Why it’s important to know about the Omega-6:3 ratio

 In Balance

Ask anyone about omega fatty acids and you’ll probably get a response like, “oh from fish, right?” This is the extent of our understanding of these essential nutrients, but there’s more to the story and the Omega 6:3 ratio (and we’ve based our entire business around it).

There are different types of omega-based fatty acids and most people are consuming too much of the wrong kind. Healthy living isn’t as simple as the eat less/exercise more advice. The quality of the calories you’re consuming is important, especially when it comes to omega-3 and omega-6 fats.

Yes, we need both in the diet but a ratio of the two is the most crucial part of this. We’ve explored the importance of Omega-3’s in your diet and how the body doesn’t make this essential nutrient.

Omega-6: The ones with the bad rep.

Western diets are loaded with high Omega-6 levels (when they should be Omega-3 rich). Vegetable oils and our junk food culture are responsible for an epidemic of high Omega-6 diets. Pro-inflammatory, Omega-6 fatty acids increase the risk of obesity and a string of other health conditions.

The foods high in Omega-6 that you should avoid include:

  • Corn chips
  • Fast foods
  • Safflower oil
  • Sweets
  • Peanut butter
  • Processed meats
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Soft drink
  • Fried foods

We should aim for a healthy Omega-6:3 ratio of 3:1, but currently, most people are sitting at a dangerous 13:1. Omega-3 fatty acids, turmeric, vitamin D3 and glutathione boosting agents are top nutrients to get the body in balance.

Are you consuming foods like salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seed oils, spinach, eggs, grass-fed meats and whole grains? If your diet favours Omega-6 fatty acids, it’s time to make a change. As you consider your New Year health goals, focus more on what you’re eating through the lens of your ratio.

Limit unhealthy fats, include three servings of (low mercury) fish every week, and pay attention to the nutrient-density of foods, not just the calories. Some foods that are high in (good) fat are better for you. Hey there, avocadoes!

Balance your levels in 120 days.

Experts believe the danger of an unhealthy Omega-6:3 ratio is worthy of a public health policy change. Educate yourself on your levels by taking the BalanceTest, in the comfort of your home.

Then, with your ratio, customise your BalanceOil treatment, eat an Omega-3-rich diet, and within 120 days, you’ll bring your body back into harmony.

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