Essential Fats – You need them!

Essential Fats are vital to our health. They help regulate body chemistry at every level. All cells in our bodies use fats as part of the membrane that lets the right things in and keeps the wrong things out. Good fats also help keep tissues lubricated and supple. Most people are deficient in good fats because they are not present in the typical American diet, and the types of fats that are present in typical diets actually block the action of good fats. Good fats are also depleted by eating too much refined grain – particularly wheat and corn.
Bad fats are known for increasing inflammation, increasing cholesterol, increasing blood clotting, and disrupting hormone balances. Good fats help decrease inflammation, decrease cholesterol, decrease blood clotting and balance hormones. Here is a list of symptoms of essential fat deficiency:
– Joint or muscle pain
– Auto-Immune Disease
– Chronic Headaches
– Muscle Cramping
– Glaucoma
– Popping or cracking in ears or tinnitis
– Depression and anxiety
– Learning disabilities – ADD, ADHD
– Dry skin
– Dry eyes
– Rough skin on upper arms and/or thighs that resembles chicken skin
– Psoriasis or eczema
– Dry or brittle hair
– Acne
– Aging spots
– Epilepsy or narcolepsy
– Problems swallowing
– Slow growth
– Some allergies

If you have any of these symptoms, consider supplementing a good quality essential fat. Fish oils and flax seed oil are the best sources. A high quality oil will be the correct form and will be free of mercury and other contaminants. Some of the cheaper oils will not be tested for metals and are left in a form the body cannot easily use.
Essential fats are just that – essential to your health.

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About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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