You need fats in your body for many reasons. Fat protects our internal organs, and provide energy, nerve conduction, warmth, cell integrity, a place for hormones and neurotransmitters to hang out, and padding to keep us comfortable.
We find fascinating the function of fat as a key component of the cell membrane. Think of that the next time you want to bypass fats in favor of sugar. I know I’ve made that mistake!
The human body is programmed to be more oily than solid, so the fluidity of the fats consumed makes a very big difference. Study after study has verified that cutting out the solid fats and consuming healthy oils will have a huge impact on your overall health.
Avoid: hydrogenated fats, saturated fats, and trans-fatty acids. Bad fats are solid at room temperature and mainly come in processed food and animal proteins.
Consume: unsaturated, both mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats have a thinner viscosity and their fluidity promotes cellular integrity and communication. Good fats are liquid at room temperature and mainly come from plant and fish sources. Coconut oil is the exception: it solidifies in cool temps but makes a conversion that renders it good for you.
Diet, regular exercise, choosing healthy lifestyle habits, and carving out some time for yourself every day are part of our overall assessment at Mountaintop Acupuncture & Rehabilitation.
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