Omega3 fatty acids & Exercise Connections


Health News You Can Use! We’ve got some info for you to implement and share about the connections between Omega3 fatty acids and exercise.

Try taking your Shaklee “OmegaGuard” within an hour after exercising! Why?

“You’ve probably heard that Omega 3 fatty acids are good for you. You may even know they help with weight loss. But, timing when you ingest them plays a huge role in how much fat you’ll burn or whether you’ll burn fat at all.

…By taking Omega 3s or eating Omega-3 rich foods within one hour of working out, the body will burn 14% more fat than through exercise alone.

It’s easy to obtain Omega-3 fatty acids from diet if you consume the following foods on a daily basis:

-A handful of raw, unsalted walnuts

-A tablespoon of freshly-ground flaxseeds two times daily or a tablespoon of flaxseed oil drizzled on food

-Fatty fish like wild salmon, flounder, catfish, sardines, mackerel, herring, kipper, or whitebait. Tuna also contains high amounts of Omega 3s but is frequently contaminated with high levels of mercury.

If you’re supplementing with Omega 3s, 2000 milligrams of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) is a typical daily dose.

Omega 3 fatty acids have many other health benefits too, including:

-Reducing the risk of heart disease

-Brain disease prevention

-Preventing diabetes


-Joint healing and arthritis-prevention”

(Excerpted from “Omega 3s for Weight Loss: Timing is Everything” by Michelle Schoffro Cook)

Ingesting healthy fatty acids have benefits alone, as does exercise. But adding Omega3 consumption and exercise together could not only help with weight loss, but is an even more powerful combination for overall brain health too.

“When most people head to the gym, they’re usually only thinking about keeping their bodies in shape. Little do they know that their brains are getting a workout, too. Exercise can make people smarter and has a long-lasting positive effect on cognitive ability.

Most studies so far have focused on groups of older people, where exercise has been shown to reduce the likelihood of dementia in old age. One group of nearly 1,500 people was followed for 20 years This is what they found:

Those who exercised at least twice a week during middle age were much less likely to develop dementia by the time they reached their 60s and 70s, even when confounding factors such as education, drinking and smoking were taken into account.

Other studies have shown that exercise helps with concentration and the ability to switch between tasks without making mistakes. It also leads to better grades in school. An article in the Washington Post describes a group of New York students in the top 5 percent of the fitness rankings, who scored 36 percentile points higher on standardized academic tests than students in the bottom 5 percent. Researchers suggest it could be something as simple as a positive mood boost. Exercise reduces stress and generally cheers people up, which clears their mind to help the right answer appear.

There are healthy physical changes, too. Exercise solidifies the construction of supply lines to the brain transporting nutrients and oxygen and reduces blood pressure, which protects the brain from strain. During exercise, the brain releases neurotransmitters – serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine – which are the same that antidepressants and drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) work on. This is why doing a workout “is akin to taking a mix of Prozac and Ritalin,” says John Ratey, a neuropsychiatrist at Harvard Medical School.”

(Excerpted from “Exercise Can Make You Smarter” by Katherine Martinko)

So now you’re taking your Omega3s supplement at just the right time and/or incorporating those foods into your diet, you’re exercising regularly, but are there certain types of exercises you could be doing to specifically help with preventing diabetes?

“Doctors have known for a while about the correlation between diabetes and exercise, but until now it was thought to be aerobic workouts like jogging that lowered your risk. But a recent study of almost 100,000 women found a new link.

Women who did muscle-strengthening and conditioning workouts—hitting the weight room—lowered their diabetes risk by 14 percent for every 60 minutes of exercise per week. For those who did those workouts for more than 150 minutes a week, their diabetes risk was lowered by 40 percent.

Bench press not your thing? The study found that, surprisingly, lighter forms of exercise like yoga also counted. Researchers speculated it may be because those forms of exercise prevent the loss of lean muscle mass or affect the body’s use of glucose.

But don’t give up your morning jog completely yet! It seems the magic formula is a combination of aerobic exercise and strengthening workouts. Women who did 150 minutes of aerobic exercise and 60 minutes of muscle-strengthening workouts per week dropped their diabetes risk by two thirds.”

(Excerpted from “2 Exercises That Lower Diabetes Risk” by Diana Vilibert)

Now you know-those Omega3s at the right time with the right kind of aerobic and strengthening exercises are working together in multiple ways to support not just your overall health and weight loss or maintenance goals, but also your brain health, heart health, and even prevention.

The Shaklee 180 program can enhance your efforts even more by helping you keep that lean muscle mass (with the amino acid, Leucine) while you lose fat, as part of an overall lifestyle program that addresses diet and exercise. To your health!


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