An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Everyone has heard the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Apples are an amazing fruit and incredibly good for you. Sometimes overlooked with the recent popularity and media coverage of the newly deemed “Super Fruits” such as Acai, Black Currents, Blueberries and Pomegranates, which are known for the high antioxidant levels contained, Apples boast the ability to help with numerous aliments as well as maintain overall health.

 

Where did this saying come from? The first printed quote was in 1866 in the February issue of “Notes and Queries”. It was stated as “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It was later translated to the more modern “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Any saying that sticks around for nearly 150 years must have some truth to it. Right?

 

What is in apples that make them so good for us? First of all apples contain Pectin, which is a form of soluble fiber helpful in maintaining proper digestion and cholesterol levels. Apples also contain Boron, which supports brain and bone health. Add to that Quercetin which helps to reduce free radical damage and shows possibility in offering protection against cancer. And everyone’s favorite, Vitamin C which boosts immunity and over all health!

 

Now add to that that apples also help to clean your teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

 

Apple cider vinegar, made from pressed fermented apples, also has tremendous health benefits. Taking apple cider vinegar daily promotes weight loss and control, as it helps your body to work more efficiently and burn off excess calories, which can taper your waistline over time. It also helps to improve blood flow and supports the circulatory system while promoting free and easy movement of the joints. The benefits don’t stop there. Apple cider vinegar also promotes a healthy stomach and digestive tract as well as keeping blood sugar in check! Plus, its great for your complexion.

 

When taken on a daily basis either as liquid mixed with water or in capsule form, this old time remedy is touted to assist in healing sinus infections, allergies, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throat, contact dermatitis, arthritis and even gout.

 

Even further this is also wonderful for your pets health. Including dogs, cats and even horses. It can control fleas, ticks, and barn flies while giving their coats a luxurious shine.

 

As if that weren’t enough to make you run out and buy a bottle, it is also fantastic for household cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting! It works miracles on glass and is streak free!

 

Plus? They are just delicious, so next time you reach for a snack, grab an apple!

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html

http://www.superfruits.org/benefits/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

 

 

 

Arnica for healing

Arnica is one of the best-kept healing secrets out there. This wonderful plant is native to Europe and has been used there for healing over the centuries. Here in America it seems we are just catching on to some of these amazing plant based medicinal helpers.

Arnica Montana is a homeopathic medicine made from the Arnica flower in the sunflower family. In flower form arnica should not be taken directly as it is incredibly strong and needs to be diluted. It can be taken internally though use of homeopathic “pellets”, tinctures, or applied topically as an ointment.

It’s recommended for use on pain, bruising, muscle strains or sprains, muscle soreness, and speeding healing in general. It can be used post work out, after traumatic injury or accident and is often prescribed after surgery to speed healing and recovery time.

A randomized study published in 2007 looked at a group of just over two hundred people with osteoarthritis in their hands. It was found that an arnica gel applied topically worked just as well as daily ibuprofen, and with minimal side effects.

Another study of 79 arthritic knee patients showed that arnica gel was applied twice daily for three to six weeks, they experienced significant reductions in pain and stiffness and had marked function improvement.

It can be found online or at most health food stores and usually will come in a little 2” tube or small bottle. The cover twists allowing the tiny round pellets to fall into the cap. They are then taken sublingually for super fast absorption directly into your blood stream. Pellets are taken 2-4 times a day, 5 at a time.

It is important to note that these, as well as other homeopathic remedies, are best taken straight from the cap and placed under the tongue. Not only are you less likely to drop them (as they are very small), the oils on your skin can alter them making them less effective over all.

*Do not use mint toothpaste or mint products for 30 minutes after taking any homeopathic medicine as well – mint will neutralize some of the benefits.

So, next time you are at the natural foods store, grab some arnica for your medicine cabinet. You never know when you just might need it.

Happy healing!

Sources:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm