stay healthy... live well! Your guide to research that matters and solutions that work.


If you are looking for solid, useful information about health and nutrition, this site is for you. Instead of treating every bit of preliminary research that crosses the newswire as a "breakthrough," I try to focus on the important research and ideas that can make a significant difference in your health and well-being. Here, you'll find articles, product and book reviews, recipes, and other solutions that make it easier to stay healthy and live well.

If you are looking for more information about my book, The Inflammation Free Diet Plan, please click here.

Good health and good eating,

   Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.

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Latest episodes of my podcast
The Nutrition Diva

Energy Bars
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What's the biggest difference between energy bars and candy bars? .. read more..

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do nutritional supplements improve your diet? .. read more..

Negative Calorie Foods
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The more you eat, the more you lose. But wait there's a catch. .. read more..

Honey Do
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Learn the secrets of Cleopatra's beauty regimen. .. read more..

Diet for Healthy Bones
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Much of what you hear about diet and osteoporosis is out of date. .. read more..

Flax Facts
Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Flaxseed is popular with the healthy crowd. What's in it for you? .. read more..

How Cooking Affects Nutrients
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Don't pour all the vitamins down the drain. Find out how to keep more nutrients in your food. .. read more..

Sprouted Grains
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sprouted grain products are all the rage. But does sprouting a grain improve its nutritional value? .. read more..

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Diet and acne
Friday, February 6, 2009

Q. Do you know of any research that relates diet and acne?  There's a large variety of opinions on this topic, but I've seen very little convincing evidence.  A. You're right: Some of the most widely held opinions have very little evidence to back them up! When I was younger, the conventi.. .. read more..

Ask Monica: Which vitamins are stored in the body?
Thursday, February 5, 2009

Q. Which vitamins and minerals are stored in our bodies and which are  excreted when eaten in excess?  A.   Fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, K, and E are stored in the liver and fatty tissues when you consume more than you need at the moment.  These vitamin storage pools will cov.. .. read more..

Nutrient search: Why can't I search for foods low in fructose?
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Q. I love the nutrient search tool but I wish there were more choices for foods low in certain nutrients. For example, I'd like to sort for foods that are low in fructose, but this isn't an option.   A.  There are some nutrients in the database (such as fructose) that the USDA has only me.. .. read more..

Ask Monica: What am I missing if I don't eat fish?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Q.  I hate all seafood with a passion, but I know that there are many benefits to consuming it. What are some good alternatives that provide much of the same nutrients? A. Seafood provides a wide range of nutrients, but all are available from other sources (with one qualification). First off, .. .. read more..

Eating chocolate for your heart? Here's what you need to know
Monday, February 2, 2009

February might originally have been chosen as Chocolate Lovers' Month because of Valentine's Day, a holiday traditionally linked with chocolate. But the fact that February is also Heart Health Month couldn't be more appropriate. Consumption of dark chocolate has been consistently linked with a host.. .. read more..

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