In the heat of the afternoon, no doubt the LAST think you're craving is a piping hot bowl of broth fresh off the stove. However, a creamy cup of chilled avocado soup is the PERFECT lazy summer lunch - it has omegas, protein, collagen, potassium, fiber, and is ridiculously refreshing. We found this to be our FAVORITE summer soup recipe yet!
As a Minnesotan in the diaspora there are certain things that will always be close to my heart: food served on a stick, walleye steaks, hot dish, lefse, Hüsker Dü, and Prince. And Wild Rice Soup. This is a light recipe that's nutrient dense, flavorful, and appropriate for any time of year. Is it absolutely delicious? Ubetcha.
While living in Japan, I picked up the habit of eating miso soup for breakfast. Even in summer, there's something about starting your day with a bowl of nourishment and cup of green tea that makes it worth getting up in the morning. It's protein rich, nutrient dense, and probiotic heaven - what's not to love?
There's something to be said for the perfect Bloody Mary with brunch. Smooth yet spicy, sweet yet sour, peppery yet salty - what isn't there to love? Cutting the amount of tomato juice you use with bone broth increases the protein and cuts the sugar - making the boozy part a bit easier to digest and upgrades the taste to something a bit more savory.
Bless Micheal Phelps for "mainstreaming" cupping as an amazeballs therapy. However, with the recent Rio Olympics my Facebook feed has blown up and articles are getting posted to the internet by the second with misinformation that's disconcerting. Cupping is something I do for patients on a daily basis and can make or break a treatment, so I wanted to offer up a few quick hit truth bombs on the subject.
The synthetic chemicals found in processed food in concert with the various forms of sugar we eat as staples of the western diet all come in direct contact with our intestinal lining. The quickest way to feeling better is to put your gut lining into direct contact with things that can repair the inflammation and are of high nutritional value. Hence...bone broth.
I use castor oil packs in the office with patients on a daily basis. When viewed through the lens of Chinese medicine, when taken internally castor oil will aid your body in the removal of toxins through the bowels (hence antique posters of smiling babies with diapers ripe for changing). When used externally, it increases the circulation of blood and body fluids - which means it has potent pain management properties. There are hundreds of uses for castor oil, but the magic of castor oil shines when it comes to GYN and castor oil packs...
Our belly contains several pounds (yes, pounds!) of helpful bacteria that help us with things such as digesting last night's kebab and killing fungi or harmful bacteria that have managed to find their way into the gut. Good bacteria is a vital part of our immune system, and when the bacterial balance is off, we're off too. Learn how to shop for the right type of probiotic, recommended protocols, and the brands I'm always recommending.
This year's winter onset seems to have hit people particularly hard. The most common comment I'm hearing from the clinic to the subway is, "I can't BELIEVE how dark it is at 4:30pm. It's just so depressing." Allopathic medicine calls this S.A.D., or seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that's related to a change from fall to winter. Asian medicine calls it normal.
Plant medicine comes in many forms and sneaks its way into the most unlikely places. It can be the chamomile tea that you use to fall asleep, the weird pills your acupuncturist gives you for your back pain, or the chemotherapy your mother receives at the hospital. It can even be the medical marijuana pediatric tincture that stops childhood seizures.
All healing starts with the heart - which means that the topic of dating often comes up in session. Different dating strategies regularly walk in my office door: complete aversion to dating, dating for fun, dating for temporary external fulfillment, or dating out of obligation. They all have their place, but they don't rank anywhere near the "soul vitamin" category – there's little to no lasting nourishment to be found in these circumstances. So where does one even start?
The current research on turmeric as kitchen cabinet medicine is backing up what herbalists have known for generations - it stops pain, is anti-inflammatory, promotes digestive health, detoxifies the liver, and boosts the immune system. Easiest way to get more of it? Golden Turmeric Milk!
As part of her own adventures in wellness, Phoebe created a bi-weekly interview series on Google+ where she interviews various guests on health & wellness. I had the honor, along with Amie Valpone, of sitting down for an in-depth hour long discussion on thyroid dis-ease (something VERY near and dear to my heart).
Keeping your allergies to a minimum is all based on managing inflammation, minimizing allergen exposure and keeping immune response down to a dull roar. In addition to acupuncture, there are plenty of things you can do to control your body’s inflammatory response and reduce your exposure to allergens without having to rip out all the carpeting in your home.
During our hour long radio chat, Emma talks a bit about her own encounters with acupuncture in treating her thyroid disorder and we discuss how Eastern medicine approaches health through the lens of treating headaches - something we can all relate to! Allopathic medicine recognizes 5 types of headaches whereas Eastern medicine recognizes 13 types with over 50 different treatments.
I stand in complete awe and amazement of the liver. Asian medicine views the liver as a unique being which has its own blood, Qi, soul and specific job as General of the armed forces in charge of keeping you alive. She can be your best friend or your worst enemy – depending on how you treat her. Your liver works 24/7 – the poor lass really does need a break.
It’s heartbreaking to think how Epsom salt has been relegated to the bottom shelf in the back of the pharmacy. Where’s the love? I grew up knowing the power of a good old-fashioned Epsom salt bath and was turned on to its clinical uses while studying Asian medicine. However, over the past year I've discovered 14 additional reasons why Epsom salt rocks!