Dr. Ann

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 […]

Want a simple, 10-second activity proven to help with weight control? Then weigh yourself daily and record it! That was the encouraging conclusion from a two-year study recently performed by Cornell researchers. Study subjects who weighed themselves everyday and recorded their weights on a spreadsheet or chart, both lost weight and kept it off over […]

Airports are filled with gut-busting temptations! For your airport travel, abide by these on-the-go principles for the flight to high health. 1. I will not enter the airport terminal famished, and I will always keep healthy hunger-fighting snacks in my carry-on bag for ready access. 2. Because I may be stressed, pressed for time, or […]

The delectable Mediterranean Diet characterized as rich in fruits, veggies, legumes, fish, and olive oil and low in red meat, sugar, and refined carbs has been strongly tied to lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dementia, obesity, and depression.

Dining out in full-service restaurants offers equivalent risks to your health and your bodyweight as noshing on fast food.  That was the sobering conclusion from a new report that followed the dietary habits of a representative sample of 18,098 US adults over an eight-year period. The researchers found that when Americans dine out, whether in a fast […]

In a new study published in the prestigious journal, Nature, which really grabbed mt attention, scientists concluded that very commonly used food additives, known as emulsifiers, may be triggering inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as obesity and other metabolic disorders. Recognizing that diet has an enormous impact on the microbiome (the name given to the complex […]