Let’s face it, most of our diets could use a little work, and that’s putting things politely. A good percentage of us are guilty of consuming too much processed junk, too much beer and alcohol, and not nearly enough healthy and beneficial nutrients that nourish the body and promote weight loss, health, and general well-being. When it comes to healthy nutrients, Essential Fatty Acids, or EFA’s for short, are without question some of the healthiest and most vital nutrients on the face of the earth, and many of us simply aren’t getting enough of them. Essential Fatty acids benefit the body in a number of different ways, and best of all, they’re found in a number of foods and health supplements that you can pick up from most grocery stores. If you’re guilty of not getting enough EFA’s into your body, there are a few simple and effective ways of easily doing so.
Consume more oily fish – Essential Fatty Acids include omega 3’s and oily fish is absolutely jam-packed full of them. Herring, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are all great examples of oily fish and best of all is that they all taste great. Not only are they packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, they’re also rich in minerals and protein, which promotes muscle growth and cellular health. The omega 3’s contained within oily fish have been proven to improve heart health, boost metabolism, to help improve brain health and function, promote joint health, and much more on top of that.
Snack on healthy nuts and seeds – Nuts and seeds such as Almonds, Hemp seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts are all great sources of EFA’s, and they too are very easy to get a hold of. A great way of getting more EFA’s into your body is to simply snack on a few of these nuts or seeds whenever you feel like having a snack. The seeds for example, make a very healthy snack when mixed with natural Greek yogurt, while the nuts can be eaten whole on the go, or can be sprinkled over salads and stir fries perhaps.
Cod liver oil capsules – Walk into any health food store and you’ll have an abundance of choices when it comes to EFA supplements. The most popular EFA supplements are cod liver oil capsules, mainly due to their convenience. Simply swallow the recommended daily dosage with liquid alongside your breakfast, and you’re already well on your way to meeting your daily requirements.
Mix the liquid supplements with shakes or smoothies – You can also purchase EFA sources such as cod liver oil, or flax seed oil, in liquid form from various health stores. Drinking the liquid alone may taste a little nasty, but mixing a tablespoon with a protein shake or a mixed fruit and vegetable smoothie will provide you with a fantastic way of increasing your nutrient intake without even realizing.