Food Focus: Essential Fatty Acids
In a previous post, Food Focus: Oils and Fats I wrote about Healthy Fats. This post focuses on Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), which are an important component of a balanced nutrition plan. Here’s why:
- They are necessary for building & protecting healthy cell membranes.
- They surround your cells & keep water & nutrients inside while letting toxins & waste out.
- They support the creation and maintenance of healthy skin cells. Healthy cells are plump, water filled cells with strong membranes.
- When there’s not enough EFA’s in the system, the cells become weak. Weak skin cells can cause saggy skin, acne, dry skin.
The reason they are called Essential Fatty Acids is because they are essential for our health yet they are not produced by the body.
Examples of EFA’s are:
- olive oil
- salmon & other wild fish
- flax seed
- coconut oil
- organic grass-fed butter