Dr. Ann

Healthy Living


5 Canned Foods You Should Always Have On Hand

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 […]

Low levels of vitamin D are amongst the most common and concerning of all vitamin deficiencies reported in the US, affecting 50-70 percent of adults and 30 to 50 percent of youth. Sadly, low levels of vitamin D have been tied to a litany of adverse health outcomes including CV disease, cancer, metabolic dysfunction, Type […]

Feed the good bacteria in your gut and reap glorious rewards. That was the upshot of an important new study culminating from several years of research. For this study researchers put a group of type 2 diabetics on one of two diet protocols. Group one was placed on a standard diabetes diet and group two […]

Reduce Your Intake of the Great White Hazards. This includes the refined, high glycemic carbs – white flour products, white rice, white potatoes, and sugars/sweets. Increase Your Levels of Physical Activity.  Strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, but more is even better. Additionally, avoid prolonged sitting. Increase Your […]

Speaking of positive, I’m thrilled to inform you that you really can eat your way to more happiness. In the first major study to elucidate the relationship between what we eat and our psychological well-being, the verdict was clear, compelling and totally uplifting. The more fruits and veggies we eat, the happier we are. For […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Tomato paste is hands down the healthiest way to take advantage of tomatoes’ nutritional prowess and is a secret weapon for enhancing flavor in the kitchen. Relative to raw tomatoes, tomato paste serves up ten times more of the star antioxidant lycopene. And unlike most all other tomato products, tomato paste typically comes with no […]

Maintaining muscle mass is paramount for weight control, metabolic health, and overall functionality and quality of life. The International Osteoporosis Foundation recently sought to review past, worldwide studies to identify the most effective nutritional avenues for preventing loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia. Their scientific review identified the following key strategies: Optimal protein intake: […]

Steel Cut Oats (I love the Coach’s Oats  “cracked and toasted” brand in a large bag from Costco) Black Rice (I buy the large bag of Village Harvest brand, or whatever offered, from Costco) Quinoa (I buy the large bag of Organic Quinoa from Costco) Basmati Brown Rice (Organic 10 lb bag from Costco) Dried […]

The single most powerful influence you have on your microbiome, the “good” bacteria in your gut, is to “feed it” properly! The beneficial bacteria in your GI tract thrive on the fiber present in the plant-based foods you eat. Meaning, they are strictly vegan! In contrast, bad bacteria, which compete with the good and promote […]

The mineral magnesium is involved in over 300 critical biochemical reactions in the human body, including converting vitamin D into its active form. Unfortunately, low dietary intakes of this mighty mineral are rampant. Limiting processed, industrial foods and replacing them with whole, real foods direct from Mother Earth is a wonderful start. Additionally, make note […]

Chronic inflammation is now broadly recognized as the key driver of almost all chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and even some cancers. Thankfully, the evidence is piling up that diet, in particular, plant-based polyphenols can be a powerful antidote. In a study that sought to evaluate the relative potency of various polyphenols for stifling inflammation, […]

  It has long been established that exercise increases the quantity and quality of muscle mitochondria (the “energy factories” in our cells), and an exciting study found the same could be said for brain cells too. In this laboratory evaluation, researchers had one group of mice exercise one hour a day six days a week. […]