An apple a day CAN keep the doctor away!

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Some of my favorite heath benefits of eating apples

1. Get whiter, healthier teeth-Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. (That is great. I hate whitening my teeth and love the idea of eating an apple to help with my teeth not getting any more yellow.)

2. Avoid Alzheimer’s- There is a study with mice that showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.(Considering Alzheimer’s runs in my family, I better eat lots of apples.)

3. Decrease your risk of diabetes Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings. (Considering there is some diabetes risk in my family, I would like to reduce the possibility of developing it in the future.)

4. Reduce cholesterol The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.(Always good benefit! )

5. Get a healthier heart- An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease. (my dad had a quadruple bypass surgery, so well any way to reduce the risk of any cloggage would be great)

6. Beat diarrhea and constipation Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.  (definitely a good benefit)

7. Control your weight Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fiber. Foods high in fiber will fill you up without costing you too many calories. (main reason I love apples, need to control my weight, and well lose weight.

8. Boost your immune system- Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out. ( I am a teacher, so I definitely need the immune boost)

 

About Monica Brown 236 Articles
I am a 29 year old married teacher and baechbody coach. I love trying to find ways to eat healthy most of the time and finding fun workouts where I don't feel like it is WORK.

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