PTSD: Is It Different for the Military?

(DGIwire) – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, according to the National Center for PTSD, a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The National Center for PTSD also notes that about seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point […]

What Do These Addictions Possibly Have in Common?

(DGIwire) – Bulimia Nervosa, drug abuse, alcohol abuse: what, if anything, do these conditions have in common? Increasingly, researchers are coming to believe the answer may lie in how the brain’s reward center responds to food, opioids and alcohol. And some believe that learning more about what is going on inside the brains of those […]

Sleep and Emotional Trauma: The PTSD Connection

(DGIwire) – To what extent does sleep help people process stress and trauma? A recent study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich set out to address this question. As reported by PsychCentral, the investigators discovered that sleep—especially during the first 24 hours after a trauma—appears to play a key […]

How to Recognize and Help Someone With PTSD

(DGIwire) – Recognizing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a friend or family member is the first step toward getting them the treatment they need. Knowing about the range of available options for care is the next vital step after that. Here are a few important questions and answers to keep in mind […]

Alcohol Use Disorder: 4 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – For most adults, moderate alcohol use—no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women and older people—is relatively harmless, the American Psychological Association reports. But heavier drinking quickly gets risky. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), problem drinking that becomes severe is given the […]

Gargle Away That Irritated Throat and Clogged Sinuses

(DGIwire) – Winters can be tough on the ReviewLoft staff. On a recent day, at least half the folks in the office were coughing, sneezing or blowing noses. How lucky everyone was, then, when Gargle Away® Advanced Throat Care by Nature’s Jeannie showed up at the door! A “gargle party” was hastily organized in the […]

Timing is Everything When it Comes to Health

(DGIwire) — Since the beginning of time, life on Earth has been influenced by the daily rotation of our planet and to a lesser extent, its seasonal orbit around the sun. The influence of these changes has been imprinted in our DNA. This programming is known as circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is a roughly […]

Drinking More Water Has Health Benefits

(DGIwire) — Common recommendations for better health include maintaining an ideal weight, along with reducing intakes of sodium, sugar and saturated fat. For people looking to accomplish these goals, increasing water intake can be very helpful. Earlier this year, a study by the University of Illinois examined the dietary habits of over 18,300 American adults […]

Eat More Raw Foods: Here’s Why!

(DGIwire) — For most of human evolution our diet has consisted of raw foods.  Before our ancestors mastered fire, plant and animal based food choices were almost always eaten in their raw state.  Although a totally raw food diet is not practical or recommended, being sure to include plenty of tasty raw foods in your […]

6 Types of Substance Use Disorders

(DGIwire) – In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the latest version of its standard reference—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). In doing so, the APA replaced the categories of substance abuse and substance dependence with a single category: substance use disorder. Here are six of the most common […]

Macklemore, a White House Visit & the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Rap artist Macklemore has entertained millions with his catchy songs. But back on May 14, 2016, the hip-hop star had a more serious topic in mind: he appeared alongside the President during the weekly White House address to discuss addiction to opioids and those who overdose on prescription painkillers, according to a report […]

The Prize for the Healthiest Oil Goes To…

(DGIwire) — New research from Ohio State University suggests that people with higher levels of linoleic acid have leaner bodies. They also tended to have less health threatening visceral fat between and around their organs, less inflammation and lower incidence of insulin resistance. It turns out olive oil may not be best for heart health […]

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.  […]

Beat the Munchies with This Sleep Solution

(DGIwire) — According to a recent article in The New York Times, the brain receptors that can cause the sleep-deprived to crave unnecessary food are the same as those activated when using marijuana. So, those skipping out on sleep may actually be experiencing the same munchies as their perpetually high roommates did in college. The […]

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. […]

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