Fitness

Omega-3: Omega-6

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In the American diet vegetable oil is the one source of fat. These days there is increasing concern of which omegas are healthy and in what ratio.

So many Omegas: Which ones are good? Omega-3 or Omega-6:

Omega-6 fats fall under the “bad fats” category and are pro-inflammatory, and there is evidence that higher consumption of these fats is related to brain disorders. American diet is extremely high in omega-6 fats which are found in many vegetable oils, including safflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and soybean oil.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. Today we consumed ten to twenty-five times more omega-6 fats and have dramatically reduced our intake of healthy omega-3 fats.

The following chart lists the omega-6 and omega-3 content of various vegetables oils.

Oil Omega-6 Content Omega-3 Content
Canola 20% 9%
Corn 54% 0%
Cottonseed 50% 0%
Fish 0% 100%
Flaxseed 14% 57%
Peanut 32% 0%
Safflower 75% 0%
Sesame 42% 0%
Soybean 51% 7%
Sunflower 65% 0%
Walnut 52% 10%

So seafood is great source of omega-3 fatty acids and even wild meats- beef, venison and buffalo. But if animals are fed grains (corn and soybeans) then they will not have adequate omega-3 in their meat. Hence it’s better to consume grass-fed beef and meats to get all the vital nutrients in our diet.

 

Reference: “Grain Brain”- David Perlmutter

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Science of Happiness!

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Happiness seems simple. We all experience it at some point or another. But when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual’s baseline- is determined by genes and personality traits. Circumstances and daily activities make up the rest of the puzzle.

The World Happiness Report is a survey and ranking of 155 countries by their level of happiness, taking into account six key indicators: Generosity, Freedom, Health, Trustworthy governance, Income and Social support.

The Happiest Places on Earth.

According to World Happiness Report, the happiest countries of 2017 are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

America isn’t i the top 10. US ranks No. 14 on the list. Perhaps we can take some pointers from those happy Scandinavians!

Looking for ways to be happier?

Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it seems to affect positive change in your mood. Other few things are: To stream music, read inspiring articles, meditate, enjoy a nature walk, travel, spend quality time with your pet and reflect on something you’re grateful for at the end of every day.  🙂

7 Essentials to Health & Well-Being!

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These 7 essentials to improve self-health. To make positive changes in the seven key areas that influence health and wellness.

  1. Structure= Body and musculoskeletal health (massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractor)
  2. Diet & Nutrition= what you eat and drink (eat whole food not processed food. Drink water instead of Sodas)
  3. Digestion= having enzymes to digest food well and eliminating the waste products.
  4. Hormones= Balanced endocrine system. Especially for women health (PMS, menopause)
  5. Exercise= Activity is important
  6. Stress= manage emotional, physical and nutritional stress (from intake of artificial food)
  7. Thoughts= What you think about affects your health. You can’t have positive life with negative attitude.

Tips to Prevent Cold & Flu

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Extreme fluctuation in weather can put stress on immune system.  Lower immune system means easy to catch cold & flu.

Here are some tips to prevent flu:

  • Avoid sick people
  • Wash your hands often
  • Breathe clean air (air purifier)
  • Keep your hands away from your face
  • Keep warm (wear a scarf)
  • Get more movement, sun, and fresh air
  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Avoid negativity
  • Preventative natural medicine (boost immune system)

The best prevention during cold & flu is to get your immune system stronger.

Pollution!

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How to Deal with All the Pollution?

Limit your exposure.

Replace the substances in the house, yard, and skin care products with clean natural alternatives.

Avoid processed food, eat fresh and organic.

Tune up the body’s natural detoxification ability. Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals to boost your immune system.

Perform a whole body purification/ detoxification a minimum of once per year.

 

The Liver!

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Blood passes thru liver at the rate of three pints per minute.The most metabolic organ has 600 known functions.

Regulatory functions:

  • Carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
  • Storage of glycogen, Vitamins A, D, B, iron, & copper
  • Detoxifies substances

Only organ to have two separate sources of blood supply

  • Hepatic artery
  • Portal vein

Foods That May Support Phase One Modulation

Nutritional yeast, Whole grains, Brassicas, Citrus, Green tea, Berries

Foods That May Support Phase Two Modulation

Glutathione: Brassicas, asparagus, avocado, walnuts

Amino Acid: Protein-rich foods (high quality meats), glycine

Methylation: Green leafies (folate), Beets (betaine), eggs (choline), meats (B12).

Sulfation: Egg yolks, red pepper, garlic, onion, shallots, brassicas

Glucuronidation: Sulfur-rich foods above, citrus fruits

Acetylation: Yeast, whole grains, peppers (B vitamins), cabbage, citrus fruits (vitamin C)