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Health Tip of the Week: Omega 3 or Omega 6?

Dietary fats are basically divided into two groups. Saturated fats and unsaturated fats.  Saturated fats come from animals and unsaturated fats are plant based. From there we can divide our fats into Omega 6 fats and Omega 3 fats.

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to proper cell functioning and play an important role in various bodily systems. 

Omega-3s are a type of essential fatty acid, meaning people must obtain them from their diet. There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: DHA, EPA, and ALA. Fish and seafood sources of omega-3 tend to be higher in DHA and EPA, while plant sources are typically higher in ALA. Eating a variety of omega-3 foods is important for optimal health.

Omega 3 fats are healthier fats for the body.  Unfortunately, the average diet in the United States is proportionately more Omega 6 fats.  Omega 6 fats are in included in most processed foods (anything in a box or a bag). A diet high in omega 6 fats is known to contribute to heart disease and autoimmune problems in the body.

Omega 3 fats have been found to be extremely beneficial for heart health and lower your risk of heart disease.  They are also an anti-inflammatory food that lowers overall inflammation in the body.  In addition, omega 3 fats are essential for hormonal function, immune system health and our respiratory system function.

Omega 3 fats also play a major role in brain development and should be part of every child’s diet from birth through adulthood.  A recent review of research found that omega 3 fats helped with depression and anxiety.

Foods high in omega 3 fats include fish, shrimp, clams, crabs, seaweed, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, kidney beans and wheat germ.  Please consider adding these foods to your daily diet.  If you are seafood adverse, please find a high-quality fish oil supplement and also purchase a bottle of organic walnut oil.  Walnut oil is a great cooking oil as it can handle high heat and it is full of omega 3 fats.

Chiropractic Thought for the Week

“If your spine is aligned, you will feel fine.”   A chiropractic tune-up balances and loosens the muscles of the neck, back, hips and pelvis while also improving nerve flow to all of the body’s internal systems.  In addition, chiropractic adjustments reduce friction on the spinal joints which can prevent arthritic changes from progressing.

Prenatal / Pregnancy Care Info

Prenatal health care is when you receive pregnancy checkups from a doctor, nurse, midwife and chiropractor throughout the 9 months of your pregnancy. Prenatal care helps to keep you and your unborn baby healthy.

Prenatal chiropractic care is focused around the structural integrity of the pelvis and the supporting soft tissues.  The pelvis needs to be centered and balanced so that the there is an easy exit for the baby (and the mother).  Chiropractors will perform very gentle pelvic adjustment and soft tissue work on the round ligaments throughout pregnancy to help make the mother to be as comfortable as possible.  Chiropractors are an important part of the pregnancy health care team.


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