Does Your Digestion and Hormones Need Fatty Acids?

gut health gut testing hormone health nutrition Dec 27, 2023
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Did you know that fat itself is so important to our health and survival, that we are designed to absorb about 99% of all the fat we eat?

A deficiency in fatty acids can manifest in various ways, and you might not have even known they were related! You might be amazed by the profound impact fatty acids have on your overall health.

By identifying the true culprit of symptoms you may be experiencing, we can develop targeted strategies to optimize your fatty acid levels and support your overall health. Your journey to optimal health starts here.


How fatty acids can make an impact on your health:

  • The liver and gallbladder's role in digesting and absorbing fatty acids is crucial for unleashing their benefits.
  • Your adrenal glands, master managers of stress hormones, are intimately intertwined with fatty acid metabolism, shaping your energy and vitality.
  • Fatty acids wield influence over thyroid function, a vital player in metabolism, body temperature regulation, and weight management.
  • Fatty acids directly affect hormonal balance, supporting healthy cycles and reproductive well-being.
  • The immune system leans on fatty acids to maintain inflammation levels and power an optimal immune response.

Take a moment to reflect on the impact of fatty acid deficiencies in your body. Did you expect this intricate web of connections?


But Why Tho? Unveiling the Culprits Behind Fatty Acid Deficiencies 

If you suspect a fatty acid deficiency, these could be potential factors behind it:

  1. Lacking in Diet: Are you getting enough dietary fat in your meals? A diet low in fat can contribute to fatty acid deficiencies. It's essential to include healthy sources of fat in your diet to meet your body's needs.

  2. Malabsorption and Gut Issues: Poor digestion, gut imbalances, and low beneficial bacteria can impair the absorption of fatty acids. 

  3. Liver and Gallbladder Dysfunction: The liver and gallbladder play a vital role in fat digestion. If these organs are not functioning optimally, it can hinder the production and release of bile, which is needed to break down and absorb dietary fats.

  4. Toxins and Medications: Some toxins and medications can interfere with the absorption and metabolism of fatty acids. Cholesterol-lowering drugs, certain anticonvulsants, and weight-loss medications are examples of medications that may impact fatty acid metabolism.


Your Path to Lasting Relief: Taking the Next Steps

Imagine a life where your cravings for greasy and fatty foods are replaced with a deep satisfaction from nourishing your body with essential fats. As a result, your hormones feel happy:) With inflammation levels in check, your body feels lighter and more vibrant. Your immune system thrives, protecting you from common ailments and allowing you to fully engage in life's adventures. Your joints feel supple and pain-free, supporting your active lifestyle without the need for knee braces or other supports. And your skin becomes a reflection of your overall health!

Um... yes, please! Here are some practical steps you can take to replenish and optimize your fatty acid levels. Take action on some real solutions that can make a big difference:


Focus on Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids 

Incorporate foods like fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring), grass-fed beef, raw dairy, oysters, cold-pressed olive oil and avocados into your diet. These power-packed sources of essential fatty acids will help provide the nourishment your body craves. Note: nuts and seeds are often recommended as source of fatty acids, but are not ideal when struggling with gut issues. If your body needs a more robust boost, try one of our recommended fatty acid supplements


Support Your Liver and Gallbladder 

Optimize the impact of your nutrition by ensuring proper support for your liver and gallbladder. Bile, a crucial component of fat digestion and absorption, plays a significant role in reaping the perks of fatty acid-rich foods or supplements. If your liver or gallbladder is not functioning optimally, you may not fully benefit from your efforts. To address this, consider exploring my Liver and Gallbladder blog and recommended liver and gallbladder supports


Test, Don't Guess

Say goodbye to the guesswork and hello to a personalized journey. Let's decode your health with functional lab testing, uncover the root causes, and craft a tailored plan – from customized supplements, diet tweaks and lifestyle shifts. If you've done the basics but feel something's still amiss, let's dive into the details. We're all about data-driven solutions because when it comes to your well-being, precision matters. Ready to make those changes that truly count? Functional lab testing is the secret sauce to tailor-fitting recommendations that scream, "This is just for you!". Start your functional lab testing today!

Hi, I'm Elishia!

Your Gut Health Nutritionist. I'm on a mission to revolutionize healthcare by supporting women who have been dismissed by traditional methods. With a holistic approach, I uncover the root causes of issues like poor digestion and exhaustion, guiding my clients towards vibrant health and a positive relationship with food. Join me in my blog series to gain transformative insights on understanding your body and embracing a new approach to wellness.