Eat good fats

 Avocado

We are built from the things we consume – we are 55-65% water, 35-45% muscle tissue and 15-30% fat (15-20% for men, and 20-30% for women). The fats we choose will end up writing the narrative of our health story. Beneficial fats are preferred by the body and will help to displace harmful fats.

Include essential fatty acids and smart fat choices into your daily routine to support weight management, cardiovascular health and optimal brain and eye functions. Consider Certified Naturals™ Clinical Omega3X, the innovative fish oil, as a source of omega-3’s. It is an excellent complementary clinically proven supplement to help support cardiovascular and cognitive health.

For culinary options, choose your fats wisely. Include unprocessed fats from extra virgin olive oil, avocado, coconut (including MCT oil), pasture-raised eggs, choice nuts and seeds, grass-fed meat and dairy and high-quality dark chocolate. Eliminate harmful fats such as artificial trans fats and highly processed polyunsaturated fats high in omega-6. Processed polyunsaturated fats are primarily found in canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and all other vegetable oils. These oils are often genetically modified and refined using toxic solvents and found in convenience foods.

Beneficial fats help ensure successful body temperature regulation, balanced hormone levels, better reproductive health, adequate vitamin storage, good neurological function, healthy metabolism and balanced blood sugar.

When we consistently ingest suboptimal fats, they can increase our visceral fat content, that is, fat that accumulates dangerously around our organs (heart, liver, lungs etc.) and midsection (“love handles”). Having too much visceral fat is harmful to your health. Visceral fat can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, pregnancy complications, type 2 diabetes, hormone disturbances and some cancers. Consuming good quality fats and apple polyphenols daily will target visceral fat loss.

Natasha Grincevicius, Professional Health Educator, Certified Naturals

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