The liver is hot, metabolically speaking. And very active: on any given day, it is performing over 500 functions for us. We all know that it’s on the liver to get us out of a pinch when we drink too much, but did you know that the liver contains a unique enzyme system that co-evolved with plants, and that this system can detoxify just about everything we encounter now? Continue reading
This light, creamy, not-overly-sweet treat features vitamin C-rich springtime strawberries and goji berries, a.k.a. Happiness Berry or Wolfberry. Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine used for liver and kidney deficiency patterns, for “brightening” the eyes (no wonder, as it is chock-full of carotenes and anti-inflammatory pigments), and promoting happiness and longevity. Continue reading
Spring brings many gifts: lengthening daylight, forest-floor flowers, and increased energy & inspiration as we observe the earth’s cycle of renewal.
This is, however, for many a dreaded time of year: spring’s volatile weather and wind form the perfect storm with a proliferation of tree, grass, and wildflower pollen. Continue reading
This silky, vibrant green soup is the epitome of spring. It is simple to make, but with the addition of some reserved peas, pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs, is texturally complex and delightful. If you’re having the soup for lunch, make sure to add a serving of collagen or pea protein to keep your energy up and your hunger in check. Enjoy with flax crackers, or pair with a turkey patty, sweet potato, or chickpea pancake for a heartier meal. Continue reading
I love dandelion greens! These delectable bitters are chock-full of potassium, vitamins A, C, K, folate, and choline. In herbal medicine, we use them as a classic bitter tonic to stimulate digestion and gallbladder activity, and to decongest the liver. Continue reading
This gorgeous rainbow of a salad takes just a few minutes to make, delights everyone who eats it (It’s a great potluck dish!), and stores well tightly covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. It is fiber-rich and contains 3 hepatoprotectant superstars: burdock, beets, and kohlrabi. Continue reading
The artichoke is a perfect spring food—they are in season and perfectly suited to our purposes of liver and gall bladder support. Artichoke leaf (botanically speaking, we eat the bract, which subtends the gorgeous, spiky, periwinkle flowers) is a classic herbal medicine for the hepatobiliary system; compounds found throughout the plant help repair and prevent damage to the liver, while the bitter flavor gets the gall bladder moving.
If you are a person in the world these days, a person who speaks to other people, or walks through the vitamin section in your supermarket, who turns on a computer or glances at magazines in the dentist’s office, it is likely you know what a buzzword “inflammation” has become. Continue reading
A leaky what?
“Leaky gut”: a shorthand colloquialism for “abnormal intestinal permeability” or “intestinal hyperpermeability,” a well-researched condition that is at once clearly defined in the medical literature, and largely ignored in the practice of conventional medicine. Continue reading
Belly fat: it comes on stealthily, accumulating as we go about our fast-paced and stressful lives, perhaps not eating as well as we know we should, not exercising as much as we used to. It creeps up during hormonal transitions (puberty, postpartum, menopause & andropause), or after a long illness. And, seemingly suddenly we are stuck with it—for belly fat is notoriously difficult to lose. Continue reading