What? I know that just sounds ludicrous but today I’m talking about the role healthy fats play in the body - especially the brain - and why they are essential and how they will help you:
- think more clearly
- have more energy at work
- work smarter
- be more productive
- sleep better.
...not to mention all of the other benefits you will get from eating healthy fats such as having a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and you can lose weight.
There is a lot of confusion around fats. Fats had been villainized for almost half a century with little distinction. Yet so much new research supports the role fats play in what the body needs in order to function at its optimal health.
How do you even know if you are ‘fat’ deficient? These are some common physical symptoms you may have:
How do fats help?
We now know that Essential Fatty Acids play a large role in energy. They are powerhouses in the body and make large contributions. Fats improve cognition, proper development of the brain and nervous system, and make sure the thyroid and adrenal systems are functioning correctly - which means they help you to manage stress.
The right combination of fats is essential to the production of hormones, reducing cholesterol, help with the absorption vitamins and minerals, regulate temperature, help manage how we clot, blood pressure, immune response, inflammation response to both injury and infections, muscle movement as well as manage overall inflammation within the body. Think joints and pain management. Think aging...
But, I believe the largest contribution this macronutrient offers is how it affects brain function.
Like did you know Omega-3’s can treat symptoms of mental illness including bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, and psychosis?
See, 60% of brain matter is fat. Fats in the form of Essential Fatty Acids are a vital part of a healthy diet and a healthy brain. Essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) can not be manufactured in your body so they must come from food (preferable) or supplement sources (if you can’t/don’t eat foods rich in these). But, I'm going to make this so much easier for you.
While both Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s each have important roles in the maintenance of health, the way they function in the body is not the same. Omega-6’s make eicosanoids in the body, which regulate inflammation - great for clotting and healing. Omega-3’s fatty acid chains called Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) manage weight, give energy, protect the body from heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases, brain development and cognition, lower blood pressure, improve blood vessels, and help lower cholesterol.
For better health, the ratio we need to eat is 4 Omega-6 to 1 Omega-3. Problem is, North American diets eat a lot more 6’s. The current ‘western diet’ ratio is around 25-50:1.
This results in higher cognitive issues, obesity rates, heart conditions, higher cholesterol, and many psychological ailments.
And don’t even get me started on trans fats. One reason we see such high rates of overweight people is the consumption of trans fats (up by 2500%) and the lack of essentials (down by 80%).
Needless to say, it can be complicated…
So which fats do you need?
How do we get them into your diet so you are healthy and make sure it’s sustainable? When we tweak the foods we eat, it shifts our ability to function at our peak potential, and we can really see drastic improvements in our health and prevent a plethora of future illnesses.
Would you like to have better mental cognition, be able to think more clearly and have more energy?
It is not difficult to add fats to your diet. To help you, I’ve created your cheat sheet for you so you can easily incorporate these fats into your daily eating routine and live a much healthier, happier, leaner, wiser life. Click on the button below to get your free cheat sheet. 👇
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