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by Dr. Will Cole
For the last few decades, low-fat diets have been touted as the way to lose weight and stay healthy. As advised by almost every doctor and dietitian, people have been throwing aside their beloved butter and fatty meats and trading them in for margarine, lean meat, and other reduced fat options in fear of clogged arteries and heart attacks.
At the same time, brain disorders have continued to increase to almost epidemic proportions. Problems like anxiety, depression, brain fog, autism, fatigue, and Alzheimer’s are some of the issues that continue to plague our society and impact our quality of daily life. While there are many underlying factors to poor brain health, we can’t ignore the correlation between the rise in these health problems and the low-fat diet craze.
Your brain is comprised of 60% fat and 25% of your body’s total cholesterol is found in your brain. Now, I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t really make sense to me to deprive your brain of its basic building blocks and expect it to function normally. In fact, one study actually showed that cholesterol-lowering drugs can contribute to memory loss.
Going beyond brain health, a ketogenic diet – where you get the majority of your calories from fat, a moderate amount from protein, and very little from carbohydrates – is bringing to light just how much our entire body benefits from healthy fats in our diet. The conventional viewpoint is that carbohydrates are necessary to produce fuel for our body in the form of glucose. However, glucose is not the most optimal energy source.
Glucose may give your body a quick burst of energy, but you will come crashing down hard and fast leaving you constantly in search of your next fix. Whereas fat is like a log to a fire – slow burning and long lasting. This blood sugar roller coaster is anything but sustainable. In fact, ketones – the byproduct of fat intake – can actually pass through the blood-brain barrier to increase brain function and boost energy. Even as a baby you relied on fat in the form of breast milk for energy and almost all formulas contain medium-chain-triglycerides derived from sources like coconuts to provide babies with the fuel they need to develop and thrive.
Studies have also shown that diets higher in fat have the power to drastically decrease inflammation levels. Chronic inflammation is the thorn-in-the-side of many modern day health problems including autoimmune conditions, cancer, and heart disease. Being a fat-burner instead of a sugar-burner has the ability to down-regulate pro-inflammatory cytokines and pathways, like the Nrf-2 pathway, that play a role in inflammation levels.
Since healthy fats are the new black I personally curated The Royal Krill with Antarctic Krill to ensure you are getting enough of these omega-3s in in your life. The Royal Krill is superior to conventional fish oil because krill contains 50 times more of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin along with other nutrients that are necessary for optimal brain, hormone, and cellular health. It is designed to work synergistically with the entirety of The Collection to help restore you to a state of thriving health.
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