Your Body Needs an Oil Change

I love a good steak.  Or the rack of ribs from Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City.  Or the recently discovered tri-tip tacos at Sancho’s Tacos on Pacific Hwy in SoCal.  Yet I feel my vehicle (aka my body)  responding to the saturated fats.  My joints are more achy, there is general increase swelling in my hands and feet and my bowel movements slow a bit.  TMI ?

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Stop!  Take a quick selfie in the mirror.  So I know that I can indulge but it should be with careful consideration.

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I know it is time for an oil change to make my engine run more smoothly, decrease my achy pain and feel less swollen and bogged down.  I increase my intake of Omega three either via supplementation  or food choices.

The new oil:  Omega-3 rich foods

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The average person suffers from omega-3 deficiency because she doesn’t include the best omega-3 foods in her weekly diet, such as fish, sea vegetables/algae, flax seeds or grass-fed meat.

What are the risks of consuming too little omega-3s (plus too many omega-6s)?  This is not all the bad stuff but you get the idea:

  • Inflammation
  • Higher risk for heart disease
  • Digestive disorders
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Mental disorders like depression
  • Poor brain development
  • Cognitive decline (like Alzheimer’s)

So grab a fishing pole and get the swiftly to the closest grocery store and grab some:  (for all fish oils make sure you check for heavy metal testing and request certificates of analysis from web sites or call manufacturer for this info)

  • Mackerel: 6,982 milligrams in 1 cup cooked (174 precent DV)
  • Salmon Fish Oil: 4,767 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (119 percent DV)
  • Cod Liver Oil: 2.664 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (66 percent DV)
  • Walnuts: 2,664 milligrams in 1/4 cup (66 percent DV)
  • Chia Seeds 2,457 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (61 percent DV)
  • Herring: 1,885 milligrams in 3 ounces (47 percent DV)
  • Salmon (wild-caught): 1,716 milligrams in 3 ounces (42 percent DV)
  • Flax seeds (ground): 1,597 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (39 percent DV)
  • Tuna: 1,414 milligrams in 3 ounces (35 percent DV)
  • White Fish: 1,363 milligrams in 3 ounces (34 percent DV)
  • Sardines: 1,363 milligrams in 1 can/3.75 ounces (34 percent DV)
  • Hemp Seeds: 1,000 milligrams  in 1 tablespoon (25 percent DV)
  • Anchovies: 951 milligrams in 1 can/2 ounces (23 percent DV)
  • Natto: 428 milligrams in 1/4 cup (10 percent DV)
  • Egg Yolks: 240 milligrams in 1/2 cup (6 percent DV)

Eat Well, Eat to Live and Your Food is Your Medicine

 

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