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Why Fish oils?

The topic of the day is fish oils and how they are beneficial to your body. You may have heard your doctor, physical therapist, or even the really fit aerobic queen living on your block talk about the benefits of fish oils. 

Since this is a blog, there are many chances for me to talk negatively about a type of treatment, course of supplements or even complain about what is going into our dietary products. But fish oils is one supplement that is hard to badmouth.

Like vitamin C, there hasn’t been any reported cases of overdosing, or side effects. For example a person must take an inordinate amount of vitamin C in order to get to a level that becomes toxic (i.e. present the body with negative side effects). The toxic side effects of you eating too much oranges is you may experience diarrhea. However the negatives of not getting enough vitamin C is well documented as scurvy, and involves bleeding of the gums because the vitamin C is important in keeping the blood at the right viscosity. So in short, there isn’t a ceiling amount of vitamin that must be respected, unlike vitamins like A, in which having too much can lead to toxicity.

 What this all boils down to is that though there may be many differing fish oil supplements, the generalization that fish oils are good for you cannot be denied scientifically. The only possible negative aspect is if you think that high mercury toxicity may be a factor, and that is a debatable issue.

Fish oils contain omega-3-fatty acids which help to keep the inflammation of the body down. This means that anyone who is injured, recovering from an operation, has joint pain, or is a living breathing individual who doesn’t eat fish daily, can probably reap great benefits from fish oils.

Supplements are great ways for people to get their doses without having to eat fish, but my experience tells me that is better to get your fish oils the way the body intended, by eating them. Salmon is very high in omega-3’s but so is mackerel, yellowtail (my favorite), and raw shellfish.  

So what are the benefits? Less pain of chronic injuries, slimmer waist (yes, eating more fish oils can slim you down), healthier skin (vit E is oil based and you can get a lot from fish oils), and healthier less painful joints. For systemic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol fish oils is going to be a requirement for these patients in the future.

If you eat enough fish you may get a necessary amount, but you can always increase the amount of fish oils you get if you become injured, and like I said, there aren’t any negative side effects.

 

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Health Restorations

 

Muscles are like sausages lesson

Hello world, been a while since I last posted, but they will be more frequent now that I have a new android phone. 

My first lesson today is to talk about muscles and fascia. Many time we feel aches and pains, as well as strains in the muscles of the arms, forearms, back, head, and neck area. These pains are not just a function of the muscular strain, but also we must take into consideration what minor chronic injuries like sprains and strains do to the fascia. 

First, muscles are like sausages. They are bundled together to perform a certain function. This bundling keeps them together and working in unison. Like a sausage, the muscular bundle is encased in varying thickness layers of fascia. So in a sense the fascia and muscle can move independently of each other which can lead to friction between the two.

The doctor is always telling people to stay hydrated, “8 cups of water or more” a day. Well here is one reason why that adage still holds. Hydration keeps the fascia from sticking to the muscle or bone, or adhering to those surfaces. Adhesion can cause muscular pain, nerve entrapment (causing peripheral nerve pain) and irritation. Adhesive type chronic injuries include, Morton’s neuroma of the sole of the foot, adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder), simple sprain and strains of musclature, and back pain of all kinds. 

Masseuses may work on the muscular component, but it is important that they address the fascial components with techniques such as deep tissue.

When the fascia has adhered to the muscle or surrounding structures they can cause the area to become inflammed and induce swelling. When the swelling begins to affect structures based on the lesion taking up space then you may get conditions like true carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand or tarsal tunnel syndrome of the medial ankle.

Many people have muscle pains that they live with everyday, but just a little knowledge of the body can help bring you and your family closer to optimal health.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Health Restorations