Please, NO UTI at Christmastime!

It is interesting and makes sense that when we are most stressed we will tend to come down with infections... the holiday season is a good example of this, particularly for middle-aged women and Urinary Tract Infections.

Along with stress, poor nutrition (lots of sugars, processed "treats" and fats) , lack of proper sleep, and worst of all-- too much alcohol and caffeine-- are escalators of urinary tract infections that for some will mean a whole year of low-grade antibiotic prescriptions.

 Here's good news from a recent published study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy --  researchers describe how cranberry extract works as well as these antibiotics to keep the UTI at bay, and without any nasty side-effects (eg.: diarrhea, upset stomach and yeast infection)!  This is the first comparative study of its kind-- and I guess you could say that "the olde wives" who were wise to the wisdom of  cranberries had it right for eons, eh?

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But don't go about slugging back bottles of commercial Cranberry Juice and hope for good results-- the sugar in that juice will counter any of the effects you are hoping for. Instead, either buy organic frozen cranberries and whirr them up with frozen blueberries, parsley, a couple of cored organic apples and filtered water in a heavy duty blender like a VitaMix, or get any of a number of products that contain Cran-Max which is made from 100% cranberry fruit solids through a proprietary process that optimizes the natural benefits of the whole cranberry without solvents, preservatives, sugars, water, flavorings or colors.
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References in this blog are meant for information only and if you have a condition of concern, please consult with your trusted health care provider.

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