Wow, I can’t believe it’s September already. Where did the summer go?
What a difference a year makes. Last year this time we were placing our Arizona home on the market and praying for a quick sale during a time of year hardly anyone searches for a home in the Arizona desert! And yet when God calls, He places all things in motion and says, “I’ve got your back. No worries.”
Northeast Ohio has a fabulous summer fruit/vegetable season. Produce stands abound. Even I grew radishes, cucumbers and tomatoes this summer. Me!!! The one who killed cactus in Arizona. Yes, God is good.
Over the summer I hope you’ve enjoyed many diverse berries. They’re so therapeutic, try to freeze them while you can. They’ll retain their nutritional value during the long winter ahead.
As you know I stress the mantra, “Eat for nutrients!” When we only eat for a caloric formula or a specific combination of the three basic food groups (fats, proteins and carbs) we run the risk of imbalance. Eating for nutrients restores balance and is much easier to follow. Rely on your brain’s hypothalamus to advise you what to consume for health and vibrancy.
All berries are rich in antioxidants which protect us against aging. This is incentive enough to consume as many as possible, right? But it is the concealed physiological abilities God infused them with which is truly astounding.
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.” (Proverbs 25:2)
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries assist with cognitive function. Berries were used in a study of Alzheimer’s patients. These berries reduced inflammation in the brain and thus increased blood flow. The synaptic neurons in the brain were activated and thereby could pass through the blood brain barrier. Berries restored some memory deficiencies.
If berries reduce inflammation, then it stands to reason that it will improve arthritic conditions as well. Of course chronic inflammation is also the culprit in other types of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and cancers.
These small wonder foods balance the alkaline pH scale. When one has a more alkaline than acidic pH, it highly reduces the possibility of cancers.
All berries are high in fiber. Blackberries contain 7.6 and raspberries 8 grams per cup. Fiber removes toxins from the body which strengthens our resistance to colon and other cancers. Blackberries are also recommended to correct bowel problems such as diarrhea.
Are you diabetic but crave something sweet? Studies on blackberries, raspberries and blueberries have discovered a noticeable decrease in blood sugar. One reason is because the abundant fiber and specific nutrients they contain slows the release of insulin.
Blueberries are especially amazing! Blueberries contain a chemical called myrtillin which regulates blood sugar. Their deep blue color is derived from a compound called anthocyanin. God has infused them with this chemical to protect it from environmental factors such as heat, cold, wind, drought and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Protect yourself from the harmful sun’s rays by consuming a bowel of blueberries.
Berries lower blood pressure and reduce stroke risk.
And of course weight control! Since berries are only around 80 calories per cup, it’s a guilt-free food . . . albeit slathered in decadent dark chocolate is tempting, (fine in moderation) try to control yourself. Don’t make any food an idol before God.
And what’s the best fruit? The fruit of your spirit of course!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” (Galatians 5:22)