Key Diet and Lifestyle Strategies for a Healthier Life

Joseph Mercola

Avoiding industrial seed oils, due to their high linoleic acid (LA) content, can go a long way toward safeguarding your health. Examples of cooking oils to avoid include canola, corn, rapeseed, cottonseed and soybean oil. As a general rule, anything over 10 grams of LA a day is likely to cause problems.

For cooking, excellent substitutions include butter, tallow, ghee and organic coconut oil. Olive oil and avocado oil are problematic, as most are adulterated with cheap seed oils.

If you’re older, or eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, you’re at high risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can have serious ramifications for your neurological function. Low B12 can also lead to elevated homocysteine, which raises your risk for dementia and cardiovascular problems.

Carnosine, found in meat, helps reduce oxidative stress, especially as it relates to LA. Carnosine binds to harmful LA byproducts and helps your body excrete them. It’s also important for building muscle, and acetyl carnitine is very bene cial for your memory.

Oxalates, found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts, can cause problems when they overaccumulate. Harmful effects include bromyalgia, chronic inflammation and kidney stones

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