Eat Fat to Lose Fat

By Mylinda Johnson

Adv Dip Herbal Medicine, Mast Hypnotherapy & Neuro-Linguistic Programming

What are good fats? They are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)Mylinda Johnson HERBALIST, HYPNOTHERAPIST, NLP PRACTITIONER

Eating EFAs and foods containing these good fats help you Feel Fuller and more Satisfied, they also Regulate Hormones to Boost Metabolism, Improve Mood, Concentration and Break Down Bad Fats in your body. What’s the first thing we grab for when we feel tired, lack concentration and feel down? Sugars and high carbohydrate foods! And we usually eat more out of control than normal. When we feel good we eat better, have more energy and make better decisions with what we eat.

Now just a quick blurb about sugars and carbohydrates. They are the real culprit to putting on body fat. What's more, many low-fat and fat-free products are highly processed and contain added sugars and MSG to make up for the lost flavours, so don’t be fooled.

Getting back to EFAs, don’t get too carried away with just weight loss, think about the bonus benefits for your entire body. They boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, improve sleep, cell membrane function, regulating pain, preventing blood clots, regulating blood pressure and nerve transmission, improve skin conditions & increase energy levels.

eat fat to lose fat

There are two families of EFAs, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids.  These fats are considered essential as they cannot  be produced by the body.

Food sources of omega-3 Fatty Acids are: cold water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts.

Food Sources of omega-6 fatty acids are: Nuts (walnuts, brazils, almonds and cashews), seeds (flax, hemp, sunflower, sesame, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds), Olive & Evening Primrose oils.                                                                                                                                       

Now we can’t leave out coconut oil (no it is not an EFA), but recent research has found that it has good health benefits being weight loss, boosts immune system, aids digestion and regulates metabolism. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid renowned for antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Now just to give you something to think about, your brain is made up of about 65% fat (mostly EFAs), what do you think happens without them!?



Natural Eczema/dermatitis Relief

Children's eczema can be resolved with natural remedies

Eczema and dermatitis are now regarded as the same thing. You can treat just the symptoms with antihistamines or cortisone cream or you can work with the body to strengthen and balance the immune system and improve the condition permanently. To get results this way it helps immensely to have an understanding of the root causes of eczema and work on those.

Eczema represents an imbalance in the immune system caused by things like low stomach acid, overgrowth of bad bacteria in the intestines and a leaky gut, food allergies, zinc deficiency and an inherited tendency to atopy (genetic tendency to form excessive IgE antibodies). It’s said that ‘genes are the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger’. This genetic tendency to atopy can be brought out by antibiotic usage, deficiency of zinc and essential fatty acids and can be modified by diet, nutrition and the right probiotic.

Once the eczema has been established for a while, the barrier function of the skin is compromised and normally harmless skin bacteria can cause infection, adding to the inflammation. Also, airborne allergens can penetrate the damaged skin and aggravate the inflammation.

To assess a child with eczema, we would take a case history including relatives’ health issues, birth and breast feeding history and antibiotic usage. We would do an Indican test on a urine sample to check for leaky gut and a zinc taste test to check zinc status.  We may use applied kinesiology to assess food allergies, or iridology. All these tests except the zinc test can be used with infants.

Once we've found the causes for that particular child, it's a simple matter of using the right diet and remedies to bring the immune system back into balance. Usually there is a great improvement in 2 to 3 weeks.

The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG has a proven track record of improving eczema. If we found the child or infant to have leaky gut and bacterial overgrowth, we would use remedies to kill off bad bacteria and well as this probiotic to balance the immune system. Eczema Relief cream containing Calendula and Myrrh gives symptomatic relief from itching and inflammation.

 For natural relief of eczema or dermatitis, see Naturopaths Cameron Stirling or Michelle Carroll, or Herbalist Mylinda Johnson at Sunshine Health, 5483 7688.