Dr. Ann

Healthy Living


Nurture Your Precious Microbiome

The huge ecosystem of microorganisms that reside in your gastrointestinal tract (your microbiome) largely define your health destiny. Think of them as your most valuable partner in health and healing. The microbiome is integral to immunity, modulating inflammation, digestive function, mood, metabolism, stress resiliency, and much, much more. What defines a “healthy microbiome” is having […]

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 […]

Have you ever noticed that your hunger increases as the day goes on and peaks at night? If so, know that science has backed up this “gut feeling,” and the body’s internal clock (the circadian system) appears to be highly involved. The researchers noted that although this pattern of appetite and subsequent food consumption may have served […]

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the surest ways to guard and protect your health and vitality. Thankfully, there is a long, delicious list of inflammation-busting foods on the menu. All dark leafy greens – dark lettuce greens, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc. Avocados Tomatoes, tomato paste Carrots Sweet Potatoes Winter Squash Cruciferous family […]

Looking for a healthy, easy way to drop some weight? Keep reading … A slew of recent mice studies have shown that simply restricting daily eating times to an 8-10 hour window, regardless of the amount and types of calories consumed, leads to weight loss and improvements in metabolic health. To test this tactic in […]

Even “safe levels” of BPA exposure may pose significant disease risk. That was the alarming conclusion from a first-of-its-kind study. BPA is a compound used in the production of a huge range of consumer products, including thermal receipts, canned foods, and many plastics. Most consumers are exposed to it several times a day. Past laboratory […]

The timing of your evening meal may significantly impact your cancer risk. In a first-of-its-kind evaluation, investigators noted that study subjects who reported eating dinner by 9 pm or waiting at least two hours post-dinner to go to bed were 20 percent less likely to develop breast cancer or prostate cancer. The study included data from […]

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 […]

Appetite control is the Holy Grail for weight control and beans prove to be a winning food for keeping hunger at bay. In a systematic review of all available clinical trials, scientists concluded that people felt about 31% fuller after eating an average of 160 grams of beans (a bit more than ¾ a cup) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]