Dr. Ann

Brain Health, Healthy Living


Slash Your Risk of Dementia and Chronic Diseases

The power of healthy living to prevent our most dreaded chronic diseases has received resounding scientific validation.  In a landmark report, scientist identified five cardinal behaviors that if practiced throughout adult life, could slash the risk of our most life-robbing and deadly diseases by 60 to 70%. For this evaluation scientists carefully monitored the health and […]

Get into the habit of kicking up the flavor and health of your bean, poultry and rice dishes with turmeric and curry. Both are teeming with the golden yellow pigment, curcumin now world-famous for its anti-inflammatory power.  Inflammation plays a fundamental role in the genesis of many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and […]

Low-fat or non-fat PLAIN yogurt is truly the cream of the dairy crop and a superstar, standout food. Here are 6 great reasons to enjoy it daily. Yogurt provides probiotics (beneficial bacteria) that are fundamental to gastrointestinal health as well as metabolic and immune function. Yogurt provides more calcium than any other food. As an added bonus, […]

One of my biggest pet peeves is the ever-exploding selection of designer waters now available on the grocery shelves. Despite their labels that include ultra healthy words like “vitamin”, “fitness”, or “skinny”, there is no evidence that fortifying water with vitamins, minerals, herbs, or antioxidants has any health benefits. To the contrary, given the growing […]

Getting lots of dietary potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Here are the foods that provide the most potassium: Blackstrap Molasses Cantaloupe Avocado Beet greens Peaches Prunes Tomato juice Yogurt Snapper Lima beans Salmon Soybeans Swiss chard Apricots Oranges Pumpkin seeds Sweet Potato Banana […]

As even small amounts of excess body fat (especially if deposited in the belly) can boost your risk of a laundry list of deadly diseases – awareness of simple strategies to power up your metabolism can be very healthful.  Simply stated – your metabolism is how many calories you burn for the production of energy […]

Here are 6 great reasons to include edamame, green immature soybeans, in your diet regularly. Unlike most commercially grown soybeans, edamame are not genetically modified. They are one of the very rare forms of plant-based proteins that contain all of the essential amino acids. They are more readily digestible than varieties used for making dried […]

Avocado lovers rejoice! Replacing fresh avocado for refined carbs appears to be a delicious way to reduce hunger, boost fullness and improve blood glucose and insulin levels. For this study researchers had 31 overweight study subjects consume one of three test meals on three separate occasions. All of the test meals contained the same number […]

An alarming, new study from Harvard researchers suggests that a commonly used food additive, propionate, may drive the development of obesity and weight gain. For their initial investigation, the researchers first administered propionate to a group of lab mice. Shortly after receiving the propionate, the mice experienced a surge in their stress hormone levels, which […]

Want a delicious way to lower your blood pressure? Enjoy some walnuts! Thanks to researchers from Penn State, we now have yet another reason to go nuts for walnuts. For this study researchers placed a group of 45 overweight, adult study subjects on one of three study diets. All of the study diets were low […]

Exercising at any point in the day is great, but here are some reasons getting your movement in early may be best: 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 […]

Serves 8 This is a dish you can feel great about enjoying…especially while on a weight loss journey. Everyone – even small children – loves it! Watch the video below to see how I make it at home. ♡ Ingredients 2 cans black beans (GOYA best), rinsed 1 small can shoe peg corn, rinsed 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, […]

Loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia, is a common and potentially deadly accompaniment to aging and good nutrition proves to be a powerful ally to help counter this debilitating state. Maintaining muscle mass is fundamental to ensuring a healthy metabolism and plays a defining role in maintaining functionality in old age. In fact, muscular […]