Dr. Ann

Ginger is a superstar spice, especially for its anti-inflammatory power. Here are easy ways to eat more of it! Use fresh ginger root to add flavorful intrigue to your dishes. Chop or grate it into sauces, salad dressings, or right on top of your salad, poultry or seafood. Snack on candied ginger or make it […]

Daily consumption of blueberries can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. That was the uplifting conclusion of a clinical trial that unfolded as follows: Scientists had 40 healthy study subjects ingest 200 grams of blueberries daily for one month. The scientists monitored various chemicals in the study subjects’ blood and urine, along with their […]

According to the scientific data, the long term success of “diets” for weight loss is truly abysmal. In fact, “dieting” has been identified as a risk factor for future weight gain.  A report in Psychosomatic Medicine provides a viable explanation for these discouraging findings. For the first time in humans, researchers documented that restricting calories […]

Shake, shake—that may be all it takes to turn up fat burning. Past studies have linked cinnamon to healthier metabolism so a curious group of scientists decided to dig a bit deeper. For this study, they exposed the fat cells taken from a broad range of study subjects, including those of various weights and health […]

Learning to be mindful during eating is a proven means to eat less (in some studies up to 50% less!) and at the same time reduce stress while improving the pleasure of the dining experience. Here are the best ways to incorporate the proven power of mindfulness into your daily eating. Reserve eating just for […]

Fat is what gives our foods flavor, and if you know exactly which oils to select, you get the best of both worlds —great tasting food that guards your health too. Remember, it is the type of fat in your diet that really matters. Your goals are to bring in the make-me-healthier fats (monounsaturated and […]

              Wild, organic blueberries or mixed berries A variety of bulk raw nuts Fresh frozen fish Packaged spinach Packaged peas Packaged shelled edamame Packaged organic chicken breast and thighs Frozen butter beans 100% whole grain corn tortillas Ground flax seed  

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels […]

In a laboratory evaluation, scientists have preliminary evidence that prebiotics, dietary fibers that feed the good bacteria in our guts, may benefit sleep and stress resiliency. For this lab study scientists fed one group of mice a diet enriched with prebiotics and a control group of mice the same diet without the prebiotics. The researchers […]

The only type of yogurt (or kefir) I recommend is plain and I recently discovered a delicious and healthy way to sweeten it. Take 1/3 to ½ of a diced ripe banana and microwave for 30-40 seconds. This softens it making it really easy to quickly blend into your yogurt and significantly boosts its natural sweet flavor. Try […]

  As the saying goes – “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Shifting more of your daily calories from lunch and/or dinner to breakfast may represent a powerful strategy for slowing the highly predictable middle-age spread. Cambridge scientists followed over 6,700 adults, age 40 to 75, over a […]

High levels of salt/sodium in the diet are linked to a long list of modern-day maladies—from cancer to heart disease to dementia. Take heed of the guidance that follows to keep dangerous levels of salt and sodium out of your diet. To have success in maintaining a healthy sodium intake, you MUST limit your intake […]