Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fatigue Dragging You Down? Discover the Miracle of Energy

Do you find yourself suffering from fatigue and out of ideas on how to boost your energy? If so, you're not alone since a third of primary care patients in the United States list fatigue as a complaint and seek medical help to the tune of seven million doctor visits each year. While it may be a good idea to seek help from your healthcare provider to see if there is an underlying medical condition causing your fatigue, there are also natural solutions you can use to boost your energy level. Here's some ideas from experts on what can cause energy drains and ways to beat fatigue that you might not have thought of.

  • According to Kathleen Vohs, PhD, having to choose from several alternatives can zap energy. The Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Germany advises going with gut instinct to make choices. That helps you avoid the stress, the going back and forth measuring pros and cons and all the other mind drains involved in decision making. 

  • According to Thomas Lauda, Ph.D., an L.A. management coach, spending time with uplifting people will give you a boost too. And if you typically drag in the afternoon, schedule your daily activities in a way that the most demanding tasks are done in the morning. Leave the afternoon for tasks that are ones that will keep your attention and stimulate you. 

  • Holding on to regrets is also an energy drain according to Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, chair of the department of psychology at Yale University. Regret and remorse raise blood pressure which can translate to fatigue. One study from 2011 reported findings in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin that showed putting those regrets in a context of comparing your situation to that of others who have things harder helps lift fatigue. 

  • Pay attention to the colors you surround yourself with. Certain colors like red, yellow, and orange can boost energy by attracting the attention which gears up the brain. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says the best color to help boost adrenaline is orange. Find orange colored items to wear and surround yourself with. Avoid dark colors as they trigger the release of melatonin which is a calming and sleep inducing chemical. White colors can create a boost in serotonin, the chemical that makes us feel good and red can increase the body's blood flow and stimulate adrenal glands. 

  • Doing yoga for 90 minutes twice a week for as little as 3 months can reduce your tiredness by 57%. A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that even if you stop yoga after the 3 months the energy boost continues. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD reports that the meditation involved in yoga reduces stress which helps keep fatigue away. 

  • Glycogen is the fuel that is stored in our livers and converted to glucose when we need a quick burst of energy. Our bodies need glycogen any time we are under stress or need a quick energy fix. The best sources of glycogen are most cuts of meat and liver. For you vegetarians, another alternative is properly processed blue-green algae from Klamath Lake. This algae's cell wall is made up of glycogen that your body can use right away to boost energy. 

  • According to Dr. Oz, eating eggs and cantaloupe together is a way to get a protein and complex carb snack that is low in calories. You get the sugar boost from the cantaloupe which is slowed down by the egg's protein for sustained energy. 

  • Jump. That's right, just jump up and down. This simple move raises the heart rate, gets oxygen moving in the body and gives a mental boost. According to Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness, says even bouncing on the bed can release endorphins and increase your energy level. 

  • Feed your body on a cellular level to give your body extra energy. This supplement combines pure ubiquinol, reishi and oyster mushrooms, polyphenols from olives, and AFA bluegreen algae, designed to activate cellular energy to support a healthy cardiovascular system which can improve energy levels. Reishi mushrooms are high in beta glucans, polysaccharides and triterpenoid compounds as well as being rich in proteins, enzymes, and minerals. Oyster mushrooms are not only rich in protein, but high in B vitamins and lovastatin which helps balance blood cholesterol levels. Ubiquinol is an active antioxidant form of coenzyme Q10 which is important for stress relief and improved daily energy.

  • Pamela Dalton, PhD, MPH, a senior research scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia suggests smelling mint for an energy boost. It can increase stamina and help you produce faster and more accurate work. 

  • The pancreas produces digestive enzymes and secretions that contribute to the digestive process, once food enters the small intestine. As part of the endocrine system, it produces insulin that regulates how much sugar enters the blood. When we eat foods with lots of sugars and carbohydrates, our blood sugar levels increase and the pancreas has to produce more insulin. This causes a rise in tryptophan in the brain and the bloodstream. Tryptophan helps regulate serotonin and melatonin levels, which are neurotransmitters that affect mood by causing us to relax. Eating healthier alkalizing foods such as fruits and vegetables can reduce the workload on the pancreas and lower the amount of tryptophan being produced which can leave us more energy. Also, adding a high quality digestive enzyme supplement to your diet with meals can relieve the stress put on the pancreas, liver and spleen and help the body absorb the nutrients it needs from the foods you eat. If you find you are still dragging, take extra enzymes in between meals.

