Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Why You Should Eat More Onions

Onions are uniquely high in prebiotics, the special type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in our guts. (Remember those good bacteria define your health destiny!) Onions are one of the richest sources of quercetin, a powerhouse phytochemical renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Onions are almost calorie free, yet revered for their […]

Tis the season for annoying spring allergies. Thanks to a new study, getting some relief may be as easy as popping a probiotic supplement. Scientist enrolled 173 adults who suffer from seasonal allergies in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of a combination of two beneficial species of bacteria – lactobacillus and bifidobacterium (available as […]

If you’re looking for an easy, daily habit to lower your risk of cognitive decline, drinking tea may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a new study that followed the tea consumption of 957 Chinese seniors from 2003 to 2005, as well as their cognitive function thru 2010, daily tea drinkers were 50 […]

  In an eye-opening new study that puts a whole new spin on sleep and wellbeing, investigators found that improving sleep quality over time boosts health and happiness on par with winning the lottery! For this study researchers followed the sleep patterns of 30,500 UK adults for a period of four years. Study subjects who […]

This refreshing herb provides vitamin A, potassium, calcium, vitamin C and can boast a higher concentration of flavonoids than any other food! Flavonoids are powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that provide cardiovascular protection, cancer protection and hinder the aging process. Enjoy tabouli regularly – you can make your own or buy it prepackaged. Cedar`s brand […]

We all know what it’s like to get that mid-afternoon hunger strike. If you get hungry, be sure to grab (guilt free!) one of my top ten favorite snacks! A handful (1 ounce) of nuts – any variety, packaged or bulk fresh Fresh veggies (carrots, bell pepper strips, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets) dipped in […]

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include: berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels […]

Regular nut consumption reduces the risk of heart-related death by up to 30-50%. People who eat nuts regularly live longer. People who eat nuts regularly get less type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People who eat nuts regularly are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration. People who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those […]

All forms of freshly brewed tea are great for you—whether green, black, white and oolong. They are all derived from the same leaf, the camellia sinensis leaf (home to those remarkable antioxidant catechins). Drink the varieties you enjoy—cold or hot, bagged or loose-leaf—just brew it yourself to fully exploit its goodness. The processing required for […]

March 30, 2017 • Fitness

Why You Should Stretch

Stretching or engaging in flexibility exercises is an under-appreciated and underutilized means to improve the quality of your life! Here are five reasons to do it: Less back and joint pain Superior muscle health Better athletic performance Greater range of motion Improved circulation Yoga is a great example of a flexibility practice I really enjoy. […]

-Be sure to have some high quality protein at each feeding/meal.  The digestion of protein gives rise to a prolonged and sustained blood glucose level which translates to a steady and robust energy level. My top picks for energizing proteins are omega 3-fortified eggs, nuts, beans, fish, low-fat plain yogurt, and skinless poultry. -Indulge in […]

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Lunches A La Carte

As an alternative to sandwiches or salads, or as accompanying side items, here are some additional wholesome, lunch bag-friendly options. Keep the three basic building blocks (smart proteins, fiber-rich carbs, and a calcium rich food) in mind to put together a winning a la carte lunch. -Finger-friendly or cut up fresh fruit—fresh strawberries or blackberries, […]

March 18, 2017 • Kids Health

Healthy Lunch Box Tips

-Involve your child in the selection and preparation of school lunches. Studies show this enhances healthful eating while saving you time and equipping your child with the “hands on” skills they need to become more independent eaters. -Recognize that color and variety incite eating behavior and use this to your advantage. Instead of a bag […]