Dr. Ann

Low fiber diets have a rapid and dramatic, adverse effect on both the microbiome and the lining of the GI tract. That was the eye-opening conclusion from a series of lab studies designed to carefully monitor how a fiber-deficient diet affects the ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria as well as the mucous lining of the colon. […]

Amazing news! Including a single serving of dark leafy greens in your diet each day may dramatically slow the rate at which your brain ages. That was the uplifting conclusion from a study published in Neurology. For this study investigators followed the diets and cognitive abilities of 950 adults aged 58 to 99 over a period of […]

Ginger already enjoys rock-star status as a potent anti-inflammatory spice, and now it seems freshening our breath and cleansing our palates are two additional accolades that this gem of a root can claim. The scientists involved in this study reported that ginger’s primary flavor ingredient, 6-gingerol, boosts saliva levels of the enzyme, sulfhydryl oxidase, up to […]

Always include fresh fruit at your breakfast – make this a compulsive act. Frozen berries are especially healthy and easy at breakfast. Always include a piece of fresh fruit as your afternoon snack or as part of your snack. Eat a big colorful salad as part of a meal or as a meal entrée every […]

Simply eating more oranges may offer exceptional protection from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of adult severe vision loss and blindness and devastates the quality of life of those who suffer from it as it has no cure. Past studies have confirmed that diet is unquestionably a risk factor for better […]

Thanks to a lab study, the disease-busting credentials of the diminutive, yet all-powerful blueberry got even bigger.  Scientists fed a group of mice genetically prone to develop premature heart disease standard rat chow spiked with blueberry powder and a second group the same diet without the blueberry powder. After 20 weeks, the mice fed the […]

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 […]

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 […]

If you have been sucked in by the headlines that butter is back – hold your horses. First off, there is no credible evidence that saturated fats have health benefits, and secondly, there is plenty of data to support that saturated fats indeed come with health risks. This was echoed in two studies. The first […]

Nuts Dark leafy greens Berries Avocados Dark chocolate Extra virgin olive oil Freshly brewed tea Beans Oily fish (mostly salmon) Tomato paste We are thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of my Healthy Living School! Stay tuned for more information by signing up for my weekly emails: Simply hit the “Sign Up” button on our homepage, […]

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables nature has given us. It is super low in calories and filled with cancer-fighting agents called isothiocyanates. Purple cabbage has the added benefit of anthocyanin pigments that quiet inflammation too. Here is one of my favorite recipes for this amazing veggie: Black Skillet Red Cabbage Serves 6 This is […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this enzyme […]