Dr. Ann

In a jolting new study that really grabbed my attention, scientist found that a single night of sleep loss impaired metabolism on par with eating a high-fat diet for six months! We know from past studies that both poor sleep and high-fat diets can impair the action of the all-important metabolic hormone insulin, which can […]

Woohoo! If you love your java like I do, you will be happy to know that a powerful new analysis (the most powerful to date!) found that regular coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to die of a host of common illnesses. For this study, Harvard researchers followed the diets and health status of over […]

With the holiday season upon us and the unhealthy weight gain that often accompanies it, I am happy to share “my personal secrets” for avoiding this common malady. I consider weight control a non-negotiable element of my job description and have successfully avoided holiday weight gain over the years by using these tips. And if they […]

The foods present on your kitchen counter may have a decisive impact on what you weigh! That was the eye-opening upshot from an intriguing new study lead by the Cornell’s famed eating behavior scientist, Dr. Brian Wansink. For this study, Dr. Wansink and his colleagues photographed 210 Syracuse, New York kitchens and then compared the […]

Fermented foods are rapidly garnering rock star status for a number of reasons, and kefir is one that everyone should know about. This “drinkable yogurt” offers all the goodness in dairy – complete protein, calcium, vitamin D, B-vitamins, zinc and potassium along with a huge dose (typically10 -12 billion per serving!) of a much broader […]

Thanks to a new study from Harvard-based scientists, we have some promising new evidence that certain fruits and veggies are better than others for our waistlines. For this study, researchers monitored the diets and weight status of 133,000 men and women every 4 years over a 24 year period. Overall, study subjects who increased their intakes of fruits […]

Good sleep is known to be integral to healthy immune function. And according to an eye-opening new study, poor sleep may dramatically boost your risk for catching a cold. For this study, investigators carefully monitored the sleep patterns of 164 healthy adults ages 18 to 55 for one week. For the second week, all study subjects […]

September 9, 2015 • Healthy Living

Sunlight and Health

Although lifelong exposure to the sun’s UV rays is a known risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancers, it is important to balance this with the fact that regular prudent, “safe” sun exposure also has key health benefits. That was the passionate plea from the world’s most esteemed vitamin D researchers who recently published a review […]

Living a life with a strong sense of purpose can add years to your life and life to your years. That was the uplifting conclusion from a new review study that included 10 formerly published studies looking at health outcomes in the context of life purpose. Relative to those with a low sense of purpose, […]

If you enjoy eating spicy foods, you will be pleased to hear that this palate preference may also lengthen your life. In a new study that followed the health and diets of over 450,000 Asian study subjects for a median of 7 years, those consuming spicy foods often were less likely to die. Relative to […]

The Great White Hazards strike again, this time on the mood front. In a new analysis that followed the dietary habits of over 70,000 post-menopausal women for several years, those who consumed diets higher in refined, “high glycemic” carbs were significantly more likely to develop depression. High glycemic carbs are those that give rise to […]

When it comes to optimal health, what you do in the kitchen matters. Here are 4 major blunders to avoid. Do not use plastic in the storage, preparation or serving of your foods, especially hot foods. Plastics can contain potentially toxic residues like antimony, phthalates, and BPA, and heat facilitates the movement of these biochemically […]