  • Avoid fatigue by making sure your gut health is in optimal condition to produce stress fighting and energy producing B vitamins. Probiotic supplements such as acidophilus and bifidus can help keep a healthy supply of friendly bacteria in the gut. Even better, get the nourishment of AFA bluegreen algae, enzymes and your probiotics all put together in convenient daily packets.  

  • Eating several small meals or snacks throughout the day instead of three heavier meals can also help keep fatigue away. This can help keep blood sugar levels stable which in turn helps keep energy levels stable so you don't experience the mid-afternoon slump. Foods to include in these snacks are fruits, veggies, complex carbs and lean protein. When I don't have time for a meal, I find these snack bars with AFA bluegreen algae, sprouts, and greens give me a healthy balance of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, and micronutrients from whole-food sources, with no chemical additives for sustained energy. Fruits, especially those with vitamin C, can reduce stress hormones leaving you with more energy. Studies show that 80% of us in this country don't get the recommended amounts of fruits in our diets though. Many experts, like Joan Salge Blake, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, believe that is because people tend to eat the same fruits over and over and get burned out on them. Women typically eat apples, bananas, oranges and watermelon. They could get the same nutrition as from these fruits by expanding their choices to include papaya, quince, kiwi, plantains, guava, star fruit, kumquats, and Asian pears. 

  • You may already turn to coffee or other caffeinated drinks for a quick energy boost, but this could be causing your fatigue. When you drink too many of these beverages, your metabolism gets out of whack going up and down. Caffeine can also drain energy by being dehydrating. It's OK to drink some caffeine, but overdoing and not drinking water at the same time is a set up for fatigue throughout the day. 

  • The prickly pear or Nopal cactus, according to Dr. Oz, has properties to help beat fatigue. You can get it fresh, dried, in jams and jellies or supplements all of which provide the antioxidants to help detox the liver and reduce fatigue caused by inflammation.

See any natural solutions in this list that you haven't tried? No time like the present to give them a try. Maintaining your energy level and overcoming fatigue will help you enjoy your days and raise your happiness level by leaps and bounds.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How to Slim Down: Why You Should Focus on Your Abs and Waist

New Year's has passed and, as usual, weight loss tops the list of resolutions that people have made for the year. That's not surprising. What IS surprising is how little people know about how to slim down in healthy and easy ways. Of course, most people know the usual formula for slimming down: eat less, exercise more, drink more water, and eat healthier. But these days the art of how to slim down has become more of a science. That's why this article is dedicated to the fact that you should focus on your abs and your waist if you want to lose weight this year.

How to Slim Down: Why Focus on Abs and Waist?
If you want to slim down, take a look at your profile in the mirror. Chances are that your mid-section, meaning your abdominal area and your waist, are areas where you would love to lose weight. There might also be other areas in your body where you would like to drop a few pounds, but health-wise, slimming down your waist is much more beneficial than, say, losing that double chin.

When it comes to slimming down, why should you focus on your waistline? Here's what medical experts (WebMD) want you to know:
  • waist-size is a good measure of overall health (women should not exceed 35 inches, men 40 inches)
  • an excessively large waist increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • abdominal fat is worse than other kinds of fat because it wraps around internal organs, increasing your health risks
  • your waist is one area you can focus on and specifically lose weight, called spot-toning (as opposed to other areas, like saggy underarms)
That should give you plenty of medical reasons for focusing on your waist when you think about how to slim down this year. There are also some pretty nice benefits when it comes to the "looks" department. Slimming down your waist might get you back into those skinny jeans or allow you to wear that body-hugging wrap that you have hidden in the back of the closet!

How to Slim Down Your Waist: 3 Tips You Can Use
Knowing you need to trim your waist size and actually getting it done are two different things. In this section we offer you 3 simple tips that should make it simple to slim down your waist. These tips are based on a simple principle: a bulky waistline is composed mostly of fat and undigested food.

