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Questions & Answers On Essential Fats

9 ‘FAQs’ on Essential Fatty Acids & their Benefits!

Basically, there are two essential fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3. These two fats are termed “essential” because they cannot be produced by the body, and must therefore be obtained from the diet or from a supplemental source if you want to stay healthy.

Unlike other non-essential fats, the body uses essential fatty acids to maintain proper growth, cell formation and optimising functional needs, rather than for fuel. This means they do not get stored as fat in your fat cells.

Once we get into nutrient deficiency, it does not take long for the body to protest, reminding us to slow down, get more rest, eat right and supplement. In order to remain robust, energetic and healthy, we need a variety of nutrients. These include amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, lipids and fatty acids. Essential fatty acids work best in the presence of ample amounts of vitamins A, B3, B6, C and E and the minerals magnesium and zinc.

Many assert that a perfect balance of nutrients can be achieved by following a diet in which protein, carbohydrate and fat are maintained in certain strict proportions. The Western Price Foundation in ‘Tripping Lightly Down the Prostaglandin Pathways’ says this is a highly simplistic view of the complex interactions of the body, one which does not take into account individual requirements for macro and micro nutrients, nor of imbalances that may be caused by nutritional deficiencies, environmental stress or genetic defects.

Because our modern lifestyle leaves almost everyone with some sort of nutrient deficiency everyone could benefit with and increase of healthy fats. What we do know, is that they are “essential”.

Here are nine frequently asked questions on essential fatty acids … and the answers.

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Not Enough Nutritious Food in Australia

A BIG Thank You to Kirstie Halliday, for sending in this article – sorry I missed it!:

Experts warn the public: Australia doesn’t produce enough fruit and vegetables for everyone to have a healthy diet. 

Analysts at a food-security conference in Melbourne have delivered a warning that Australia is not immune from the problems that could lead to a global food crisis in the future.

Researchers launched a study which shows that local farmers already fail to grow sufficient food and vegetables to give every Australian a nutritional diet.

That poses serious questions about any role that Australia may play as a food bowl for the world.  Read More

The Importance of Iron In Your Diet

Did you know that one in 12 Australian women are iron deficient? Other research suggests that one in three misses days at work because she is too exhausted to get out of bed. Simply too tired to enjoy life. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.

Iron depletion and deficiency and, less commonly, iron-deficiency anaemia are prevalent in all age groups, but particularly in infants, the elderly and women after the onset of menses, and also in socioeconomically deprived populations, such as refugees and recent migrants.

If you are short of iron, you’ll probably get very tired and may suffer from anaemia. Taking iron supplementation, in combination with other nutrients (in particular fulvic acid which helps it’s absorption) helps prevent anemia, a condition in which a person’s red blood cells are too small and too few.

Iron helps both the mother and baby’s blood carry oxygen around your body through the red blood cells, and when you’re pregnant, through the placenta to your baby. Iron helps the muscles in both mother and baby develop, and can also lower the risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. It’s obvious that if it helps the unborn child, then it is helping your future growing child’s needs too.

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Give New Born Babies A Healthy Chance At Life

In general, the overall health and state of our bodies are not as optimal as they could be. Our diet and lifestyle has had a huge impact on all body systems so it is no surprise that our ‘fertility’ is affected. For this reason, many couples recognise that their bodies are in need of some maintenance and preparation before trying to conceive a baby.

Preconception care can be tailored to the individual’s or couple’s wants and needs, so it is a very important part of what we offer, as we want to make sure you are ready both physically and emotionally to conceive your baby. If you have the benefit of planning for a baby, preconception care is highly recommended to ensure that you are both ready to produce a beautiful healthy baby.

Fertility is a big concern for many people wanting to start a family and the good news is that you don’t have to rely on standard medicine treatments if you should have trouble falling pregnant.  There are plenty of natural options available that are less invasive, more relaxing, and that work.

Preconception Care Is Important!

If you want to conceive a baby or simply manage your reproductive health naturally, without chemicals or intrusive devices, there are proven methods that put you in control of your fertility and achieve optimum results.  Read More