Dr. Ann


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 […]


Make Sure the “Essential” Omega-3 Fats are Ever-Present in Your Diet

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be certain that you are regularly consuming this crucially important fat.  The foods that provide omega-3 fats include seafood (particularly oily fish), walnuts, whole soy foods, canola oil, omega-3 fortified eggs, flax, chia, and hemp seeds, wheat germ, and dark leafy greens.   Of all the […]

Knowing that herbs and spices are teeming with potent antioxidant compounds, researchers from Penn State set out to determine if adding a blend of herbs and spices to a high fat meal could mitigate its adverse effects. For this study, they fed 6 overweight, but healthy men two separate test meals on two separate days. […]

Stress is bad to the belly. Here are some tips to help you stay cool and trim. Make sure you move! Regular physical activity is arguably the most powerful means to lower your stress level. Commit to walking briskly or some other form of aerobic activity for 30 minutes or more daily (the more the […]

Make sure you move.  As little as 20 minutes of aerobic activity, like a brisk walk, has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress for up to 12 full hours. Go for the right carbs – carbohydrate foods can boost one of our bodies’ feel good neurotransmitters, serotonin.  Steer clear of nutritionally defunct sugar and refined carb foods, […]

Serves 4 This hearty and savory salad features lots of superstars and works as a side or a main dish. Ingredients 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 whole carrots, shredded 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup cashews, toasted and roughly chopped (or keep whole) 1/2 cup apricots, […]

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 […]

  Salmon: Salmon is exploding with the omega 3 fats that make up the majority of the solid structure of the brain and play a fundamental role in learning and cognition.  In the brain, omega 3 fats, specifically DHA, are both the structural and functional “lynchpins” for learning.  Wild Alaskan Salmon is my preferred choice […]

Substituting some of your animal-based proteins with vegetable-based proteins is a wise thing to do. By making this swap, you can enjoy your protein along with: A much smaller carbon footprint Phytochemicals Zero cholesterol Negligible to zero saturated fats Beneficial fiber A higher nutrient density Fewer calories The best plant-based sources of protein include: beans/legumes, nuts, […]

Fill up first on foods that have lots of bulk, but minimal calories, i.e. the “big, yet skinny” fruits and veggies. Physical bulk in the GI tract provides great appetite suppression!  At a holiday cocktail party go straight to the fruit and veggie platter first and really indulge; use high-fat dips sparingly. If available, make […]

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 […]

Although no one likes to be fooled, researchers from Penn State University have done that. For this clever evaluation, researchers offered 41 unsuspecting young men and women breakfast, lunch and dinner once a week for three weeks.  At each meal, a single dish was altered to substitute pureed “hidden” steamed vegetables in place of other ingredients.  […]

According to a report, this may indeed be the case. In an evaluation that included over 4,000 people who had their cognitive function tested as well as special scans performed of their brains, scientists found a strong link between downing sugary beverages and accelerated brain aging. Study subjects who reported they consumed two servings a […]

Serves 6 This is a wonderful recipe to take advantage of the superstar legume, edamame. And with the flavor and health blast you get from the other ingredients – the sky is the limit! Ingredients 1 lb. frozen edamame (cook per package instructions) 1 red bell pepper, diced ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced 1/3 […]