April 15, 2015
Sometimes we get over loaded with what we should and shouldn’t do for our health. We can feel so inundated that we don’t end up doing anything at all. I believe that you should aim to change something every week or at least every month which is why l am writing these blogs to give you little bits of information so you can try to incorporate it into your life.
To begin, I’ve noted two important ways to improve your health by:
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which are harmful metabolic by products that damage cells and tissues throughout your body. Antioxidants help with heart health, immune system support, memory support and slow down signs of ageing.
Although many foods contain antioxidants, today’s poor-quality diets are nearly always insufficient in the full range of these beneficial free radical scavengers which is why l recommend increasing your antioxidant intake as a valuable way to optimize your health.
The most popular antioxidants are Vitamin C, A, E and selenium. Hydrogenated fats such as oils that are boiled cause free radicals and turn solid, for example, margarine, crisps, fried food and processed food. Have a look at the ingredients of processed foods and see if they mention hydrogenated fats, if they do stay away from it, you’ll be surprised by how much hydrogenated fats are in our food.
The two fats in Omega-3 oils that are important nutrients for your health are DHA and EPA. These nutrients maintain your health and promote heart health while providing immune system and mood support.
There are 2 types of good fats, there are fats from flax seeds which compose of omega 3, 6 + 9 and fats from fish which compose of omega 3. It’s the ratio between omega 3 and 6 that is important.
As a nation, we tend to consume too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3. Your ancestors embraced a diet with a healthy balance of approximately equal omega-6 and omega-3 fats. But the current Western diet is far too high in omega-6 fats. The average omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is now closer to 20:1, and in some cases even 50:1. This can keep you from reaching optimal health.
Now in a perfect world you would be able to get all the omega-3's you need by eating fish. Unfortunately, studies show that eating fish can potentially expose you to a high degree of contamination with industrial pollutants and toxins like mercury, PCBs, heavy metals and radioactive poisons.
In fact, the FDA and EPA have put out health advisory warnings against certain fish and shellfish consumption for young children, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and nursing mothers. The fish that are safest to eat are the ones that are low in the fish food chain such as sardines, whiting, cod and haddock. It’s the bigger fish that eat these fish like salmon, tuna and shark that are a problem.
Fish oil is weak in antioxidant content, as you increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids by consuming fish oil, you actually increase your need for even more antioxidant protection. Because fish oil is very perishable, antioxidants are necessary to ensure that the fish oil doesn’t oxidize and become rancid inside your body. Oxidation leads to the formation of those unhealthy free radicals.
So, you need to consume additional antioxidants for your health in general, and for your increased need for antioxidants when using fish oil.
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