An apple a day…..

…..keeps the doctor away!

How true this is, as apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. And there is more….studies inform us that apples help improve neurological health, prevent dementia, reduce your risk of stroke, lower levels of bad cholesterol, reduce your risk of diabetes, heart diseases and go against obesity. What else can we wish for?!

As nutritional powerhouses, apples contain Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins: Riboflavin, Thiamin and Vitamin B-6 which are key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health. On top of that, apples are rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus and contain phytonutrients – that help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.

Use half an apple every day in your morning breakfast of warm oatmeal with almond milk and a small mix of almonds- and cashew nuts. Top with fresh blue berries and a tiny bit of honey. This will help you through the day till lunch, it gives you energy and withholds you from craving the sugary stuff (please let it be….). And the best part of this deal: it improves your bowel movements.

In Chinese Medicine the following features are attributed to apples:

Supports: earth element (sweet) and wood element (sour)
Flavour: sweet and sour
Temperature: neutral / cool
Effects: Feeds juices and stops diarrhea
Target organs: Large Intestine, Lungs, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Kidney

 

Photo by Daniela

 

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