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Apples May Add a Healthy Component to That Party

By Tom Herrin

The search for ways to improve health is an ongoing effort for many people.  There tend to be many obstacles to success.  The fast pace of life seems to lead us to filling the need for speed by consuming foods that are quickly available but have little nutritional value.  The result is consuming a lot of calories packed with fats and carbs but fail to meet the needs of our bodies.  There are still foods that can be purchased that can provide healthy nutrients for those in a hurry.  Apples are a healthy food that can be taken anywhere and eaten anytime with great benefits.

They Can Be Good for Digestion

A lot of people have problems with digestion.  Much of this is likely due to the fact they have too much poor quality food in their diet.  An adequate amount of fiber is often missing.  Apples are high in fiber and water.  Both of these help add bulk to the bowels and can help with moving food smoothly through the digestive system.  This has long been believed to play a part in preventing colon cancer, but it seems that apples can somehow play a defensive role against breast and, possibly, lung cancer.

They Are Believed to Help Dementia

Apples seem to have some positive effects in combating some problems that deal with brain function, both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Some of this appears to be due to some antioxidants.  Since apples also help to remove cholesterol from the veins and arteries, this could be a benefit to the heart and brain both.  Circulation problems are sometimes a base cause of some problems in both of these areas.

They Are a Good Snack or Meal Portion

We all have experience with apples.  Their portability is no secret.  They are easy to store and may be packed in a lunch or carried as a snack.  Let’s face it.  A good sweet apple is pretty good just about anytime.  They are still popular in desserts such as pies, but I like them in salads as well.  They are offered as substitutes in many fast food places.  At our house, when we are having a party or gathering of some kind, sliced apples with some kind of dip are pretty good.  My favorite is peanut butter, honey, and uncooked oats mixed together so they can be spread or available as a dip for apples.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Hollywood, Calif.


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