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Nature’s Brain Food – Omega-3s

Nature’s Brain Food – Omega-3s

Apple Pie Protein ShakeIn contrast with muscle, fat is relatively inactive. It does not burn a lot of calories and, as you may have experienced, it seems to build up quickly and go away slowly.

But fat does have a function. No one can have a fat-free body and be healthy at the same time. We need fat for insulation, protection, energy, and even to think. In fact about two-thirds of the brain is composed of fat, and the protective sheath that covers communicating neurons is 70 percent fat.

But not all fats are equal. While they may all deliver the same calories (about 9 calories per gram), some provide important nutrients, while others can actually damage your health.

When you digest the fat in food, it is broken down into fatty acid molecules that your body needs to function properly. Essential fatty acids are otherwise known as the family of omega-3 and omega-6 fats that come from foods like fish, avocado, almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and olives.

They are essential because the body cannot manufacture them. This is why it is so important that we get essential fatty acids from foods on a daily basis. The reason salmon is labeled as “brain food” is because it contains high-quality fat that is important for brain health.

In fact, all omega-3 fat has numerous health benefits. Researchers suspect that omega-3 fat found in fish also may protect against heart disease.

Doing The Math: How Your Body Burns Fat:

To lose one pound of fat you have to burn 3,500 more calories than you consume.

For example, if you burned 500 more calories per day than you ate, in seven days you would have burned enough extra fat to lose one pound.

For best results that 500-calorie daily deficit should be split between exercise and food. If you cut back on your diet 250 calories each day and burn 250 more calories each day, that adds up to 500 calories…a total of a one pound weight loss per a week. It may not sound like a lot, but that adds up to 4 lbs a month and 52 lbs a year. 

The math is simple, but the human body is anything but! The equation works when you stick to moderate exercise and moderate food decreases. But many people want quick results, so they either restrict calories to starvation levels or exercise at extreme levels. Both wreak havoc on metabolism.

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Bodies are amazing machines. If food becomes scarce, bodies conserve every calorie. Similarly when you exercise frequently for long bouts, like several times a day, your metabolism will slow during the downtimes and will become more efficient during exercise. Your goal of burning more calories from exercise will be sabotaged by your body’s attempt to survive.

My favorite Omega-3 supplement: Barlean’s!

Adding a squirt of Omega Swirl to your protein shake may not affect the taste of your smoothie, but you’ll feel the benefits!

This essential fatty acid works wonders for your skin, lowers blood pressure and some research shows that adding Omega 3’s into your diet can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Here’s to your health!
Kathy Smith