Weight Management, Body Types & Exercise Ideas!

Encourage Weight Loss by Matching Health Choices with Body Type!

Learn about fitness, body type and how to harness and accomodate your natural adaptations through healthy lifestyle practies with Island Healthworks.

Fitness is about keeping our body in a state in line with our natural form for optimal function. Genetic factors, body type and lifestyle are core considerations for your physiological health.

Fitness is a big subject! Our muscles, organs and joints all benefit from proper weight management, while weight management can be supported by dietary choices that consider our individual metabolic traits. Our genetic makeup plays a huge role in our weight related predispositions.

As summer approaches, exercise comes to many people’s minds as a hot topic. The vacation season brings us a chance to start new patterns of activity that support our health. But exercise needs to be pursued one step at a time to avoid overuse injuries, in conjunction with proper nutritional choices to facilitate healthy living. Human potential is maximized by removing limits from ourselves rather than necessarily developing some significant new ability. What we tell ourselves is important as it is a potent form of self-feedback, affecting our body image and how we act.

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Electrolytes, Minerals & Your Health

Minerals & Electrolytes for Body System Stability


Minerals have many important roles in the body. Island Healthworks discusses proper nutrition & electrolytes for better health.

Minerals are essential for proper cellular health & organ performance.

The human body is mostly water, and the rest appears to be tissue and bone made from a variety of components, which of course include water themselves.  There are many carbon, hydrogen and protein based organic compounds making up the human body, with organ functions and metabolic processes involving aldehydes, ketones and other organic chemical processes. Amongst these complex reactions, metallic elements and minerals scattered all across the periodic table interact and assimilate in the human body to carry out a wide variety of roles.

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Eyestrain – The Invisible Overuse Injury

Health Nuggets: Eyestrain involves overuse of the eye muscles – learn more with Island Healthworks

Eyestrain can be reduced by limiting repetitive overuse

Eyestrain can be reduced by limiting repetitive overuse

We may call an unattractive structure an “eyesore”, but pain and stress affects the eyes in a number of very real ways made worse by the pressures of modern life.

Increasing use of computers, reading small print from a variety of sources and failure to get out in nature or relax affects the eyes in a number of ways. Like all parts of the body, overuse or excessive repetition can be harmful due to undue additional strain.

The muscles that affect how the eyes focus are put to work when we look at objects or words closely or at a distance. Humans are built for a diversity of experiences, and too much of one thing is never good. Eyestrain in different forms may result when we continually focus on close up distances, read for too long, or expose ourselves to overly dim or overly bright light, often in combination with these activities. Wildlife researchers can experience eyestrain from the use of optical equipment, as could a photographer.

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Keep Moving: Addressing Joint Health & Arthritis

Balanced Lifestyle, Good Diet & Supplements Optimize Mobility & Comfort

Access to Nature improves health

A walk on a forest path refreshes the mind and body. N. Tonelli photo.

The human body is quite a piece of mechanical engineering. That lithe ability to move into a multitude of positions is enabled by a multitude of joints ranging from the obvious knee, hip foot and arm joints, to semi-mobile joints that make up the spinal column, rib cage and even ear regions.

Our joints are what give us free mobility as we flex and bend.  Although amazingly resilient, arthritis is a potential complication associated with nutritional deficiencies and daily wear and tear as well as traumatic injures. Joints in the human skeleton must be made of softer materials than the rest of the skeleton and therefore present a biomechanical trade-off that balances flexibility with resistance to injurious movement and tearing. Continue reading

Make Work Outs Work for You – Part 1! Exercise & Nutrition Tips from Island Healthworks

Exercise is Important to your Health, but Pursue Balance & Moderation!

Island Healthworks discusses exercise, fitness & work outs

Exercise is Essential for Health, & to is the Right Approach to Physical Activity

Human beings developed the ability to handle extensive physical activity due to traditional lifestyles that included strenuous requirements to gather food and survive in challenging environments.

In a modern society, day to day physical pressures are often reduced, but the need for physical activity remains the same, whether you have a physical job or not! We are quite literally built for work and we suffer without it.

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L-arginine – The Cardiovascular Amino Acid

Improve Cardiovascular Health & Endurance with L-Arginine

Island Healtthworks discusses L-arginine amino acid & potential benefits

L-arginine is an amino acid compound that may support cardiovascular health!

Amino Acids are core building blocks in all living organisms. Comprised of complex organic chemicals, these protein forming compounds may trigger a range of beneficial effects when used therapeutically  as dietary supplements. L-Arginine is an amino acid that has been widely investigated and recommended by health researchers conducting multiple clinical studies. Highlighted in a 1998 Nobel Prize winning study, L-Arginine is best known for its ability to convert into nitric oxide. This chemical compound relaxes blood vessels and improves flow to vital organs. This may reduce stress on the heart.

According to the National Institute of Health, L-Arginine is often used for a variety of circulation, coronary artery and heart health related considerations. The amino acid is thought to have potential in the area of athletic performance enhancement, immune system support, blood flow and kidney health. L-Arginine contains a complex set of chemicals that support nourishment of tissues and organ systems through protein formulation. This building block is highly prevalent in healthy sources of meat, fish and vegetables. L-Arginine is becoming increasingly popular as a supplement due to its potential for supporting cardiovascular health.

Those experiencing challenges with circulation or bloodstream health may want to try L-Arginine through supplementation and appropriate dieting. In addition, L-Arginine may also be used by those seeking natural performance enhancement, circulation support and energy during exercise. Human growth hormone stimulation and muscle building are additional areas of research interest regarding L-arginine. Our upcoming article on how to make working out work better for you will feature the importance of L-Arginine in addition to balanced exercise practices. Island Healthworks recommends the use of Quality Controlled dietary supplements.

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Daily Health Nuggets: Toughen Up with Collatrim

Collatrim May Reduce Weight & Promote Greater Strength


Balancing Fat with Muscle is Healthy - Collatrim

Avian Forms Define Fat & Muscle Balance – Mike Baird Photo

The human body is a machine, carefully adapted to specific environments in a subtle manner through natural selection. Asking any aircraft designer about successful operation will get you this answer: Reduce weight but maintain strength and rigidity, with flexibility where needed. Not a herb, but rather, a bovine derived nutritional supplement, Collatrim contains nutrients that support your ligaments, tendons and muscles with the potential for improved strength and performance. While herbs mays stimulate certain body systems to act in a manner that supports certain health goals,  Collatrim may directly support an increase in tendons, muscles and ligaments while promoting increased performance and weight loss.

The high amino acid content in Collatrim is more concentrated than the nutrients found in ordinary foods. Countless “birdmen” discovered that birds have a far greater muscle and tendon strength to weight ratio than humans. However, those who simply feel that they fall below a healthy standard for the average human body may be interested in natural products that might improve “specifications”. Island Healthworks only recommends Quality Controlled Products to herb and supplement users.

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