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Holistic Nutrition

Holistic medicine is a return to the basics, a way of looking at nutrition and health by exploring the quality and appropriateness of the food in comparison to the individual body’s needs. In recent years, science has had a hold on the civilized world, and food manufacturers use this knowledge to persuade consumers to purchase their goods rather than use the medical wisdom passed down through generations.

In this shift towards feeding our family’s bodies what is essential to our health needs, food that is seasonal and of good quality, why not look at your pets’ food needs in a similar light? Different animals have different dietary needs, but the basic idea is simple. Feed them good quality, hormone-free, organic, healthy foods optimized for their species and unique needs and they will have an infinitely better opportunity to live a longer, healthier life.

Just like humans, each animal is uniquely different and will have individual optimal diets. Food grown in the most health-supporting environment possible produces the best nutritional basis for a healthy diet. Sage works with Master Organic Gardener, Adrienne Daniel of Qualicum Country Farm, as well as other local producers first to supply you and your pets with optimal, nutrient-dense produce.

Five Element Approach

A five Element approach to health, as in Traditional Chinese Medicine, identifies paired organs and systems to daily and seasonal influences, tastes, sounds smells, and physiology. In the Eastern healing arts, it is a significant portion of health evaluation and imbalance diagnoses. This is the basis for our food choices.

The Sage Diet is designed to support and aid digestion, assimilation, provide appropriate nutrients, gently support detoxification, and evacuation. In essence, we strive to provide the body with what it needs for health, vitality and longevity.

Signature Vegetables

Our signature vegetables are a proprietary blend of organic seasonal vegetables, herbs, sea vegetables, superfoods and probiotics.

  • assists with Glycemic balance,
  • encourages health supporting probiotics
  • enhances many vitamins
  • helps alkalize the blood for optimum cellular oxygen exchange
  • disease discouraging factors
  • builds the immune system
  • supports bone health
  • encourages gentle detox of heavy metals and cellular wastes
  • provides the vehicle and supports the mechanism for evacuation

Sage proteins are raw, and mixed with nutrient appropriate fruits and berries, which provide the following benefits:


These energized protein molecules play a necessary role in virtually all biochemical activities that go on in the body. In their primary role enzymes are catalysts, substances that accelerate and precipitate the hundreds of thousands of bio chemical reaction in the body that control life processes.


Natural compounds that help protect the body from harmful free radicals, that can cause damage to cells, impair the immune system and can lead to infections and various degenerative diseases such as, heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants work synergistically in giving protection against free radical damage, so it is better to take smaller doses of several different antioxidants then a large amount of any one.


During growth, fats are necessary for normal brain development. Essential to providing energy and support growth.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

EFAa have desirable effects on many disorders. They improve the skin and hair, reduce blood pressure, aid in the prevention of arthritis, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduce the risk of blood clot formation. Found in high concentrations in the brain, EFAs aid in the transmission of nerve impulses and are needed for normal development and function of the brain. Every living cell in the body needs essential fatty acids for rebuilding and producing new cells.

Amino Acids

When protein is consumed the body breaks it down into amino acids, the building blocks of all proteins. Essential amino acids are those not synthesized by the body, and must be obtained through diet. Whenever the body makes a protein – when it builds muscle for example, it needs a variety of amino acids for the protein making process.


Phytochemicals are a powerful ammunition in the prevention of cancer and other disorders. They are the biologically active substance in plants that are responsible for giving them color, flavor and natural disease resistance. Understanding that cancer formation is a multi-step process, research has shown how phytochemicals can help interrupt this process and become proactive in prevention. For example, flavonoids, found in citrus fruits and berries keep cancer–causing hormones from latching on to cells in the first place.

Other phytochemicals found in a variety of produce can activate a group of enzymes that whisk the carcinogen out of the cell before it can cause harm, or kill tumors by preventing the capillary formation necessary to feed the tumor, or interfere with certain chemical unions that can create carcinogens. Fortunately, it is easy to get a healthy dose of phytochemicals at every meal, and unlike many vitamins these substances do not appear to be destroyed by cooking or other processes. Of course, by eating much of your produce raw or lightly cooked, you will be able to reap the benefits, not just of phytochemicals, but of all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that fresh whole foods have to offer.

Phytochemicals can be beneficial in prevention of, and assist treatment of hypoglycemia, intestinal upsets, eye disorders to name a few. Certain phytochemicals found in berries help strengthen blood vessels, promote heart health and aid the lymphatic system which transports fluids from the tissues back to the blood stream for processing, recirculation or evacuation.

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Hand-Crafted Health

Holistic pet foods lovingly prepared on Vancouver Island, off the West Coast of Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, by Elizabeth Ireland.