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Most of us have sought or been taught several effective stress management techniques.  Fortunately, there are many proven and diverse ways to help counter the debilitating effects of stress on health and healing. But here is one you may not have linked with stress: nourishing your body with healing essential fatty acids. Did you know that fat activates the pleasure centers in your brain and creates a surge of dopamine? These are the same pleasure centers that are activated by sugar and flour comfort foods which is why it is so hard to resist eating them.  So how about a swap here?  We just need to pick healthy fats (not Hagen Daaz ice cream or such).  

What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are the polyunsaturated fats; omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) that your body requires but cannot manufacture itself. They have to be taken in through diet – and ideally in a ratio of 4 omega-6 to 1 omega-3.

Unfortunately, the Western diet contains an excessively high amount of cancer-causing omega-6 fatty acids and a low amount of cancer-preventing omega-3 fatty acids.  Studies have shown that the average American consumes between 14 to 25 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids! Consistent with these findings, a study from The Center for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health, in Washington, DC, estimates that in Western diets, the ratio is 15:1 to 16.7:1 (omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids).  This is not good news and is yet another reason for making significant dietary changes when desiring significant healing.

In proper balance, the anti-inflammatory effects of the omega-3 fatty acids are protective of many chronic and deadly illnesses including cancer. For example, researchers at UCLA School of Medicine in California found optimal levels of omega-3 fatty acids prevented the development and progression of prostate cancer by altering the COX-2 expression and prostaglandin production in prostate tissue.

Best Natural Sources of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Non-Vegetarian

  • Fatty fish such as sardines, herring, salmon, shrimp, cod, and tuna
  • Grass fed beef and bison
  • Grass fed butter
  • Krill oil

Vegetarian

  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, and winter squash
  • Spinach, kale, leafy greens, romaine lettuce, and fresh basil

Best Natural Sources of Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids

  • Walnuts, Brazil nuts, and peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Pumpkin seeds and squash seeds
  • Safflower seeds

By getting rid of the harmful transfats found in almost all processed foods and selecting more foods from the above lists, you can move to a much healthier ratio of EFAs.  Note: if dealing with cancer or many health issues, do not make meats and fish major components of your meals and learn what types of each are safe these days – I can help!

Even with pretty healthy diets, most of us need an Omega 3 supplement. I use one that is part of a 3 pack of supplements known as LLV.  This super high-quality trio provides a multi-vitamin/multi-mineral, the Omega 3 and something called Alpha CRS, which is a blend of an impressive array of anti-inflammatory whole food ingredients including quercetin, curcumin, resveratrol, green tea extract, alpha lipoic acid, Milk Thistle, Pine Bark, Pomegranate, Boswellic Acid, Pineapple stem, Grapeseed extract, Acetyl L-Carnitine, CoQ10 and a few other goodies. If you’ve been following my articles or have done your own research, most of these ingredients will be familiar to you as cancer preventative or cancer-fighting gifts of the Mother Earth. This is why I recommend it to my cancer clients.

On a personal note, I have done my best to avoid toxic inflammatory foods, environmental and other toxins (not always successful –LOL) but certainly am more vigilant than most and I noticed an improvement in my memory and thinking processes after about 2 months on it.  That was exciting because I wasn’t even looking for an improvement! Reach out to me at [email protected] or at 847 604-4704 if you want to learn how you can get LLV at wholesale cost or below.

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