From Slime to Humans: Nutritional Geometry & Protein

(DGIwire) — Ever wonder why health and weight-loss gurus are always talking about protein? Protein is the building block of our bodies. The average human body is made up of 60% water, 17% protein, 17% fat and only 5% carbohydrate. All essential components of body tissues such as cell membranes and genetic material are composed […]

Understanding Salt Guidelines

(DGIwire) — Salt consumption has increased during modern times. Researchers have been looking at the effects of this increased intake for a long time. Generally most people eat more than the recommended amounts but some studies have found evidence that you can also eat too little. It seems people have different reactions to sodium intake. […]

Biggest Loser Weight Regain

(DGIwire) — This month a 6-year follow-up study of the contestants on Season 8 of the Biggest Loser was making headlines. It seems that only one was able to maintain a weight even close to their contest end weight, regaining a significant amount. Scientists conducting the study were eager to closely interview and examine the […]

Health & Failing to Do the Minimum

(DGIwire) — Ever wonder why so many people have health challenges and healthcare is so expensive? The answer seems so simple: Eat a healthy diet, exercise moderately, maintain a normal body composition and don’t smoke or over indulge on alcohol. Following these suggestions is associated with lower cardiovascular risk, less likelihood of cancer, reduced odds […]

Why Plants Grow Healthier Bodies

(DGIwire) — There is now an abundance of research showing an association between the consumption of plant foods, especially fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, with increased health and longevity. Most of these studies have been based on dietary questionnaires of study participants over a period of time and are prone to some inaccuracies and interpretation.  […]

How Even A Small Weight Reduction Can Yield Big Health Benefits

(DGIwire) — According to the Endocrine Society, over 75% of American adults are overweight, obese or extremely obese. In addition, almost 23% of adults are considered to have metabolic syndrome. Overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25-30, obese as a BMI of 30-40 and extremely obese as a BMI of 40 or higher. […]

What is Healthy Exercise?

(DGIwire)  —  We’ve all heard exercise is good for us but most are still confused about what kind of exercise to do and how much is really needed to obtain health benefits. Current guidelines for physical activity state that 150 minutes per week is a good goal.  That works out to be just over 20 […]

You’ve Got to Move It, Move It!

(DGIwire) — Lately studies and articles about the health problems associated with sitting and prolonged periods of inactivity have been getting some headlines. It’s definitely worth everyone’s attention because it appears the problems can be easily counteracted, but not in the way one might think. “The typical activity of remaining hunter-gatherers in the world today would be […]

What’s Healthier: High Carb-Low Fat or Low Carb-High Protein?

(DGIwire) — High-protein, low-carb diets are often used for weight loss. Proponents often claim a metabolic advantage over an equivalent high-carb, low fat diet. Others claim that Atkins-style diets contain excess protein and fat, which have an adverse effect on your health. Who is right? Two studies, which looked at high-protein, low-carb diets and compared […]

What Your Waist Says About Your Health

(DGIwire) — Is your weight causing problems for your life…or lifestyle?  Some people aren’t sure.  Do scales tell the whole story?  Although widely used as a calculator for idea weight, BMI or a measure of your body mass index is not a definitive measure, either.  Perhaps your family and friends tell you that you look […]

Healthy Habits: Each Change Can Help

(DGIwire)   Chronic ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are the world’s top killers, causing 35 million deaths a year and 60 percent of all deaths worldwide. There are at least 1 billion people who are overweight or obese in the world today, according to the World Health Organization. WHO is now focusing […]

Do You Really Want To Lose Weight?

  (DGIwire) If you are reading this, then the answer is most likely yes.  Most people take a look in the mirror or step on the bathroom scale and know the answer.  Perhaps even your doctor or some other health professional has recommended that you should lose some weight.  But is that really what you […]

What & When to Eat: That is the Question

(DGIwire) Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that limiting regular eating times and extending the daily fasting period may override the adverse health effects of a high-fat diet and prevent obesity, diabetes and liver disease in mice.  It seems that when we eat may be as important as what we eat.  They […]

How Strong Are Your Bones?

(DGIwire)  Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people worldwide.  Because there are no symptoms associated with bone loss, it is often only discovered after a fracture. People are rightfully concerned about age related bone loss and often ask what they can do about it.  Although there are many supplements and drugs which are touted as […]

Just Three to Five Minutes of Exercise a Day… Really?

  (DGIwire)  Did you ever wonder if it’s true that very short bodyweight strength sessions can really build strength and lean body mass?  If so, you’re not alone, so keep reading. It’s a common misconception that you need heavy weights or much more exercise in order to reach your fitness and body composition goals. Strength training is […]

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