Tip #1: How to Fight Fat to Lose Belly Weight
As we talked about above, belly fat is more detrimental to your overall health than any other kind of fat in your body. For instance, fat on your hips and thighs rests just under the skin, and doesn't interfere with the function of your vital organs. Belly fat, on the other hand, can wrap around vital organs like your liver, kidneys, and intestines, decreasing their function and increasing all kinds of health risks. So knowing how to fight fat, especially in your belly, is important. Here's what you might not know about fat:

 ** Each pound of fat contains 3,500 calories! **

Yup, that's right. We said three thousand five hundred calories. That is a lot of calories. So to fight fat, you have definitely got to watch what you eat and get more active. That's a general rule when it comes to how to slim down. In addition, when it comes to how to fight fat, you can also:
  • eat more fiber and protein
  • decrease your intake of carbohydrates and simple sugars
  • add cinnamon and hot chili spices to your food
  • eat fat-fighting foods like grapefruit (your body uses more calories digesting grapefruit than the fruit has)
  • drink coffee and green tea in limited amounts to increase metabolism
If these sound like good methods for how to fight fat, read this post for more details.

Tip #2: How to Slim Down by Getting Rid of Undigested Food
We don't mean to gross you out, but a large portion of what people call a "beer belly" is really not at all related to beer. Instead, it's undigested food that is basically rotting in the intestines, creating a lot of bulk around your waistline. What's the reason for this? The foods we eat don't have enough digestive enzymes that our bodies can fully digest our meals. In addition, our bodies don't produce enough digestive enzymes to process our foods--that's just a factor of aging and the modern environment. That's the bad, icky news.

The good news is that there is a really simple natural solution to take care of the problem. This natural solution is to add probiotics to your daily regimen. Probiotics, such as acidophilus and bifidus, are the friendly bacteria that naturally live in your small and large intestines. These bacteria help your body process and digest the foods you eat, moving them through the digestive system so that they don't become stuck there, adding bulk to your waistline. While these bacteria are natural to our intestines, many factors in life can kill off these friendly bacteria. These factors include drinking chlorinated water, stress, antibiotics, environmental pollutants, taking any of a variety of medications ... and those are only a few of the examples.

To remedy this problem, we suggest taking 2-4 capsules of potent acidophilus in the morning, and 2-4 capsules of bifidus at night. Separating these probiotics between morning and night gives each type of bacteria time to reach its natural place in the gut (acidophilus lives in the small intestine while bifidus lives in the large intestine). To get the most bang for your buck, it is important to choose a probiotic that is guaranteed live, is stored in the refrigerator for preservation, and can survive the acidity of the stomach. Our favorites are this form of acidophilus and this form of bifidus.

Tip #3: Add Enzymes to Prevent Undigested Food
The tip above helps you get rid of the undigested food (also called intestinal plaque) that is rotting in your gut. This tip helps you prevent the problem altogether by helping your body fully digest your food the first time around. With enough digestive enzymes, your body can easily digest whatever food you eat so that there's nothing left to sit around in your intestines. Choose a  full-spectrum enzyme that digests carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, plus can withstand the stomach's acidic environment. Taking 1-2 enzymes with each meal (and chlorine-free water, of course!) will not only help your body fully digest your food, but will also prevent you from getting the "after lunch sleepies." That sleepy feeling that you get after lunch is a sign that your body is working really hard to digest the meal you just ate ... and that your body isn't doing a very good job since it is lacking the necessary digestive enzymes. So take enzymes with meals.

If you really want to focus on how to slim down your profile, another way to use enzymes is to take enzymes between meals. When there is no food to digest in your stomach, your body will use digestive enzymes as scavengers, sending them around to clean up any trashy cells, unwanted and undigested food, and clearing up the blood. This general cleaning process applies to your body in general, as well as to your abdominal area.

Our favorite full-spectrum enzyme that has been fully-tested to survive the acidic stomach environment and to digest food is here. If you're not sure about the power of the enzymes you take, just try the oatmeal test. Cook up a small bowl of oatmeal. Open and sprinkle a capsule of enzymes on the oatmeal. Within 15 minutes or so, if your enzyme is up to snuff your oatmeal will turn into a soupy-substance that you could drink. That tells you that your enzymes are actually live, active, and working. We've tried the oatmeal test over and over with our favorite enzyme, and it works every time. Plus, it's fun!

