Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fatty Acids, a necessary part of your health

Fatty acid imbalance are common in societies that consume an abundance of processed foods with artificial ingredients and hydrogenated fat, and have an over-reliance on grains.
A Purdue University study showed that kids low in Omega-3 essential fatty acids are significantly more likely to be hyperactive, have learning disorders, and to display behavioral problems. Omega-3 deficiencies have also been tied to dyslexia, violence, depression, memory problems, weight gain, cancer, heart disease, eczema, allergies, inflammatory diseases, arthritis, diabetes, and many other conditions.
Over 2,000 scientific studies have demonstrated the wide range of problems associated with Omega-3 deficiencies. The American diet is almost devoid of Omega 3's except for certain types of fish. In fact, researchers believe that about 60% of Americans are deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids, and about 20% have so little that test methods cannot even detect any in their blood.
Your brain is more than 60% structural fat, just as your muscles are made of protein and your bones are made of calcium. But it's not just any fat that our brains are made of. It has to be certain types of fats, and we no longer eat these types of fats like we used to.
Worse, we eat man-made trans-fats and excessive amounts of saturated fats and vegetable oils high in Omega-6 fatty acids, all of which interfere which our body's attempt to utilize the tiny amount of Omega-3 fats that it gets
Signs/Symptoms of Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
Dry skin (e.g., feet/face/general)
Scaly or flaky skin (e.g., legs)
Cracking/peeling fingertips & skin (e.g., heels)
Lackluster skin
Small bumps on back of upper arms
Patchy dullness &/or color variation of skin
Mixed oily and dry skin ('combination' skin)
Irregular quilted appearance of skin (e.g., legs)
Thick or cracked calluses
Dandruff or cradle cap
Dry, lackluster, brittle or unruly hair
Soft, fraying, splitting or brittle fingernails
Dull nails - lack of surface shine
Slow growing fingernails
Dry eyes
Dry mouth/throat
Inadequate vaginal lubrication
Menstrual cramps
Premenstrual breast pain/tenderness
Excessive ear wax
Excessive thirst
Allergic (e.g., eczema/asthma/hay fever/hives)
Crave fats/fatty foods
Stiff or painful joints
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cold and Flu Season

The reason you catch a cold or flu is because your immune system is impaired. It's not an inevitable event based on exposure alone.

Lifestyle factors that depress your immune system, alone or in combination, are more important than exposure to determine if you will get sick. These include eating too much sugar, vitamin D deficiency, insufficient sleep and lack of exercise, and unaddressed stress.

There are many things you can do naturally to prevent your participation in the cold and flu season.  Boosting your immune system to prevent from getting sick in the first place make so much more sense than trying to recover after being sick.
But like we stated earlier there is more to getting sick than just exposure to germs.

Stress is a huge factor in dimishing the strength of our immune system. Removing stress from our live is easier said than done, especially during the Holiday Season.

There are some things you can do and use to prevent you from getting sick.

  • Try to remove or handle the stress out of your life as much as possible: good nutrition, exercise and proper planning are all tools one can use to achieve such goals.
  • Eat properly: avoid fast food, convenience food, sugary snacks and treats, sugary drinks
  • Limit the amount of caffeine during your day. One or two cup of good quality coffee is good. Too much is not good.
  • Proper amount of sleep each night. Your body knows exactly how much sleep you need, usually between 6-8 hours. Some people need more, some less. A good rule of thumb is that if you wake up in the morning still tired, then you either did not get enough sleep or had poor quality sleep.
  • Proper amount of vitamin D and vitamin C and Zinc
  • Handling your emotional stressors: if a set of circumstances is beyond your control, let it go or get some help
  • Certain food will naturally boost your immune system: garlic, ginger, raw honey, oregano oil, bone broth (from grass fed beef)
  • Some products will help boost your immune system and decrease your chance of getting sick or reduce the duration of said sickness: Colloidal Silver, vitmain C, Zinc, Oil of oregano, homeopathic, certain essential oils, some specifically designed products and blend. Ask us bout such products

Be smart, stay healthy!!!