How good FATS improve gut health
I have mentioned many times in the last 2 blog posts how your diet has a MAJOR impact on your gut health. I wanted to take a little time and talk about how fats affect your gut health as well. The days of the low fat diet are gone, and for very good reason. Fat is a necessary macro nutrient that your body needs for many different processes.
Good fats should be plentiful in your diet, many times up to 70% of your daily caloric intake can be from fat. That percentage is usually found in people following the ketogenic diet (keep coming back and reading posts as I will go over the ketogenic diet in the future). The point of this post is not necessarily tracking macros, but understanding you should eat good fats.
Good fats are omega-3 and monounsaturated fats. Examples of these foods where the fats are found: avocados, almonds, cashews, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. These fats actually help improve gut flora and decrease inflammation.
Bad fats like omega 6 vegetables oils cause gut inflammation and decrease the good gut bacteria. Meat does have omega 6 fat, however it also contains omega 3 fats as well. Do not avoid meat, again it is an essential part of many diets and you need the protein. You should opt for grass fed and pasture raised as those sources of meat will have a better omega 3 to 6 ratio than grain fed sources.
Supplemental omega 3 is a great way to reduce inflammation in your body. I have tried and sold many different omega 3 supplements. My favorite at this point is doTERRA's xEO Mega. In my opinion many people tolerate this omega 3 supplement very well because it adds essential oils to decrease the "oil burps" many other supplements cause.