NOTE: This is a first in a series of articles by Dr. Lorraine Williams, chiropractor turned TrackMom, which will focus on more ways to raise a healthier family from a health professional’s perspective.
Omega 3’s secret to glowing skin is contained in its revitalizing benefits. Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids. Now don’t be alarmed; there’s nothing wrong with these fatty acids; they’re the “good fats.” They’re the kind of fats that are vital to the health of every cell in your body, including your skin cells. Omega 3 keeps your skin moist and prevents sagging.
Omega 3 also fights against those nasty free radicals that are flying around. These free radicals also damage the skin and cause wrinkles. Omega 3 lessens this damage and helps prevent collagen breakdown. Without collagen, wrinkles will develop, and your skin will lose its healthy and youthful glow.
If you suffer from premature wrinkles, dry skin, dandruff, cracked skin, or other very dry skin conditions, chances are you have a deficiency of Omega 3. Part of the beauty of Omega 3 is that it will moisturize your skin from deep inside. You won’t have to slather on yet another cream on your face. Instead, you can get Omega 3 from your diet.
Here are a few ways you can get your required source of Omega 3:
- Cold water fish, like salmon, herring, sardines, and fresh tuna twice a week
- Supplements of at least 1000 mg of Omega 3 per day
- Flaxseed or walnut oil, or walnuts. You can either blend a high quality oil into a smoothie (you really can’t taste it) to make it more palatable.
- Other foods containing Omega 3’s are kiwifruit, lingonberry, black raspberry, butternuts, pecan nuts, and hazel nuts. Some eggs contain Omega 3 – these are from chickens fed a special diet. You can usually find these Omega 3 eggs in specialty or organic food stores.
- Grass fed beef is also another source of Omega 3, and possibly milk and cheese from grass fed cows. The mass produced beef nowadays have been fed grain, which doesn’t contain Omega 3.
- A word of warning about fish: many fish are caught in polluted waters and may carry a high concentration of heavy metals, which is not good for you. Farmed fish do not have as high a level of Omega 3 because they are fed pellets, rather than algae that the free roaming, but possibly polluted, fish eat.
After reading the above list, it might be a bit daunting trying to find food sources for your Omega 3 requirements. Do some research and see what will fit best into your lifestyle. Would putting Flax Seed Oil into a smoothie be doable? Or perhaps swallowing a supplement every day will be more your style. Whatever it is, find the intake method of Omega 3 that is right for you. It’s important to your skin and your healthy glow. Your youthful skin will thank you for it! I highly recommend the book Omega Rx Zone: The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil by Dr. Barry Sears for more information on just how good the Omega 3’s really are for your entire body and mind. Check in often for more secrets that need not be a secrets any longer!