Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living


Fermented Foods Score a Huge Win

This is really big! In an elegantly conducted clinical trial by one of the world’s most esteemed microbiome scientists we find that stepping up the intake of fermented foods is a quick and effective way to boost gut microbial diversity AND decrease damaging inflammation—even more so than stepping up your intake of fiber-rich plant foods! […]


Foods Highest In Flavonoids, Flavones, & Anthocyanins

These remarkable compounds have been linked to powerful health protection and are especially known for their anti-inflammatory and gut microbiome-enhancing properties. Flavonoids Dark Leafy Greens Onions Apples Berries Cherries Dark Chocolate Soybeans Coffee Red Wine Freshly Brewed Green and Black Tea Citrus Fruits  Flavones Parsley – fresh best Apples – organic best; eat the skin […]


Dr. Ann’s Ultra-Delicious Summer Bean Salad

Everyone (even small children) loves this dish. It’s one of my favorite salads, especially in the summer. Plus, beans are a superstar food almost everyone should be eating more of! Serves 8 Ingredients 2 cans black beans (GOYA best), rinsed 1 small can shoepeg corn, rinsed 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped Juice of 1 lime Very liberal […]

December 7, 2021 •

Food & Pain

Ouch! Consuming the typical American diet, high in omega 6 fats and low in omega 3 fats significantly increases pain. That was the conclusion of a ground-breaking new study by a team of 15 scientists working collaboratively over a 5-year period. What’s more, making dietary changes to reduce omega 6 fats and increase omega 3 […]

This is really big! In an elegantly conducted clinical trial by one of the world’s most esteemed microbiome scientists we find that stepping up the intake of fermented foods is a quick and effective way to boost gut microbial diversity AND decrease damaging inflammation—even more so than stepping up your intake of fiber-rich plant foods! […]

December 7, 2021 •

More Mushrooms, Less Cancer

Make room for more mushrooms! That was the upshot of a large review study examining the relationship between eating mushrooms and cancer risk. The review included 17 previously published studies encompassing over 19,500 study subjects.  The results? In study subjects consuming the most mushrooms (around 18 grams a day or a small handful), cancer risk […]

In the largest and most accurate study of its type to date, scientists concluded that the more we move, the lower our chances of developing cardiovascular disease are—with no ceiling effect, meaning more is better.  For this study the physical activity level of over 90,000 UK adults was monitored using sophisticated accelerometers worn for a seven day period. The […]

December 7, 2021 •

Fiber and Less Depression

Dietary fiber has a glowing list of health accolades, and guarding against depression may be yet another to add to the list. In a study that involved more than 5,800 adult women, those who were premenopausal and consumed the most fiber were significantly less likely to develop depression.  The scientists believe a likely connection between fiber and depression lies in the microbiome, […]

December 7, 2021 •

Added Sugar Doubles Fat Production

Consuming added sugar has been consistently linked to a laundry list of health maladies. Thanks to an eye-opening new study, we have fresh, new insight on how added sugars do their dirty work.  For this study, scientists had 94 healthy young males consume a single daily drink sweetened with one of three types of sugar– […]

December 7, 2021 •

Java Joy

If you cherish your morning coffee like I do, I have some encouraging news on the heart health front. According to three prominent, large heart studies, drinking one or more cups of coffee a day may reduce your risk of heart failure. For this analysis, scientists looked at the heart health status and the coffee drinking […]

The good news for those adhering to a plant-based diet just keeps growing and growing… In a new study from scientists at the University of Edinburgh, it seems that eating the Mediterranean way may be a winning strategy for maintaining a sharp mind as we age.  For this study the scientists evaluated the thinking skills […]

Got GERD? Keep reading. In one of the largest and highest quality studies of its type, scientists concluded that diet and lifestyle appear to offer substantial benefits for those suffering from heartburn, known in medicine as gastroesophageal reflux or GERD.  For this report, scientists carefully monitored the diet, lifestyle, and health status of 43,000 women, ages 42-62, […]

December 7, 2021 •

Plastics Threaten Our Health

In a highly alarming report, the world’s most authoritative body of endocrine (hormone) experts, including physicians and scientists, just presented a sobering summary of the harmful effects on health from widespread contamination of our homes, workplaces, and environments by endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) in plastics. EDCs are compounds that leach from everyday use plastics, which disrupt the […]

Avocados have a well-deserved, glowing reputation as a superstar food, and we can now add better gut health to its list of health accolades. In a study undertaken to assess how consuming avocado daily would affect the gut microbiome, scientists provided 163 overweight, but healthy young adults a daily meal either with or without an […]

Cheerfulness helps maintain a sharp mind as we age. That was the uplifting conclusion from scientists at Northwestern University who monitored the emotional states and memory of aging adults over an extended period. Using a scientifically validated questionnaire, 991 middle-age and older adults reported on their emotional status in the previous 30 days on three […]