How To Be Thin & Clever! Part One

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How To Be Thin & Clever! Part One

21st May 2014

Brain Food! The Original & Best

When you start to learn about weight loss, you begin to see that the journey is often boring and the results amazing. Where diet and sliming groups succeed is by providing people with very little nutritional information just a vision of weight loss in the easiest way possible. This includes eating sweet and savoury snacks. This works! What we are not told that there some foods that are ESSENTIAL. See, sugar and flour are not ESSENTIAL for human health. I have said this before and will say it again! (and will keep saying it)

Anyway, did you know that some fats are essential? I should hope so if you read my shiz but did you also know that you can both increase weight loss (well fat burning) and also make your skin glow, hair grow and even make you smarter? Oh and also make you feel great for no reason! It’s true I tell you! Those essential are commonly known as Omega 3 fatty acids! Today I will talk about DHA!

DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid

How exciting! Look, stay with me on this. I guarantee by increasing this in your diet you will get better results all round. Right then DHA is obtained directly from either breast milk or fish oil or produced from something called ALA or alpha-linolenic acid (you may have seen this in supplement stores) The key point here is that we need this stuff from diet. Many people don’t eat very much fat at all. Especially fish or nuts/seeds are often missed. People tend to be scared of fish because of childhood beliefs. People don’t eat seeds or nuts high in fat either because they have been scared off by diet clubs and “fat content”.

So why is DHA important? Well, DHA comprises 40% of the fatty acids in the brain and 60% in the retina in the eyes. This basically means that this stuff is literally “brain food” This is why children who have been breast fed tend to be more intelligent that children fed on mainly formula. DHA is a key component of breast milk.

DHA deficiency is also heavily linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease in adults and also cognitive decline. There is also been links made to depression and DHA deficiency. If we consider that DHA seems to have a key role in brain function, then the fact that depression and similar mental problems are heavily linked to a lack of DHA.

There have been studies linking DHA consumption to decreased risk of colon cancer and also heart disease due to it’s effect on reducing the triglycerides in the blood stream. In Countries such as Japan and Sweden, where fish consumption is high, it seems that heart disease and strokes are less likely.

Conclusion & Learning Points

The main source of DHA seems to be fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies. A good fish oil supplement is always a good bet if fish is not preferred. If you are a vegan and don’t eat any fish, then an algae based supplement can provide the ALA which is a precursor to DHA in the body. Flaxseed and chia seeds are also options. Stay tuned for EPA, the other fatty acid bad boy!