As we head into warmer months, the chance of contracting bacterial infections, including UTIs, increases 17% with every 10-degree temperature rise. Fortunately, there are some berry healthy ways you can take care of your bladder health, including proper nutrition and taking advantage of all the fresh produce now available in stores and farmers markets.
Fruits and vegetables — especially those high in antioxidants and vitamin C — are known to help prevent bladder infections. Plus, by eating your share of fruits and veggies your body will gain other beneficial nutrients as well like vitamin E, vitamin C and fiber.
It’s simple – just blend up some of your favorite fruits and veggies from the list below into a morning better bladder smoothie and add in your daily teaspoon of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex for extra taste and bladder protection against reoccurring UTIs.
Kale: Kale is growing in popularity for a reason. This leafy green is high in vitamin E and is considered a powerful antioxidant, helpful in fighting off infection. Toss a handful into a smoothie or sauté with garlic for a delicious side.
Pears: Many of those who suffer from IC (Interstitial Cystitis) swear by this power fruit! A medium sized pear packs as much fiber as 6 prunes and will give you 10% of your daily vitamin C allowance. They also contain more antioxidants than many other fruits and are great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
Cranberries: The most common fruit used for combating UTIs, cranberries have been known to prevent bacteria from attaching to cells in the bladder causing the bacteria to get flushed out with urine. Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex promotes bladder health with our proprietary blend that also contains D-Mannose, FOS (inulin), bromelain, and vitamin C to further protect against infection. You can find the benefits to all the ingredients in our Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex here.
Blueberries: Much like its berry cousin, cranberry, blueberries have been shown to provide some protection against UTIs and an overall health boost. Blueberries alter the bladder tissue so that bacteria are not able to adhere long enough to establish an infection. Plus, they’re tasty!
Carrots: When you were younger didn’t you get sick of hearing, “eat your carrots”? Well, turns out they were right. Carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene (antioxidant and vitamin A precursor) and are a great way to give yourself a health boost. Look for the carrots with the deepest orange color; they typically contain the highest levels of beta-carotene.
Ready to introduce these bladder super foods into your diet? What better way to enjoy it than in a smoothie? Until 12:00 P.M May 2, 2014 visit us on Facebook to enter our Berry Healthy Bladder Spring Sweepstakes! Enter to receive your own juice extractor, $50 Walmart gift card for fresh produce and Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex to make your own better bladder smoothie.
For more information on healthy diet tips for maintaining good bladder health head to Dr. Kavaler’s Korner. Dr. Kavaler also shares answers to other common questions asked about urinary tract infection symptoms and treatment.