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A lot of people consume flax seed oil in hopes of aiding the cardiovascular system, decreasing inflammation, and obtaining their Omegas. Many vegetarians consume flax seed oil to get their Omega-3s. However, flax is not that awesome.

Flax provides an Omega-3 fatty acid in the form of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). As women, we only convert 21% of ALA to EPA and 9% to DHA. That is not very efficient. I have always recommended that you get your Omega-3 from an animal source such as grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, and a quality fish oil such as Original Nutritionals.

So, flax isn’t the greatest form of omega-3s, and that’s not a big deal to you. Would you still consume flax seed oil if I told you that it contributes to premature labor? Studies have shown that it more than quadruples the rate of premature labor in pregnant women. In the general population, the average rate of premature births is 2 to 3 percent, but for women consuming flaxseed oil in their last two trimesters that number jumps up to 12 percent (Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins).

Flax is considered a phytoestrogen such as soy. Therefore, it can mimic estrogen in the body and alter hormone levels. This may not be that awful for someone that is going through menopause, but it can have a significant effect on young, fertile females.

And finally, flax is also a phytic acid. In fact, it is one hell of a phytic acid source. You may have heard of phytic acid in relation to grains. Long story short, they can block the absorption of minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium, which are pretty important minerals if you are building a baby.

I’m not here to say don’t consume flax, but I know, I sure as hell wouldn’t. In my opinion, it’s not worth it in the big picture. There are plenty of nutrient dense options out there and great Omega-3 supplements that are preferred over flax seed oil.

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Workout

Active Recovery


400m Run or 500m Row

10 Downward dogs to 30s Plank hold

400m Run or 500m Row

20 Glute Bridges

400m Run or 500m Row

20 Side Planks (10 on each side, 30s each)

400m Run or 500m Row

20 Walking lunges

400m Run or 500m Row

10 Perfect Squats

*Beginners cut the run/row down to 200m run or 250m row.

*Take breaks when needed.