By Kevin W. Chen, PhD, MPH
As part of traditional Chinese medicine practice, Qigong refers to the mind-body exercises that integrate breathing, mind, and body adjustments into one. Although not all Qigong forms were created for healing purposes, there are many documented health benefits from different Qigong practices, and heart health is one of the well-studied areas. In this short blog, I would like to summarize the known benefits of Qigong practice for heart health based on scientific literature.
From the Kitchen of Termeh Feinberg, PhD, MPH
Store in the refrigerator and use within one week.
Hawthorn + Other Herbs Tea
Feel free to drink chilled, and use within 2 days.
By Termeh Feinberg, PhD, MPH
Affecting more than one in three U.S. adults(1), almost all of us have a friend or loved one who has faced the prospect of troubling and potentially life-threatening heart issues. When it comes to heart health, consistent efforts in prevention may go a long way. Clearly, a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a Mind-Body balance are beneficial for preventing and often treating a variety of chronic conditions, and a recent review of twelve studies found that adding a Mind-body component reduced the occurrence of cardiac events, atherosclerosis, and lowered systolic blood pressure(2). Additionally, consumption of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pigments (such as resveratrol, anthocyanins, and pigment precursors part of broad classes of flavonols and flavonoids) found in red-blue-purple foods likely prevent heart disease and other, related chronic conditions(3-5); colorful fruits and vegetables(6), as well as the DASH(7) and Mediterranean(8 9) diets, could potentially maintain heart health over time. However, existing research on phytonutrient-dense foods, including herbs, remains relatively sparse.
Compiled by Rebekah Owens
These yummy recipes are perfect for the cold days and nights ahead. And since they are all crockpot recipes, they are “fix it and forget it.” Just throw it together and refrigerate it the night before, then start it before you leave the house in the morning. You’ll come home to a hot, filling soup to warm you up – body and soul!
Crockpot Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
By Chelsea’s Messy Apron: http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/crockpot-green-chicken-chile-enchilada-soup-video/
An easy dump soup with lots of spices and diced fire roasted green chiles to keep you warm this winter!
By Michelle Peralta
It’s a new year and a new you! Many people make the mistake of having big goals without the proper stepping stones to reach them. Sometimes we do not know where to start or who to ask. Other times we can be so overwhelmed with the vast number of options available to us. Here is a list of phone apps tested by our team and friends that can provide you support as you live a healthier 2017 and beyond.
By Brian Morrison, DC
Don’t just sit there! “Sitting is the new smoking,” wrote Dr. James Levine in his book, Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It. In an L.A. Times interview, he proclaims: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
I am frequently asked by patients which chair I recommend for their office or cubical. My reply? “The one you get out of!”
By Rebekah Owens
In Baltimore City, like much of the world, today’s youth are in general physically inactive, have poor nutrition and have high levels of chronic stress. But we are making a difference! In a partnership with the Institute for Integrative Health, Real Food Farm and YouthWorks, “Mission Thrive Summer” was created to help improve the lives of Baltimore high school students. This program was held on an urban farm and adjacent school, and included farming, nutrition education, cooking, physical activity, yoga, mindfulness, leadership development and employment. We conducted an outcomes evaluation the program and found out that it had a meaningful impact on the health and wellness of the participants.
By Rebekah Owens
Brownies are a classic treat that most chocolate and dessert lovers love to indulge in. I tried out a bunch of made-from-scratch recipes that are a little different from the traditional recipe. Some of these include a vegetable as one of the ingredients and some use only three or four ingredients. Some are fudge-like, some are fudgey and some are more cake-like in consistency. All are just a bit of a twist from traditional brownies and were really fun to make. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!
Chocolate Zucchini Brownies by Texanerin Baking
For those of us who like the gooey goodness in our brownies, this is the recipe to try. Moist and delicious, these double chocolate brownies will be a huge hit at your next party. No one will suspect there is a vegetable in them!!
By Kalpana Shere-Wolfe, MD
This is a time of year where regardless of our cultural and spiritual backgrounds, we celebrate love, family, peace and hope. It can be easy to get swept away or overwhelmed with preparations, holiday meals, parties, and gift giving. As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, staying grounded and centered can be more important than ever. Meditation is a wonderful way to achieve this but as the yogis clearly understood stilling the mind is easier said than done. Sound is a wonderful tool for facilitating meditation – it can soothe, tame and center even the most chaotic and busy minds. Whether you are a novice or a long time meditator, sacred sound can keep peace, joy and light at the forefront of the holidays.
Sound is universal and timeless. Peoples from all beliefs, backgrounds and times – ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Shamans, American Indians, Aborigines and more - have used sound for healing and transformation. There are many examples of sound being referenced as a primordial force in our existence. In Vedic tradition, sound is considered a means to link with the Divine or Universal Force – “tasya vacakah pranavah”. The American Indians reference a Spider-Woman who created all forms of life and breathed life by singing Creation song. In the Christian tradition, the Bible states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
By Elizabeth Parker, PhD
Construction of an employee garden at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC) in collaboration with the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is finally complete! Conveniently located on the hospital property close to the cafeteria and employee entrance, this space adds natural beauty and functional resources for hospital employees to have access to the natural environment. The garden will be operated and maintained by the MMMC hospital employees. The planters along the edge of the sidewalk will be used for growing seasonal vegetables, and the lower beds contain flowers that are native to the area. In addition to the vegetable garden and a flower garden, there is also outdoor seating for the employees to sit and relax. Garden aims to add beauty, improve morale and provide edible vegetation to employees.
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