During my journey I have met many wonderful people striving towards a healthier lifestyle. I want to introduce to you an individual that brings along with her experience, knowledge and passion. It is my pleasure to welcome Talli van Sunder of Being Healthy TV:
Talli has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.She is a physical therapist and a health fanatic. She is also a wife, mom and an all around busy person.Talli started a podcast after realizing that while people understandthat eating right, exercising and decreasing their stress is something they should do, it is still hard for them to do it because of their busy lives.Before starting her podcast, “Being Healthy for Busy People”, Talli owned her own physical therapy clinic, In Stride Physical Therapy, where she also did personal training. She has used that knowledge both in her own life and in helping her clients. Talli is very ambitious and wants to continue inspiring people to improve their lifestyles towards a healthier one. Talli offers simple solutions that you can incorporate into your daily routine in order to improve your overall well being and happiness. She is going to share some insight into omega-3 fatty acids:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Part of A Healthy Diet
In the last few years, you may have seen countless headlines extolling the virtues of omega-3 fatty acids and their role in a healthy diet. So, why is everyone raving about omega-3′s?
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to being healthy. They are needed in every cell in your body to reduce inflammation and prevent disease. Unfortunately, many of us lack sufficient omega-3 fatty acids in our diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that can only be obtained through eating certain foods. They cannot be synthesized by our bodies. The same is true for Omega-6 fatty acids, their counterpart, which are also essential to your diet.
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids should be kept in balance for optimal health. The appropriate ratio is usually 2:1 or 1:1 ratio depending on the study you read. However, the typical American diet is weighted much too heavily towards omega-6′s. This imbalance can contribute to long-term diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis, eczema and psoriasis. It can also lead to mental disorders, such as depression, dementia, schizophrenia and ADHD.1
The over abundance of omega-6′s is due primarily to the use of sunflower oil, margarine, vegetable cooking oils (other than olive oil) and the over consumption of meats.
How can you increase your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids to balance the omega-6′s? You can increase your consumption of oily fish (for example: wild salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines) and other omega-3 fatty acid sources such as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, purslane and walnuts. You can also switch to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet produces the optimal balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It is a wonderful diet, rich in whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil and is low in meat. For those with nut allergies or a dislike for fish, Omega-3 supplements are a good option and are available at most supermarkets, drug stores and health food stores.
If you are eating a diet too high in omega-6′s, you should consider a diet with a better balance between omega-3′s and omega-6′s. I believe it will make you a happier, healthier person!
Talli’s show isn’t a promotion for a diet fad, so if that’s what you
are looking for, you’ll be disappointed. Being Healthy for Busy People
is about changing your lifestyle to a healthy one that you can
maintain for the rest of your life. If you are looking to improve your
overall well-being by improving your diet, exercising and taking care
of yourself, but have trouble finding the time, then her show is the
show for you.
Stay active, be healthy!