Doctors of Chiropractic are spinal health and well-being providers also trained to counsel patients on proper nutrition and diet. Ask at your next appointment about incorporating Omega-3 foods into your diet to improve your overall health.
Omega-3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, and slow the development of plaque in the arteries. Salmon is a great source of a high-fatty, cold-water fish, high in Omega-3s. Eating fish twice a week or taking daily fish oil supplements is one of the most popular nonvitamin/ nonmineral dietary supplements used by both adults and children. The key for finding healthy fats to eat is to look for ingredients that are unprocessed and naturally high in fats. Avocados, full-fat dairy, coconut and olive oil, and fatty fish are a few foods with healthy fats that can help benefit your health.
Omega-3 supplements help with overall inflammation as well. Omega-3s are considered the “good fat” in our diet. Good fats can actually lower cholesterol levels, boost brain function and support satiety. There is very low, if any, evidence that can correlate high-fat diets to heart disease. Many studies have proven the ‘fat is bad’ statement as a myth showing saturated fat is not linked with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease. Saturated fats have actually been shown to relieve inflammation and reduce symptoms of autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease.
There are many different types of fats; unsaturated, saturated, and trans fats to simplify. Every day, we should strive to have 25-30% of our daily caloric intake from fats, with only 10% of those being saturated fats (animal products). Don’t think about it too much and make it confusing. As long as you’re conscious about what fats you’re eating, and trying to increase the good and decrease the bad, you’re on the right path.
Don’t be afraid to ask about Omega-3’s or other healthy fats at your next appointment! Schedule your next appointment at Metro Family Chiropractic today! Call us 248-265-3330.
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