Latest stories: Fitness & Eating

Dr. Zorba Paster: Go Mediterranean, king of the diets

Have you been to one of your many area farmers markets yet? If not, you should definitely go. The cornucopia of nature just spreads out before you as you go from one vendor to the next. And what’s nice about this is that it makes the Mediterranean diet even easier to follow. Read more

Dr. Zorba Paster: Spinach shows its strength as superfood

Every TV show you watch that features health seems to tout one superfood after another. I used to think this was a junk term. I was never taught about superfoods in medical school and, come to think of it, I was never taught much about nutrition, either. But then I came to see the light: If we have junk foods, then we must also have superfoods – foods Mother Nature has loaded with nutrients. Read more

Brain gain

Exercise tones the legs, builds bigger biceps and strengthens the heart. But of all the body parts that benefit from a good workout, the brain may be the big winner. Physical fitness directly affects our mind and plays a crucial role in the way the brain develops and functions. Moreover, exercise is linked to brain changes throughout all stages of life, beginning in infancy and lasting through old age. Read more

More or less, exercising lessens risks

DEAR DOCTOR K: You often recommend exercising for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. That target intimidates me. Is it worth it for me to exercise less, say 15 minutes, three days a week? Or is there no benefit unless I commit to the full 150 minutes per week? DEAR READER: I’m glad you asked that question, because there are a lot of people who are daunted by the thought of exercising that much – and therefore don’t do it at all. It is true that I do advise 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. But two recent studies, while not changing my view that 150 minutes is best, show that less than this still brings benefits. Read more