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Get Health with Eat Fats

Informed adults are including EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acid)as part of their diets daily in their supplement program. The benefits are usually noticeable within a few weeks of starting supplementation. One of the first things people usually notice is a reduction in the dryness and itching of the skin. Research in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, cited an imbalance in fat metabolism, due to the modern diet loaded with processed foods and hydrogenated fats or trans fats while being practically void of EFA’s – as a major culprit in many health problems. Clearly, a healthy balance of EFA’s is critical to total body health both inside and out. Essential Four:

– ALA (Alpha linolenic acid) found in flax seeds, has shown great promise in helping the body with cancer prevention, protecting against heart disease, improving immune function, pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Women are using 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil daily to control hot flashes and night sweets. Improved hormone function equates to healthier, younger looking skin.

– GLA (Gamma linolenic acid) is recognized for its abilities in a variety of areas. It is a PMS soother, arthritis alleviator and major beautifier. To consume the richest sources of GLA look to borage oil, black current seed oil, and evening primrose oil. While GLA is found in vegetable oils, there are numerous dietary and lifestyle factors which disrupt the absorption. For example, consumption of sugar, alcohol, trans fats, and lack of minerals and vitamins can interfere with absorption of GLA, EPA and DHA. Trans fats usually come in the form of fried foods, alcohol is alcohol, and sugar is hidden because anything white converts to sugar immediately. All sweeteners can be problematic but but not only are they a problem for absorption of quality fats this has been shown to increase risk of Type II diabetes and syndrome X.

– Research with the Omega-3’s, EPA and DHA has shown such great promise in a variety of mental and physical health issues that the American Heart Association recently revised its food guidelines to include Omega-3’s. They are advising everyone’s diet consist of at least two 3 ounce servings of a fatty fish weekly. Fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel.

– These fats are critical to hormone production and hormone production is at the source of every bodily function. These healthy fats are showing to be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases due to their necessity in the production of hormones that control body functions.

– Read food labels before you buy or eat a food. You will be surprised what you can learn if you read labels this is an important part of getting healthy. Hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils have been indicated in many major cancers and heart disease. If the product has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, lard or any added animal fats do not consume it. At a restaurant ask what type of oils or fats are used in preparing this food. Olive oil and butter are your safest options. There is not a food that contains these fats that you cannot live without and there are many alternatives in today’s market place. We can take action to remove these foods from the options that are available in the future by not purchasing them.

– Many people today are finding they are sensitive and cannot eat gluten containing foods. Even those tested negative for gluten sensitivity still notice their digestion is better when they eliminate enriched flour products from their diets. It is not only the gluten that is a problem in enriched flour products. Digestion is impaired when we eat enriched flour because all the beneficial nutrients, fiber and fats are removed from the enriched product to begin with. Enriched means it is not whole or it is missing something.

To Summarize:

– Take a multiple vitamin daily.

– Take an EFA daily.

– Quality fats daily are critical to overall health and beautiful looking skin, which is a topic of great concern to the baby boomer generation.

– Avoid alcohol, trans fats, hydrogenated fats and excess sugars.

– Read labels religiously.

– Eat nutrient dense foods that provide necessary vitamins and minerals.

– Eliminate enriched flour products.