GOOD OILS, BAD OILS and BEAUTY

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Beautiful hair, skin and nails are sought after by many.  Many creams, oils, potions and lotions are sold every day to women for “quick” cures on improving our hair, skin and nails!

 Slathering these products on our outside may not be the answer—The way you look on the outside is a clue as to what is happening on the inside!!

It is VERY important to do the following:

 Remove toxins and chemicals from your food and environment.  Detoxification and sweat programs help remove what you have already put in there.   The way your hair looks, skin and nails are all from what gets pushed out from the inside.  Your skin is the largest excreting organ you have!!!  What are you breathing in your house?  What are you cleaning with??  What is rubbed into your skin, painted on your nails and squeezed into your scalp? 

 Most of us will be very careful to buy the “expensive” facial mask, put it on for 15 minutes while we go clean the bathtub with Comet!!

  •  Switch to all safe “green” clean, hair, skin and nail products.
  •  Remove artificial sweeteners (gum and soda are big ones)
  • Eat plenty of fresh foods with emphasis on vegetables 
  • Drink purified water
  • Shower filters
  • Air filters
  • Switch to organic foods
  • Add Probiotics
  • Add OIL to your diet

   (What kind of oil?)

 Oils are used in the body as precursors for hormones.  How much do hormones have to do with your looks???

 Oils are the body’s natural anti-oxidants!  Needed for removal of poisons, fighting infection and much more.  Your skin and hair are the end of the line for toxins getting out…

Good oil or Bad oil??

Our knowledge of dietary fats has changed.  We use to think all fat was “bad”.  People were (and still are) reaching for “fat free”.  And now, every weight loss program I instigate has you ADDING MORE OIL into your diet!

 Fats were deemed unhealthy because they were supposedly responsible for anything from cardiovascular disease to diabetes.

 All fats are not created equal, there are good fats, bad fats and “not so bad” fats.

 What’s the difference in all these fats?  We hear Omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s.  We hear about unsaturated fat, mono and poly unsaturated fat, etc.  What does it all mean?

 At first, all we heard was about Omega 3’s being important and later, the Omega 6’s were in the headlines and now we hear about oils such as Olive oil that has Omega 9’s in it!

 The main reason for the names has to do with the configuration of the molecules.  Slight differences in how they are bonded or chained together make the difference in how they work in our bodies. 

 All fat is made of fatty acids, and all fatty acids are composed of chains of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms.  Some are straight as an arrow with no double bonds—these are saturated fatty acids.  Some have double bonds and bend different ways—these are the unsaturated fats.  The numbers (like, 3 or 6 or 9) correspond to the number of Carbon atoms they contain, and designate where they bond and twist.

 This all matters because the configuration of a fat molecule’s single and double bonds have implications for its properties and effects in our bodies!

 Omega 3’s (also called Alpha linoleic acid which breaks down into EPA and DHA)

 Omega 3 fatty acids are extremely important for our health—probably the most important of the three.  These are good at working as anti-inflammatories—which helps suppress any diseases that have inflammatory processes.

 Our body cannot make these.  Therefore, are called “essential” fatty acids.  These are the most lacking in our diet! 

Wild-caught salmon, mackerel, anchovies, walnuts, flax seed and green leafy vegetables.

Omega 6’s (also called Linoleic acid)

 These are more prominent in our every day foods.  Omega 6’s can be found abundantly in many common cooking oils.  Soybean oils, sunflower oil, canola oil and corn oil (not olive oil).  Many of us have an imbalanced ratio of omega 6’s to 3’s.  Omega 6 intake should be raw oil as much as possible.

 Too many Omega 6’s have been shown to do the opposite of the Omega 3’s.  Instead of creating an ANTI-inflammatory effect, the 6’s can cause an inflammation.

 Omega 9’s (Oleic Acid)

 Omegas 9’s are the most common fatty acids we have, and they are easy to get in our diets.  Our bodies can make this one, so it is not considered “essential”. 

 Omega 9’s are most commonly found in animal fats and some vegetable oils, especially olive oil.  Olive oil also contains a saturated fatty acid known as palmitic acid.  Olive oil is high in polyphenol, which gives olive oil the strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticlotting and antibacterial effects.

Ratios: 

 The ratio of Omega 6’s to 3’s should be somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1.  Instead, most of us are getting somewhere between 10:1 and 30:1!!