I have been drinking teaspoons of oil before bed for years. Throughout my pregnancy, I kept 6 bottles of oil and a spoon next to my bed. Every night, I religiously took a spoonful of each in order to help the brain development of my baby. It is a common misconception that oil makes us fat. And I cannot tell you how aggravating it is that so many people think in terms of calories and not overall health. We Westerners would do well to adopt a more Eastern approach to our bodies by looking at the whole wellness of the body instead of attacking one area. To deny yourself critical oils because of a diet might make you thinner but your face and skin will likely age more rapidly because (for instance) the integrity of the cell membrane has been compromised. Yes, avocados may be high in calories but you should be exercising and the oil in avocados is one of the best for your body, your immunity, your skin and keeping you young. At 105 pounds while maintaining a diet that includes an avocado a day I can tell you that drinking the right oils will not harm you.
Essential fatty acids are, as they sound, fats that are necessary within the human body. Though you’ve probably often heard the word “fats” and associated it with bad health, there are some essential fatty acids that are necessary for your survival. Without them, you could cause serious damage to different systems within the body. Essential, unoxidized oils speed up fat metabolism. This is a widely misunderstood aspect of human metabolism. Essential oils provide a steady-state source of energy, and prevent sugar-insulin-adrenaline roller coasters. Other clinical benefits of essential oils include their value in the prevention and management of the following disorders:
1.Coronary artery heart disease and other vascular disorders.
2.Various types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, lyme arthritis, psoriatic arthritis.
3.Skin disorders such as dryness, eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
4.Dry eyes syndrome and other types of chronic eye irritations.
5. asthma and other chronic lung disorders.
7.PMS and other hormonal disorders.
However, essential fatty acids are also not usually produced naturally within the body. This means that you have to obtain essential fatty acids by adding them to your diet. There are two basic types of essential fatty acids:
1. Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary within the human body, but they can also be produced modestly within the body. However, you need to be sure that enough Omega-3 is in your diet. Omega-3 serves a variety of purposes within the body. First, it helps your organs to function properly and also aids in cell activity within your body. Omega-3 essential fatty acids also help cell walls to form and helps oxygen circulation throughout the body. They also work with red blood cells to make sure they are doing their job.
A lack of Omega-3 essential fatty acids could lead to blood clots, problems with memory, a decreased sense of vision, irregular heartbeat and a decrease in the functioning of your immune system. In order to be sure you’re getting enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids in your diet, try including more foods including flaxseed oil into your diet. Walnuts, sesame seeds, spinach, salmon and albacore tuna are some other foods that will help increase your Omega-3 levels.
2. Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids
The main Omega-6 essential fatty acids that your body requires is linoleic acid. Omega-6 essential fatty acids help the body cure skin diseases, fight cancer cells and treat arthritis. However, the tricky thing with Omega-6 essential fatty acids is that most people do get enough in their diet, but they ruin it by eating foods that are high in sugar and trans fats. These factors lower the Omega-6 levels in the human body and actually do harm to you even if you are getting the right amount of Omega-6 essential fatty acids in your diet. If you’re not getting enough, though, try to include flaxseed oil, pistachios, chicken and olive oil into your diet to raise your Omega-6 levels.
Easy Ways to Get More Essential Fatty Acids into Your Diet
It’s not hard to add essential fatty acids to your current diet. All it takes is a conscious effort on your part to do it. Things like high heat temperatures can actually strip foods of their essential fatty acids. So if you’re using nuts, for example, to raise the levels of your essential fatty acids, eat them raw instead of roasting them. Check the packages of the foods you buy to see if they have high levels of essential fatty acids. Try sprinkling flaxseed oil (a great source of essential fatty acids) onto vegetables instead of using butter. And ALWAYS add your oil to your food after you’ve cooked it. Otherwise, the heat damages the oil and may make some types of oil carcinogenic. You can cook with water or coconut oil – which is one of the few oils that does not change when heated. (Coconut oil technically has high levels of saturated fat but, as I will write in another article, I still consider it a miracle oil and drink a spoonful a day…)
The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee, Dr. Johana Budwig, a pioneer of E.F.A research, reported success in treating heart infraction, arthritis, cancer and other common diseases with massive doses of E.F.A.’s. Budwig’s research indicates that many of these killer and crippling diseases may be caused in part by our diet of saturated fat and trans-fat, which are present in much of the food we eat. According to this healing Doctor, saturated fat and trans-fat befuddle the electronic charge of the unsaturated oils, which are present in cell membranes.
‘This decreases the cells ability to receive and store electrons from the sun, which according to Budwig is a key factor in human health.’
