Dr. Ann

Healthy Living


Nurture Your Precious Microbiome

The huge ecosystem of microorganisms that reside in your gastrointestinal tract (your microbiome) largely define your health destiny. Think of them as your most valuable partner in health and healing. The microbiome is integral to immunity, modulating inflammation, digestive function, mood, metabolism, stress resiliency, and much, much more. What defines a “healthy microbiome” is having […]

The huge ecosystem of microorganisms that reside in your gastrointestinal tract (your microbiome) largely define your health destiny. Think of them as your most valuable partner in health and healing. The microbiome is integral to immunity, modulating inflammation, digestive function, mood, metabolism, stress resiliency, and much, much more. What defines a “healthy microbiome” is having […]

This savory vegetable is a striking exception to the “white foods are bad for you” rule.  Like its cruciferous cousins, broccoli, cabbage, and kale, cauliflower is a nutrition and cancer-fighting powerhouse.  Cauliflower provides a hefty dose of fiber, vitamin C, and folate, but is most prized for its anti-cancer chemicals called glucosinolates and thiocyanates. Here […]

Although no one likes to be fooled, researchers from Penn State University did just that. For this clever evaluation, researchers offered 41 unsuspecting young men and women breakfast, lunch and dinner once a week for three weeks.  At each meal, a single dish was altered to substitute pureed “hidden” steamed vegetables in place of other […]

Did you know that one of the most powerful all-encompassing strategies available to guard and protect your health is to keep the level of inflammation in your body low?  Indeed, cutting-edge science has shown that inflammation is a key driver of almost all forms of chronic disease. We have known about the direct relationship between […]

If you want to add years to your life and life to your years, be sure to be physically active in your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. We already have a mountain of irrefutable science that high fitness levels reduce the risk of premature death, but scientists had never examined how fitness in mid-life may impact […]

Apples are a standout food for health protection and we can thank their peels for most of their disease-busting prowess. Apple peels are rich in insoluble fiber that aids in appetite control and feeds the good bacteria in our colons. But what really sets the peel apart from its fleshy component is its stunning array […]

A healthy HDL level (>50) is associated with less risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s and colon cancer. Follow these simple strategies to raise your HDL (good) cholesterol level. (Mine is 93!) Lose weight, if overweight. Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) most days of the week. (Talk to […]

Past studies have strongly linked fast food to weight gain, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, and based on this evaluation it seems we may also need to add depression to this list. In a long-term study that involved over 8,500 study subjects, those who consumed the most fast food (hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza) were […]

Red bell peppers are an incredible superstar food. Did you know they contain more vitamin C than oranges? Incorporate these delicious, nutrient-packed veggies in your diet regularly with my delicious No-Lettuce Salad Recipe Bon appetit! Dr. Ann’s No-Lettuce Salad Recipe Serves 4-6 Who said that salads sans lettuce are not yummy. This crunchy and refreshing salad was a […]

A “family’s influence” on a child’s nutrition is profound. In a report that included combined data from 17 earlier studies, researchers concluded that children and teens that ate 3 or more meals a week as a family were significantly less likely to be overweight and 20 to 25 percent less likely to eat junk foods and […]

They may be the most diminutive of all fruits, but berries’ health-boosting, anti-aging credentials are astounding! Past studies have shown that berries’ potent one-two punch of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power is especially protective for an aging brain. Scientists have identified yet another berry brain benefit. Reporting at the American Chemical Society Meeting, scientists determined that […]

A systematic review of 11 controlled studies that included 833 study subjects concluded that exercising outdoors offers significant benefits for the body and the mind. Relative to indoor exercise, being physically active in a natural environment was associated with numerous advantages including a greater lift in mood, stronger feelings of revitalization, better clarity of thought, […]