Dr. Ann

  Science emerges daily highlighting both the necessity of physical fitness, as well as the long list of astounding health benefits associated with routine exercise. With all the options available to us for getting our daily-dose of movement, it’s worth noting that yoga has maintained its popularity as an exercise practice of choice for more […]

Kick start your day with one of my three favorite healthy breakfasts: A bowl of steel cut oatmeal mixed with 2 heaping tbs of 100% canned pumpkin topped with a small handful of chopped pecans or walnuts, a liberal dash of cinnamon, 1 tbs of wheat germ and a tsp of dark brown sugar or […]

Past studies have consistently shown that one of the quickest and most effective ways to boost immunity is to move your body.  Underscoring the potent germ-fighting power of exercise – a study found that the most fit individuals get less frequent colds and when they do get them, they are milder and don’t last as […]

Curry powder has already achieved blockbuster status as a powerful anti-inflammatory food and thanks to a study it looks like this flavorful spice blend may also be helpful for fighting infections. Scientists discovered that curcumin, the plant chemical that gives curry powder and turmeric (a spice in curry powder) their vivid golden yellow color, significantly […]

Get into the habit of making your own salad dressings and forget the store-bought brands.  It’s simple, quick, healthier, cheaper, and tastes so much better. My go-to is… (Blend these together with a fork!) extra virgin olive oil (1/4 cup) apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup) brown mustard (1 big spoonful) curry (1/2 tbsp) honey (2 […]

Edamame is a superstar food that makes a great addition to any meal!  The fact that not only is this recipe incredibly healthy but amazingly simple is what makes it one of my favorite edamame recipes. Simple Edamame with Lemon and Olive Oil Ingredients: 1 package of frozen shelled edamame cooked according to package instructions 1 […]

  Although poor sleep can impact cancer risk through a number of obvious mechanisms, scientists speculate that its drain on the immune system (your body’s anti-cancer and anti-infection system) is likely the most significant factor. A stunning (headline news) report from the January issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine hammered home how essential sleep […]

I do not recommend meal replacement bars because I prefer that you obtain your nutrients and calories from REAL foods. Meal replacement bars are a “classic” factory-made, processed food and many contain the amount of sugar you would get from a dessert. In fact, the best way to think of them is a cookie amped […]

  Past studies have linked low levels of vitamin D with depression, and this evaluation adds to the growing pile of evidence that adequate levels of vitamin D are fundamental to good mental health. This evaluation included over 7,000 British subjects and found those with vitamin D levels in the normal range had a 43% lower […]

Here are 10 simple, yet powerful things you can do that are guaranteed to place you on the path to optimal wellness. Give yourself an “oil change.”  Make extra virgin olive oil your oil of choice for room temperature, low heat and cold food preparations.  This “make-me-healthier” fat is filled with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory […]

Canned foods are economical and convenient. Here are 6 that are exploding with health-value. All varieties of tomato products (look for BPA-free brands for best results) 100% pumpkin (great for baking and adding to yogurt and oatmeal) Unsweetened blueberries (for “healthy” cobblers, muffins, and pancakes) Artichoke hearts All varieties of beans Salmon – wild sockeye […]

Studies over the past decade have consistently shown that belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is notoriously dangerous.  In an evaluation involving over 100,000 adults, researchers found the bigger the belly, the greater the risk of death from any cause. Even study subjects with normal BMI’s, but larger bellies had a higher risk of […]