Dr. Ann

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. What defines a “healthy microbiome” is having a broad array and an abundance of “good” bacteria in your gut. The microbiome is integral to immunity, modulating inflammation, digestive function, […]

This savory vegetable is a striking exception to the “white foods are bad for you” rule.  Like its cruciferous cousins, broccoli, cabbage, and kale, cauliflower is a nutrition and cancer-fighting powerhouse.  Cauliflower provides a hefty dose of fiber, vitamin C, and folate, but is most prized for its anti-cancer chemicals called glucosinolates and thiocyanates. Here […]

Although no one likes to be fooled, researchers from Penn State University did just 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 […]

NRDid you know that one of the most powerful all-encompassing strategies available to guard and protect your health is to keep the level of inflammation in your body low?  Indeed, cutting-edge science has shown that inflammation is a key driver of almost all forms of chronic disease. We have known about the direct relationship between […]

If you want to add years to your life and life to your years, be sure to be physically active in your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. We already have a mountain of irrefutable science that high fitness levels reduce the risk of premature death, but scientists had never examined how fitness in mid-life may impact […]

Past studies have strongly linked fast food to weight gain, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, and based on this evaluation it seems we may also need to add depression to this list. In a long-term study that involved over 8,500 study subjects, those who consumed the most fast food (hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza) were […]

A systematic review of 11 controlled studies that included 833 study subjects concluded that exercising outdoors offers significant benefits for the body and the mind. Relative to indoor exercise, being physically active in a natural environment was associated with numerous advantages including a greater lift in mood, stronger feelings of revitalization, better clarity of thought, […]

As proteins go, fish appears to be a winner for adding life to your years and years to your life. In a study that followed the diets and health status of over 421,000 adults over a 16-year period, those consuming the most fish and long-chained omega 3-fats (healthy fats unique to seafood) were significantly less […]

Have you ever noticed that your hunger increases as the day goes on and peaks at night? If so, know that science has backed up this “gut feeling,” and the body’s internal clock (the circadian system) appears to be highly involved. The researchers noted that although this pattern of appetite and subsequent food consumption may have served […]

Looking for a healthy, easy way to drop some weight? Keep reading … A slew of recent mice studies have shown that simply restricting daily eating times to an 8-10 hour window, regardless of the amount and types of calories consumed, leads to weight loss and improvements in metabolic health. To test this tactic in […]

Always include fresh fruit at your breakfast – make this a compulsive act. Frozen berries are especially healthy and easy at breakfast. Always include a piece of fresh fruit as your afternoon snack or as part of your snack. Eat a big colorful salad as part of a meal or as a meal entrée every […]

The verdict is in—Nature offers powerful, broad-spectrum health protection. That was the resounding conclusion from the largest and most comprehensive evaluation to date. For this landmark report, researchers combined data from over 140 studies involving over 290 million people living in 20 different countries, including the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. They uncovered that people […]