Kim Ingleby: why I believe in the benefits of Omega 3

Kim Ingleby: why I believe in the benefits of Omega 3

Working out how to look after my body and mind is key for my work and quality of life.  Finding the best ways to support and look after my clients is a priority too.  Which leads me to Omega 3.   Supplementing with high strength fish oil has been a life saver.  I’m 100% behind having a healthy, fresh diet packed full of various wholesome foods and nutrients.  But sometimes, due to the pressures of work, intense sports and modern living, even while eating all the ‘right’ food, our bodies may benefit from a good quality supplement too.

Supplementing with high strength fish oil has been a life saver.

Omega 3s are essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own.  We can only rely on food.  There are many types of Omega 3s. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the most well known.   EPA and DHA are found in oily fish like salmon and sardines.  ALA, on the other hand, is found in some nuts and seeds, as well as high-quality cuts of meat like grass-fed beef.

I find Omega 3 is most beneficial when training for a marathon.  I suffer from ganglion cysts in my knees; whilst strength and stability training really help to improve my joint health, supplementing helps even more. I also have post weils encephalitis, which affects the functioning of the brain, can give physiological anxiety and seems to make my raynaud’s worse!  So even as an experienced trainer, I have a few conditions which challenge my performance.  Supplementing with Omega 3 has been brilliant.

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I started taking Omega 3 supplements following DNA Fit testing, extensive research for my conditions and after qualifying as a Nutritional Therapist.   I can honestly say it has improved all my symptoms.  I highly recommend Bare Biology’s products because they’re pure and contain a high enough strength of EPA and DHA that means they work (and I’m not being paid or sponsored to write this article; I genuinely believe in their products). 

How Omega 3 may benefit you

  1. It reduces inflammation in the body, improving joint and digestive health. This could lead to improved immunity and wellbeing.  It’s especially important if you do a lot of impact sports, are prone to digestive issues or generally want to look after your joints and gut.
  1. It helps with improved mental performance, memory and cognitive functioning. The brain is made up of 60% fat, primarily DHA.  The nervous system relies on good levels of fat for fast and effective cell to cell communication.  Critically, Omega 3 DHA helps with the development of your baby’s brain too.  It’s been shown to support neurological conditions like attention deficit disorders as well.
  2. It can help to look after your heart, reduce blood pressure, balance cholesterol and stabilise blood sugars. Obviously this is combined with gentle, regular exercise, good quality foods, balancing stress and getting decent rest. 
  1. It could improve the quality, tone and condition of your skin. Omega 3 is a fabulous beauty supplement.  It brightens your eyes too, giving you a youthful, radiant appearance.
  2. It can improve your mood and reduce depression or anxiety. For best results combine it with mindfulness and other positive daily habits.

When it comes to getting enough Omega 3s in your diet, eating plenty of Omega 3 rich foods is great.  But often supplementing will give you even better results.  If you choose the right brand that is certified by the International Fish Oil Standards, it can be a lot purer too.  I tend to recommend at least 4,000 milligrams of total Omega 3s per day (but this is a generalisation).  I highly recommend adding a small dose for a month and recording how you feel each week.  Let us know how you get on.

Kim Ingleby has the passion and skills to help you achieve your goals. Following three years of complex neurological, brain and liver problems from Post Weils Encephalitis, Kim has mastered the art of achieving success against all odds. She’s featured on TEDx, sharing her expertise on how to overcome adversity and how to be brave.  She’s raised almost £80k for charity, coached Team GB, Body Confidence for Women and Strictly Come Dancing pros. Kim is a triple award winning personal trainer, DNAFit consultant, NLP confidence master coach and team GB’s sports therapist.

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