Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Ginger for Fresh Breath

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 […]

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 […]

Past studies have shown a stark relationship between sitting and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and premature death. Another study is sounding the alarm on the brain health front as well. For this report, UCLA scientists recruited 35 adults ages 45 to 75 and had them detail their physical activity levels, as well as how many […]

Physically intact whole grains are an exceptional food for health protection and black rice is arguably the cream of the rice crop. This exotic and strikingly luscious colored rice, also known as “forbidden rice,” was revered and specifically reserved for Ancient Asian royalty. Along with a wholesome nutritional wallop from abundant fiber, minerals, and vitamins, […]

No matter how you slice it, this thirst-quenching, low calorie treat is a reservoir of wholesome goodness. Watermelon is dripping in vitamins A and C that come along with a mother load of the awesome antioxidant lycopene. This terrific trio of nutrients qualifies this summer fruit as a champion food for both cancer protection and […]

Dark chocolate lovers rejoice. Two pilot studies found that that dark chocolate may be especially beneficial for the brain and the immune system. Both studies fed study subjects high cacao (70%) dark chocolate and monitored a host of cellular processes, including gene activity in both brain cells and immune cells, as well as brainwave activity. […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Get into the simple, tasty and super-healthy habit of adding herbs to your summer favorites.  Herbs add flavorful intrigue to almost any dish (which means we can cut back on added fats, sauces, and salt) and are virtually exploding with a seemingly endless array of beneficial phytochemicals.  Here are my favorites: Parsley – This refreshing […]

Like other shellfish, shrimp offers a delectable and highly nutritious alternative to meat proteins.  Shrimp is low in calories and saturated fats and brimming with nourishment including B vitamins, vitamin D and a very respectable dose of omega 3 fats.  They are rich in an array of important minerals including zinc, selenium, copper, iron and […]

Including more whole grains in your diet is one of the tastiest and most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, many cancers and obesity. For best results include 3 servings of whole grains every day. Here are 7 easy ways to get 3 servings a day. (1 serving is […]

A compelling body of published studies have repeatedly linked belly fat (visceral fat), particularly in middle age, to a greater risk of dementia. Thanks to a series of carefully conducted lab studies in mice, for the first time scientists have identified at least one specific way belly fat damages brain cells. Here is what they […]

Although exercise is profoundly beneficial no matter what time of day you choose to do it, morning exercise rules! It begins the day on a positive “healthy” note that can set the tone for the rest of the day. It provides an opportunity to tackle and fully complete an activity critical for your health that […]

Low vitamin D status may be a driving factor in the risk of death from covid-19 infection. That was the conclusion of a large statistical analysis led by researchers at Northwestern University. Spurred by the unexplained disparate death rates from one country to another, the researchers looked at vitamin D status as a plausible factor. They […]