Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Seafood Diet NOT See-food Diet!

The other day I was reminiscing about all of the CRAZY family reunions that I have been to over the years. I was contemplating how everyone changes from reunion to reunion. There was always someone who gained a little weight, was pregnant or gained a little weight because they were pregnant, lost hair, got married, or added children to the family. Inevitably there will be someone who has lost a significant amount of weight and there will be the oohs and awes of how it happened, what they did, was it hard, what kind of "diet" and so on. About this time during the oohs and awes, one of the uncles would pop off and say I'M ON A DIET.....HA..HA..HA, A SEEFOOD DIET. I SEE FOOD AND I EAT IT.....HA..HA..HA! It was funny the first couple times, but really????? Every time???? Yes this does have a point and now I’m getting to it. A seafood diet is actually very good for your overall health and wellness. No, not the SEEFOOD diet my uncles claim to be on, but a seafood diet. You know salmon, crab, tuna, scallops, shrimp, cod, halibut, squid, clams and so on. Lately, Steph has posted a few yummy seafood recipes and now I want to share with you some of the health benefits from those amazing meals. You can find the Seared Ahi Tuna HERE, the Cilantro Lemon-Lime Salmon HERE and the Sweet and Spicy Shrimp HERE

1)    Fish is your heart’s best friend!
Undeniably, seafood is a low-fat food. The fats that are found in seafood are mainly omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fatty acids are known to protect the body against heart disease. These “good fats” also aid in lowering cholesterol, decreasing blood clotting factors, increasing the beneficial relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels and decreasing the inflammatory process in blood vessels.

2)    One serving of fish 2 - 3 times per week can keep arthritis away:
Clinical trials have shown that eating fish from the sea can actually lessen arthritis symptoms by fighting inflammation, decreasing fatigue and reducing morning stiffness!

3)    Some varieties of seafoods have been proven to strengthen the immune system:
Studies showed that certain fish and shellfish have high levels of antioxidants, E,C,D & A. These antioxidants boost the immune system and reduce the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries.

4)    Certain seafoods in a pregnant woman’s diet make smart healthy kids:
According to several research studies, the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood can be vital to the development of the fetus in the womb. These fatty acids greatly assist in the development of the brain, eyes, and neural network.

5)    The fatty acids in seafood can alleviate the symptoms of depression:
For those people who do not respond well to typical anti-depressant medications doctors will often recommend a diet high in the consumption of seafood. This seafood diet is especially good for those with seasonal depression or anxiety.

6)    Shellfish ensures healthy skin and eyes:
Different varieties of shellfish are rich in vitamins and minerals that are especially good for the skin and eyes. These vitamins and minerals aid in the formation and use of red blood cells and muscles keeping good skin tone and enhancing eyesight.

7)    Kids who eat oily fish may have a lower risk of asthma:
Studies showed that children who were able to receive at least 300mg of fish oil per day, had experienced a noteworthy improvement in their asthma related symptoms. This is because the fish oils aid in controlling food allergens and environmental allergens in the body. 

8)    Seafood eaters have a lower risk of cancer:
The essential fish oils found in most seafoods are responsible for protecting your body against cancer. It is especially good for fighting against cancers of the mouth, throat, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, lung, breast, and prostate.

9)    Most seafood is a good source of natural vitamin D:
Vitamin D is essential to strong teeth and bones. One serving of seafood per day can provide up to 90% of today’s recommended dietary requirement for vitamin D.

10)    Essential fatty acids from seafood may reduce the development of Alzheimer’s disease:
Research suggests that the essential fatty acids found in seafood can actually slow mental decline and even reduce the development of Alzheimer’s disease. These fatty acids are structural components of neural membranes and are linked to nerve functions. With these kinds of fatty acids in the body, inflammation and proinflammation substances in the brain are reduced from which Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are linked.

In this day and age, people have come to realize the importance of seafood in their diet. Many research studies have shown that some of the best sources for good fats, vitamins, and minerals are found in the seas and oceans around the world.

This year...... I will be the one getting the oohs and awes. That's all great, but more importantly........ I will be HEALTHY!

Now hit the kitchen and create your own seafood sensation!

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