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Dr. Ayala
Pediatrician, artist, mom and serious home cook, blogs about nutrition and health
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Healthy diets such as the Mediterranean diet are associated with lower rates of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline; a new clinical trail puts polyphenol-rich foods to the test Continue reading
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Is intermittent fasting more than just a way to cut caloric intake? A new study puts it to a long-term, randomized test. Continue reading
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The family meal is disappearing, a pity, since family meals are linked with better nutrition, improved social skills, healthier eating habits, improved family connections and lower obesity rates. What can be done to get families around the table more regularly? Continue reading
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Scented candles are marketed as mood enhancers, destressors and aromatherapy but burning stuff around the house may affect indoor air quality Continue reading
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Meat avoidance, in and of itself, doesn’t tell us what people actually eat. Studies that look at the quality of plant-based diets are informative, because not all foods of plant origin are healthy: French fries, chips and soda are vegan, and obviously unhealthy. Continue reading
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A new study finds that half of daily calories US adults consume are from from junk food, and it's hardly a surprise, given our food environment Continue reading
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Unhealthy foods are cleverly marketed to kids over their online destinations, including games, shows and social media. Can the same marketing techniques be used to make kids reach for apples and carrots? Continue reading
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There are many studies demonstrating that slow eating is a habit associated with moderation in intake and lower rates of overweight and obesity, but slow eating may not just make you feel full sooner, it may also actually increase your energy spend Continue reading
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Fitness trackers and other devices track caloric expenditure and other important metabolic information, but are they actually accurate? Continue reading
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Considering how difficult and persistent weight loss and weight-loss maintenance can be, taking a conscious small step is an approach that can help all of us prevent further weight gain, and studies prove it works Continue reading
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A new study finds that a common food additive, ubiquitous in processed foods, changes the microbiome and the gut of healthy people Continue reading
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Fall, traditional harvest time, is dedicated to giving thanks, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful celebration of this practice, and there's evidence that gratitude can actually promote health Continue reading
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Your diet can modify your genes’ expression, and new studies show that higher diet quality is associated with slower aging. Continue reading
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Spouses usually don’t share genetic makeup– they’re customarily not related to us – but their health characteristics may predict ours. What's the mechanism of that contagion? Continue reading
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Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is extremely common – affecting about a quarter of the world population and 70 percent of people who are obese – and although there are no FDA approved medications for it the good news is that this liver affliction is preventable and reversible. Continue reading
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Even with the vaccine controlling the risk factors of severe disease is still important and healthy diets may help keep Covid-19 – as well as a myriad of chronic diseases – in check Continue reading
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A new looked at the diets of American kids and found that two thirds of calories now come from highly-processed foods. If we changed just that, childhood obesity could be cut by half. Continue reading
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Eating a whole foods plant centered diet promotes health in countless ways and plants’ secrets are slowly revealed – it probably also improves outcomes through a more diverse and beneficial microbiome. Continue reading
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New glycemic index charts list more foods and are more accurate, should you utilize them for a healthier diet? Continue reading
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Solving sleep isn’t easy, but being aware of the connection between sleep deprivation and overeating can make us a little more mindful of what we do when we don’t get enough sleep Continue reading
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Kids are never too young – or too old – to start cooking. Learning how to cook is a valuable life skill that will enable kids to eat healthier — no matter what you make at home it will usually be healthier than what you buy — and it can also be a great tool that helps them eat their veggies. Continue reading
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Can your diet change how you age? A new study finds that higher diet quality is associated with slower biological aging, which helps explain how healthy diets extend lifespan. Continue reading
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A new weight loss drug was approved by the FDA last week. Has obesity met its match? Continue reading
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Although nutritional psychiatry is a new field there’s growing evidence that certain foods bring about better moods and reduce stress, and that other foods can bring you down. Continue reading
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A famous actor’s death is a stark reminder of colon cancer’s rising rates among younger people; lifestyle choices can reduce that risk Continue reading