My method: Better Health through Lifestyle, Nutrition, Exercise but really the foundation is Omega-3 capsules.
The container shows about 10,000 high potency Omega-3 capsules. This is an approximation of how many capsules I have personally taken in the past five years.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with high triglycerides: 508 was the number to be exact.
It was a wake up call.
From WebMD: What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy.
You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides can raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
A blood test that measures your cholesterol also measures your triglycerides. For a general idea about your triglycerides level, compare your test results to the following:
- Normal is less than 150.
- Borderline-high is 150 to 199.
- High is 200 to 499.
- Very high is 500 or higher.
End of Excerpt from WebMD
Doctors will want to put you on a statin or a drug like Niaspan. But these can be damaging to the liver and other side effects include sluggishness, malaise, muscle spasms.
I wanted to find a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
In 1985 I took an antibiotic as prescribed by a doctor in India. It was just a precaution as I had a minor surgery to remove a blind boil from my arm.
The doctor had my best interests in mind but I had a negative reaction to the antibiotic. That was the last time I ever took a prescription drug.
While in India, I studied Ayurvedic sciences as a hobby. I learned that there is a lot of wisdom in ancient methodologies. Some of those ancient sciences had a wisdom that is lacking in today’s western medicine.
I believe that in acute life and death situations, western medicine saves lives everyday. So don’t refuse medications out of pride or ignorance but in the case of long term or chronic illness or disease, it only makes sense to reach for an alternative medicine solution or something from the world of holistic healing.
Reliance on medications for sustenance is not a good philosophy to live by. If yoga works to calm your nerves and give you a more mindful approach to anxiety and stress, then choose yoga over anti-anxiety mediation if possible.
For sustaining optimal health, I believe it’s:
GOOD MENTAL PROCESSES
GOOD, SAFE EXERCISE
LASTLY, GOOD SLEEP
You may have heard me: Remember your MEDS:
M – Mind state
E – Exercise
D – Diet
S – Sleep
Those are the 4 pillars of optimal health.
Q: Where do Omega-3s fit in? Mind state and Diet. Why?
Omega-3 fish oil engenders good mood or mind state by replenishing the brain with the essential fatty acids needed for a healthy mind and a healthy brain.
Diet: Why diet? Omega-3 EFAs are SUPER FOODS. Needed by many processes, most basic of which is cellular regeneration. If you don’t have Omega-3s in your system, your body will substitute whatever fats it can find. Unfortunately, the fats we use in our normal American diet for cooking and baking are less than optimal for cellular regeneration. A good ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 would be 1:1 or 1: 2. For the last 50 years it’s growing way off balance with most Americans consuming 1:20. Yes, that is correct. Your body is trying to make cells out of inferior materials.
Maybe this explains why you don’t feel so good much of the time.
Other uses of Omega-3s in your system: Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory while Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory. You need some of both, but 20:1 answers the question as to why Americans have a myriad of inflammatory based diseases. Yes, we need to use better nutrients in our cooking and baking, but a simple gateway activity to better health is to UP your intake of anti-inflammatory Omega-3. Getting started is half the battle.
How much should I take?
If you have triglyceride or cholesterol issues, 4 to 5 grams of EPA/DHA Omega-3 is a good place to be. The only contraindication for this dose would be if you are on blood thinning medication. Then a maximum of 3 grams spread over a day. Now, of course, you must check with your doctor about dosages if you need the medication. The only caveat is it’s your body. You have the final say. Doctors are advisers. Good doctors give good advice. Doctors draw on medical knowledge and their own training and experience in practice. Understand though, that doctors do not have training in nutrition, unless they pursue it on their own time outside of medical school. Holism is not taught either.
Dr. Andrew Weil said he received 30 minutes of nutrition lecture in 4 years of medical school.
Don’t look at a 1000 mg of fish oil and think it’s 1000 mg of EPA/DHA. You have to look at the supplement facts on the back of the bottle to find the true content of Omega-3.
Most fish oils are 30% EPA / DHA. Our True Omega-3® is 70%. So each capsule provides 700 mgs of EPA/DHA. Six capsules provides 4200 mgs of EPA/DHA. This would be an optimum dose for those of us who have heart health concerns and conditions. If you eat very well and naturally avoiding all junk food, a lesser dose would be appropriate. But daily dosing is essential.
Your car will not go without fuel. Your body with its infinitely more complicated processes need high grade nutrition to function optimally. I can’t stress that enough.
- Eat a healthy diet. Vegetables and legumes are low in calories but make you feel full longer.
- Exercise 30 minutes or more at least five days per week. Choose activities you enjoy.
- Do not smoke. Find a smoking cessation program to help you kick the habit.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Make water your beverage of choice. It has zero calories.
- Omega-3 fishs oil are known to be able to reduce very high triglycerides.