We started off in this world a long time ago, eating a variety of fish, wild game and plants, which all contain omega-3 and omega-6. Balancing this at a 1:1 (or at least 4:1) ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 was very common.
However our modern diet has really shifted us away from omega-3’s, and more towards omega-6’s. Omega-6 foods include corn oil, safflower oil, and of course meat from animals who eat lots and lots of corn. Why does that matter?
I’m not going to get really deep into all the reasons why you want to even them out (because there’s a lot!), but I do want to speak about just one.
You see, Omega-6 increases inflammation, while Omega-3 reduces it. This doesn’t mean we should eliminate omega-6 because it does do some things our bodies need, it just means we need to have it in appropriate levels.
Whats the big deal about inflammation anyway?
Let me tell you what inflammation helps bring into your life:
How about pain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer.
Now that you’ve got the facts, let’s talk about the kind of foods to eat in each category.
Navy or Kidney Beans
Pastured raised beef
And of course certain fish like Sardines and Salmon (Actually, this is a special kind of Omega-3 that you should really strive for. Don’t like fish? No problem, supplement with fish oil)
Omega-6 (Lots of oils)
Grape seed oil
It’s quite easy to reduce the omega-6’s at home, just cook with coconut or EVOO instead, and be sure and choose pasture raised lean protein.
It’s important to have a balance of these in your diet, definitely don’t eliminate all Omega-6’s but based off our modern diet, you probably get more of this than you know.