Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 8 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Everything from herbs to some personal blogs. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. So now, I am in Arizona, I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal biz!! So we now have Herbs 4 Health!! Numerous herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....supplements....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.

DISCLAIMER: This information does not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.

























Monday, May 1, 2017

Fats...The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!!

Food consists of 3 major macronutrients: carbs, proteins & fats. Fat contains more energy than the other 2. Fat is essential for forming cell membranes & hormone production. Inadequate fat intake can lead to vitamin deficiency since fats acts as a carrier for fat soluble vitamins like  A, D, E & K. It's found in both animal & vegetable products, adds flavor to foods & satisfies hunger as well. Good fats are essential to maintaining health.

Although many agencies tell us we need to eat low fat to be healthy, numerous imbalances & vitamin deficiencies have become apparent in low fat diets. With the food pyramid they even focus on grains and little to no fats info as to why we should ingest healthy fats.

Fat in diet does not necessarily mean weight gain. Adequate intake of good fats from whole foods gives satiety which helps us not to overeat. Every cell membrane in the body contains fat & all steroid hormones are produced from cholesterol which is a fat-like substance. Now cholesterol is an important molecule for the body...it works with hormone production & helps the immune system to function properly.

Good fats are those that have not been hydrogenated & can be saturated, mono-saturated or polyunsaturated. Bad fats provide no nutrition to the body, but also cause the immune system to malfunction & can lead to a variety of illnesses from obesity to cancer to auto immune problems.

Bad fats consist of: 1) Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils 2) Processed vegetable oils such as soy, corn, canola & cottonseed (plus these are GMO's). 3) Trans fats.

Saturated fats have gotten a bad rap from physicians, dieticians as well as the media. They can withstand higher cooking temps without producing tissue damaging free radicals. They are solid at room temperatures & come mainly from animal sources like meat & dairy products. Optimal health is not possible without adequate amounts of saturated fats in our bodies. It gives our cells the strength to maintain structure & it is predominate in our brains.

Healthy foods that contain significant amounts of saturated fats include: coconut oil, cultured dairy (i.e. yogurt, kefir), organic butter, organic free-range red meat & palm oil.



2 comments:

  1. Great article...good days should be a major part of a healthy diet..

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  2. So many people cut out fat completely because they don't realize their body still NEEDS fat to function properly! Interesting read!

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