Inflammation is the body’s natural defense mechanism against infection, irritation, toxins and other foreign substances. It is a critical process that keeps one healthy. However, sometimes the immune system can become disrupted and can shift into a chronic state of inflammation without you even knowing it.
Inflammation is believed to be a major cause of degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer. The most common causes of inflammation are diet (sugar, animal fat, processed foods, high-glycemic intake). Fat cells, especially around the mid section, are major players in promoting inflammation. Continue reading “Inflammation is a Silent But Deadly Threat”
Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries – oh my! Summer is berry season. These are our favorite fruits and we cannot wait until this time of year to go out and get some local picking done. We have been having an extra sweet summer so far with the abundance of strawberries in our area.
Strawberries are jam-packed full of nutrition. One cup of sliced strawberries is less than 50 calories and contains almost 150% of our recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. High in folate, potassium and manganese, and stuffed with antioxidants such as flavonoids, strawberries are a superfood in their own right. Continue reading “Berry Season is Berry Berry Delicious”
The first time I had cranberry sauce with turkey was after I started dating the man who is now my husband. I remember thinking cranberry sauce was odd, but after that first experience, I have never had turkey with out it. And although sometimes we cheat and just use the canned version, there really is nothing like homemade. Plus it makes your house smell divine!
Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, the cranberry really is a superfood. Cranberries contain phenolic antioxidants that keep bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract, helping prevent infections. Continue reading “Please Pass the Cranberry Chutney”