While sustaining your mind and body through exercise and meditation is important, it's equally as important to sustain yourself with nutrient-rich foods that are good for you and good for the environment.
Sustainable seafood is a "protein with benefits" that not only contributes to human health, but also environmental health. While yoga helps your mind and body, so do the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood. Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, mackerel and herring, are good-fat foods that supply the best sources of essential omega-3s DHA and EPA. These polyunsaturated fatty acids may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis, and because they help trigger the release of serotonin, they can even make you happier and calmer. They are essential because your body can't make them.
It's because of all these amazing health benefits that the American Heart, Diabetes, Pediatric, Alzheimer's and even Psychiatric associations - and many others - promote seafood as part of the solution to be healthier, recommending to eat fish and shellfish at least twice a week. Learn more and take the pledge to try and eat more seafood at seafoodnutrition.org/pledge. It is an easy way to make a positive commitment to your health and the health of those around you.
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Research has shown that people who regularly eat fatty fish may experience reduced joint swelling and pain. The anti-inflammatory benefits come from the omega-3s and are helpful not just for relieving joint pain, but also for preventing other diseases linked to inflammation.
In addition to the omega-3s, eating fish and shellfish provide even more bang for your buck when it comes to health. The complete protein - meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids needed for human health - is key in recovery after a workout. Including protein in your post-workout diet will repair damage caused to the muscle fibers and will begin to aid in rebuilding.
Workouts aside, eating fish can be just as good for your brain as a good yoga class or meditation session. Seafood provides docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 essential for brain development and function, helping neurons trigger and cells regenerate. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association has endorsed the fatty acids in fish as an effective part of depression treatment.
Health organizations suggest eating a variety of seafood at least twice a week, or an average of 250mg of EPA+DHA per day. See which fish is richest in omega-3s to make sure you're getting the right amount.
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