Dr. Ann

Airports are filled with gut-busting temptations! For your airport travel, abide by these on-the-go principles for the flight to high health. 1. I will not enter the airport terminal famished, and I will always keep healthy hunger-fighting snacks in my carry-on bag for ready access. 2. Because I may be stressed, pressed for time, or […]

Oh, the blessings of movement! Even small doses appear to ward off the blues. In the largest and most extensive study to date, researchers concluded that regular exercise, of any variety, for as little as one hour cumulative, a week can help prevent depression. For this landmark study, researchers monitored the exercise patterns as well […]

Consuming optimal amounts of omega 3 fats relative to omega 6 fats is vitally important for brain health. And because brain health is EVERYTHING – I urge you to take advantage of the advice that follows to keep these two fats in a healthy balance. Tragically, the average American consumes about 20 times more omega […]

Amazing news here! The benefits of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’S) like meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi extend far beyond relaxation and stress relief. Thanks to a sweeping new review study, we now have hard evidence that these readily available practices directly impact our DNA in a profoundly positive way! For this evaluation, experts from several universities combined […]

A meticulously performed new study has confirmed what recent, past studies have found: The blue wavelength of light emitted from computers, tablets, and smartphones disrupts sleep and decreases the release of melatonin, a vital hormone involved in regulating the body’s all-important day/night rhythms. For this study researchers first monitored the sleep of 19 healthy study […]

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 […]

Available fresh from early summer to the late fall, usually available frozen, and always available canned – wild salmon is one of the healthiest protein packages on earth.  This delectable fish is virtually exploding with almighty omega 3 fats along with several key nutrients, including magnesium, selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin D (think heart health, […]

Well stocked salad bars offer a quick and convenient opportunity to tap into the extraordinary nutritional benefits the right foods can provide.  Fortunately – comprehensive salad bars are now easy to access.  My personal favorites are Ruby Tuesday, Whole Foods and Earth Fare. To successfully navigate through the salad bar and get the most nutritional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We are consuming record amounts of sugars in our diets. Based on the latest scientific reports, the average American consumes 350-475 calories a day of “added” sweeteners. That is the equivalent of 22-30 teaspoons! (“Added” sugars are those that are put into processed foods and beverages – not the “natural” sugars already present in foods […]