How to Slim Down Your Waist: Not Too Hard, Right?
Adding a few supplements to your daily regimen and really focusing on fighting fat doesn't seem too hard, right? These tips on how to slim down are really pretty simple to incorporate into your daily life, and the results are very beneficial. If you are not convinced, go back to the top and read the list of negative impacts that belly fat has on your life. Then weigh it against the simple steps given here to trim your profile and fight belly fat. Sounds like you don't give up too much (except fat) and you get a lot, right?


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Improve Energy and Reduce Stress with Natural Solutions

Do you find yourself being over tired, burned out, worn out and looking for ways to improve energy to get everything done that you want or need to do? There are many reasons this could be occurring (some which you will need to consult your health care provider about) and one of them could be that you are overstressed. We all know by now that stress takes its toll on us physically and mentally, but really can we avoid it? Probably not completely. We can find ways to cope with stress and reduce it though. One thing we can do is learn how to improve energy with natural solutions such as learning what foods and supplements can help deal with stress and give us a boost.

Certain foods can boost serotonin levels or reduce cortisol and adrenaline levels. Dark chocolate for example can lower stress hormones and the caffeine and theobromine in it are natural mood and energy boosters. Knowing which foods have an effect on body chemicals and hormones can go a long way towards how to improve energy levels.

How To Improve Energy and Reduce Stress with Foods
To choose the best food for stress relief, you have to first know which vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals will help you get out of stress. Here's a short list of stress-relieving vitamins and minerals:
  • magnesium
  • B vitamins, especially B-12
  • coenzyme Q10
  • chlorophyll

There's a bit of a Catch-22 when looking at how to improve energy and deal with stress when it comes to these vitamins and minerals. They help relieve stress, but your body also uses them up much more quickly when you are stressed. So just when you are stressed and need them the most, you are not getting enough of them and using them up faster than you can produce them. Natural solution – increase your intake of them. Here are some other foods to include in your diet when you are dealing with stress and/or looking for how to improve energy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids can help stabilize stress hormones and are helpful in improving mood. Fatty, cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, cod and herring are a good source for adding omega-3 to your diet. These cold-water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids because they, in turn, eat a lot of blue-green algae. You can also get your omega-3s straight from taking bluegreen algae supplements, from dark green leafy vegetables, seeds and nuts, and flax and olive oils. Bluegreen algae also has chlorophyll and magnesium to help fight off stress.

Complex Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates influence the brain's production of serotonin. Complex carbs are the healthiest type of carbs to eat. They are slower to digest which leaves you feeling fuller longer and less prone to unhealthy snacking and they help stabilize blood sugar levels. Whole grain cereals and breads, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, barley and other whole grains and beans are all good sources of complex carbs.

Vitamins
Vitamin C has been found to reduce stress hormone levels and B vitamins, especially B-12, help us relax and soothes our nerves. Vitamin C can be found in dark green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, oranges, kiwi, guava, papaya and strawberries. Food sources of B-12 include clams, oysters, beef liver, fatty fish, crab, shrimp, dairy foods and fortified cereals. The friendly bacteria called probiotics found in your gut, produce the B vitamins in our bodies. Getting extra probiotics in your diet through foods such as yogurt and kefir or through probiotic supplements gives your body the ability to keep producing B vitamins, especially when you are stressed.

How To Improve Energy and Reduce Stress with Supplements
Since bluegreen algae has so many of the nutrients that help support stress reduction, there is a supplement that not only has bluegreen algae in it, but also a combination of proteolytic enzymes—bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase. Enzymes make it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly and help your body break down foods more quickly and efficiently, so your body doesn't have to work quite as hard to process your food. When you are feeling burned out or stressed, it is especially helpful to help your body save energy.

Turmeric has been used for ages in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine in a variety of health remedies. Turmeric in particular has been shown to help with stress related depression. 

St. John's Wort is a plant based herbal supplement that has been used for many years in alternative medicine for a mood boost. It is thought that this herb has the ability to stop reabsorption of chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin by the brain's nerve cells which has made it useful in treating mild and moderate depression. There are some medications that do not react well with St. John's Wort, so be sure you consult your healthcare provider before using it.

