13 Aug Supplement Sermon…part II!
Something to ponder with nutrition in ALL species is that millions of years have made mammals very good at dealing with a ‘lack’ as opposed to ‘excess’. Mammals can accommodate a temporary deficiency of anything. For example, if the diet does not provide enough vitamin A, there is a great reserve in the liver, enough to last months or even years. Not enough energy in the form of carbohydrate and fat?… no problem, the body cleverly switches to converting amino acids from protein into glucose. Calcium lacking in the blood?.. not a problem, the body will dissolve bone to bump up circulating levels (which is why Ca:P ratio is very important). Sodium scarce?…the kidneys can pretty much shut down sodium excretion, I can go on, but the point I’m trying to make is that the mammalian body is an amazingly efficient system that has a back-up allowing it to deal with lack, insufficiency, absence and shortage of nutrients. We create far more problems by over-feeding/supplementing ALL aspects of nutrition in ALL species, particularly soluble carbohydrates, than we ever will with deficiencies. Even animals on death’s door from starvation can be SLOWLY rehabilitated back to full health without any lasting deleterious effects.
The human species has long lost the conscience awareness of what is good for them and what needs to be sought out in the environment and selected as food. Animals, on the other hand still have this ability and can do it very well given a largely un-restricted environment that closely matches their natural surroundings. Our $$$, time and energy would be much better invested in gaining a better understanding of animal behaviour and how we can adapt our management practices to better mimic those the animal has evolved to thrive in, than purchasing a bag or bucket of what we believe to be a ‘quick fix’, for a problem we don’t even know exists.