What's The Deal With Fish Oil?
John from California asked us if we had any concerns about taking a Fish Oil supplement with Arginine Miracle. We ended up having an excellent conversation about the benefits, where to get a quality Fish Oil supplement, and if Stand Up Paddleboarding or Surfing was better for stress relief. We agreed that Surfing was the best way to get into a mental flow state. Check out Steven Kotler's book, “Stealing Fire,” to learn more about that.
Fish Oil research is comprehensive, and doctors worldwide routinely recommend that their patients take it. I reached out to my Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and asked him how many of his patients he has prescribed Fish Oil to over his 26-year career. I was surprised by his answer. He said it has been close to 100% in the last ten years! He said that there are three supplements that nearly all his patients need to take based on their blood test results: a high-quality Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D3, and Fish Oil.
I’ve written about Vitamin D3 in a past article. Soon, I’ll cover Multivitamins. I’ve been supplementing with Fish Oil for over 12 years. Its popularity has risen dramatically since then. I started by eating anchovies wrapped in seaweed. Stay with me, I don’t recommend that, but it was tough to find Fish Oil at the time. I apologize, again, to my wife for the fish burps of yesteryear.
The EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acid is what contributes to all the benefits. It can lower blood pressure, triglycerides, the chance of abnormal heart rhythm, and the likelihood of heart attack and stroke. There is another exciting benefit coming to light. Symptoms of depression are being relieved just as well as some prescription SSRIs like Prozac or Zoloft. Dr. Hubberman, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, discussed this in his podcast. The link takes you right to where he talks about Fish Oil, but the whole podcast is educational if you are looking for help with relieving depression.
The importance of Quality Fish Oil
Dr. Hubberman and my Naturopathic Doctor have the same advice: Take a Fish Oil supplement with between 1000-2000mg of EPA per day.
There are a lot of poor Fish Oil products trying to entice your dollars. They use word trickery to make you feel like you're getting a quality product. Here is an example, so you know what to look for.
Kirkland Brand of Fish Oil you can get at Costco
1400mg of “Fish Oil” in one capsule. Perfect Right? No!
Their website states, “One softgel contains 330 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids (230 mg EPA+DHA combined)”! Nowhere near 1400mg that they lead you to believe from their bottle. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to take ten or more capsules a day and still not know if I am getting enough EPA. Fish Oil capsules are not small.
Compare that to my favorite Fish Oil supplement, Thorne “Super EPA Pro”. Two capsules give you 1,300mg of EPA! Look how transparently they detail the makeup of their Fish Oil.
Thorne is 30 cents more per serving, but you get a quality product from a well-known brand. If you purchase Thorne Fish Oil, go to Dr. Hubberman’s link. He is the real hero for all his incredibly well-thought-out and researched advice. Now that you know what to look for, you can find other high-quality brands out there.
Add Fish Oil to your daily routine. Your body and mind will thank you.
Cut the S**T!?
Pop Quiz: What is the most common advice to reduce blood pressure? HINT: it's in the title! If you said, “Cut the SALT”, you get an A+.
Salt & You’re Heart Health in 3 Bullet Points
- Your heart is a pump. Your veins are pipes. Increase the amount of blood being pushed through the pipes or shrink them, and you make the pump work harder. Extra salt does both.
- ANY reduction in salt intake will improve your heart health.
- Solution - Be mindful when you consume salt. Each attempt to reduce extra salt has immediate benefits and turns into long-term habits.
Why does that work?
You can track the milligrams of salt you consume each day, but it's difficult making math a habit. Plus, it’s boring. Instead, just make a slight reduction. Take fries, for example. If you want to add a packet of salt, the option appears to be “Do” or “Don’t.” You have 298 more choices, and only 1 of them is “bad.” There are 300mg of salt in the packet (I read the label.) You can choose to put 0 to 300mg of salt on your fries. By not sprinkling the entire salt packet, you are meeting your goal of consuming less salt, and you’re one choice closer to creating a good habit. Remember bullet point 2 above - ANY reduction in salt intake will improve your heart health.
The trend of your choices is more important than the individual choice.
The more times you make a positive choice, the more likely it will become a habit. That’s mindful. There is a GOTCHA, though. The more you make a negative choice, with full knowledge it is bad for you, the more likely the “choice” turns into a bad habit. That is called “Akrasia,” which happens to be my favorite word.
If you want to reduce how much salt you consume, there is a “‘mindful” process that will work long term, build your willpower, and not make you feel like you’re missing out on the salt of life.
- Decide if you want to reduce your salt to improve your heart health?
- Think of a catch-phrase that reminds you of your decision: I use “Cut the Salt!”
- When making a food choice, and if you remember the little catch-phrase, be mindful and choose to reduce the salt in a small way.
Over time, lots of small, mindful changes become strong habits.
That is all there is to it.
Cut the Salt!
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