You don't have to keep feeling low energy, burned out or stressed out. Eat your way to stress reduction and improved energy. How to improve your energy and reduce stress is as simple as knowing the right foods and supplements to consume to support your body in performing at its best.


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Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-diet-for-stress-management?ecd=wnl_wmh_102213&ctr=wnl-wmh-102213_ld-stry&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3d


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Living Healthy with Leaky Gut Syndrome

The term "leaky gut syndrome" seems to be a current hot topic, so it's probably not new to you. The alternative medical fields have recognized it for a long time, but now that the more conventional medical community has jumped on board we are hearing a lot more about leaky gut syndrome. In this article we are exploring ways of healthy living if you have leaky gut syndrome rather than looking at what it is and how it is caused. To read more about the causes and what it is see our article What is Leaky Gut Syndrome, Really?.

Living Healthy: Gut Health
Many people are just starting to realize that their gut health is crucial to their overall health. A wide variety of medical conditions and diseases are the result of an unhealthy gut. There are 2 things to consider in gut health. One is the health of the intestinal friendly bacteria and the other is the intestinal lining or barrier. The friendly bacteria in our guts promote normal intestinal function, protect against infection by controlling unfriendly organisms such as bad bacteria, fungus, viruses and yeast, play a critical role in regulation of metabolism and are a major part of the immune system. The intestinal lining is set up to let substances that feed the body through into the bloodstream and filter out substances like poorly digested food particles, large protein molecules, microbes, waste, toxins, antigens and pathogens from getting into the bloodstream. When the intestinal lining lets these type of substances into the bloodstream, which in turn carries it to body organs, many types of medical conditions, symptoms and autoimmune diseases can result.

One protein that has been recognized by research that particularly causes the intestinal lining to be more permeable is zonulin. People with autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease have been found to have high levels of zonulin and that it leads to leaky gut syndrome. Eating grains with gluten such as wheat that have the protein gliadin increases the body's production of zonulin, so if you suffer from leaky gut syndrome this is an important area to address in making dietary changes.

Living Healthy: Dietary Changes
That brings us to the first natural solution when dealing with leaky gut syndrome – changes to the diet. Sorry, but there is no getting away from that you will have to make changes to the types of foods you eat. To start your road to healthy living with leaky gut syndrome you have to repopulate your friendly intestinal bacteria and strengthen your intestinal lining so that it is able to do its filtering job. Besides cutting out wheat and other grains with gluten from your diet, you also need to cut out all sugars, processed foods, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and refined carbohydrate foods. It is best to eat only organic foods to avoid pesticides and GMOs that do not help the healing process. Foods high in fiber and essential fatty acids are important to add to your diet to deal with inflammation, clearing out bad bacteria and fungi, and promote intestinal healing. This would include fatty fish, bluegreen algae, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and nuts. Basically you want to change your diet so that you are not eating processed foods, any kind of sugar, or simple carbs that break down into sugars and replace them with complex carbohydrates, nutrient rich, fiber rich and whole natural foods. Be sure to drink lots of pure water too to help flush out toxins.

Living Healthy: Lifestyle Changes
There are quite a few things that we know contribute to destroying our friendly bacteria in the intestines. Besides the ones related to diet, these can include drugs such as antibiotics and NSAIDs, chronic stress, radiation, environmental toxins and chlorinated water. Being aware of these and making changes to avoid them can help keep the friendly bacteria we already have thriving.

When dealing with leaky gut syndrome it is extra important to find a way to deal with stress. 95% of visits to the doctor in the U.S. are from stress related conditions. Vitamins and minerals considered to be stress relievers include magnesium, B vitamins, especially B-12, coenzyme Q10, and chlorophyll. Your body uses these up quicker when under stress. So just when you need them the most to help you battle stress, you have a lack of them. There is no one way to relieve stress, so do some experimenting with various techniques to find what works for you. Some people find meditation, yoga or breathing techniques helpful while others find sports, exercise, or hobbies to work better for their stress relief. It is also important to get enough sleep when dealing with stress and leaky gut syndrome. Research shows that people who don't have enough sleep tend to stress and worry more than people who do get enough sleep. For some tips on other ways to deal with stress, see our article 5-Minute Methods to De-Stress Your Way to a Healthy Lifestyle.

