By Teodora Nikova BaSc Dietetic Masters Student @ University of Toronto

My days are often filled with many different activities that require me to be focused at all times. I have been balancing a hectic university schedule while working part time at a health food store, for the past few years. 

This can be very overwhelming on my mind, as I have to be constantly on top of my school work, while dealing with customers with varying health concerns. I find it very important to keep my morning routine relaxing and recharging so I can stay on top of my work. 

A wellness routine

The first thing I do upon waking is drinking a glass of water to hydrate from my long nights sleep. I then head downstairs to take my supplements of fish oil and probiotics. Taking my supplements in the morning helps fuel my body for the day, and insures that I will not forget to take them later in the day.

I follow intermittent fasting; therefore I don’t want to consume my first meal until noon. I enjoy following a high fat diet. I prepare my lunch in the morning, of two eggs and avocado. Then head upstairs to answer emails and get a few house tasks done before heading to class. Having a fish oil is a pure fat, therefore I do not experience a rapid spike in my blood sugar, keeping me satisfied until my first meal.

Affordable omega-3 fatty acids source

Taking my fish oil in the morning allows me to stay on top of my essential fat intake for the day before my first meal. Fish oil contains omega-3 essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA that our bodies can only produce in a limited amount, so we have to consume it through our diets or supplements.

These omega-3 fatty acids have many functions in our body. Most importantly, I take it to maintain my brain function. So often there is more research surfacing that highlights the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for our brain health as we age. This is vital for myself, as I am a full-time student. The highest food source of omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA, is fatty fish such as salmon. I don’t consume enough fatty fish on a weekly basis. This is due to the fact that the more affordable, farmed salmon, can potentially contain toxins such as mercury. A high quality salmon such as wild caught salmon, can be very expensive for a students’ budget.

It is the most affordable option for myself to stick to a fish oil supplement. The GNC Fish Oil supplement sources the significant level of omega-3 from small water fish; that contain the lower levels of contaminants. It is also tested for heavy metals (mercury and lead), PCBs and dioxins.  The GNC fish oil easily fits into my dietary needs as it is free of gluten, wheat, yeast and any artificial flavours or colours. Do you take Fish Oil?

Teodora.

All content here should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.


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