Healthy Fats and Your Health

Just Like Low Blood Sugar, Low Healthy Fat Levels Do Harm

Avocado Oil, along with Coconut oil are examples of naturally healthy, nutritious fat choices for an improved diet

Avocado Oil properly prepared is one vibrant source of Healthy Fat based nutrition

We may worry about getting fat, but what if the bigger problem is actually a deficiency in dietary intake of healthy fat? Cutting down on fat from our diet may be a knee-jerk response to weight gain, yet, what if we are actually starving ourselves through a lack of proper fat intake while making ourselves sick with a diet full of trans-fats and other unnatural forms of fat? Bad fats include such surprising sources as starchy carbs. Every time you eat a meal devoid of healthy fat, you are getting full, but not getting the nourishment you need to survive and thrive! And healthy fat deficiencies can make you feel sick and irritable just like low blood sugar.

In her more than 30 years of practice and research, Yvonne Dollard Perc of Island Healthworks has seen firsthand the effects of improper fat intake and researched the subject in great depth. Yvonne stresses that fats come in two forms, healthy, non-adulterated fat, and harmful forms of fat, including the starchy carbs and infamous trans-fatty acids, alien to the human body and capable of causing biochemical disruption. If we take in the wrong forms of fat, the physical structures of our body may be malnourished, while toxic effects from the wrong fats can weaken our tissues and cells. Starchy carbs turn to a sticky fat which clogs the arteries, setting the stage for trans-fats to stick and bind to the walls of these blood vessels. Healthy eating is thus never as simple as saying “cut out too much fat” it is about finding the right fats and actively including them in our diet. The wrong fats can be overly acid; the right fats build our health by supporting a proper PH balance.

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Planet Earth, Human Adaptions & a Healthy Diet – Learn with Island Healthworks

A Special Feature Article to Explore Human Ecology, Traditional Diet & Healthy Lifestyles

Learn about Human Ecology & Health - with Island Healthworks - Yvonne Dollard Perc

By Understanding our Environment, We can Understand our Bodies

Evolution, adaptation and tradition are part of human culture and the lifestyles of many other species. When we take walks in the forest and observe animals, we see them using resources in both traditional and innovate ways. We also observe animals with a long history of adaptation to their environment, their daily routines and life cycles.

Human health is closely related to a range of adaptions that we have developed in order to live in our environment. Many health challenges occur when conflicts arise between our natural adaptations and what we have come to expect from our bodies. In an extreme sense, lack of sleep, injuries and nutritional deficiencies may occur when we live in a manner contrary to our natural adaptations. We are set up to require varying levels of sleep and certain dietary nutrients, while our responses are programed to respond immediately to environmental conditions. In order to promote better health, wellness and longevity, a big picture look at our bodies and our environment from an ecological perspective may be helpful.

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Health Nuggets: The Right Fats

Healthy Fat Intake Balances Omega 3 & Omega 6

Traditional diets rich in fish help maintain Omega 3 & 6 levels.

Traditional Diets that Include Fish Help Ensure Sufficient Omega 3 Intake

Dietary fat is a hot topic in natural health care and lifestyle improvement. Weight loss concerns point to fat intake as an inherent evil, while the dietary presence of fats believed to be harmful, such as trans-fats is coming under increasing scrutiny. Perhaps less frequently discussed is the importance of adding sufficient quantities of the right fats in the diet. The body cannot produce Omega 3 and 6, but they are absolutely required for the maintenance of good health. Sufficient intake may potentially limit serious medical concerns that are known to arise due to deficiencies in required fats. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) maintain normal brain development and day to day function of the cells and organs. Omega 3 and Omega 6 compounds have different roles in maintaining body systems, and a balance between the two is required.

Omega 6 may increase inflammatory body responses, while Omega 3 reduces inflammation. You can read more about inflammation, which is not entirely a bad thing, in our latest full length article. Medical studies have indicated the so called “Mediterranean diets” with a balance of Omega 3 and 6 sources may play a role in reducing heart disease, while judicious use of Essential Fatty Acids may assist in the transmission of nerve impulses and cellular activity regulation through prostaglandin production. Studies indicate that Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil reduce the LDL cholesterol and raises the good HDL cholesterol, with indications that cancerous conditions, inflammation and a vast range of symptoms ranging from dermatological, vision and mood problems may relate to Omega 3 deficiencies. EFAs are considered essential in maintaining healthy nerve functions, and inadequate intake could be a factor in some cases of depression.

 

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