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 […]

Here are some great tips to navigate the grocery store so you can walk out with the best foods to eat right for life! -Ignore the dizzying array (60 plus varieties!) of flavored and specialty yogurts now complicating the yogurt aisle and limit your selections to the one and only truly healthy yogurt—low- fat or […]

September 11, 2018 • Weight Control

The Dangers of Belly Fat

It is now firmly established that not all body fat is created equal when it comes to making us sick.  Although we may not like the appearance of fat deposited on our arms, legs, hips, and thighs, this fat is a rather benign metabolic slug that basically just its sits there.  This is in sharp […]

KEEP IT STEADY-EDDIE! Keeping your appetite under wraps can be as simple as maintaining your blood glucose level. Here is my best advice for preventing those hunger-driving drops in your blood glucose. Minimize foods known to precipitously drop your blood sugar—namely, the refined, high glycemic “Great White Hazards”—white flour products, white potatoes, white rice, and […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this enzyme […]

If you are looking for a simple way to nurture your happiness and mental well-being – eat your produce. In an uplifting report that followed the dietary habits of 80,000 British adults, researchers uncovered a “surprising” relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and enhanced mental well-being. In this analysis, happiness rose in tandem with the number of […]

A great way to steer away from eating unhealthy foods is to keep them out of your home! Studies show “out of sight, out of mind” really works. On the contrary, having healthy foods readily visible increases consumption. Here are a few staples that can always be found in my fridge. Not only are they incredible […]

I’m nuts about nuts. Here are six reasons to include nuts in your diet daily! Regular nut consumption reduces the risk of heart-related death by up to 30-50%. People who eat nuts regularly live longer. People who eat nuts regularly get less type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. People who eat nuts regularly are less […]

A meticulously performed study has confirmed what recent, past studies have found: The blue wavelength of light emitted from computers, tablets, and smartphones disrupts sleep and decreases the release of melatonin, a vital hormone involved in regulating the body’s all-important day/night rhythms. For this study researchers first monitored the sleep of 19 healthy study subjects […]

September 2, 2018 • Heart Health

BPA and Blood Pressure

 The alarm bells for exposure to BPA have been getting louder over that past few years, and higher blood pressure may indeed be another cause for concern. BPA is a compound found in some plastics as well as the liners used for most canned foods and beverages. Although a definitive verdict on BPA exposure and health is […]

I consider wild salmon the healthiest protein on the planet and thankfully this megastar superfood is always conveniently available right from the can. Salmon is a fantastic source of B vitamins, magnesium, and selenium, but is most prized for its rich supply of omega 3 fats and vitamin D. In fact, salmon is one of just a very small handful of foods that naturally contains […]

Although science has been lacking, my instincts have always told me that sunlight has health benefits well beyond its profoundly important role of providing the body with vitamin D. And now we have some concrete, proof-of-principle data to support my health intuition. For this evaluation, researchers from the University of Edinburgh monitored the blood pressure […]

A growing body of science is implicating sleep deprivation as a key, “non-food” environmental factor in the current obesity epidemic.  The less we sleep, the more we eat and the more visceral fat (the deadly type) we accumulate.  In a study conducted with 12 healthy young men, French researchers found that when study subjects got […]