A festive start to your holiday meal, this delicious soup helps improve circulation and digestion, and strengthen the immune system.The warming ginger is known to improve circulation and digestion; it helps to move heat into the extremities. Astragalus is an adaptogen* that helps to strengthen the immune system; it nourishes and strengthens the digestive function and supports absorption of nutrients. Turmeric has a beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant quality. Adding black pepper (piperine, the alkaloid found in black pepper) enhances the bioavailability of the curcumin, the constituent that has healing properties in the turmeric.
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.
The strength of the immune system is one factor that determines who stays healthy and who gets sick. A great way to build and maintain a strong defense is through diet. Enjoy the process with these great recipes offered by Daemon Jones, ND, adjunct faculty member of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health.
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.
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.