Dr. Ann

If you are looking for a healthier and more wholesome way to replenish your energy during exercise, you may want to go with the classic snack, peanut butter’s best friend, banana. Sounds like a smart snack to me! Exercise scientists at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab compared eating bananas to drinking a sports beverage as a […]

Mother Nature generously offers up a long list of foods that are steeped in nutritional excellence. Here are 5 underrated superstar standouts that can take the quality of your diet to a whole new level of WOW. 1) Canned 100% Pumpkin Believe it or not, this “processed food” is healthier than its fresh counterpart and […]

Dairy products are derived from cows, which exist at the tip-top of the food chain, so you must consider excessive exposure to potentially harmful environmental contaminants like heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, antibiotics, and pesticides. As edible species move up the food chain, harmful environmental chemicals can naturally bio-concentrate. Additionally, many of these compounds are fat-soluble […]

Taking in any amount of trans fats. Science knows no safe level of intake for this truly “toxic” form of fat. Strictly avoid all processed foods that list “partially hydrogenated oil” in their ingredients list. Eating “ultra-palatable” foods with any regularity. Foods high in fat and/or sugar and salt can directly stimulate the brain’s pleasure […]

A first-of-its-kind evaluation undertaken to assess the impact of diet patterns on the development of hip arthritis found fruits and vegetables were generally protective with the allium group of veggies showing the most effectiveness. The study included a careful assessment of the dietary habits of over 1,000 subjects along with x-ray analysis of their joints. […]

If you want to improve your sleep – get moving! In a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation – the results were compelling – exercise is fantastic for sleep. Highlights from this evaluation included the following: 75% of the exercisers reported very good or fairly good sleep quality vs. 56% in non-exercisers. Vigorous exercisers […]

  Roasted Soy Nuts – This crunchy, nutty, great-tasting whole soy food is loaded with heart-healthy goodness including B vitamins, vitamin E, omega 3 fats, and soluble fiber.  Whole soy foods have been shown to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, providing a double-bonus for heart-health. Walnuts – Nuts in general score a perfect 10 […]

If you have not already discovered “the magic” of fermented foods, I encourage you to do so. These microbe-enhanced foods offer a slew of unique features that put them in a league of their own for better health. Aside from a pleasingly pronounced and zingy flavor, fermented foods offer the following added benefits: Easier digestibility […]

Mushrooms are great for you! Super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients, including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium – it’s wise to get into the healthy habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little-known fact is that mushrooms are also filled with powerful antioxidant chemicals. […]

    Spring has sprung and so have asparagus. Tender, green and so delicious, asparagus is a delicacy that you can enjoy with the promise of improved vitality.  Like other green vegetables, asparagus is overflowing with nutrients-providing twenty-two vitamins and minerals and an equally impressive list of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals. And of course, all of this […]

Red meat harbors a long and illustrious list of potentially harmful compounds. They include: Nitrates/nitrites (processed varieties) Excessive iron Antibiotic residues Hormone residues Pro-inflammatory sugars Heterocyclic amines Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons Saturated fats Carnitine Advanced glycation end products An unfavorable omega 6/omega 3 ratio Environmental toxins (pesticides, PCB’s, dioxins, etc.) It’s no wonder that red meat […]

In a fascinating report that sought to investigate how various natural fats affect satiety (the feeling of fullness) – olive oil came out on top. For three months researchers had study subjects supplement their normal daily diets with 500 grams of low-fat yogurt spiked with one of four fats – lard, butterfat, rapeseed oil or olive oil. […]