   
Turkey Warming-Neutral (debated)
   
Chicken Warming
Pheasant Warming
Anchovy Warming
Mussels Warming
Goats Milk Warming
   
Mutton Hot
Goat Hot
Sheep/Lamb Hot
Deer/Venison Hot
Trout Hot

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Protein Temperatures

Complete Nutrition Through Variety

Common Protein Sources And How They Vary

Protein High In Fats
Chicken Protein, Potassium, Niacin, Phosphorus Medium
Beef Protein, Zinc, B12, Selenium, Phosphorus Varies
Duck Protein, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins B & K High
Rabbit Protein, Phosphorus, Selenium, B Vitamins Low
Goat Protein, Phosphorus, Calcium, Choline Low
Mackerel Vitamin D, Omega-3, Selenium, Magnesium Medium

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Every protein source has different levels of various nutrients. By feeding a varied diet, certain protein sources will fill in the gaps of what the others lack. Think about it: we don’t only eat chicken for our entire lives, because we naturally crave variety.

Rotation Frequency

Again, mimicking nature as closely as possible is best. There are many opinions for how to do this, and you’ll find the way that works best for you and your pup. We tend to rotate protein sources once or twice per week, and our holistic veterinarian approves of our method. We feed at least five protein sources in rotation on a regular basis, and add even more variety when locally available.

Food Allergies

Dr. Karen Becker explains that frequent protein rotation will prevent food allergies from occurring. Learn more about healing food allergies in the resources of this chapter.

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