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Pre- Thanksgiving Detox


Concerned about the Thanksgiving Holiday? Four days of eating foods that may not be on the list of  “regulars” may lend itself to not feeling our best or having mild digestive issues. I know that our bodies naturally remove toxins through our lungs, skin, kidneys and GI tract. 

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Staying Healthy this Winter

The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the seasons. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength and prepare for the new life and energy of spring

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Shiitake Mushroom Soup to boost your immune system

Shiitake mushrooms contain a powerful compound called lentinan, which enables your immune system to fight diseases and infections more efficiently.  Shiitake mushrooms are believed to be more effective than many prescription drugs. Shiitake mushrooms can help you battle more common infections like influenza to more serious health ailments like cancer and HIV.

This soup recipe also contains the herbs sage and thyme which can strengthen your lungs, decrease inflammation and help clear nasal and chest congestion.

Shiitake Mushroom soup

3 tablespoons  olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds shiitake sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or brown rice flour
5 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped sage
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil  in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms, stirring until very soft aabout 7 minutes..  Add the red wine vinegar and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the soup thickens slightly.  Add the sage, thyme, and paprika.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy

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