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Integrating Health: A Wellness Blog

Tue. May 14, 2013
Basil is the main ingredient in this versatile summer dish. A native of India, basil comes in more than 50 varieties. Its pungent, warming, and restorative qualities are especially helpful for alleviating stomach-related complaints. This recipe was provided by Eleonora Gafton, chef and clinical herbalist intern at MUIH. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
Combining the early spring bitters of broccoli rabe (rapini) and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric, this warm and nourishing soup is ideal for those cool transition nights between winter and spring. The adzuki beans at the heart of this soup tonify the kidney, have diuretic properties, and assimilate easier than most other beans. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
An elegant and oven-free holiday dessert, this versatile recipe can be made as a chocolate almond pie, as well. The recipe was provided by Dana Filatova, a nutrition graduate student at MUIH, who will be an intern in the nutrition clinic of our Natural Care Center beginning in February 2013. Read more
Tue. May 14, 2013
An acorn squash was used for this recipe, but you can use any type of winter squash. Squash is high in vitamin A, complex carbohydrates, and an array of minerals, including potassium and magnesium. Winter squashes are sweet and warming, and influence the spleen, stomach, liver, and large intestines. In addition, winter squashes are excellent Qi tonics. The recipe was provided by Victoria Yunez Behm, nutrition graduate student at MUIH who will be an intern in the nutrition clinic of our Natural Care Center beginning in February 2013. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
This winter salad will satisfy your need for something fresh and light, while keeping the body warm. Using collard greens as the basis for this salad gives us just enough heartiness to ward off the cold days of winter. This recipe is from chef, author, and TV host Christina Pirello, who is also on the faculty of MUIH’s Nutrition and Integrative Health program. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
When I think of some of my favorite wintertime herbs, I am drawn to warming, moving, and nurturing plants that help provide balance to the colder, more sluggish and stark energies of winter. As a believer in food as our primary medicine, I have chosen herbs that can all be added to one’s meals or sipped on as an enjoyable tea—bringing our medicine into our daily lives with ease. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
Gluten-free and high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids, this recipe is provided by Sharon Chan, RD, LDN, a graduate nutrition student intern in our on-campus Natural Care Center. Learn more about our academic programs in Nutrition and Integrative Health. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
Sweet potatoes are packed with valuable nutrients, including carotene, manganese, copper, biotin, and vitamins C, B6, B5, and B2. And don’t forget about the fiber! One cup of sweet potatoes has 7 grams of fiber. Sweet potatoes also help boost antioxidants in the body to gobble up free radicals. To top it off, these yummy veggies can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Read more
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Tue. May 14, 2013
The recipe for this traditional and hearty Hungarian peasant dish is from Eleonora Gafton, chef and clinical herbalist intern at MUIH. Read more
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Fri. May 10, 2013
Oats are unique because they don’t lose their bran and germ during processing, thereby retaining important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients such as dietary fiber. Fiber works as a binding agent and sticks to cholesterol in the small intestine, preventing it from being absorbed into the body. In addition, oats also contain phenols that work synergistically with antioxidants and can protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Read more
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