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LUXURY LIVING FLOW

KNOW YOUR OILS

GOOD OILS A good source of healthy oils for the body can be sourced from eating these fat fruits in the morning:

BOTTLED OILS When an oil is extracted from a fruit or plant it is separated from the other compounds in that fruit that would help with the digestion and absorption of the oil fat. It is not exactly the same now, being refined. The further processing of the extracted oil will also have an effect on how usable it remains. When heated for example, some oils are altered chemically. Certain oils are more delicate than others and don’t last well when taken out of their natural bound state in the whole food. Many bottled oils are blended and mixed with other cheaper oils and are no longer 100% pure from the original extract. Bottled oils should be stored in glass, and of a dark colour as oils are affected by exposure to light and will degrade over time. ` Oils should not be overheated as this alters them to become toxic in the body.

Avocado - goes well with pine nuts Coconut - drink the water inside and/or eat the white flesh meat. 100% pure coconut oil can last a long time though many are not pure being mixed with other oils. Pure coconut oil can be heated to a high degree without altering it making it ideal for cooking with. Durian - a strong tasting fruit so can also be blended into a fruit smoothie. Olives and olive oil (look for oil that is dark and heavy, not light and clear) Nut Oil - Nuts have good oils in them too and go very well with fruits in the morning. Particularly almond, hazelnut, peanut or palm nuts.

Bottled oils are second best to first generation fat oils from the original fruit or plant and are vulnerable to being degraded further.

Butter And Cream - both very good fats. Butter can be used liberally throughout the day.

OILS BEST AVOIDED Flax seed oil - ages very quickly and deteriorates. Linoleum (floor covering) was made from linseed oil (the old name for flax seed oil)

Clarified butter (Ghee) - an excellent fat. Clarified butter (the yellow butter fat) takes the cholesterol that hardens and is damaging in the body and removes it as the ‘yellow butter fat’ is good lubricatory cholesterol. It is the white factor of normal butter that causes trouble. When u clarify butter by making ghee you take out the bad cholesterol (hardening cholesterol) or ‘white fat’.

Sunflower oil - breaks down too fast Fish oils - break down and go rancid much faster than any other oil and are not essential for our body at all which was known a long time ago.

Butter/Ghee is a food that can be eaten at any time of day and can be heated to a high temperature without altering it which makes it ideal for cooking with. It is simple to make by melting butter and separating the yellow fat from the white fat. Ghee has a long history of use in India.

Cooking oils - many cooking oils sold today are more of a plastic type substance than natural oils and can be made even worse by overheating them. One of the most damaging things for health and aging is putting bad oils, rancid or chemically altered oils, into the body.

By getting your fats and oils from nature directly and unaltered it is hard to go wrong and this will protect you from the potentially damaging effects of bad or altered oils.

Ivor Fitzpatrick is the founder and Herbalist at the award winning herbal detox & weight loss center The Source on Koh Samui Island, Thailand which uses premium organic handmade herbal formulas created by a Master Herbalist. The herbal formulas are unique and some contain up to 100 herbs and are aged for 5 to 12 years.

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