As the weather continues to cool down into fall months it’s a great idea to keep your immune and digestive system strong. On today’s blog we will be sharing a Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber-rich smoothie that will keep you healthy all season long. Carrots are a vegetable rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for supporting the lining of the digestive tract so you can keep your gut lining working strong! It serves as the blocking barrier for foodborne pathogens and the rest of your body. This orange probiotic immunity-boosting smoothie is perfect for breakfast on-the-go. Try the recipe below!
- 1 large carrot, peeled
- 2 tangerines or 1 large orange (regular or blood orange)
- 6-ounce fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp chia seed (more if you are making smoothie bowls).
- 6–8 ounces plain Kefir yogurt or cultured plain yogurt.
- 3 to 4 dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
- Optional 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- Peel your carrot and oranges.
- Place carrots, orange, and juice in a blender. Blend under a thick juice if formed.
- Next add your chia seeds, yogurt, spices, ginger, and coconut oil.
- Blend again.
- To make smoothie bowls, add an addition 1 tsp chia seed and let the blended smoothie mix sit overnight, (or at least for a few hours) in the fridge. The chia seed will help it thicken. Pour into bowls and garnish with orange slices, cinnamon, gluten-free oats, and optional honey.
Blood vessels are part of the circulatory system that transports blood throughout the body. There are three major types of blood vessels: arteries, capillaries, and veins. Each vessel has very specific functions throughout the body, and the extensive system of blood vessels is over 60,000 miles long! On today’s blog we are discussing each blood vessels and their jobs in the circulatory system.
Arteries carry blood away from the heart. Both arteries and veins have the same structure with three layers: tunica intima, tunica media, and tunica adventitia. The largest artery is the aorta, which carries blood out of the heart.
Capillaries enable the exchange of water and chemicals between the blood and tissues. Capillaries consist of a layer of endothelium and occasional connective tissue. Capillaries are the smallest blood vessels.
Veins carry blood from the capillaries back toward the heart. Veins are either arterial or venous, depending on whether the blood in it is flowing away from (arterial) or toward (venous) the heart. Most veins carry deoxygenated blood from the tissues back to the heart except for the pulmonary and umbilical veins. Veins are classified in a number of ways. Superficial veins are those that are close to the surface of the body and have no corresponding arteries. Deep veins are deeper in the body and have corresponding arteries. Pulmonary veins are a set of veins that deliver oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart. Systemic veins drain the tissues of the body and deliver deoxygenated blood to the heart.
We can’t say enough great things about this nutritious vegetable: zucchini! Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with multiple essential vitamins and minerals including B6, C, and K to name a few.
This super squash contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which are great in maintaining healthy blood circulation throughout the body. Today’s blog features a Tex Mex dish featuring zucchini is the star ingredient. This recipe includes chicken and black beans as a great source of protein and complex carbohydrates that makes for a balanced dinner. This low carb, vegetable-filled skillet dish easily cooks in 30 minutes, while only using one pan! It will satisfy your Mexican food craving while sticking to your nutrition goals! Try it and let us know what you think!
- 1 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium bell peppers, chopped
- 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
- 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
- 2 large zucchinis, diced
- 14 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
- 14 oz can dice tomatoes
- 1 tsp taco seasoning
- 1 tbsp cumin, divided
- 1 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup Tex Mex or Colby Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- Preheat large deep skillet on low – medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Move vegetables to the side of the skillet and add chicken. Sprinkle with 1 tsp cumin, salt and black pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add corn, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, taco seasoning and remaining cumin. Stir, cover and cook on low-medium for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheese, cover and cook for a few minutes or until cheese has melted. Top with green onion and cilantro. Serve hot, on its own or with brown rice or quinoa.
Spot a spider or varicose vein that looks like it may need treatment? Rather than letting it go and second-guessing yourself, we highly recommend having veins looked at to determine if any necessary treatment is needed. Although many people with varicose veins do not develop complications, it is impossible to determine a vein’s outcome from early stages of development. While the size of a vein is not related to complications, the duration of the vein is, so staying proactive about your vein health could prevent major issues from developing. The following are situations that may arise if varicose veins are left untreated:
- Superficial Thrombophlebitis– In this condition, the varicose vein is inflamed and tender. A clot is usually present in the vein.
- Bleeding– Even with minor trauma, the varicose vein may be associated with bleeding. Because the vein is under high pressure, the bleeding can be quite profuse.
- Venous Eczema– The skin around the vein may become dry and very itchy.
- Venous Pigmentation– This is brown staining of the skin around the ankle. It is due to the leakage of small amount of blood from the veins into the skin.
- Venous Ulceration– This is the formation of ulcers at the ankle.
If you notice the development of varicose or spider veins, please contact us at 775-329-3100, or visit our Website at www.RenoVeinClinic.com.