Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Take the Pressure Off with Kefir

Fermented foods are rockin’ for health and one of my favorites, kefir, may be an especially wise choice for those concerned with high blood pressure. Past studies have indicated that dysbiosis, an imbalance of gut bacteria, may be a cause of high blood pressure. Additionally, studies have shown that probiotics, supplements of beneficial bacteria, can […]

A first-of-its-kind evaluation undertaken to assess the impact of diet patterns on the development of hip arthritis found fruits and vegetables were generally protective with the allium group of veggies showing the most effectiveness. The study included a careful assessment of the dietary habits of over 1,000 subjects along with x-ray analysis of their joints. […]

If you want to improve your sleep – get moving! In a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation – the results were compelling – exercise is fantastic for sleep. Highlights from this evaluation included the following: 75% of the exercisers reported very good or fairly good sleep quality vs. 56% in non-exercisers. Vigorous exercisers […]

  Roasted Soy Nuts – This crunchy, nutty, great-tasting whole soy food is loaded with heart-healthy goodness including B vitamins, vitamin E, omega 3 fats, and soluble fiber.  Whole soy foods have been shown to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, providing a double-bonus for heart-health. Walnuts – Nuts in general score a perfect 10 […]

Kick start your day with one of my three favorite healthy breakfasts:   Breakfast smoothie – Blend the following ingredients until smooth: 2/3 cup frozen mixed berries or blueberries 1 banana 1 tight handful of baby spinach 1, 5.3oz plain or vanilla Greek-style yogurt (Oikos) ½ cup of ice (optional) 2 tbs Hemp seeds/kernels 1 […]

If you have not already discovered “the magic” of fermented foods, I encourage you to do so. These microbe-enhanced foods offer a slew of unique features that put them in a league of their own for better health. Aside from a pleasingly pronounced and zingy flavor, fermented foods offer the following added benefits: Easier digestibility […]

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 healthy habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little-known fact is that mushrooms are also filled with powerful antioxidant chemicals. […]

It’s true: sleep is vital for a healthy metabolism. In a jolting study that really grabbed my attention, scientists found that a single night of sleep loss impaired metabolism on par with eating a high-fat diet for six months! We know from past studies that both poor sleep and high-fat diets can impair the action […]

Canned foods are convenient, economical, and in some cases even healthier than their fresh counterparts. Here are five superstars I hope you are regularly taking advantage of! Beans (any variety) 100% pumpkin puree Salmon (red sockeye best) Tomato paste Whole tomatoes Try this great salmon recipe next time you stock up on this super-healthy canned good! Quick […]

If you are middle-aged and want to slash your risk of dementia, get moving! In a new study that echoes what others before it have trumpeted, fitness at midlife was tied to a dramatic reduction in the risk of developing age-related dementia. For this study, 191 women with an average age of 50 had their […]

    Spring has sprung and so have asparagus. Tender, green and so delicious, asparagus is a delicacy that you can enjoy with the promise of improved vitality.  Like other green vegetables, asparagus is overflowing with nutrients-providing twenty-two vitamins and minerals and an equally impressive list of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals. And of course, all of this […]

Red meat harbors a long and illustrious list of potentially harmful compounds. They include: Nitrates/nitrites (processed varieties) Excessive iron Antibiotic residues Hormone residues Pro-inflammatory sugars Heterocyclic amines Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons Saturated fats Carnitine Advanced glycation end products An unfavorable omega 6/omega 3 ratio Environmental toxins (pesticides, PCB’s, dioxins, etc.) It’s no wonder that red meat […]

In a fascinating report that sought to investigate how various natural fats affect satiety (the feeling of fullness) – olive oil came out on top. For three months researchers had study subjects supplement their normal daily diets with 500 grams of low-fat yogurt spiked with one of four fats – lard, butterfat, rapeseed oil or olive oil. […]