Dr. Ann

Want to cut your chances of getting a cold or flu? Take your vitamin D. In the largest and most definitive evaluation to date, taking a regular supplement of vitamin D reduced the risk of an upper respiratory infection substantially. The study combined the data from 25 clinical trials including over 10,000 study subjects from […]

I always include 1 cup (that’s 2 servings) of fruit at breakfast. Most often, frozen berries or frozen berries with banana, kiwi, pear, or apple. I always include 1 ½ cups of veggies at lunch (that’s about 2 – 2 ½ servings). I most often have a combination of leftover dinner veggies and a fresh […]

Chronic stress is an underappreciated, yet powerful driver of pathologic weight gain. Chronic stress is a potent driver of ‘toxic’ fat accumulation, and the stress hormone cortisol is the biochemical culprit.  When we experience persistent, daily stress over months to years, cortisol levels rise abnormally high and remain chronically elevated.  This leads to weight gain, […]

According to a fascinating new study, it looks like sunshine may be a robust immune booster. Past studies have already demonstrated the importance of the “sunshine vitamin,” Vitamin D, for immune function, but this new study identified an entirely different way that sunshine can activate immune cells. Specifically, scientists found that exposure to the sun’s […]

For ages now, we have all heard that breakfast is the number one ingredient in the recipe for an energized, productive day.  When it comes to your weight, it is doubly true.  A solid body of science affirms that people who eat breakfast regularly are leaner than those that don’t and much less apt to develop […]

Steel Cut Oats (I love the Coach’s Oats  “cracked and toasted” brand in 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 Lentils […]

Because life happens for me too – sometimes fast food is my only option. Here is how I handle this precarious situation. If I am really pressed for time, my first choice is Subway. Fortunately, Subways are everywhere and now outnumber any other fast food chain. Here is exactly what I order: Turkey and provolone […]

  What you eat affects every aspect of your being, even your sleep! In an intriguing new clinical trial researchers found that diet quality had a significant impact on various aspects of sleep quality. For this tightly controlled study, researchers had 26 healthy adults (half male and half female) spend five straight nights in a […]

Want to know the “secrets” to healthy eating and making it stick? The past decade has delivered a flood of new science showing us the way. Here are the crucial guideposts: Begin first with full acceptance of where you are now – it is profoundly liberating. Seek the inspiration and motivation to change from the […]

Mounting evidence has shown that prolonged sitting is a massive driver of chronic disease risk. In a study that included over 63,000 adult males – those who sat for more than four hours a day were much more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or high blood pressure than those who sat less than four hours […]

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 […]

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 […]