In January 2017, The Tennessean reported that Nashville has seen 490 new restaurant openings since 2010 – a 10 percent increase. From health-minded juice bars and trendy cocktail lounges to ethnic eateries and James Beard-award winning restaurants, Nashville’s food scene is finally approaching the ranks of larger foodie cities like New York, Chicago and Atlanta.
While Nashville’s burgeoning food scene has so much to offer, perhaps one of the most unique benefits for health-conscious Nashvillians is the surge in delicious, organic immune-boosting drinks. This month, as we find ourselves in the midst of a busy holiday season, take a moment to check the stress and to-do list at the door of one of these St. Thomas Medical Group favorites!
EiO & The Hive
Just a 9-minute drive north of St. Thomas Medical Group, EiO & The Hive is an all-organic restaurant serving creative dishes made from high quality, mostly local, and sustainable ingredients. (We also love that they compost 95% of waste, recycle 4%, and send less than 1% to the landfill!)
While you could spend several days sampling their breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, we’re big fans of their “elixirs” – small 2-ounce shots of pure immune-boosting liquid. These little glasses pack a punch!
Don’t Miss: We have to recommend EiO’s Help elixir, which contains turmeric, ginger, grapefruit and honey for “disease fighting, anti-inflammatory, allergy relief.” Turmeric is believed to help reduce inflammation – even helping with joint pain. It’s also believed to help protect the liver from harmful toxins, which can be beneficial for patients with diabetes or other chronic illnesses that require long-term use of certain medications.
Since 2012, Juice Nashville has handmade over 30,000 juice kits. Their juices have been featured on Food Network and USA Today. We love popping in their storefront in The Gulch to grab a quick cold-pressed juice to go.
Don’t Miss: While you really can’t go wrong with any of these immune-boosting drinks, we’re partial to oh yeah., a kale/collard/apple/lemon combo that delivers plenty of Vitamin K, A and C. A little tangy, a little sweet, oh yeah. is loaded with phytonutrients that may help reduce risk associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s and asthma.
A self-proclaimed “Woodland Tea House and Sipping Apothecary,” East Nashville’s High Garden delivers on a wild, organic, handmade vibe that invites customers to sit and stay a while. We especially love that they don’t have wifi and that they ask you to leave your laptop at home when you come to sip some tea. Refreshing and unique among Nashville’s coffee shop scene, High Garden is not to be skipped.
Don’t Miss: While High Garden is home to dozens of delicious teas, their most unique offering is a rotating selection of six to eight house-brewed kombuchas and other fermented offerings. Based on black tea, kombucha is rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation. Many people with joint pain or digestive problems have found kombucha to help improve their symptoms. Also, because kombucha is so rich in antioxidants, it’s a wonderful immune-boosting drink for combatting Nashville’s flu season!
Find a Holistic & Integrative Health Specialist In Nashville
St. Thomas Medical Group is home to two Holistic and Integrative Medicine specialists. If you’re looking for a Nashville provider who understands and promotes healthy aging, as well as a holistic approach to caring for chronic disorders, contact us by calling +1 (615) 297-2700. Internal Medicine and Holistic providers may utilize alternatives to traditional medicine, as well as lifestyle modification and herbal, nutritional and cognitive therapies.