Happy September! Fall is in the air!! When I think of this time of year, love the smell of crisp apples and even fresh apple pie. I know you’ve probably been told since you were a child that apples are great for your health and it even plays a role in strengthening your teeth. Guess what? Whoever told you that was absolutely right. There are a plethora of benefits of eating just one apple per day.
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- An Abundance of Fiber for Your Digestive System
Most fruits and vegetables are chock full of fiber which allows for a healthy digestive system. Your colon is cleaned thoroughly and it plays a role in preventing potential inflammation. Keep in mind that most of that wonderful fiber found in apples is typically found in the skin, so don’t throw them away! If you have just one apple that is medium sized, you will be getting about 2.4 grams of fiber, which is great!
Foods that have a great amount of fiber can really promote a healthy well-being. The fiber that you consume allows water to enter the stool which allows for ease through the colon. Think about what would happen if fiber didn’t exist. It keeps your plumbing intact!
Keeps Your Skin Glowing
It has been found that contain an abundance of both elastin and collagen which both play significant roles in the health of your skin. This is why many people like to apply apple slices on to their faces during or after a facial!
Research has even shown that apple cider may play a role in treating and preventing acne. Bacteria can be eliminated as well as the oils so that the pH of your skin is restored properly. Don’t forget that fresh apples are filled with vitamins A, B and C which are all excellent for your system overall.
- Prevent Issues with Breathing
Many people may not even be aware of this, but apples can actually play a role in keeping your lungs healthy. There is an antioxidant in the fruit known as quercetin and this is what helps the lungs function properly. Keep in mind that this substance is found in the skin, so that’s another reason why you shouldn’t throw it away!
- Helps with Weight Loss
Let’s face it- there are a plethora of people out there who struggle with weight loss or who struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. By eating an apple a day, it’s a great snack to make you feel full. You never feel guilty if you have one and the nutritional values are endless. If you substitute an apple for a candy bar, you’ll be on your way to a healthier method of losing that weight.
Fruits and vegetables are the best way to go when dealing with any type of weight loss. Don’t fall victim to those fad diets because they may be doing more harm to your body than you can imagine. Throw an apple into your bag in the morning or cut up some slices and have some honey on the side. If you’d like you can also add some fresh slices of apples to your tea to give it a nice zest.
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Overall, apples have a wonderful taste and if you are adamant about being healthy, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be in your diet. Go ahead and get those apples! And don’t forget to support your local farms!
-Anita Haridat, Ph.D