Do You Need To Be Eating More Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are so healthy for our body but are you eating enough?  During health coaching sessions I used to see so many health conditions that required more healthy fats in the diet.  Now as a health copywriter I am often writing about healthy fats. Healthy fats are essential for health, especially if you are trying to rectify a female health condition, particularly a hormone-related female health condition.  Healthy fats are called essential fatty acids for an excellent reason.  Essential fatty acids are a vital component of every human cell, and the body needs them to balance hormones, insulate nerve cells, keep the skin and arteries supple and to keep the body warm.

Signs You Need To Eat More Healthy Fats

Aching joints, allergies, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions

Cracked skin on heels or fingertips

Difficulty losing weight - healthy fats boost your metabolism.

Dry eyes

Dry skin - healthy fats are great for your skin. 

Fatigue

Hair loss and dull hair

High blood pressure

Lack of motivation

Painful breasts

Poor wound healing

Pre-menstrual syndrome

Soft or brittle nails

Foods Full Of Healthy Fats

Avocado, egg yolk, ghee, coconut oil,

Oily Fish

Mackerel, salmon, trout, tuna, sardines and herrings.  Oily fish is a good quality protein.  Cooking methods: grilled, baked, poached, steamed.  Be careful of mercury levels in fish.  Fish considered to have low levels of mercury include; cod, Pacific wild salmon, haddock, catfish, Pacific halibut, ocean perch, sole and flounder.

Nuts and Seeds

High in unsaturated fatty acids.  Find nuts hard to digest?  Pre-soak them overnight.  This initiates the sprouting process and enhances the digestibility of the fat and protein of the nuts.  Ideally store nuts in their shells.  If shelled store them in the refrigerator, cool place, in glass jars.

Chia Seeds - are my favourite.

Flaxseed (linseed) must be ground and eaten fresh to ensure that the quality of omega 3, 6, and 9 is retained.  All pre-ground flaxseed and ‘LSA meal’ are prone to excessive exposure to air, heat, light during commercial grinding.  Large amounts of nuts and seeds may cause digestive problems such as flatulence, bloating, skin blemishes, pimples.  Mixed nuts and dried fruits are tough to digest for some.

I love snacking on about eight organic raw almonds most days as they also have an alkalizing effect on the body.  Your turn: What healthy fat foods do you love snacking?  Please share with us in the comment box below.