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The Omega Imbalance: A Ticking Time Bomb in Your Diet

Updated: Feb 10

Omega 6 imbalance - ticking  time bomb

Imagine your body as a delicate orchestra, where every instrument plays a crucial role in the symphony of health. Today, we'll focus on two key players: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Both are essential, but the Western diet's love affair with processed foods has tipped the scales, creating a dangerous imbalance with potentially devastating consequences.

The Players: Omega-3 vs. Omega-6

omega 3vs 6 imbalance

Think of Omega-3s and Omega-6s as rival soccer teams vying for control of your body's inflammatory response. Omega-3s, found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds, play the goalie, quenching inflammation and promoting overall health. Omega-6s, abundant in corn oil, red meat, and processed snacks, act like attackers, driving inflammation, which can be a silent enemy.

The Imbalance: A Recipe for Disease

Chronic inflammation

When Omega-6s dominate, the game is rigged. Chronic inflammation becomes a ticking time bomb, potentially leading to:

Metabolic Mayhem: Insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes can gain a foothold.

Heart Trouble: Blood clots and plaque buildup threaten heart attacks and strokes.

Brain Drain: Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's find fertile ground.

Mental Struggles: Depression and addiction may find a foothold in the inflamed landscape.

Restoring Harmony: Tuning Your Diet

sources of omega 3

But the good news is, we can rewrite the story! By adjusting our diet, we can become the coach, guiding our internal orchestra back to harmony:

Cut Back on Omega-6 Villains: Ditch processed foods, swap vegetable oils for olive oil, and avoid factory farmed red meat red meat.

Embrace Omega-3 Heroes: Befriend wild caught fatty fish like salmon and tuna, sprinkle flaxseeds or chia seeds on your meals.

Think salmon is a healthy choice? 

farmed fish

Think again! While it may be convenient and affordable, studies reveal concerning differences between farmed and wild salmon that could impact your health.

Omega-3 Omega-no:

Farmed salmon, however, fed corn and soy-based pellets, lack this essential nutrient. This results in significantly lower omega-3 levels in farmed salmon, potentially putting you at risk for cardiovascular disease, depression, and cognitive decline.

Heavy metal hitchhikers:

Heavy metal contamination

But wait there's more! Farmed salmon raised in polluted waters can accumulate higher levels of mercury, PCBs, and dioxins compared to their wild counterparts. These heavy metals pose significant health risks, especially for pregnant women, infants, and young children, potentially affecting brain development, nervous system function, and even fertility.

Jenny Hague functional medicine practitioner

Consult the Conductor

Seek guidance from a functional medicine professional. They can tailor a plan based on your unique needs and health conditions and advice on the correct Omega 3 supplements.

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