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The Good, Bad, and Ugly…Fat

This Workout Wednesday, Dr. David Wages gives us the low-down on the nature of good and bad fats.  Keeping your health in check is key to living a happy and balanced life.

 

By Dr. David Wages

In our diets there is good fat and bad fat.  The sources for our fats are animal, vegetable, and dairy.  The good fat is termed unsaturated fat, and is listed as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated on most food labels.  The bad fat is saturated fat (which will also be often listed separately on labels).  Our problem is that we consume too much fat, and we have improper balance of good and bad fats.  How do these fats affect our body?

Good Fats:

  • Inhibit platelet aggregation (less sticky blood)
  • Promote vasodilation (increased nutrition to tissues)
  • Stimulate immune response
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Decreases pain transmission

Bad Fats:

  • Promote platelet aggregation (more sticky blood)
  • Promote vasoconstriction (Less nutrition to tissues)
  • Depress immune system
  • Pro-inflammatory
  • Increases pain transmission

 

So not all fat is bad, but we generally consume the bad fat.  Consuming improper balance of fats, can slow down the healing process and make people’s recovery from injury a little more difficult.  This is another reason to adapt a properly balanced diet.

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David Wages, DC, from AdvancedCare Chiropractic, is dedicated to helping patients achieve their wellness objectives — combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum.  

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest the patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”  Thomas Edison

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