Monday, August 24, 2015

Day 2147 - Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

So I've talked about pomegranates, kale, bananas, blueberries and chia seeds.  I've also chatted about cucumbers, celery, aloe vera and coconut oil.

Today I thought I'd have a chat about something that is right in front of me.  The fruity staple that permanently resides in our kitchen and which is a daily fixture in the family lunch boxes.

The apple.

Here are ten ways an apple can keep the doctor away:

  1. Helps to curb cancer:  A number of cancer studies have found that compounds such as flavonols and triterpenoids found in apples have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells.
  2. Decreases the risk of diabetes:  Apples are loaded with soluble fibre which is the key to stopping those blood sugar swings.
  3. Reduces cholesterol:  The soluble fibre binds with fats in the intestine which lowers cholesterol levels.
  4. Neutralizes irritable bowel syndrome:  IBS is all about the constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain and bloating.  Best to stay away from dairy and fatty foods and turn to a high fibre diet instead.
  5. Weight control:  To help manage weight doctors recommend a high fibre diet to fill you up without adding too many calories.
  6. Liver detox:  There are toxins everywhere and the liver works hard to get the toxins out of our body.  One of the best ways to detox is to eat fruits like apples.
  7. Boosts immunity:  Red apples contain the antioxidant quercetin which helps boosts and fortify the immune system.
  8. Prevents gallstones:  A high fibre diet will tackle that cholesterol issue which (if it solidifies in the the bile) turns to gallstones.  
  9.  Heart health:  The phenolic compound in apples skins can prevent the cholesterol that solidifies on the artery walls.  A build up in the arteries can reduce blood flow to the heart leading to coronary disease.
  10. Healthier teeth:  chewing on apples stimulates the production of saliva reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.

It's good to know my family are well taken care of! 

As for me, I've never really been all that fond of apples.  But I'm going to make an effort to add them back into my daily diet.  It's all part of this aging positively gig. 

What about you? 

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