Pomegranate, the other red fruit, is usually in season from September to January. This nutrient dense food is high in vitamin C, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, and iron. They’re a great antioxidant that can help the body against free radicals and oxidation. In fact, pomegranates are more powerful as an antioxidant than green tea, cranberries, or blueberries. Some of the other benefits include: lowering blood pressure, preventing plaque build up in the blood vessels, lowering cholesterol, and inhibiting cancer growth. This vibrant red fruit is great for the heart and blood vessels.
In Indian tradition the root chakra or muldhara is equated with the red color. It’s said that if you consume red foods such as the powerful pomegranate it can strengthen this base chakra which grounds the body, provides security and confidence. If you’re feeling ungrounded, break open a pomegranate and enjoy the sweet juicy seeds found inside.
The urinary system excretes unwanted substances and maintains fluid balance in the body. If blood pressure is too high or there is too much water the kidneys will secrete water from the body. This system consists of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. The primary organs are the kidneys which regulate blood pressure, filter the blood, remove toxins, and creates urine. The kidneys create 180L of waste a day. This waste or filtrate is composed of glucose, water, ions, electrolytes, excess salt, and hydrogen waste. If the body is in need of any of these substances they can be reabsorbed within the kidneys before the filtrate moves into the ureters.
Once the kidneys have produced the urine it’s sent through the ureters to the urinary bladder. The bladder stretches to store urine until it’s ready to be released by the body through the urethra.