Alternatively, a balanced diet of E.F.A’s keeps the charge of the unsaturated fats in the cells membranes working properly and electron rich. As Budwig explains:
“The sun’s rays are very much in harmony with humans. It is no coincidence that we love the sun. The resonance in our biological tissue is so strongly tuned to the absorption of solar energy that physicists who occupy themselves with this scientific phenomenon, the quantum biologists say that there is nothing on earth that has a higher concentration of solar energy photons than humans. This enrichment with solar energy depends strongly on the like energy aspects, a wavelength that is compatible with humans, and this is supported when we eat foods that have electromagnetic waves of solar rays–the photon. An abundance of these electrons, which are tuned to the solar energy frequency, exist, for example, in many seed oils. Scientifically these oils have even been designated as electron-rich, essential, highly unsaturated fats. (Budwig 1992).
Budwig states that when we began to homogenize vegetable oils so that they would store better, we unknowingly changed their E.F.A. content into saturated fats in the ensuing heating process. These E.F.A. robbed, thus electron poor “promote the emergence of cancer…. They behave like tar, as insulators relative to the transport of electrons in living tissue.” Alternatively, “electron-rich highly unsaturated oils… increase the absorption, storage and utilization of the sun’s energy”.
Budwig relates that after her ailing patients have been treated with an E.F.A. rich diet and then “lie in the sun, they notice they feel much better-rejuvenated”; (Budwig 1992) “On the other hand, nowadays we frequently observe that the heart fails on sunny beaches, and not infrequently heart attacks occur. We can observe some individuals in our time experiencing stress from exposure to the sun’s energy, whereas others respond with dynamic improvement in all vital functions. The stimulating effect that sunshine has on the secretions of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, bladder, and salivary glands is easy to observe. These organs only dry out upon exposure to sunshine when the substance that stimulates secretions is missing. The decisive factor in all these observations is whether the surface-active, electron-rich, highly unsaturated fats are present as a resonating system for solar energy, or, if they are missing. The doctor tells cancer patients to avoid the sun; that they can’t tolerate the sun. As soon as these patients–also cancer patients–were placed on my oil-Protein diet for just 2-3 days, i.e. a diet that contains an abundant supply of essential fats, they were able to tolerate the sun very well. Yes, they emphasize how well they suddenly feel in the sun, how the life forces are stimulated and that they feel dynamically energized.”(Budwig 1992)
In times of worry about increased exposure to the sun’s rays the E.F.A. rich oils provided by hemp may offer us hope. In her writings about the sun’s effect on the cell membrane’s electrons, Budwig referred to the work of the quantum physicist Dessauer, “If it were possible to increase the concentration of solar electrons tenfold in this biological electron rich molecule, man would live to be 10,000 years old.”
Here is what Dr. Sears, a leading pediatrician and author of parenting guide has to say about oil. (I like to look at what is recommended for children as it is usually safer than what is recommended for adults. Anything related to children is more closely regulated…)
The goal of a “right fat” diet is to eat the right amount of the right kinds of oil. We have used these criteria for evaluating the various types of oil:
– the percentage of essential fatty acids in the oil the percentage of unsaturated versus saturated fats (i.e., how heart-healthy the oil is)
– the effect on blood cholesterol (i.e., whether the oil raises or lowers cholesterol, especially in cholesterol-sensitive persons).
– other proven health benefits of the oil
– likelihood of pesticide residues being left in the oil during processing
– how processing procedures affect the nutritional qualities of the oil
The fact that some oils rank higher than others does not mean that you should consume only the one or two at the top of the list. Balance is still the key to good nutrition, and nutrition depends on variety.
Cold Pressed Oils:
Cold Pressing is a natural physical process used to extract vegetable oils from oilseeds like Safflower and nut oils from the likes of almonds and walnuts. These oils are extracted from seed by a simple crushing and filtering process. There is no heat or chemical treatment so the oil is essentially unchanged.
Cold pressed oils are the best source of omega 3 fatty acids; has heart- healthy properties; is a colon-friendly oil; lessens constipation; boosts immunity; lowers inflammation, aids memory, promotes healthy skin; contains the healthy phytonutrient, lignin; spoils quickly without careful storage; not to be used in cooking. If you buy these oils as seeds to grind be sure to store seeds in the fridge and grind them fresh in a coffee bean grinder. Or buy the oil and keep it in the fridge!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Cod Liver Oil
Now, another way to get your daily oil infusion is to use it on your skin after a bath. Remember, your skin is your largest organ. After bathing or showering your pores are open. This is when most people make the mistake of lathering themselves with perfumed and highly toxic skin care products. Those toxins enter your pores and are absorbed quickly by the body causing inflammation, aging and sickness. Instead, give yourself a rub down with some olive oil or – my personal favs – almond and grapeseed oils. You can also use these on your babies or kids! My little monster gets an almond oil massage after her bath every night.
So get over your oil phobia ladies and start keeping a few bottles next to your bed. If anything, you will be even more regular…
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