The Great Fish Oil Debate

Last year I released a blog that revealed the health risks of taking fish oil. No, that’s not a typo. You can read about the risks here.

Today I want to talk about krill oil and cod liver oil because I still get a lot of questions about these. There’s a lot of confusion about harmful versus helpful supplements and I’d like to shed some light on this today for you.

Part of what determines if an Omega-3 supplement is going to be helpful or harmful has to do with the current state of health of your gut.



As you know, your gut healthy is extremely important. Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It’s also where short-chain fatty acids, like those found in flax, chia, and hemp seed get converted into longer fatty acids that impart the health benefits we are looking for (reducing inflammation, improving brain function, etc). But this conversion doesn’t happen when your gut isn’t function properly.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, mood imbalance, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
 

Krill Oil

Krill are small crustaceans that lives in all the oceans. They are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (the long chains that your gut doesn’t need to convert). What’s also really cool about krill oil, unlike fish oil, is that it’s naturally protected from damage by something called astaxanthin (an antioxidant superhero) AND phospholipids. Phospholipids are fatty layers that not only protect the oil from getting damaged before you can absorb it, they’re a primary building block of your own cells!
Ensuring that the oils you bring into your body aren’t already damaged or prone to damage the moment they get into your body is hugely important–otherwise you’re just adding to your inflammation and damaging your cells (which is the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish!).
The research supports that krill is a better option than other types of fish oil for high-quality, undamaged Omega-3’s.

Cod Liver Oil

Without overloading your brain, I want to add that if you are looking for a fish oil that is a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, cod liver oil is superior to krill oil. Krill oil has some, but cod liver oil has more.

Most brands of cod liver oil have the same health risks as fish oil as far as their likelihood of being heated and damaged during manufacturing. If you’re going to take cod liver oil, you want extra-virgin, cold-processed, and unrefined. Here is an example

Summary

So if you are looking for Omega-3 fats that are safer and least likely to add to your inflammation, eat good quality fish several times per week! Next best way is a high quality krill oil supplement.

If you are looking for natural sources of Vitamins A and D along with (lower amounts of) Omega-3’s, unheated virgin cod liver oils are better than krill oil.

Regardless of these supplements, supporting your gut health with a high quality diet, clean water, enough sleep and rest, stress management, and addressing hidden sources of gut stress like infections is the path to regaining your health so you can enjoy your life fully.

If you need support, email me at rebecca@choosinghealthnow.com or apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Why You Should Avoid Soybean Oil Now

Most Americans today use soybean oil for cooking, baking, and drizzling. In 2019, Americans consumed 11 metric tons of soybean oil!!! Today we’ll explore how soybean oil can be hazardous for your health and what to use instead.


 
Using traditional animal fats nowadays seem to be unwelcome. You see, people have replaced these fats–lard, tallow, and butter–with plant-based oils because people have been misguided into thinking that animal fats are unhealthy and plant-based oils are far healthier.
 
I can see why it’s confusing.
 
Soybean oil is low in saturated fat, so most Americans see this as a healthy option. But saturated fats are, in fact, healthy and are much better than unstable polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) oils–most especially in cooking.

Soybean Oil is Unstable

 Soybean oil is high in unstable PUFAs. Well, PUFAs are not all bad for you. Actually, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are good. But not all PUFAs are created equal. There are types that are highly unstable, easily oxidized (damaged by oxygen), and pro-inflammatory.
 
I’m talking about linoleic acid–a bad fat. And soybean oil is half linoleic acid.
 
Linoleic acid is already bad news, but when you heat it, it’s worse! It generates oxidized lipids (fats) which cause inflammation in the bloodstream, leading to heart diseases and the hardening of your arteries (atherosclerosis).
 

Soy, Digestion, & Thyroid

Soy products are not easily digested which can cause gas, bloating, and damage to your gut (which can weaken your immune response). Soy can also interfere with proper thyroid function (your metabolic regulator). And… 93% of soy is genetically modified and while we won’t truly know the long-term effects on health for years to come, preliminary data shows that GMO foods interfere with the healthy balance of your gut flora.
 

Soy, Obesity & Diabetes

The massive use of soybean oil has led to an increase in the number of people suffering from obesity and diabetes as well.
 
This occurs, in part, because soybean oil disrupts normal hypothalamus function.
 
By that, I mean soybean oil manages to alter the genes of the hypothalamus, impairing the healthy functions of your organs and hormones.
 
The hypothalamus is a small region at the base of the brain that is responsible for many functions, such as regulating hormones through your pituitary gland, regulating your temperature, controlling your appetite, and managing your sexual behavior among other roles.
 
In other words, the hypothalamus is the control center of the brain. And the soybean oil which many believe to be healthy is disturbing its function.
 
One of the genes that soybean alter is the OXT gene, the one that makes oxytocin. Oxytocin is known as your love hormone, but it is also critically important to your gut health. Oxytocin regulates motility (lack of oxytocin can contribute to constipation, for example), inflammation, and gut lining maintenance.
 

So what does this all mean?

Long-term intake of soybean oil leads to chronic illnesses by interfering with proper gut function, immune function, thyroid function, and brain function.
 
I encourage you to intentionally reduce your consumption of soybean oil–read labels at the grocery store and go through your pantry and freezer. Many sauces, dressings, baked and canned goods contain soybean oil.
 
Most restaurants also use soybean oil, so that’s another reason you may steer away from fried foods when eating out.
 
When cooking at home, choose natural fats like tallow, lard, duck fat, grass-fed butter and ghee. If you want plant-based oils, have coconut, avocado oil, and olive oil. 
 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
 
If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

How to use liminal space to boost health

Liminal space refers to a time of transition where you are at the threshold between places. On a microcosm, this can occur throughout your day between appointments or meetings. And when we go to bed at night, this is also a time of transition as you are leaving the known (what already happened) and transitioning into the unknown (what will tomorrow bring?).



On a larger scale, liminal space shows up at milestone moments such as learning how to walk, potty train, start school, make friends, get your first job, start (or end) romantic relationships, career changes, get married (or divorced), start a family, and transition into different stages of life.

We don’t really talk about it much, but it’s really helpful to look at how liminal space is affecting your life…your health and happiness.

Some ways that liminal space negatively impacts your health is through worry, anxiety, fear of the unknown, fear of challenges, and all the unhealthy coping mechanisms that go along with these feelings like emotional eating, drinking, avoidance that leads to staying stuck rather than taking action toward a healthy and purposeful life.

Living in the liminal space can be challenging because you are between your old comfort zone and new possibilities. 

Using liminal space to your advantage

Some ways that you can “lean in” and benefit from liminal space is to recognize it as an opportunity to evaluate and take steps toward creating what you want. Liminal space provides a gap, in a way, for us to look at where we are coming from and the direction we are heading so that we can adjust our course.

For example, there’s a lot that is unknown right now with all the changes that the coronavirus is creating. Yet, we know that the more we take care of our own bodies, the more we add to the collective community. The healthier we are, the more able we are to be resourceful and raise the vibration during this challenging time.

Right now we are all in a liminal space of not knowing what is next. If we focus on the fear and worry, chances are, we will weaken our immune systems and feel mentally and emotionally defeated.

So instead, I invite you to take this opportunity to create or reinforce your healthy habits. Start with what you are choosing to put into your body daily. Your body needs nourishing foods and plenty of clean water. Get back to basics! 

For those of you that are already feeling solid with the basics, reach out to me for how you can use this time to take your health to a whole new level.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
 
If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!