An Apple a Day Just Might Keep the Doctor Away
History of Apples
🍏 Apples are members of the rose family. They're most likely native to the Caucasus Mountains of Western Asia and maybe to Anatolia, the Asian part of Turkey. Carbonized apples have been dated back to 6500 BC in Anatolia.
🍎Apples came to Britain with the Roman Empire and made it to America in 1623, brought by William Blackstone to Massachusetts.
🍏 They are now commonly eaten with the Dutch eating the most, the French next, consuming most of theirs in the form of cider. Belgians and Italians are next, with the US coming in last only averaging one apple per week. We bring up the average in my family!!!
The Health Benefits of Apples
🍎 Apples are a highly digestible alkaline food.
🍏 They have a high-water content, which quenches both immediate and cellular-level thirst.
🍎 Because they’re juicy, have a high fiber content and aren’t sticky, they help clean the teeth and exercise the gums when eaten raw.
🍎 Apples have anti-inflammatory properties. They play a nutritional role of calming the system by reducing viral and bacterial loads that create inflammation.
🍏 The phytochemical content of apples makes them a true brain food by feeding neurons and increasing electrical activity.
🍎 Apples contain the amino acids glutamine and serine, which can help detoxify the brain of MSG.
🍏 Apples improve circulation in the lymphatic system.
🍎 They’re antitoxic, meaning they can counteract toxic influences by reactivating beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
🍏 They contain malic and tartaric acids, which help remove impurities in the liver and inhibit the growth of ferments and disease producing bacteria in the digestive tract.
🍎 All apples, but green apples especially, cleanse the liver and help soften gallstones.
🍏 Contains pectin, a gel-forming fiber, that supplies galacturonic acid to prevent the putrefaction of protein.
🍎 Pectin also works as a bulking agent, pushing through the digestive tract, cleansing it along the way. It collects and removes microbes such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mold from the digestive system. This makes it helpful for healing SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and other digestive disorders.
🍏 Pectin also help protect against the toxic effect of some chemicals in the diet, such as cyclamate (a zero-calorie sugar substitute banned in the US and other countries, but still found in other countries.)
🍎 European studies show that apple pectin binds with radioactive residues and removes them from the body, along with lead, mercury and other toxic heavy metals.
🍏 Apples also contain traces of flavonoids, rutin, and quercidin, which are responsible for heavy metal and radiation detoxification.
🍎 Pectin also limits the amount of fat our adipose (or fatty) cells can absorb by building a “barrier” that naturally controls the buildup of fat in the body.
🍏 Apples contain an element that helps improve the assimilation of iron from companion foods.
🍎 Various studies indicate that eating apples daily will help reduce skin diseases, arthritis, and various lung and asthma problems.
🍏 Grated raw apples help to reduce fever in children.
🍎 Steamed apples with honey can help ease a dry cough.
🍏 Apples prepared with agar can help to eliminate mucus from the lungs.
🍎 Apples contain precious trace mineral such as manganese and molybdenum, as well as electrolytes and mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress of any kind.
🍏 Whew! So many reasons to make apples part of your diet on a daily basis.
What are your favorite ways to eat apples? 🍏
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