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Apples and Oranges: The Surprising Benefits

By Brandi Swieter

National Nutrition Month makes people focus on their dietary health. During the month of March and every month hereafter, individuals should try harder to incorporate healthier foods into their diet. Apples and oranges are a great start, as both have some surprising benefits that help the mind and body.

Apples

To make the digestive tract work, fiber proves necessary. Apples contain plenty of fiber and work well to ensure the digestive system can do its job as intended. With different colors and tastes available, anyone can find an apple they enjoy. There are sweet, mild, and tart versions, each able to improve intestinal health. By stimulating the metabolism and balancing good and bad bacteria, harmful toxins get eliminated easier while the intake of vital nutrients becomes maximized.

Apples also help to reduce weakness. Those who feel sick, run down, or otherwise weak should eat more apples to gain back their strength. They even provide a healthy source of iron, which also helps with weakness. Low iron is one cause for being overly tired.

Anyone hoping to improve their teeth and gums can do so with apples. The fruit has fiber that helps to cleanse the teeth. The stimulation of saliva from eating an apple also works to prevent bacteria from spreading in the mouth. With antibacterial properties, apples can ensure infection does not spread through the mouth when they are eaten regularly.

Oranges

Clear skin is a goal for many men and women. Oranges can help with this goal thanks to their high level of Vitamin C. This vitamin aids in collagen production, which works to reduce wrinkles, keep the skin smooth, and make it appear more youthful. Eating oranges may even help fight the damage caused by the sun.

An increase in potassium with a decrease in sodium is one of the best ways to improve heart health. Oranges contain plenty of potassium to make this benefit a reality. The Vitamin C and choline found in oranges boost heart health as well, making the fruit vital for anyone suffering from heart disease or who has ever had a stroke.

Free radicals that cause cancer can be fought off with the help of Vitamin C. The antioxidants found in Vitamin C, and therefore oranges, act best against colorectal cancer and skin cancers.

Eat more apples and oranges on a regular basis to reap the benefits. These surprising advantages make the fruits ideal snacks and meal additions for everyday eating. Enjoy them plain or use them in a recipe for improved health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Snellville, Ga.

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