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Good Fats. Bad Fats. But Which is Which???

nuts in a jarDid you know some fats (in their correct amounts) are really healthy for your body?

We know that eating too much fatty foods leads to being overweight and disease. What most people do not realise is that being overweight and having a high ‘bad fat’ diet can lead to insulin sensitivity, especially when the excess fat is in the abdominal region.

But what does that actually mean? Insulin sensitivity indicates how well your cells respond to insulin. Improving your insulin sensitivity can reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes. High proportions of fat such as cream, cheese and dairy products will worsen your insulin sensitivity; but olive oil, almonds, avocado and oily fish improve your insulin sensitivity which reduces your risk of diabetes! What a great health benefit to switching the types of fat in your diet!

There has been lots of research into different fats and their impact on the health of your brain and nervous system. This is particularly important for Dr Laura who aims to keep your brain and nervous system as healthy as possible. As this allows your brain to communicate and tell your tissues and cells how to behave properly.

Don’t forget that chiropractic care corrects subluxations (stiff parts of your spine) which improves how well your brain and body communicate through your nervous system.

There is one type of fat which is really important in the health of your nervous system. Its also the most well-known – omega-3 fatty acids. Certain fats cannot be synthesised in your body so are essential to be consumed in your diet. Omega-3 is one of those. It has been shown to play a crucial role in the maintenance of the structural integrity of the central nervous system. Omega-3 forms healthy cell walls and is key in cell signaling – making sure the information is passing through your nervous system from your brain down!

Other benefits of good fats in your diet:

  • Higher mental processing scores
  • psychomotor development
  • eye-hand coordination
  • ADHD prevention
  • enhancing learning capacity
  • academic performance

To review good fats v bad fats

Good Fats Bad Fats (in high amounts)
Oily Fish (Mackerel, Salmon, Herring, Sardines) Cream
Flax seeds Cheese
Chia seeds Dairy products
Walnuts Processed food – pastries, pies, cakes

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