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Cornerman’s Tip: The Fats to Avoid this Summer

June 8, 2019

Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate Peaches ‘n Cream! We hear Leeuwe Leeuwe was one another level! 

Summer solstice is in 2 weeks! 

We can’t miss this opportunity to celebrate again with you and Leeuwe Leeuwe!! 

Keep your eyes peeled!

Have you noticed that your coconut oil has changed from solid to liquid in the last week? 

When coconut oil changes from solid to a liquid that’s my hint to buckle down and avoid unsaturated fats. It’s also my sign that my cells can handle a little more carbs.

Here’s why I recommend limiting unsaturated fats and upping your saturated fats in the summer. 

How unsaturated fats are different than saturated

Saturated fats are like going to your 7th grade dance and everyone has a dance partner, and unsaturated fats are like the awkward time at the dance when there are 1 or maybe a couple of people without a dance partner.

!!Nerdy friends only!!
 Saturated fats have hydrogen atoms occupying all carbon atoms. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are not fully occupied by hydrogen atoms leaving the fat susceptible to attack by free radicals. 

What’s the big deal on free radicals?

We all produce free radicals, just like all of us have some varying degree of inflammation. Free radical formation is a normal part of your cells function. Free radicals become problematic when they are increased and out of control very similar to your immune system if you have autoimmune dis or dat.

3 things that cause increased oxidation (free radicals)

1. Heat
2. Light (UV, blue, green)
3. Oxygen

Unsaturated fats are more likely to create more free radicals especially in the presence of increased heat and light (think UV, blue, and green), and this means it may be best to avoid most unsaturated fats during the summer when with the higher amounts of UV and heat. Avoiding unsaturated fats and limiting your free radical production may help prevent cell damage and aging. 

Oxygen’s role in free radicals

When free radicals are formed, oxygen is used up creating an oxygen defict in the cell. When your oxygen levels decrease in your cells all kinds of ish starts breaking down from decreased ATP (energy production from the food you eat) and cellular dehydration. Reduced ATP production in the cells of the adrenal glands shows up as adrenal fatigue. In the thyroid, it shows up as hypothyroid with TSH as high as a kite on a windy day. And autoimmune dis and dat.

Fat and your gut health

The main sources of polyunsaturated fats are plants, next is fish. Since plants don’t have arms or claws to fight off the predator (deer, bear, or human), they produce oils, in addition to functioning as energy for germination of the seed, that causes digestive distress. When Bambi, Smokey, or Cornerman eat plants, the plant oils block digestive enzymes in their GI. The blocked digestive enzymes result in less breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbs before entering the blood. This is the start of your immune system getting pissed and eventually autoimmune dis or dat. 

Have you noticed after eating a salad you have GI issues? If not, pay attention to your next two bowel movements. 

A deuce that’s loose will steal your juice!

The enzymes that are inhibited by unsaturated fats are also used in the production of your thyroid hormones and immune cell function resulting in an increased risk of:

1. inflammation
2. decreased thyroid function
3. decreased progesterone
4. cancer
5. obesity
6. jacked up immune function
7. abnormal blood clotting

Fats and your hormones

Along with jacking up your GI, too many unsaturated fats (relative to saturated fats) may jack up your hormones. One of the most well-understood glands to be affected by unsaturated fats is your thyroid. Unsaturated fats jack up your thyroid hormones in 3 different areas of your body:

1. thyroid hormone secretion at the gland
2. thyroid hormone movement in your blood
3. thyroid hormone’s effect on your cells (where the hormone works) 

The decreased level action of thyroid on your cells results in increased estrogen and cholesterol. 

In addition to jacking up your estrogen and cholesterol, lower thyroid hormones mean lower progesterone and pregnenolone. Progesterone and pregnenolone are hormones that protect and help repair your nerves. This is likely one of the reasons for associated brain fog with hypothyroid. 

Save your salmon for the winter?

Plants and COLD water fish have higher amounts of polyunsaturated fats. When you eat more polyunsaturated fats, they are stored in your tissues where they are exposed to your body heat as well as oxygen. This leads to oxidation of the fat which can damage your cells. This ultimately causes energy production to head south. 

The fats I’ll be strictly limiting this summer

Polyunsaturated vegetable oils Soybean oilCorn oil Safflower oilCanola oilSesame oil Sunflower seed oil

The birds and pork have more unsaturated fat to saturated fat, unlike beef. 

The word on chicken

Chicken has a higher ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat (see below). This jacks up your energy production, hormones, immune system, and nervous system. 

The word on pork

Unless you’re getting primo pork, the pigs are likely fed corn and soybeans to fatten them up. This causes the animals fat to be similar chemically to vegetable oil. Pass on pork during the summer. s

!!WARNING!! Cosmetics and body care products !!WARNING!!

   ***Another source of polyunsaturated fats***

Lots of seed and plant fats = increased oxidation on your skin = skin damage.

Most cosmetic products are loaded with polyunsaturated fats because they are less expensive. Along with the above oils, almond oil–commonly used in health and beauty products, is an unsaturated fat that is highly oxidative on your skin. When you apply these products to your skin and you are exposed to sunlight and warm temperatures it’s the perfect recipe for skin damage. 

“Yo, Cornerman! I eat out all the time for my job, and I hear that restaurants use vegetable oils because they’re cheap.
What’s a better option for me?”

1. Ask your server to hold all oils.
2. Avoid fatty fish in the summer. This includes salmon. 
3. Eat more saturated fats from coconut oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, and lower fat seafood like shellfish.

I hope you get a chance to get your creative juices flowing this weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma

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