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Healthy Nutrition

Holistic Health & Nutrition

Managing the tensions between modern living and our natural physical dispositions is a challenge. Because of the natural dispositions that your body may have to certain external influences, making it imperative for you to take your nutrition and holistic wellness seriously.

Within the Healthy Nutrition category of our Healthy Hildegard posts, you will find practices and resources to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your body by using the philosophies of Hildegard von Bingen. At Healthy Hildegard, we strive to navigate the different dimensions of our lives with a healthy perspective on weight management and holistic health. Continue reading below to learn more about nutrition inspired by Saint Hildegard of Bingen.

Golden Berry health benefits

Health Benefits of Golden Berry (or, Winter Cherry)

Almost 1000 years ago Hildegard of Bingen described the health benefits of the Golden Berry aka Physalis (Physalis Alkekengi, p. peruviana also known as Winter Cherry). “Anyone suffering from a deafening ringing in the ear, smear the Winter Cherry on a felt and put it over the ears to the neck and attach it to a…

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Bitter Herbs and digestive health

Digestive Health and Bitters: 6 Reasons You Should Use Bitters

The benefits of bitter tasting foods have been recognized since antiquity.  The origin of herbal bitters can be traced back to ancient Egyptians.

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spelt flour recipes

Spelt Flour Recipes: Enjoy the Benefits of Spelt

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce or replace your wheat flour intake, or you are just looking for new grains to liven-up your kitchen, these spelt flour recipes are a great step toward a diet focused on holistic health and wellness.

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what is spelt flour

What is Spelt Flour? An Alternative to Wheat Flour

Spelt flour has also become increasingly popular because it is a good alternative to wheat flour, particularly those who cannot tolerate the gluten in wheat. Hildegard believed spelt to have healthy, even healing properties. 

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ginger medical plant of the year 2018

Ginger Root Health Benefits

Ginger root health benefits have been recognized for thousands of years. In Germany, ginger was once considered a “fringe” food. Recently, ginger has been elevated to “superfood” status. Ongoing research continues to confirm the numerous health benefits of ginger. Ginger root is truly a healing plant. We will explore the history of ginger root as…

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Bitter Spices

24 Bitter Spices for the Kitchen

1. Chervil The fine sweet taste of chervil gives soups, sauces, and salads a favorable aroma that we often associate with springtime. Served fresh, this kitchen herb is full of vitamins, stimulates circulation, and has a detoxifying effect. 2. Ginger Ginger and galangal are classic Hildegard herbs that simultaneously serve as kitchen spices and effective…

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health benefits of Oats

Health Benefits of Oats

The history of oats for health benefits goes back to antiquity, as far as the first century in Greek and Roman medical literature. In this post we explore the many health benefits of oats in detail.

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stinging nettle recipes

Stinging Nettle Recipes

Almost everyone has had some encounter with stinging nettle, usually in the form of painful contact with its leaves. In spite of its unfriendly nature and its perception as a hostile weed, nettle serves as a worthwhile medicinal plant with a long tradition in monastic medicine. Hildegard von Bingen had the following to say about the…

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Food as Medicine: Heal with Food

The principal of food as the foundation of healing is not unique, and the idea of food as medicine is ancient. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.”

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18 bitter healing plants

18 Bitter Healing Plants and Herbs

These healing plants contain bitter substances that are an important part of their overall healing composition. Bitter substances work to stimulate the liver’s metabolic function to restore your body’s powerful detoxifying organ.

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17 bitter foods

17 Bitter Foods

Our post on the benefits of bitter flavors introduces the taste category of bitter and the many reasons why bitterness is an important part of our diet and how bitters can help to control appetite. We have also covered some herbs and foods that contain the various bitter flavors that we can incorporate into our diet and…

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Are Carbohydrates Bad for You?

Over the past 20 years, carbohydrates and health have entered the crosshairs of our health-industrial complex.  Carbs have devolved into a culprit of ill health and the growing catastrophe of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

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