Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Their Role in Inflammation

There are three essential fatty acids. They are called essential to human health because the body cannot make them. They are the Omega-3s, the Omega-6s and the Omega-7s. Another fatty acid is called Omega-9. It is not essential since the body can make it. Omega-7s are relatively new, but have been found to be useful in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, tuna and halibut as well as…

The Role of Water in Weight Loss

If you listen to the television ads, America runs on high fructose corn syrup drinks, like Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Maybe that’s why one-third of Americans are obese or at least, overweight. Gone are the days when most people drink nothing but water, the original no-calorie, sugar-free, no-cholesterol beverage. So can you lose weight by just drinking water? Before I answer this, let’s first look at why water is important in our bodies. Water makes up…

The Hormones of Fat

  While the Energizer Bunny runs on batteries, our bodies run on hormones. Hormones tell our bodies to burn fat and lose weight or to store fat and gain weight or to keep our weights the same. There are two key hormones that regulate food intake and energy balance in our bodies. These are Leptin (which come from fat cells) and Insulin (which comes from the pancreas). Understanding these two hormones gives us an insight…

Good Fats and Fatty Substances

Fats and oils are part of a healthy diet and play many important roles in the body. Fat provides energy and is a carrier of important nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K and carotenoids derived from vitamin A. But fat can impact the health of our hearts and arteries in a positive or negative way, depending on the types of fat we eat. Doctors and nutritionists recommend getting between 20 and 35 percent of calories…

The Role of Inflammation in Obesity

More and more today, research and scientific papers are written talking about inflammation. How often have we seen something criticized as “inflammatory”? From Omega-6 fats to stress to sugar to diet, everything bad seems to cause inflammation. But what exactly is inflammation and why is it such a problem? If it’s so dangerous, why do our bodies keep doing it in response to everything they don’t like? There are different types of inflammation and the…

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