A major macro nutrient that I see my patients avoid are healthy fats. In my experience, people are so scared of the word fat and avoid it from a dietary perspective at all costs. I can understand this point of view because the conventional system has incorrectly indoctrinated in people that eating healthy fats is what makes you gain weight and causes cardiovascular disease. As you will see shortly, this is the furthest thing from the truth. In working with depression and mental illness patients around the world, I find that most are deficient in healthy fats and most make significant improvement when they include them back into their diet. I will not decipher between monounsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fats rather I will discuss the one that gives my clients and patients the most health benefits so they can lead a happy and healthy life. So the question then becomes, what are some healthy fats? As described, many professionals have vilified saturated fats but they have been completely inaccurate. The saturated fats like coconuts and coconut oil, olives and olive oil, butter made from raw, grass fed milk, organic pastured egg yolks, raw nuts like almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts and macadamia nuts, avocados, grass fed meats, almond butter, fish and fish oil are actually very healthy for you.
The next question I get is why are these fats good for you? What is the foundation of science and what are the benefits to the body? Let’s use coconut oil as an example. What makes coconut oil unique is that it is mainly comprised of medium chained fatty acids (MCFA) and these have remarkable healing properties. Many medium chained fatty acids used in research and food products come from coconut oil. It is also used in a variety of baby formulas around the world. So the question is why is coconut oil and the MCFAs that are inherent in it so helpful? MCFAs are smaller, they require less energy and less enzymes to break them down for digestion. This means there is less strain on the digestive system and pancreas. This is very important for clients who have metabolic or digestive issues. The nutrients that coconut oil produce and the ability for the body to absorb them with minimal strain allows patients and even healthy people to receive the benefits in an efficient manner. Another key benefit of coconut oil is the energy and vitality it provides. Because MCFAs are funneled directly to the liver and converted into energy there, people get a boost of liveliness. This boost of energy transcends into the cells and then speeds up their metabolism as well. This has a pronounced effect on the entire body. When your metabolic rate is increased, you also get the corresponding benefits of healing. Athletes have been taking coconut oil to get a competitive advantage from injuries (speed healing) and the ability to increase their metabolism.
Aside from all of the aforementioned benefits, saturated fats or the healthy fats as I like to call them have many benefits to your physiology. This includes providing building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances. When I explain to my patients that your hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), etc. come from fats and cholesterol to be more specific, they are completely surprised. Saturated fats are also good at assisting with mineral absorption, helping to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, acting as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins D, A, E, and K, acting as an antiviral agent (caprylic acid), modulating genetic regulation and providing fuel for the brain. From assisting with weight management to mental illness, healthy fats should be a major component of your daily nutrition plan.