Dr. Ann

Transitioning to a healthy diet leads to impressive gains in life expectancy. That was the uplifting conclusion from a recent evaluation published in the journal PLOS Medicine.  For this report, scientists used existing data along with added data from the prestigious Global Burden of Disease Study. Using this large body of combined data, the scientists created a computer […]

6 Reasons to Exercise First Thing In the Morning Although exercise is great for health during any time of the day, here are 6 science-backed reasons to exercise first thing in the morning. The 6 Reasons It strengthens the all-important circadian rhythm. It improves sleep.* It provides an immediate boost in mood that can linger […]

Cultivating a spiritual practice can be a great tool for promoting better health. Spirituality has broad benefits for mental and physical health and plays a vital role in those facing serious illness.  That was the conclusion of the most comprehensive and rigorous review of evidence to date by a 27-member panel of multidisciplinary experts in […]

Eating for brain health is a no brainer when you know the science behind the foods your brain loves. Blueberries are a delicious way to enjoy Mother Nature’s fruits, and yes, they’re great for cognitive power! The Diminutive Berry Scores Again Blueberries score another brain health win! Past studies have indicated that blueberries can improve […]

Looking for another way to reduce stress? Eating fruits and vegetables for peace may be just what the doctor ordered! Got stress? Eat more fruits and veggies! In a first-of-its-kind evaluation, scientists found that produce has the power to mitigate feelings of stress.  The study included 8,640 adults ages 33-53 and compared fruit and vegetable […]

As a physician and nutrition expert, here are five of my favorite tips for radically improving your diet. Welcome to Make It Happen Monday, your weekly dose from The Healthy Living School. Today I want to share 5 simple and delicious ways to radically–yes, radically–improve your health.  1. Give yourself an “oil change.”  Make  extra […]

Knowing how to throw together a quick healthy lunch is a game changer. Making extra food to have left over is not only smart, it’s a great way to make a gourmet, great-for-you meal in minutes! Today I want to show you how to prepare a quick, simple, nutritionally turbo-charged dish that is one of […]

Beware of these food additives; They are everywhere! An important message for anyone who cares about maintaining lifelong good health. Today I want to be sure you know to beware of emulsifiers! This notoriously common class of food additives are raising major alarms. A slew of recent reports have indicated that emulsifiers radically alter gut bacteria and interfere […]

Or can they lead to weight gain, type II diabetes, and inflammation? Today I want to share a word of caution for Sugar Substitutes: We are consuming record amounts of sugar substitutes, yet rates of obesity continue to mount.  There is little to no evidence that sugar substitutes help us with weight control over time. […]

If you want to burn more calories after a meal, experience reduced hunger, as well as a more uplifted mood, add a liberal dash or two of red pepper flakes or even better, some hot pepper sauce to your dishes. Studies show that capsaicin, the component in hot peppers that provides their hot kick, can mitigate […]

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST Have a nutrition question for Dr. Ann? Ask her anything on Aug 26th! REGISTER HERE What are the “healthy” Costco foods? Fortunately, there are lots of great-for-you healthy choices. In fact, many are exceptional, and I am delighted to share them with you. (And please note: I have zero […]

10 Foods Dr. Ann Strives to Eat Daily Nuts (Any Variety) Berries (Any Variety) Avocados Dark Chocolate (70% or higher cacao) Extra Virgin Olive Oil Freshly Brewed Tea (Especially Matcha) Dark Leafy Greens (Raw or Cooked) Legumes (Beans, Peas, Lentils) Seeds (Ground Flax, Chia, Hemp) Fermented Foods (2-3 Servings Per Day) Here’s one of my favorite […]