by Stephanie Buckley
Fat. In many circles, it's a bad word. For years, people have stripped fat from their diet. "Fat Free" on any product guarantees sales - even if it's a product that never had fat to begin with.
For the past 20 years, Americans have been moving further and further away from a diet rich in essential fatty acids, or EFAs. Most runners are very proud of their low-fat diet.
With the "War on Fat" and the low-fat diet craze, the EFA's Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils have been removed from our diets and replaced with processed, less nutritious foods. Dr. Udo Erasmus addresses this issue in his book Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, and talks about how and what to eat for a healthier and more active life.
He calls them "Fitness Fats" - unsaturated fats essential to the body's survival. Sources of Omega 3s are flaxseed, green leafy vegetables and cold water fish. Omega 6s are found in sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and other seeds and nuts.
"The Fitness Fats are able to keep athletes relaxed and mentally focused, even during the most stressful moments of competition," says Dr. Erasmus. "These two super-nutrients can also speed recovery time from injuries, in some cases by more than 30%."
According to numerous studies, the EFAs, taken in the right amounts and ratios, increase energy, performance and stamina, strengthen the immune system, lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease, improve brain function, aid in weight reduction, speed recovery and healing, decrease infection and produce beautiful hair, skin and nails.
Dr. Erasmus believes the easiest way to add Fitness Fats to your diet is by taking 2-5 tablespoons daily of an organic seed oil blend that combines Omega 3 and Omega 6 in the optimum ratio for cell metabolism and high performance.
Dr. Erasmus cites a recent study performed in Denmark with cyclists taking one tablespoon per 50 pounds body weight of the "perfected" seed oil blend. Results showed an incredible 61% increase in time to exhaustion among the cyclists.
He explains, "The Omega 3 and Omega 6 enhance the body's fat burning abilities and inhibit the production of fat. They also enhance glycogen storage, increase thermogenesis and increase the body's ability to metabolize oxygen."
By increasing the body's ability to deliver oxygen to the muscle tissue, Fitness Fats help make red blood cells more flexible and better able to slip through the small capillaries - enabling muscles to perform longer and recover faster.
"Some athletes notice a dramatic increase in strength and stamina after just three days of supplementation," says Dr, Erasmus. "Within 30 days, they also begin to notice an increase in their muscle-to-fat ratio."
To find out more about these miracle oils and Dr. Erasmus' tips for healthy living, visit Fats That Heal.