I get the winter blues every year without fail. And without fail, sleeping, skipping workouts & grubbing on carb-loaded foods become habit. Regularly missing out on my Vitamin-D fix from the sun & the serotonin uptick from breaking a sweat becomes the norm.
Shit starts to look gloomy. Real gloomy.
So what do I turn to?
I cannot tell you how it has effortlessly elevated my mood, energy, focus & outlook. It’s like the cloud that has been lingering over me (depressing, right?) just magically disappeared.
Seriously, a miracle worker.
Fish oils are the bomb diggity. They’re made up of powerful Omega-3 fatty acids – DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – that offer a plethora of health benefits…so many so that I could talk for days on this subject 😛
Want to know if you’re deficient in essential omega-3’s? Here are some telltale signs:
- Dry skin, acne or skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis or rosecea
- Weight gain
- Low energy levels
- Brittle hair and hair loss
- Poor nail growth
- Deterioration of liver and kidneys
- Depression, anxiety
- Inability to sleep
- Low immune system
- Digestion problems, inflammation, bloating
- Low libido
- Tingling in arms and legs
- Altered mental states
- Impaired vision
- Decreased focus and learning problems
If you checked off even one or two on the above list, then listen up. You can count on fish oil for alleviation from these symptoms and on the following 4 benefits – my personal top reasons for popping omega-3’s on a daily basis:
You can’t get around doing the dirty work – cleaning up your diet + getting sweaty most days of the week – but, incorporating fish oil can be just the support system you need to maximize your efforts and maybe even expedite your results.
Adding healthy omega-3 fatty acids to your diet can:
- increase your metabolic rate so you burn more calories
- help metabolize and prevent the accumulation of body fat
- cut unhealthy belly fat
- regulate the release of a chemical called serotonin – helping to maintain appetite and mood. You’ll get your antidepressant benefits while simultaneously stopping sugar cravings.
- support kidney function by dumping excess water held in the tissues
- lower glycemic index of foods, meaning the insulin spike after food consumption won’t be as high
- suppress appetite
Believe me, you CAN & HAVE to eat fat to lose fat!
Omega oils increase oxidation rate, metabolic rate, energy levels and stamina. Definitely a great supplement for athletes, moms, students & working adults.
EFA deficiency often leads to dry, flaky skin, weak hair and brittle nails. With increased omega fat consumption, you’ll experience clearer skin, stronger nails and shinier hair. What gal doesn’t want that?
Mood Stabilizer – Relief from anxiety, depression & mood fluctuations
#DidYouKnow: The brain is over 60% fat? So, naturally omega oils are vital to our nervous system, helping to make the neurotransmitter – serotonin – or the “feel good” hormone.
By supplementing with fish oil, you will naturally support your own serotonin release in the body, helping to manage stress levels, positive mood & feelings of happiness.
So, the final question is – how much should you take?
The body can’t naturally curate omega-3 fatty acids in the body and it’s almost impossible to get your daily requirement from food alone. Supplementing – in addition to a omega-3 rich diet – would be your best bet. I take capsules & consume 1,200 mg per day. Fish oil also comes in liquid form, which is much more potent – you’ll get your recommended daily dose in just a teaspoon or two.
Make sure to talk to your doctor or nutritionist to determine the proper dosage for your current health state before taking fish oil. After, be sure to reference this list of fish oil brands ranked from best to worst to help you pick the best one for you.
If you’re wanting to overhaul your diet to consume more omega-3’s, the below foods give you the best bang for your buck:
- Rainbow trout
- Lake trout
- Sea bass
- Albacore tuna
- Blue fin tuna
- Yellow fin tuna
- Flax seed oil
- Chia seeds
- Nuts, walnuts
- Broccoli, spinach
If fish oil is already part of your daily routine OR if you’re just now starting to include it, I’d love to hear how it’s changed or is changing your life for the better in the comments below!
Until next time,