Omega-3 Fatty Acids | What? Why? Where?

Written by Dennis on . Posted in d-stinto, Fitness, Nutrition

Omega-3 fatty acids promise some pretty amazing health benefits! No wonder it’s one of the most commonly found staples in many supplement cabinets!
Still, while many use it, many don’t quite know what it’s really good for and how much one should take. Here’s a graphic with the facts:

For our bodies, EPA, DHA and ALA are the most “useful” out of all the omega-3 fatty acids, with EPA and DHA being even more important than ALA, since ALA is converted into EPA and DHA in the body!

My recommendation is to aim at a daily intake of 2 g EPA and 1.5 g DHA. If you eat a lot of fish on a regular basis, great! If not, you might want to look at some supplements.

The problem: There are a TON of Omega-3 supplements on the market, but most of the commonly found capsules are full of fillers and contain very little EPA and DHA.

If you take Omega-3 supplements, getting sufficient amounts of EPA and DHA is the whole point of it, so make sure to get a high dosed, quality brand, or you’ll have to throw in 10-15 capsules per day to reach the desired levels.

My recommended products:

Liquid form: NutraSea Original Liquid

Soft Gels: Now Foods Ultra Omega 3, Fish Oil Soft-gels

You can find more of my recommended supplements on the Supplement Page

Soundless Harmony

Written by Dennis on . Posted in Fashion, Fitness, Shoes

So this is what happened: I was walking down 23rd street in Manhattan on my way to shoot a fitness video, and as you can imagine I was not wearing the most fashionable outfit (Free Runs and sweat pants to be precise).

Suddenly I saw a pair of green pants passing through at a quite steady pace. By the time i got my camera out he was almost a block ahead of me. Did a quick sprint and reached him just in time to ask for a picture! Turns out that it happened to be recording artist Dante Blakeley who not only uses sounds, but also colors and pattern to create harmonies!

Dante-Blakeley

 

Dante-Shoes

Not your everyday shoe!

Written by Dennis on . Posted in Fashion, Shoes, Streetstyle

Interesting, how taste can be so different. I have a certain attraction to everything and everyone that is out of the norm. It just catches my attention, and not in a negative way. I came across this pair of shoes on Guerreisms and wanted to see people’s reaction on Instagram. Not surprisingly, nobody liked them. They either hated them or loved them! Most people will base their taste upon other people’s reaction to a certain choice. That’s why so few people think out of the box, or act that way. Most people stay in the comfort zone, regarding their fashion choices, their lifestyle, their decisions, because that’s what most people do, so there’s less danger to be looked down upon.

The question is: If you really liked these shoes but everyone of your friends said they look terrible, would you still like them as much? Or would there be a little doubt coming up, wondering if you *really* like them? This is really not about these shoes. I mean, I think their are absolutely rad! But that’s my opinion, and you’re free to have yours.

But if we all were a little more open minded, if you would’t have to fear other people’s insults….would you still wear what you wear right now, live how you live right now and act the way you act right now?

Nutrition Basics: What are Macronutrients?

Written by Dennis on . Posted in Fitness, Nutrition

While to many of you this night be obvious, to others this might still be something that causes confusion. You’ll hear a lot of things about macronutrient and “macros”, if you don’t know what’s meant this might be confusing! Macronutrients is a term to describe those three substances that the body depends on for energy, recovery and growth: protein, carbs and fat! “Macro” because the body needs these nutrients in large amounts, whereas only trace amounts of the “micro”nutrients are necessary. Protein and carbs have 4kcal per g and fat 9kcal per g. Each macronutrient is needed in different amounts to ensure optimal health and bodycomposition. How much of each you need in the optimal case depends on various individual factors such as age, height, gender, bodyfat, daily activities, goals etc. To make sure your diet fits your macronutrient need do some research and make a plan for yourself or hire a trainer to do that for you. Even though diet trends periodically try to blame one macronutrient for the obesity problems, all three are needed and have their place in a balanced diet! But most “regular” diets have too much one and too little of the other. Don’t let that be you. Know your macros, know your needs.