Moniqu Ryan

Category Archives: Wellness Blog

Vitamin D and your immunity

May 19, 2020

Vitamin D – An underlying condition and a public health failure By Monique Ryan, MS, RDN, LDN   Why is Vitamin D so important for your immune system? We have been aware of the importance of vitamin D for the role this vitamin hormone plays in many aspects of our health for over a decade,  Continue Reading »

7 Superfoods for Healthy Bones

October 20, 2017

October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day! Taking care of your bones requires the right balance of weight bearing exercise, and adequate amounts of the proper nutrients. While it is known that women with osteopenia may be able to decrease bone loss by consuming 9 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, a New Zealand  Continue Reading »

Homemade Ginger Tea

September 15, 2017

Watch this video on making homemade ginger tea. Ginger is good for your digestion and can strengthen the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be used in cooking as well as added to homemade ice tea. It is a delicious flavor enhancers as well as a great decaffeinated  Continue Reading »

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 »