Dr. Ann

A team of esteemed brain health researchers have just published a breakthrough report confirming a direct link between Alzheimer’s disease and the ecosystem of bacteria that reside in our guts, the gut microbiome. Past studies had already confirmed that the gut bacteria in Alzheimer’s patients are altered relative to cognitively healthy people. What’s more, past […]

Fiber’s reputation as a nutritional hero continues growing. In fact, fiber may be the real fountain of youth. That was the upshot of an Australian study that followed the diets and health statuses of over 1,600 adults for a ten-year period. At the beginning of the study all of the study subjects were age 49 or older and […]

Eating healthy, even if you are obese, offers life-saving benefits while eating poorly, even if you are lean, can be deadly. That was the sobering conclusion of a new study from Sweden. For this study, scientists monitored the diet quality and weight of 79,023 Swedish adults whose diet quality and body weights were monitored over […]

Public Health experts have confirmed a clear link between a commonly used family of pesticides, organophosphates, and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. In a call to action, the researchers urged the government to take immediate steps to ban the use of these dubious agents. According to the lead author, “There is compelling evidence that exposure of […]

A great way to steer away from eating unhealthy foods is to keep them out of your home! Studies show “out of sight, out of mind” really works. On the contrary, having healthy foods readily visible increases consumption. Here are a few staples that can always be found in my fridge. Not only are they incredible […]

Maintaining a healthy and abundant ecosystem of bacteria in your gut is paramount for all aspects of good health, particularly gastrointestinal, metabolic, immune, and brain health. And the surest way to get there is to consume plentiful amounts of fiber-rich, plant-based foods because these are the foods that feed them. Beneficial gut bacteria are especially fond of […]

There is now overwhelming evidence that the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, the gut microbiome, plays a major role in our mood and behavior. Knowing that what we eat is the primary determinate of the state of our gut microbes, European scientists performed an in-depth review of past studies looking at diet, mood, and gut […]

In the world of health and wellness, fermented foods are trending – and for a great reason! they are not only fantastic for your health, they are absolutely delicious. One of my favorite ways to include fermented foods in my diet is to eat kefir. Kefir is a “drinkable yogurt” that offers all the goodness […]

In a this revealing study, scientists were able to show that consuming a high fat diet could disrupt normal brain function by altering the bacteria in the gut. There is growing evidence that the ecosystem of bacteria that reside in our guts, referred to as “the microbiome,” plays a pivotal role in mental health. The scientists […]

Plant-based diets are all the rage and deservedly so. Studies continue to pour in supporting the power they bestow to keep us healthy and disease free. This month we have two new, big ones to add to the list. In the first, scientists followed the diets and health status of over 10,000 US adults from […]

Low fiber diets have a rapid and dramatic, adverse effect on both the microbiome and the lining of the GI tract. That was the eye-opening conclusion from a series of lab studies designed to carefully monitor how a fiber-deficient diet affects the ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria as well as the mucous lining of the colon. […]

The following are the foods to either indulge in or stay away from if you want to keep your eyes healthy. ENJOY: • As many fruits and veggies as possible—aim for 7 or more combined servings a day. • Extra virgin olive oil as your oil of choice • Regular consumption of oily fish—salmon, tuna, […]