Fish Oils: Are They Good For You?

August 23, 2018
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How lucky are we that we live in a beautiful city that provides a variety of places in which to fish! Now, I find myself challenged on how I can relate fishing, something that I have yet to try, to health and wellness, one of my life’s greatest passions.

I’m grateful to know someone who can give a first-person perspective on what fishing does to someone’s state of mind. My nephew tells me that fishing instantly whisks him away from the stresses of the day. The first tug on the line brings a variety of mystery and excitement. He claims to be reinvigorated, totally forgetting about his current trials.

So, fishing is good for the soul and can fill your cup. Sounds like this relates very well to the wellness aspect, right?

But, what about fishing in relation to health? And what does eating fish do for us? I dug a little deeper and got to reading many tomes on fish and fish oils which contain the essential fatty acids, like Omega 3s. Boy, did I find myself in a land of confusion!

The easy part to understand is that fish and fish oil supply two-thirds of the Omega 3 fatty acids. There are three essential fatty acids (1. EPA, 2. DHA and 3. ALA) that our body can’t produce on its own. This means we need to eat fish, plants, and nuts, or take supplements, to fulfill that requirement.

Omega 3 plays an important role in our health. Fish oil contains EPA and DHA. But, ALA is found in leafy greens, walnuts, and flaxseeds. These three essential fatty acids protect the cellular membrane, keeping it selectively permeable, in order to provide the general functions of the brain, retina, and heart.

For the sake of brevity, I’ll summarize the fish oil studies. They suggest that fish oil, specifically, EPA and DHA fatty acids, reduces inflammatory joint pain, provides support for the nervous system, prevents high blood pressure and reduces metabolic syndrome, and many other disease states. The American Heart Association recommends a specific range for Omega 3s to maintain a balance against the other Omega Fatty acids, the Omega 6s, consuming 2-4 grams/day of EPA/DHA if with elevated Triglycerides under a physician’s supervision, and consuming oily fish if without documented cardiac disease.

Here’s where it can be confusing, as there are several physicians and scientists debunking the fish oil studies. This group suggests that all we need to do is to eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, sprouts, shoots, plants, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats, avoiding any fish oil supplements as they could contain mercury and create toxicity, increasing free radicals, when ingested. This group purports that this well-balanced diet will provide the body with enough ALA that it can then synthesize EPA and DHA itself.

A conundrum occurs because most of us follow the Standard American Diet which is hardly well balanced. It is highly processed, laden with sugar, acidity, toxicity, and, for the most part, devoid of nutritional value. Please note that wild-caught fish without exposure to manufacturing processes of farming are the fish that we are actually depending on for their health benefits.

So what do we do? Start by finding out exactly where your levels of micronutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants are. Find a physician who specializes in exactly that. Learn about your deficiencies, modify your nutritional habits, and add on pure and well-proven supplements. Lastly, adopt new lifestyle habits and continue collaborating with your physician.

Fishing is good for the soul and eating what’s caught is good for you!

Introducing Healing Health Coach Veronica Nabizadeh
For your Personal Restart

Our military life exposed me to many deeply rooted cultures and traditions, which cultivated our family values. I experienced life in various cities in Germany, Korea and Italy before living in the U.S. At an early age, I learned how to pack up and restart somewhere new. It was refreshing to re-invent myself, always hoping to do things better and with more ease.

I was born in a scantily populated German town called Landstuhl. My father became an American citizen by enlisting in the Army and we lived in Europe for most of my young adult life. I am the second of four children and am proud to be a first-generation American of Mexican heritage. Today, I'm a devoted wife of 18 years and mom to my seven year-old-princess. While I am a Florida licensed attorney, I have always had the privilege of working with my husband in our medical practice. I've had the opportunity to study life and relationship coaching with Tony Robbins and Strategic Intervention and am a Master Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the Catalyst Coaching Institute.

It's easy to renew oneself with the added benefit of youth, change of environment, living under the roof of one's parents and without the bumps and bruises suffered due to life's lessons. We were invincible, indestructible as young individuals. Getting old, feeling old was off the radar.

As an adult however, It's so easy to find oneself in a rut. We've paid our dumb taxes (not related to IRS) and suffered through the lessons that life has presented to us. Some of those lessons, being repeats. In a non-sustainable way, we fixed our ideas, shaped our viewpoints, limited our beliefs and all of this negatively impacted the health of our bodies. We start feeling old before our time.

Well, on one fine day, I found myself in the fast lane of a downward spiral. I had inadvertently and unequivocally formed a very nice rut for myself and I decided I needed to get out. Pronto.

This is the basis for the creation of Personal Restart, a lifestyle and medical wellness practice that helps people do exactly that: Restart. We help people restart their lives through the use of cutting edge coaching practices and state of the art medical science.

I have had a personal restart and feel that my life is spiraling up. I believe that everyone has the ability to look and feel their best through self-love, self-healing and self-reliance. Everyone deserves to have their hormones balanced, their energy restored and their limited beliefs replaced by the truth.

I'm a self-taught herbalist and aromatherapist, practicing kitchen witchery at home for my family and friends. My kitchen is my favorite place in my home. I love making my own infusions, tinctures and body lotions and filling my medicine cabinet with workable natural products that I've created. Cooking for my family gives me so much joy. I've learned how to prepare healthy noninflammatory meals by fusing Persian and Mexican cuisines.

My dream is to gently awaken the powerful spirit in all of us, helping us heal from the inside out, and experience the gift of living through health, gratitude, and forgiveness. It is an honor to write health and wellness articles for EU Jacksonville and it is my hope to share and spread my knowledge of how to do and be your best because it can be done if you so desire. If you want a personal restart, please call us at Personal Restart, 904-565-1001.

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