I’ve been feeling pretty pleased with our new eating regime since having to reduce the carbohydrates we were eating before we fell prey to the local carnival owner and became one of his exhibits. Then I read an article about the importance of balancing Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in our diets and it all went to hell in a hand basket, again.
In western cultures around the world rising consumption of Omega 6 mainly from corn oil, soya bean oil, sunflower oil and some nuts and seeds is causing an imbalance that opens the door for heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, mental disorders and more. Omega 6 fatty acids are essential building blocks of our cell membranes but then so are Omega 3 fatty acids.
At a very basic level when our cells are under attack from external causes such as a virus or allergy Omega 6 is released. It forms a messenger which triggers the cells defence against these attacks. The defence can come in one or many forms which can include but is not limited to inflammation or pain. Omega 3 when released will send messengers instructing the immune system to settle down. If these two fatty acids are out of balance inflammation or pain can become chronic.
Since starting out on NSNG, nuts and seeds have been our go to choice for snacks and their flours a staple in my bread, muffins and some desserts.
In the quest to be healthier I have possibly set us up to become ill.
Somehow, I need to engineer a change in our diet to produce a healthier ratio between these two fatty acids. The following are a few of the measures that can be implemented to improve that ratio:
- Using olive oil or coconut oil for cooking and salad dressings
- Eating grass fed beef and chicken
- Eating chia and flax seed.
- Have fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines at least twice a week
- Take Omega 3 supplements
- Eat whole foods cooked at home
We already include some of these suggestions in our daily diet so are moving in the right direction and I am sure limiting the nuts and seeds we include will aid further improvement.
I know it seems like a lot of work and effort to keep healthy but in actuality it is really uncomplicated. Eat mainly veggies with a reasonable amount of protein and fat and a moderate quantity of nuts and seeds etc. and you can’t go too far wrong. Really it makes perfect sense.
I will continue to read about nutrition so that I continue to gain knowledge however as long as I feel as well as I do at the moment I must be doing something right.
I would be interested to know if you have made any major changes to your diet lately and how it has affected your health. Let me know in the comments.