Dr. Ann

The verdict is in—Nature offers powerful, broad-spectrum health protection. That was the resounding conclusion from the largest and most comprehensive evaluation to date. For this landmark report, researchers combined data from over 140 studies involving over 290 million people living in 20 different countries, including the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. They uncovered that people […]

Past studies have linked fast food to a litany of adverse health outcomes including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and lower IQ. Can it get any worse!? Apparently so. It appears we can now add asthma and allergic diseases to fast food’s list of dubious distinctions. For this first of its kind […]

In one of the most uplifting studies I have reviewed, researchers reported that as little as a few minutes of physical activity in the great outdoors provides a significant mental lift. In the evaluation, which included over 1,100 people of all ages and genders, scientists determined that just 5 minutes of “green exercise” (physical activity in […]

Whole grains, especially physically intact varieties like brown rice, oatmeal, and barley, continue to display powerful disease-fighting power.  Eating whole grains regularly has been associated with less heart disease, a healthier body weight, less cancer risk, and diabetes protection.  In striking contrast, eating refined grains regularly appears to boost heart disease, incite weight gain, up […]

Science emerges daily highlighting both the necessity of physical fitness, as well as the long list of astounding health benefits associated with routine exercise.  With all the options available to us for getting our daily-dose of movement, it’s worth noting that yoga has maintained its popularity as an exercise practice of choice for more than […]

Many people express concern about “needing the potassium” as they may be on meds that require this. Because restricting bananas is part of my standard recommendation for those who want to lose weight, and for those with diabetes, I want everyone to know there are many other foods that provide more potassium per standard serving including white […]

September 19, 2018 • Healthy Living

Health Imposters!

Flavored yogurt products: Although these “healthy favorites” provide some of the calcium, B vitamins, and essential amino acids, they are loaded with added sugar – in many cases more than is typically found in a standard dessert.  “Yogurt” products, through slick packaging and clever marketing have very successfully garnered what is referred to as the “health halo effect” […]

September 13, 2018 • Healthy Living

How to Lower BPA Exposure

BPA is an “endocrine disruptor” with a mounting list of potential, adverse health effects. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your exposure to this concerning compound. Please note that a developing fetus (thus pregnant women) and young children are most vulnerable to its toxic effects. Limit consumption of canned foods and beverages. […]

Here are some great tips to navigate the grocery store so you can walk out with the best foods to eat right for life! -Ignore the dizzying array (60 plus varieties!) of flavored and specialty yogurts now complicating the yogurt aisle and limit your selections to the one and only truly healthy yogurt—low- fat or […]

A meticulously performed 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 subjects […]

Although science has been lacking, my instincts have always told me that sunlight has health benefits well beyond its profoundly important role of providing the body with vitamin D. And now we have some concrete, proof-of-principle data to support my health intuition. For this evaluation, researchers from the University of Edinburgh monitored the blood pressure […]

A growing body of science is implicating sleep deprivation as a key, “non-food” environmental factor in the current obesity epidemic.  The less we sleep, the more we eat and the more visceral fat (the deadly type) we accumulate.  In a study conducted with 12 healthy young men, French researchers found that when study subjects got […]