Astonishing Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are an amazing berry and should be considered a super food. Research presented in just the last year alone on what this little fruit offers is astonishing. The benefits that cranberries offer are far more than previously understood. No longer should cranberries be only relegated to urinary tract infection (UTI) support, a garnish dish at the Thanksgiving dinner table or the high sugar cocktail juice that your grandmother drinks. Amazing health benefits are wrapped up in this little berry.

Cranberry, Candida and Biofilms

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Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds pepitas 150x150 Health Benefits Of Pumpkin SeedsThe pumpkin is not just an insipid tasting vegetable which is sliced and diced up in Halloween. Doctors have discovered many essential health benefits of pumpkin. However, if the vegetable is itself so healthy, its seeds are also quite nutritious. Pumpkin seeds are being sold in packets in supermarkets and departmental stores. Dietitians also recommend eating pumpkin seeds. Here are some of the main health benefits which one can gain by eating these seeds. (more…)

The Anatomy of the Urinary System

The urinary system is the Rodney Dangerfield of the body: it gets no respect. Medical doctors pay worship to the cardiovascular and nervous systems; alternative healers pay homage to the colon and practice ancient detoxing rites. But who thinks about the urinary system? Who pays attention to the kidneys until something goes wrong? And make no mistake, things go wrong. When it comes to the urinary system, we’re not just talking about kidney stones and kidney failure, which affect millions of people in the United States alone, but more significantly kidney sludge, which compromises kidney function in virtually every adult living in a first world country. And we’re also talking about infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, not to mention incontinence in the bladder. (more…)

Bladder and Kidney Concerns for Mature Women

On a daily basis, millions of women deal with a host of issues that affect their bladder, kidney and associated organs collectively known as the urinary system. The urinary system includes the kidneys, which produce urine, the tubes carrying urine to the bladder called the ureters, the storage pouch for urine called the bladder and the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. As we age, the physiological and biochemical mechanisms keeping these organs functioning well begin to decline. Therefore, from a clinical perspective, focus on the physiology and biochemistry of the individual over time will help in the early detection and prevention of progression that translates to more successful treatment. (more…)

Cranberry Health Research Summary

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Since 1984, many studies have confirmed that cranberries have numerous health benefits, the foremost being its “anti-adhesion” effect on certain bacteria. Cranberry juice cocktail contains proanthocyanidins, more commonly known as condensed tannins, which actually “disable” certain harmful bacteria that cause infection in the body, so the “bugs don’t stick.” (more…)

Avoid These Overactive Bladder Triggers

Are you having trouble controlling your bladder… and does it seem as if it sometimes controls you?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, you could be suffering from urinary incontinence, which can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. And more than 13 million people in the United States experience the problem.

But a report from CNN provides the following list of triggers you can avoid or minimize to help decrease urinary accidents… (more…)

The Taoist Approach to Protecting Your Kidneys

Winter and your kidneys are connected.

According to the Chinese Theory of the 5 Elements, we are currently in kidney season. The Five Elements Theory, also know as Wu Xing, is an observation and diagnosis of the interaction between Yin and Yang energy through the 5 Elements. The Elements being Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.

Each element has characteristics associated with a season, an emotion, and a sensory organ, in addition to many other associations.

Kidneys are associated with the winter season, the emotion of fear, and the sensory organ of the body, the ears. The theory is that kidney energy is highest during the winter months.  Also, when experiencing fear, kidney energy is depleted. When a person has unexplained ringing in the ear, it can be because of a deficiency in kidney energy. (more…)