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Its Enough to Drive You Fatty! Part 1

Fun Fat Facts:

Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.Optimal levels of the essential fats;
omega -3 fatty, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are needed to keep dopamine levels which are critical for positive mood, focus, drive and energy in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain and increase cerebral circulation which are critical for memory, recall and learning.

Fat Names and Terms: 

These are important names and terms that are thrown around all the time but unless you have a biochemical or medical background (and even then most docs fail here) the significance of these terms on your health and well-being gets lost and incorrect decisions are made that have dramatic effects on your health, well-being and performance.

Essential fats
Saturated fats
Trans fats
Rancid fats
Mono-unsaturated fats
Poly-unsaturated fats
Prostaglandins
Aracadonic Acid
Omega 3
Omega 6
Omega 3 Ratio
EPA
DHA
DGLA
Fish oil
Krill oil
Hemp seed oil
Primrose oil
 
So hold onto your fat caps and over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be opening up the fat store and shedding light on these terms in a practical and useful manner. And don’t worry there won’t be a test.
 
And at the end of it all, here are the key points to remember.  

  • The human body needs fat for optimal health and function. No cell, tissue, gland or organ can work normally without adequate and balanced levels of essential fatty acids.  
     
  • There are healthy fats that promote health and well-being as well as unhealthy fats that contribute to poor health and performance.
     
  • Optimal essential fatty acid (EFA) levels contribute to improved health and performance by reducing inflammation, increasing endurance, shortening recovery, protecting the joints; promoting deeper sleep, better concentration and a more positive mental outlook.
     
  • Most Americans consume too few omega 3 fats and too many processed omega 6 fats. As a result, their EFA levels are very imbalanced leading to poor health performance, disease and rapid aging..
     

Until next time class. We’ll be learning some kitchen chemistry.

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