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Four Factors That Can Improve Your Metabolism

June 30th, 2022

By: Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Dietitian, Duke Integrative Medicine. Metabolism is so confusing and frustrating, right? Common questions asked, "Why can't I lose weight? Why is my metabolism so slow?" In simple terms, "Metabolism is the internal process by which your body expends energy and burns calories. It runs 24/7 to keep your body moving, even when resting or sleeping, ...

Design Your Plate for Immune Support

April 22nd, 2022

By Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Duke Integrative Medicine. Our immune system is complex and influenced by diet, sleep, movement, stress reduction, and other lifestyle elements. Currently, 1 in 15 people (1 in 6 for women) is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This situation, plus the potentially devastating effects that long-haul Covid can have on our immune system, has many ...

Healthy Convenience Foods that Require No Cooking or Prep Time

October 21st, 2021

By Kira Jennings, MS and Christine Tenekjian, MPH, RDN/LDN, NBC-HWC, Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center In our ever-changing world, many of us are struggling with our lives getting increasingly busy again. We are always seeking convenient foods that require little to no cooking/prep time. Plenty of food options are nutritious and able to contribute to balanced meals for these ...

Well-Being Guidelines During a Crisis

July 20th, 2021

By Duke Integrative Medicine Psychotherapy Team We can easily let go of our healthy routines and boundaries when dealing with crises. During a crisis, we may let go of important practices that cultivate the four pillars of a stable mood: nutrition, connection, movement, and rest. During highly stressful times, it's important to do what we can to maintain and bolster ...

Savor Your Food With Mindful Eating

June 24th, 2021

By Duke Health & Well-Being Programs Team How many of us have had the experience of eating an entire bag of chips or a pint of ice cream without even realizing it? When this happens, most (if not all) of us notice and appreciate the full taste of our first few bites but can hardly remember the rest. Mindless eating can ...

Eating for Mental Health: How What We Eat Can Affect Our Mood

May 13th, 2021

By Isabella Swiecicki – Dietetic Intern, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Over a year has passed since COVID 19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). For many, the challenges caused by the pandemic go beyond the threat of physical infection, emphasizing the need to address mental health as a measure of wellbeing. The US Census Bureau ...

March is National Nutrition Month!

March 8th, 2021

By Nicole Muller, Dietetic Intern at Meredith College and the Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center Nutrition Team. Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates nutrition and food and encourages everyone to spend some time learning how to make the best choices for themselves! This year's theme is "Personalize Your Plate". You nourish and fuel your body through ...

Five Takeaways about the Gut Microbiome

July 27th, 2020

By: Duke Health & Well-Being Nutrition Team We have all heard the cliché that "you are what you eat." But what if it's not that simple? Perhaps instead we should say that "you are what your gut bacteria eat." Each of us is home to trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that peacefully coexist in and on our bodies. These microbes ...

Seven Ways to Use Herbs

June 15th, 2020

By: Duke Health and Well-Being Nutrition Team Make herbs the highlight of your next dish! Add fresh or dried savory leafy herbs to elevate the flavor and appeal of the most basic of dishes. Combine fresh basil with grilled vegetables, cilantro with mixed salad greens, or chives into a favorite dip. The Duke Health and Well-Being Nutrition team created the Seven ...

Seven Herbs Already in Your Kitchen that May Aid in the Fight against Microbes

May 4th, 2020

By Deborah Ballard, MD, MPH. Duke Integrative Medicine. One of the most sobering realizations of the modern era is that no matter how many technologically sophisticated drugs and medical devices we humans develop, we are still at the mercy of germs. Germs, or microbes, those microscopic beasties that coexist alongside and inside of us, sometimes, like Covid-19, manage to ...

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