There are an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to oils to use in the kitchen. Most people have heard that hydrogenated oils are bad, and olive oil is good; but there is actually a little more to it than that. Did you know that some oils are unsafe to cook with and that some oils you should always seek to avoid? Stick with me while I break it down quickly and simply……
Just say no to vegetable oils. Oils that come from soybean, sunflower, corn, and canola are unstable, omega-6 rich, polyunsaturated fats that are highly inflammatory. One of the problems here is that our diets tend to be high in omega-6 fats which not only crowd out the omega-3s that we desperately need, but undo the benefits of any omega-3s that we eat. This results in even more inflammation—which is our #1 enemy. I would suggest cutting these oils out of your diet completely.
Olive oil has been praised over the years for its many health benefits, including antioxidants, macronutrients, and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is made up primarily of monounsaturated fatty acids, most notably oleic acid, which gives olive oil its ability to fight free radical damage. Yet, what most people don’t know is that you should not cook with olive oil, as it has what is called a low smoke point (the temperature at which an oil will start to smoke producing fumes and free radicals). Heating olive oil does more harm than good, so it is best used in a non-heated form such as in salad dressings.
So what can you cook with? My two favorite oils to cook with are coconut oil and avocado oil. Avocado oil has a similar makeup to olive oil, mostly monounsaturated fatty acids, but has a much higher smoke point, making it suitable to cook with. Coconut oil is comprised mostly of saturated fat (don’t freak out, saturated fats ARE NOT bad), which makes it stable to cook with. Coconut oil also contains other compounds, such as lauric acid, that are incredibly beneficial to your health.
I hope this breaks down some of the confusion surrounding oils. If you want to continue the conversation or have any questions, reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Instagram for daily health tips.
Have you heard of bisphenol-A (BPA)? It is a chemical found in plastic water bottles, can linings, and receipts, and research has shown it to have negatives effects on our health.
BPA is an endocrine disrupter which means that it can mimic the hormones in your body causing them to be overstimulated, or interfere with the way they are made or controlled. This can lead to many different health concerns including: certain cancers, diabetes, impaired immune function, and risk of obesity. Not to mention that it can cross the placental barrier. How scary is that?!
To minimize your exposure you can:
* Avoid using plasticware-opt for glass instead. * Limit contact with register receipts
* Eat mostly fresh foods that do not come from a can or package
* Buy products that come in BPA-free cans
* Buy a BPA-Free Water Bottle (click here for an example) to put your filtered water in
Did you know that pumpkin is full of vitamins A and C? Not only is it good for eyes and skin, but it helps to keep your immune system strong. So important for this time of year!
Pumpkin also contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in abundance. Lutein is found in the macula, retina, lens, and optic nerve of the eye. It is responsible (along with zeaxanthin) for blocking out harmful blue light that can cause damage to your peepers.
A diet high in fiber can contribute to weight loss and help keep things moving, and pumpkin is a good source of it. One cup of canned pumpkin provides around 7 grams of fiber.
And the best part of all, pumpkin is downright tasty! Here is my proof!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon nut butter (I prefer almond)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
A fabulous way to unwind at the end of the day is a relaxing bath. Adding in Epsom salt will help relax your muscles and lavender oil will help relax your mind.
Some other benefits include
- restores your magnesium, thus promoting relaxation, good health and mood.
- draws out toxins and heavy metals
- makes your skins softer
- helps reduce pain caused by inflammation
How to use epsom salt
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.
Just add it under running warm bath water, then sit back and relax for 20 minutes or so.
As with everything in your health routine, quality matters. We recommend Epsoak Epsom Salt | Detox + Cleanse from SF Salt Co.
Probiotics are microorganisms that live in our gut and are related either directly or indirectly to pretty much every function in our body… especially digestion.
But the idea that such tiny bacteria can influence how we feel, think and protect our health is pretty hard to comprehend. Recently, our gut has been called our “second brain” because of how strongly it can impact our mood and wellbeing.
In fact, an imbalance in gut bacteria has been linked to depression, anxiety, and even certain mental illnesses.
Bacteria outnumber the cells in our bodies by 10 to 1… so it’s really important to keep a healthy balance between the good bacteria and the bad ones.
Probiotics (the good bacteria) have a TON of benefits including:
-Strengthening your immune system
-Improving your digestion and nutrient absorption
-Increasing your energy levels
-Improving your skin
-Maintaining an optimal metabolism and aiding in weight loss
If you’re not eating fermented food on a regular basis, then it’s important to supplement with a good quality probiotic.
Foods like: kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, raw cheeses, and even apple cider vinegar pack a probiotic punch.
If you want to use a probiotic supplement, make sure it is high quality. We both take and recommend PRESCRIPT ASSIST PROBIOTIC