Health: Failing To Do Minimum

(DGIwire) — Ever wonder why we have so many health challenges and healthcare is so expensive? The answer seems so simple. Eat a healthy diet, exercise moderately, maintain a normal body composition and not smoking are all it takes. Following these suggestions is associated with lower cardiovascular risk, cancer, type 2 diabetes and many other […]

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 […]

Why Are Healthcare Costs Out of Control?

(DGIwire) — People who pay for their health insurance and other healthcare related costs are well aware that they continue to rise sharply. Reasons for these costs are often discussed with blame widespread. The underlying reason however falls squarely on us as individuals. Did you know that just twenty conditions are responsible for more than […]

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 […]

Is Eating Extra Protein Really Helpful?

(DGIwire) — You may have read that consuming more protein than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is a helpful strategy during weight loss, or that consuming extra protein will keep you feeling fuller longer helping to control hunger. The question is: Is it really helpful, healthful or even necessary? Even though consuming extra protein to […]

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 […]

Why Sleep is Important Especially When Dieting

(DGIwire) — There is an established connection between sleeping and hunger. This is because there is a connection between sleep and the levels of leptin and ghrelin in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that is released when we are hungry. It increases our appetite. Leptin has the opposite effect and is released to signal […]

What to Eat or When To Eat?

(DGIwire) — There seems to be no shortage of information about what to eat. Virtually all diets revolve around food choices and caloric intake.   Still obesity rates and other health problems continue to increase. According to scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, when we eat may be as important as what we eat. […]

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.  […]

Fountain of Youth Discovered in Lean Body Mass

(DGIwire) One of the most common signs of aging is the loss of lean body mass (LBM).  This is because as people age, they usually become more sedentary which results in a loss of muscle tissue and bone mass.  The size of the heart may also be reduced by lack of activity. Lean body mass […]

Can Supplements Substitute for Food?

(DGIwire) — Can supplements replace real whole food and are they necessary for good health? Anytime a whole food is associated with health benefits, there is a race to isolate the potential beneficial substances. The purpose is to create a new supplement or drug.  The driving factor behind this effort is money.  The marketing rationale […]

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