Primarily Paleo

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Day Fifteen: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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We cannot live without fat in our diet. The low fat craze that hit our country was probably one of the most damaging dietary flaw of our times. The fear of fat still prevails. Fat is so important to our health. It is contained in every membrane of every cell in our body and it is a critical component of neurotransmitters and hormones.

Omega 3 fats are found in cold water fish, walnuts, flax seeds and winter squash (to name a few) Omega 3’s are required to make prostaglandins (a kind of chemical) that our body uses to repair and heal (anti-inflame) our joints, our tissues, and anything else that needs repair in our bodies.  In our chronically stressed society, our body is constantly trying to repair and keep up so it is critical to consume enough omega 3’s to get the job done.

How to get more Omega 3’s in your diet? Eat fish (salmon, anchovies, herring), grass fed and pastured meats (they have a higher omega 3 count than commercial meat), dress your salad with walnut oil and as always incorporate a variety of vegetables on your plate. You can also take a fish oil supplement to round things out.

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