Moniqu Ryan

Category Archives: Wellness Blog

Putting Prevention On Your Plate

April 3, 2017

Currently many Americans are struggling with the cost of health care. Even before spending money on treatment for health conditions you likely have to contend with mortgage payment like monthly premiums and sticker-shock deductibles. Supposedly this is to offset the high cost of healthcare in the United States. While one preventive check-up yearly is routine, what really constitutes prevention?  Your diet likely  Continue Reading »

Build Your Child’s Bone Bank Account

June 6, 2016

When you think of how optimal nutrition impacts your child’s health, their bones may not be your first concern. After all, osteoporosis largely affects older adults. But, with children building about 40 percent of their bone mass between the ages of 9 to 14, and reaching 90 percent of their peak bone mass by age  Continue Reading »

Mediterranean Diet Can Protect Your Brain Power

May 13, 2015

  Clinical study finds this popular diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts helped stave off brain decline Have you ever thought about the connection between your diet and your brain function? Oxidative stress has long been considered to play a strong role in our brain’s decline as we age, and research had suggested that  Continue Reading »

New Online Calculator for Harvard School of Public Health Estimates Cardiovascular Disease Risk

December 5, 2014

A healthy lifestyle is one of the best insurance policies against developing heart disease or having a stroke. The free online survey, The Healthy Heart Score, can be found at www.healthyheartscore.com and provides practical tips for improving your score by incorporating new healthy habits into your life. While many current calculators look mainly at cholesterol levels and  Continue Reading »

Pumpkins- Packed with Nutrition

November 26, 2014

With the Thanksgiving season here, plenty of cooking pumpkins are available at your local market. But whether you are cooking with pumpkin only once a year via desserts, fresh pumpkin is both delicious and nutritious. Did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit? That’s because pumpkins grow on a vine and contain seeds. This  Continue Reading »

Six reasons to get tested for celiac disease before going off wheat/gluten

February 24, 2014

With books title Wheat Belly and Grain Brain now on bestseller lists, it might be tempting to just eliminate wheat from your diet to manage a variety of symptoms that have been linked to wheat or gluten intolerance. While the conditions of non-celiac gluten intolerance or wheat sensitivity are real, so is celiac disease which  Continue Reading »

Pain reduced in fibromyalgia sufferers with vitamin D supplementation

February 3, 2014

Widespread pain and chronic fatigue is common in persons suffering from fibromyalgia. Like many persons in the United States, persons with fibromyalgia often have low blood vitamin D levels. Researchers published in the current issue of Pain, studied the effects of vitamin D supplements on pain reduction in this chronic condition. Thirty women with fibromylagia  Continue Reading »

Red, Blue and Purple Foods for Anthocyanins

July 26, 2013

Blueberries and strawberries may protect your heart thanks to  naturally occuring pigments  called anthocyanins that are red, blue and purple. In the Nurses Health Study over 93,000 women aged 25 to 42 years old were tracked for 18 years. Those who had the most anthocyanins from food (over 25 milligrams daily) had a 32% lower risk of heart disease  Continue Reading »

More veggies for your heart

July 19, 2013

You don’t have to become a vegetarian to protect your heart, but eating more like a vegetarian could help. The EPIC study from Oxford, England and recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So more fruits, vegetables, whole grains,  Continue Reading »

Where do I get vitamin D?

July 5, 2013

Because vitamin D food sources are so limited and there are risks in relying on sunlight for vitamin D (increased risk of skin cancer), a vitamin D supplement may be your best option. Of course, you cannot even make vitamin D in much of the northern United Sates from sunlight from November to April. Current  Continue Reading »