The holiday season is officially upon us and, as we look forward to a day of thanks and feasting with family and friends, we will be taking part in traditions that trace back to the 1600′s and the first celebration of Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims in what is known today as modern-day New England. In giving thanks for a plentiful harvest it was here that a practice of a table full of delicious fare was born and we follow in a similar celebration today.
While historians believe there was no turkey or cranberry sauce present at the first Thanksgiving meal, these foods have become something we look forward to every year. This year President Obama will pardon a turkey and save it from the dinner table in hopes of the bird enjoying a healthy life (a long-standing and light-hearted occasion from the White House). Let us help you enjoy a healthy life by sharing with you some of the benefits of cranberry.
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) may be a recent star on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s been a benefit medicinally for hundreds of years in American folk medicine. As a common remedy for complaints of urinary tract issues, cranberry has made a name for itself in the homes of most Americans. You may have heard that drinking a glass of cranberry juice can ease the symptoms of a UTI (urinary tract infection) or ease an over-active bladder but drinking the sugary stuff may be causing more harm than good. Sugary foods and drink rank at the top of foods to avoid if you are experiencing issues with your bladder or urinary tract because of the aggravation they can cause to any discomfort you are already feeling. While cranberries alleviate symptoms (like the burning sensation during urination), you must consume raw cranberries or unsweetened juice in large quantities to ease your complaints.
Because cranberries stop bacteria from lining the walls of the urinary tract, these naturally grown berries are beneficial for anyone suffering from a UTI or bladder issues, as well as for those individuals looking to maintain bladder health or avoid chronic bladder issues. It is the only standardized cranberry extract that is all herbal, and is made without harmful solvents, excipients, or flowing agents. Another benefit of taking Kroeger’s Cranberry Complete Concentrate® is that it’s high in antioxidants and can sweep free radicals from your system while supporting proper circulation. Learn more about antioxidants and heart health in this beneficial blog post.
If you’re already experiencing issues with your urinary tract or bladder or signs of burning or irritation, this is your body giving a signal of infection. Also consuming a lot of fluids throughout the day in great volume and drinking too much fluid over a short period of time can overwhelm your bladder and cause an increased sense of urgency. Some people experience lax muscles with age or after pregnancy and there are natural herbs such as red raspberry leaves that can help restore muscular tone.
There are additional steps you can take this holiday season to ensure you’re on the right path to good health. While the chill of fall and winter make a fire more inviting so too are casseroles and pie, wine for celebrating and feasts for all occasions. Here are some foods to avoid or enjoy in moderation to help keep your urinary tract and bladder strong.
- Alcohol: Whether it’s wine, beer, champagne, or liquor, alcohol interferes with our brain’s ability to signal when it’s time to “go” and causes confusion in your system – especially if you’re already struggling with a UTI or overactive bladder.
- Sugary or “Energy” Drinks: Because sugar and caffeine can aggravate an already irritated bladder or urinary tract you should avoid carbonated sodas and drinks high in sugar content. Additionally, energy drinks are often called so because of high caffeine content. Caffeine is a known irritant to the bladder and can wreak havoc. Avoid these types of drinks whenever you can.
- Rich Dairy: While the specific cause is unknown, rich cheeses or dairy products are a “bladder baddie” and should be skipped if you’re struggling with bladder or urinary health.
- Spicy Foods: Some like it hot and some just should NOT! Spice (whether from peppers, wasabi, or your spice rack) can irritate the lining of the bladder and urinary tract. If you’re struggling with a bladder infection or warding off a UTI, avoid the spice for your own comfort and health.
There’s so much to be thankful for as we gather around tables nationwide with family and friends. Being choosy with your holiday meals can ensure good health this holiday season and beyond. We all like to indulge now and then, especially during festive events, but keep in mind the comfort you can achieve with a proper diet and supplementation and make this holiday season your healthiest yet!<< read less