Everyone knows today is Good Friday, the day to eat fish; I don’t want to start going all biblical on you about why, how and who, because I’m sure most of you know already, and if not, there’s always Google or your local pastor. But whether you know or not, adding fish to your diet is actually more beneficial than you think. So don’t wait once a year, when Good Friday comes along to decide now is the time.
Here are the top 4 reasons you need to add fish into your diet on a weekly basis:
Giving your Child the Best Start.
Recently I believe I know about 80 people who have given birth (that may be a slight exaggeration, but its pretty close), so for all of you lucky new parents, remember that fish is crucial during development. Omega-3 fatty acids are absolutely essential for growth and development, and fish contains a certain fatty acid that is important because it accumulates in the developing brain and eye. So for all you nursing mothers, make sure you are getting plenty of fish into your diet.
Disclaimer: Because fish is high in mercury, only eat fish low in the food chain such as salmon, sardines or trout, no more than 12 ounces per week, and absolutely no sushi.
Live Longer and Healthier
Eating fish may keep your heart healthy and strong, heart attacks and strokes are certainly the biggest killers in recent years. Studies have shown a link between the regular consumption of fish and a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes and death from heart disease. It is believed that the fatty types of fish are even more beneficial for heart health, because of their high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. So to keep your heart working at optimum capacity, make sure you are taking in plenty of fish.
Get Your Vitamin D
Have you heard about the importance of vitamin D? If not, your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth as well as other essential bodily functions. If you are not getting enough vitamin D it results in soft bones in children, and fragile bones in adults. And astonishingly a lot of us have a vitamin D deficiency, it is reported that around 41.6% of the US population is vitamin D deficient, so don’t let this become you. Fish or fish products are the best dietary sources of vitamin D. Fatty fish like salmon and herring contain the highest amounts; so eat up to keep nice and strong.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Fatty fish are a lot higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which are imperative for your body and brain to function optimally, and are strongly linked to reduced risk of many diseases, such as heart disease. It also helps to normalize and regulate your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, so make sure you are getting in enough omega-3 try to eat fatty fish at least once or twice a week.
So now when you are eating fish today you can be aware of the benefits you are bringing to your body and hopefully not wait another 365 days to make this healthy dietary change for the better.