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Apparently the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has merit.

Why does “an apple a day keep the doctor away?”

Organic Gala apples - Carrie ©

  • Apples are a good source of both insoluble fiber, roughage, and soluble fiber, pectin.
  • Pectin lowers cholesterol, helps digestion, and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
  • Fiber keeps the bowels working and healthy.
  • Apples are rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Apple skin contains quercetin, an antioxidant that is very good for your heart and lungs
  • and lowers the risk of heart disease and fights cancer.
  • Apples can help control weight  – apples are effective in suppressing  the appetite.

So when you eat your organic apple, eat the skin as well.

Apples are perfect for juicing along with vegetables.

Every morning, I juice some vegetables and add an apple for taste.

An apple also makes a great mid morning or afternoon snack.

So if you’re on the run…why not grab an apple, feed your heart lungs, and keep that doctor away.

My favorite morning juice blend

1 large carrot

1 small to medium beet

a handful of spinach

1 apple

Juice, pour into a wine glass,  and drink to your health.

For more on the benefits of apples visit essortment.com

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation


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This is the time for berry picking in British Columbia. Our personal favorite berries are Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries.

This year was an exceptional season for  berries. In no time we filled our buckets to the brim with the berries – picking has never been such a pleasure.

This year topped it off with an abundance of cherries from just one tree, unlike any other year I can remember.

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Up the Cherry tree

Eatin' and Pickin' them sweet cherries

What are some of the health benefits that these berries provide?

Blueberries…

…contain antioxidants that are thought to help our bodies fight free radicals.  They also contain vitamins and a significant amount of  fiber.

Studies on rats have found that blueberries slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity. The studies also showed blueberries to improved learning and memory.

Japanese researchers demonstrated the usefulness of blueberries in improving weak eyesight and lessening eye fatigue.

Bowl of Blueberries

Cherries…

…are an effective and fast-acting for eliminating swelling and pain. Not to mention they are delicious to eat. Eating just a few cherries a day helps to the body to deal with uric acid levels, keeping them in check. Cherry juice is just as effective. (Note my previous blog on cherries –  What do Exercise and Black Cherries have in common?)
Cherry picking 2

Raspberries…

…are a good source of antioxidants and may even have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli. Raspberries contain some very specific antioxidants that are found in few other sources.

Raspberries

So enjoy those rich nutrient filled, tasty berries while you can.  You can always freeze some for those harsh winter months. We’ve got plenty in our freezer to hold us until spring.

You can find more information on these berries at:

http://www.naturalnews.com/blueberries.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/019978.html

http://bit.ly/37sl6m

Crab apples anyone? No, they are not a berry but since they are one of my husband’s favorite fruits, I’ll mention them. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C –  good for jellies and Jams, and for those who like a tart treat, they’re all yours.

Crabapples from our very own tree

Crab apples from our very own tree

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