Dr. Ann

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. […]

The stunning blue to purple hues in plant-based foods come from a special class of plant pigments called anthocyanins. In the lab, anthocyanins exhibit dazzling anti-inflammatory power, but studies in real people have been lacking. In one of the very first large-scale studies in human subjects, these potent plant-based compounds displayed great promise for improving […]

Sometimes we found ourselves facing buffet lines tempting us with a vast assortment of calorie-loaded, not-so-good-for-us choices. An intriguing study from Cornell University offers a super-simple strategy for successfully navigating bountiful buffets without wrecking your waistline and your health. According to their carefully conducted studies, we are much more likely to select the food items […]

Nuts are off-the-charts for disease protection and for taste. Here are 5 great reasons to eat them daily: Better weight control Cardiovascular protection Improved metabolic health Vision protection Longevity (longer life) I eat nuts as a snack, and I also love to add them to breakfasts or salads like this one! Plum, Cucumber, and Spinach Salad […]

The total number of known chemicals used intentionally in the packaging, storage, and processing of our foods exceeds 4,000 and the standard toxicology analysis required to be performed on them does not evaluate their capacity to disrupt our hormones.  So play it safe and eat Mother Nature’s REAL foods and avoid man-made processed foods.  (Epidemiology […]

If you’re looking for an easy, daily habit to lower your risk of cognitive decline, drinking tea may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a study that followed the tea consumption of 957 Chinese seniors from 2003 to 2005, as well as their cognitive function thru 2010, daily tea drinkers were 50 percent […]