Sometimes I just need something to ease the sweet tooth craving. This recipe does that. It also is a gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and nut-free cookie, perfect for serving at a dinner party where you may have guests with different food allergies or sensitivities, and safe to throw in your kid’s lunch for school.
Although this is a cookie, the cranberries and dark chocolate give this recipe a bit of a nutritional boost. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, the cranberry really is a super food. Cranberries contain phenolic antioxidants that keep bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract, helping prevent infections. Continue reading “Snack Today: Chocolate Cranberry Cookies”
Often overlooked, the kidneys play a crucial role in detoxification. The work done by these bean-shaped organs allows us to kick out waste while balancing electrolyte and water levels. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, stimulate the production of red blood cells, and help to convert vitamin D to its active form. These tasks are accomplished by a collection of hormones that the kidneys also release, in addition to all the filtering they’re busy doing day and night.
The kidneys work hard to keep us in a delicate chemical balance, but they are vulnerable to disease under certain circumstances. Conditions that commonly affect the kidneys include infections, stones and kidney failure.
Most often, this is due to a urinary tract infection (UTI). When treated appropriately, UTIs may clear up without much consequence; however, if a UTI is not properly addressed, it can move upward from the bladder and eventually into the kidneys. Continue reading “Keep Your Kidneys Healthy”
Among fruits, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities. Like cranberries, blueberries promote urinary tract health. They have also been shown to support memory, balance, and coordination. Blueberries also support eye health by increasing circulation of the capillaries of the eyes, which reduces oxidation in these tissues. They also strengthen other capillaries, as well as arteries and veins. And, blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties.
In a recent study, blueberries were given to athletes to measure their health benefits. Because strenuous exercise acutely generates oxidative stress as well as an inflammatory state, it serves as a great way to test antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Subjects were given 250 g of blueberries per day for 6 weeks and 375 g 1 hour prior to 2.5 hour of running.
Twenty-five well-trained subjects were randomized into blueberry or control groups. Blood, muscle, and urine samples were obtained pre-exercise and immediately post-exercise, and blood and urine 1 hour post-exercise. Blood was examined for oxidative stress, cortisol, cytokines, homocysteine, leukocytes, T-cell function, natural killer (NK), and lymphocyte cell counts for inflammation and immune system activation, and antioxidant capacity. Continue reading “Blueberries: Small in Size, Big in Antioxidant Capability”