Fat Is Not Your Enemy

 

Many so called diet trends you find today in t.v. ads, magazines, and the medical community condemn the word “Fat!” People have become obsessed with “No Fat” diets thinking this is the key for weight loss and overall health. When you look at health from a cellular perspective, you realize that “Fat” should be a part of your intake of nutrients daily. The problem is not “Fat;” but the “Type of Fat” you consume on a daily basis. Let’s explore what fat is, good and bad sources of fat, lipids and cell membranes, and fatty acids and oxygen. Once you begin to understand the properties of “Fat” at the cellular level, you will come to the realization that our cells need it to stay healthy!

What is fat exactly? All fats are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. You find the same elements in carbohydrates, albeit, they have different molecular structures. All forms of fat are based on the ratio between hydrogen and carbon. The two major groups of fat are: saturated and unsaturated fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). You will find saturated fat mostly in animal proteins and dairy, and unsaturated fats primarily in vegetable oils. You have heard that eating saturated fat is bad, and eating polyunsaturated fat is good. This is false, what you need to avoid is overcooked polyunsaturated fats because they have been linked to cancer, heart disease, and problems with the reproductive organs. You need saturated and polyunsaturated fats, albeit, it’s the source of these fats that matter.

So what are good and bad sources of fat? Let’s begin with the bad: vegetable oils, processed oils and fats, and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Products such as margarine, butter substitutes, vegetable shortening, and some vegetable oils are some examples of hydrogenated oils. The good sources are: nuts, seeds, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, borage, flaxseed, coconut oil, grape seed oil, virgin olive oils, avocados, and avocado oil. Just make sure you buy virgin cold-pressed oils that are in a dark bottle, so that, it slows down the oxidation process.

The cell membranes in your body are primarily composed of lipids, called phospholipids and cholesterol. These lipids give structure and flexibility to your cell membranes and controls what comes in and out of your cells. There are a few different types of phospholipids in the cells and they are important because they wrap around nerve cells in the brain and nervous system, therefore, you need them for proper brain and nerve function. Cholesterol is another important lipid because it keeps the structure of the membranes intact. Cholesterol also helps with the proper functioning of the endocrine system, therefore, helping to keep hormones balanced in the body. Without good sources of fat in your daily nutrition program, your cells become toxic, hypoxic (lack of oxygen), and deficient in fat soluble vitamins A,D, E, and K. This can also lead to neurological disorders and an overall reduction in cognitive function over time. Consuming bad fats mentioned above in genetically modified meats, junk food, fried food, and baked goods can lead to the problems just mentioned.

In order for your body to have increased levels of oxygen, you need to consume the right ratios of “Essential Fatty Acids” aka “Omega Fats 3, 6, and 9. Achieving peak oxygen levels in the body and blood should be your main goal to improve your health. The cell membranes nourished with the right Essential Fatty Acids, will help you to achieve this goal! Every cell membrane is half protein and half fat. A portion of the membrane’s fat is non-reactive saturated fats, which absorb little oxygen. The other portion is unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, which helps the cell absorb oxygen! This is where the “EFA’s” play a vital role to help oxygenate the body because these fats act like magnets that grab oxygen from the bloodstream and transfer it into the cells. Without eating good sources of fat daily, nutrients and oxygen cannot be utilized as efficiently in the body, in turn, this may lead to cellular toxicity and overall malnourishment.

These life giving properties of fat and how it nourishes your body, should encourage you to consume good sources of fat daily! There are other good sources mentioned on TopRateHealth.com under the “Nutrition” tab. Also, if you are looking for a balanced Essential Fatty Acid Supplement with the right ratios of Omega 3, 6, and 9, click on the link below. The Krill oil in the Core E.F.A.’s product has the same phospholipid structure as our cell membranes do, which means, this fat is more bioavailable and bioactive! It will also protect the myelin sheath that surrounds your nerves in the brain, therefore, protecting it from free radical damage. Other fish oils have a “triglyceride” cellular structure, which means, they will not absorb in the body as efficiently as “Krill oil.” Once these short and medium chain fatty acids hit the small intestines, they are immediately absorbed and enter the bloodstream, helping to oxygenate your cells. You may experience better cognitive function, less pain, or increased energy when taking the Core E.F.A.’s!! Contact us if you have any questions!

 

To Health and Vitality,

 

John

 

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