The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries have long been known for their health benefits because they are packed with fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins B and C. Numerous scientific studies show that cranberry juist can be effective in preventing urinary tract infections. They also booth oral health and prevent gingivitis, gum disease, cavities and plaque buildup. Cranberries help sustain cardiovascular health and have been shown to prevent peptic ulcers. Cranberries are high in vitamin C which helps boost the immune system making you less likely to contract a virus, cold, the flu or other infections.

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Olive Oil is not the Only Healthy Oil

Avocado oil is popular because of its high smoke point. That makes avocado oil ideal for high-heat cooking.

Sesame oil, a staple of Asian cooking, is ideal for light sauteing.

Toasted sesame oil has a bold taste, and is often used as a season, and not as a cooking oil.

Flaxseed oil is a delicate oil that spoils quickly, so it must be stored in a dark, airtight container in the refrigerator. It is ideal for cold preparations such as salad dressings or dips.

Walnut oil becomes slightly bitter when heated, so it’s ideal for salad dressings, or for adding flavor to pasta salad.

Look for cold-pressed or unrefined oils, even though they are more expensive because they are less likely to be treated chemically. Keep fresh oils in the refrigerator or in dark containers away from heat. Refrigerated oils should be brought to room temperature before using.

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If you Diet, Weight Training is Important

Recent studies have showed that people who were on a diet and did aerobic exercise (even just walking) were more likely to lose muscle than if they did no exercise at all.

Dieters who did weight training often lost more fat than those who dieted alone, and did not lose as much muscle as those who dieted and did aerobic exercise.

Losing muscle can lead to loss of strength and stability which can lead to falls.

Strength training doesn’t have to involve an expensive gym membership. Using resistance bands or lifting cans found in your pantry can be enough to keep muscles active and healthy.

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Food Cures – Tart Cherries

Several recent studies have shown that drinking tart cherry concentrate several times a day helps to relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain from gout. The tradeoff, however, is that you’re getting several servings of fruit with all of the calories and none of the fiber.

Food Cures – Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta-carotene that your body will convert to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the best nutrients for the skin. So whether you’re trying to avoid the effects of aging, or recovering from a sunburn, sweet potatoes, even fixed as oven baked fries can help.

Food Cures – Lemonade

If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you’ll never want another. Lemons are the highest source of citrate of any of the citrus fruits. Citrate will help dissolve calcium before it can form into a kidney stone. Squeeze fresh lemons or buy commercial lightly-sweetened lemonade. Both work.

Food Cures – Asparagus

Asparagus contains enzymes that will not only slow down the absorption of alcohol if you eat it before you go out, but will also prevent the hangover that follows should you overindulge. The best cure for a hangover, of course, is to avoid excess, but if you do, a few stalks of asparagus can lessen the symptoms.

Food Cures – Honey

Honey is one of the best treatments for a persistent or viral cough. One of the most effective ways to use honey is to create a mixture of 5 parts honey and one part instant coffee. Each morning, mix one teaspoon of the mixture into a small cup of boiling water until dissolved. Drinking this mixture several days in a row may help to relieve your persistent cough.