Healthy Fats for a Healthy Life
By Donna Stark
Want to do something good for your body and your brain? I'm going to suggest something that might freak you out a little bit at first, but stay with me here. Eat more fat! Now that doesn't mean I am giving you permission to fill your body with greasy hamburgers, fried foods, and decadent desserts. Rather, it's quite the opposite. What I actually mean when I say to eat more fat is you should consume more healthy fats! Unfortunately, fats are often misunderstood. Many people think that if they add them to their diet, they will essentially gain weight. Well, they are right if the wrong kinds of fat are the ones added, but healthy fats are the right kinds, and instead of adding weight to your body, they can provide powerful healing.
You are not alone if you are wary ... maybe even afraid ... of adding fats to your diet. But as we have all come to learn, not all fats are created equally. As the name implies, healthy fats are the good ones. They are the ones that contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for supporting optimal health and wellness. Take a look at just a few of the health benefits they can provide to you and your loved ones.
Supports optimal brain function, cell growth, and hormone production
- Regulates moods, metabolism, and body temperature
- Reduces the risk of diabetes, cancer, dementia, and depression
- Decreases inflammation
- Diminishes the symptoms of arthritis
- Protects organs
- Helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins
Incorporating Healthy Fats Into Your Diet
The one downside to omega-3s is that your body can not produce them on its own, so it is necessary to eat those foods that are known to be good sources. And it's easier than you think. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in so many different foods, you are sure to be able to find some that you like! Take a look!
- Kidney, Great Northern, navy, or soybeans
- Coconut and extra-virgin olive oil
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)
- Seeds (flax, hemp, and chia)
- Nuts (walnuts and cashews)
- Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
Improve Your Health
It's important to note that what we do to our bodies, we also do to our brains. So start establishing better habits today! Make sure you are exercising daily, getting the rest and sleep that your body craves, and filling your days with a nutritious diet. It's time to push your physical health as well as your mental health through the roof with a healthy lifestyle and some healthy fats in your diet!
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