Dr. Ann

Healthy Living, Weight Control


Even a Little Weight Loss Improves Mood and Sleep

If you want to improve your shut-eye and brighten your spirits, losing a little weight may do the trick. In an uplifting report, researchers found that losing as little as 5% of existing body weight was enough to improve sleep quality and mood in overweight study subjects. For the study, scientists assigned 390 obese adults […]

  All types of apples are standout fruits for weight control, but green apples (Granny Smith varieties) may turn out to be the cream of the crop. Scientists have known that apples in general are home to an abundance of non-digestible plant fibers that “feed” the good bacteria in our guts. This is notable because […]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the Win! I consider extra virgin olive oil to be the healthiest of all oils. Here’s why: 1) Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) protects the heart and arteries through many ways including lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and raising good (HDL) cholesterol. 2) As oils go, EVOO is uniquely high in potent […]

Diet and lifestyle are unbeatable tools for boosting stress resiliency. Here are the best of the bunch. Be physically active / exercise on a regular basis. Daily is best. Any activity counts, but the more vigorous the activity the better. Minimize processed foods and fast foods. Consume mostly whole, “nature made” foods, particularly fruits and […]

Mushrooms are great for you! Super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium — it’s wise to get into the habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little known fact is that mushrooms are particularly high in antioxidants. According to […]

Grilling is fun, easy, and tasty, but it may be hazardous to your health. Grilled meat, especially red meat, is a well-known source of 2 cancer-causing agents, namely heterocyclic amines (HCA’s) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s). HCA’s develop when the muscle proteins of meats are exposed to high heat. PAH’s form in the black, charred outer portions […]

In the largest evaluation to date, scientists concluded that normal weight individuals (those with a normal BMI) that carry their excess weight in the midsection (central obesity) are at the greatest risk of death from any cause relative to those who are overweight or obese and carry their weight elsewhere. In this large-scale analysis, scientists […]

According to a new report, this may indeed be the case. In an evaluation that included over 4,000 people who had their cognitive function tested as well as special scans performed of their brains, scientists found a strong link between downing sugary beverages and accelerated brain aging. Study subjects who reported they consumed two servings […]

Legumes’ legacy as supreme foods for metabolic health just received a big boost. In a study that followed the diet and health status of 3,349 individuals “at risk” for type 2 diabetes over a four-year period, those who consumed the most legumes were 35 percent less likely to go on to develop diabetes than those […]

Regular exercise has a rock-solid reputation for slowing the aging process and a new study points to HIT as the most effective of all. HIT stands for “high-intensity interval training” and is defined by very brief, but very vigorous bouts of aerobic activity alternating with longer intervals of light activity. For example, pedaling on a […]

Exercise most days — If you don’t accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity most days of the week you are virtually guaranteed to accumulate belly fat. And the more the better!  (I can always tell who is active and who is not active enough by looking at their bellies!) Eat an abundance of […]

In the world of health and wellness, fermented foods are trending – and for a great reason! they are not only fantastic for your health, they are absolutely delicious. One of my favorite ways to include fermented foods in my diet is to eat kefir. Kefir is a “drinkable yogurt” that offers all the goodness […]

Artichoke Hearts – Even right out of the can or jar, this drably colored veggie rivals berries with its supreme antioxidant power—providing 8 times more than oranges! They are also a great source of vitamin C and fiber, including a special form of fiber called inulin that nourishes the growth of the “good” bacteria in the […]