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E is for Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – which foods do we Eat?

Essential Fatty Acid Foods to Eat for Natural Health

In the last post we saw why Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs, are so vital to our natural health (see previous post – E is for Essential Fatty Acids – EFAs).

Now we’ll look at the foods you should be eating in order to get adequate amounts of these nutritional giants.

Flaxseed oil which should be refrigerated has the highest content of linolenic acid of any food.  Foods derived from flax like flaxseeds themselves and flaxseed meal are great providers of EFAs.  Other nuts and seeds are also good sources – pumpkin seeds, hempseed and hempseed oil, walnuts, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts and sesame seeds.  Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, purslane (verdolagos for those of you in Mexico), mustard greens and collards, etc.  Oils such as canola oil (cold-pressed and unrefined), soybean oil, wheat germ oil can provide EFAs.  And most fatty fishes such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, albacore tuna, and others.
One tablespoon per day of flaxseed oil can give you the recommended daily adult portion of linolenic acid.  If you can’t or won’t eat enough of the foods listed here to get an adequate amount of EFAs, then please consider taking Essential Fatty Acid supplements to provide your body with this vital nutrition!

 

 

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E is for Energy Drinks – Energizing or Endangering??

Energy Drinks - Natural Health???

When you can’t eat the right foods for energy and you have an important meeting or you want to work out in the afternoon, should you reach for one of the many energy drinks on the market now?  There’s Red Bull and Monster and 5 Hour Energy and Rockstar and on and on.  Here’s what Rockstar has to say about itself:

Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger. ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is scientifically formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles–from athletes to rock stars.

Kind of makes you want to run out and get some, no?  Better stop and check out the ingredients before you gulp one down.  Lots of sugar, lots of sugar (so much I had to repeat it twice!) and lots and lots of caffeine.  Is that what we naturally beautiful women want to be putting in our bodies?  I don’t think so!

And calories??? One can of Red Bull has 150 calories – just think of how much really good energy food you could be consuming – food that would keep you healthy, energized, disease free, with beautiful skin and hair.

If you want energy, don’t reach for that shiny can full of caffeine and sugar – you might get a slight burst of energy that will feel like a high and keep you going for a minute, but your blood sugar will tumble when the sugar and caffeine are used up, and you’ll be even more fatigued than you were before.  So for real true energy – eat the right foods, drink plenty of water, think positively, get a good night’s sleep – all these things will keep you a naturally beautiful woman and a healthy senior woman!

 

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