Fight Fatty Acid Deficiencies

1002If you’re experiencing mood swings, poor memory or even depression, a lack of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet could be to blame. Science has proven that omega-3 fatty acids are essential elements of a healthy diet. Not only do they enhance your brain health, but they can fight dry skin, poor circulation and fatigue as well.*

Do your best to incorporate at least one healthy omega-3 fatty acid into your diet each day. Some of the tastiest sources can be found naturally in salmon, halibut, tuna, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, kale, spinach and brussels sprouts.

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*http://www.ivlproducts.com/Health-Library/Health-Concerns/Heart-Health/The-Health-Dangers-of-Omega-3-Deficiency
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Magnesium for Leg Cramps

magnesiumIf you suffer from leg cramps, the culprit could be a magnesium deficiency. Without magnesium, your body is missing important natural defenses from swelling, inflammation and pain. Not only does magnesium relax muscles but it can also help prevent future leg cramps.*

If you are deficient in magnesium, seek out a quality supplement; adult females should take 320 mg and males should strive for 420 mg daily. Magnesium can also be found in foods like avocados, seaweed, leafy greens, nuts, nut butter, beans, lentils, coffee, tea and dark chocolate.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christiane-northrup/magnesium-calcium_b_509115.html
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Walnuts for Brain Power

Have a test coming up? Starting grabbing a small handful of walnuts each day to boost your brain’s health. Walnuts contain a very high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is great because the brain needs these structural fats for normal function. Most people do not get the proper amount of omega-3s in their diet, thus causing the brain not to function at its best. Some studies have shown that children who have an omega-3 deficiency are more likely to suffer from hyperactivity, as well as learning and behavioral problems.[1]

Grab some walnuts at the store and keep them on hand for a great brain-boosting snack in the middle of the day.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://blog.lef.org/2011/11/health-benefits-of-walnuts-true-super.html
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