Living Healthy: Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
Probiotics are of course the friendly bacteria in the intestine and vital in protecting the digestive system from unfriendly bacteria, yeast and fungi. We quite often do not have enough of the good bacteria to fight off the bad. This is why supplementing the diet with high quality probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus are so important to gut health and healthy living with leaky gut syndrome. Digestive enzymes are another important component. They aid digestion by helping to break foods down which makes them easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it needs to function properly. A simple and convenient way to get the essential fatty acids and nutrition from bluegreen algae, probiotics acidophilus and bifidus, and digestive enzymes is with convenient daily packets containing all these. These help eliminate the "I don't have time" excuse. Just grab a packet on your way out the door and take it with you to eat in the car or at the office.

Living Healthy: Herbs and Supplements
You may also need to supplement your diet with extra nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and coenzyme Q10. Leaky gut syndrome tends to leave the body short on these by interfering with the body absorbing them. Colostrum can also be used to help repair the gut lining and decrease inflammation.

Herbs that have been found helpful in dealing with damage from leaky gut syndrome include marshmallow root, slippery elm, licorice root, goldenseal, fennel seed, ginger root, Echinacea, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, and black walnut. Caprylic acid or octanoic acid which is a fatty acid in coconut oil can be useful for its antiviral and antifungal properties. DGL or Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, is an herb that has long been used to treat digestive conditions and is made by removing glycyrrhizin from whole licorice. L-Glutamine, an amino acid, has been found particularly useful in repairing damage to the intestinal lining and decreasing cravings for sugar.

Living with leaky gut syndrome can be painful and interfere enormously with leading a normal and enjoyable life. If you live with it then you know what I am talking about. There's no time like the present to get serious about improving your life and taking control of your leaky gut syndrome symptoms. Hopefully you have some ideas now of things to do and can get started healing your gut and be on your way to living healthy.


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Do You Have a Fat Brain? If Not You Should

Seriously, everyone needs a fat brain. In a world where "skinny" is good, if you want a healthy happy brain, you need a fat brain. Get this:

Did you know that 60% of your brain is made of fat?

No kidding. It's a scientific fact. Look it up if you don't believe me. Most of those fats are polyunsaturated fat, so, sorry, but eating Twinkies isn't going to help your brain.

Instead these fats are omega-3 fatty acids, and form the cell membranes that cover neurons and other cell organs. These fats are also the main ingredient in your synapses and dendrites, which are the connections between your neurons. In short, these fats form the parts of your brain that allow you to think. Huh, imagine that!

So What Kind of Fat Does Your Brain Need?
Omega-3 fatty acids are what your brain needs to function. Specifically, the brain needs two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA. There's been a lot of news lately about DHA, and that is because studies show that a low intake of DHA fats can lead to depression and other brain impairments, while increasing intake of DHA relieves these problems.

Why Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Hard to Get?
Unfortunately, because of food processing methods and industrial methods of raising livestock, most of the omega-3 fatty acids have been removed from the foods we eat. I'm not just referring to Twinkies here, but basically any packaged food and meats that are not organic.

So unless you are eating food out of your own garden and raising your own livestock, you may need to supplement your body's natural supply of omega-3 fatty acids ... that is, if you want to have a fat brain. In fact, your brain needs to be really fat to function well.

Here's another interesting fat fact: fat makes up 25% of a healthy brain's total brain. That's pretty fat!

Healthy Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
If you want to supplement your body's omega-3 fatty acids, look to the ocean and think Eskimos. As a population Eskimos have been shown to have some of the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Why? Because they eat a lot of coldwater fish like cod, mackerel and salmon. These cold-water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids because they, in turn, eat a lot of blue-green algae.

So to increase your levels of omega-3 fatty acids, you can eat fish, take fish oil supplements, or go straight to the source and eat blue-green algae. In fact, going to the source may be best because many fish suffer from environmental contamination, and many fish oil supplements degrade by the time they reach your local health food store's shelves. The University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter strongly recommends eating AFA blue-green algae as an alternative to fish oil supplements.

Personally, although I quite like to cook and eat fish, especially salmon, I find that taking blue green algae capsules to be a convenient daily supplement to ensure that my brain's getting enough fat.

I've never wanted to be fat in my life, but these days, I'm thinking being fat in certain parts of my body is a good thing.

I'm going for a fat brain ... what about you?

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