Monday, August 23, 2010

Apples – Crunch Your Way to
Healthy Nutrition & Weight Loss

There’s no easier way to add a dose of nutrition to your day than by crunching on a tasty apple. You probably first experienced its delightful flavor as a baby, when applesauce introduced you to real food. And now, whether it’s a Granny Smith, a McIntosh, or a Red Delicious, you think of apples as old friends. Grown throughout the world, apples are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in sodium. In short, eating apples is a smart part of a healthy lifestyle.

6 ways apples keep you healthy

Regulates your day.

You don’t have to worry about staying regular anymore. Whether your problem is visiting the bathroom too often or not often enough, apples can help.

A British researcher, Dr. D.P Burkitt, believes one of the easiest ways to prevent all sorts of illnesses, is to avoid constipation. He calls the diseases caused by chronic constipation “pressure diseases.” Appendicitis, diverticular diseases, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernias, and even varicose veins can all be caused by straining to pass small, hard stools.

Just one apple with its skin contains 4 to 5 grams of fiber – the most important nutrient in keeping your bowels working like a well-oiled machine. Keeping yourself regular without relying on harmful laxatives could be as easy as replacing that afternoon snack of potato chips or cookies with a crisp, delicious apple. And think of the calories you’ll save. The average apple has about 80 calories while a serving of chips weighs in at 150 calories and you’ll get about 200 from just a few cookies.

But that’s not all apples can do. They’re also good for diarrhea, thanks to an ingredient called pectin. This carbohydrate has a congealing effect in your intestines that helps firm things up and return you to normal. Applesauce is actually the best apple product for diarrhea, since it’s made without the high.-fiber skin. But watch out for extra sugar. Some brands of applesauce dump a truckload of sweeteners into an otherwise healthy food, and too much refined sugar could make your diarrhea worse.

Keeps your body young.

By now you know antioxidants can protect you from many of the diseases that seem to be a part of aging. In fact, so many people are taking supplements for antioxidant protection that it’s become a multibillion-dollar industry. But the evidence is mounting that whole foods can do more for you than pills.

When scientists compared a 1,500-milligram vitamin C supplement to one small apple, the results were astounding – the antioxidant values were equal. That means a fresh apple has more than 15 times the antioxidant power of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. And that’s just for starters. The researchers also found an ordinary apple was able to stop the growth of colon and liver cancer cells in test tubes. Unpeeled apples were especially effective. The question you need to ask yourself: Why waste money on flavorless supplements when you can get better antioxidant firepower from a sweet, crunchy fruit?
Cuts your risk of heart disease. Sometimes it’s hard to remember which food is good for which part of your body. The next time you pick up an apple, examine it carefully. It’s shaped a bit like a heart – and that should help you remember apples are good for your heart.

It’s the magnesium and potassium in apples that help regulate your blood pressure and keep your heart beating steadily, and it’s the flavonoid quercetin, a naturally occurring antioxidant, that protects your artery walls from damage and keeps your blood flowing smoothly.

In fact adding flavonoid-rich foods like apples to your diet has been scientifically confirmed to lower your risk of heart disease. There’s proof of this in a study of Japanese women who ate foods high in quercetin. They were less likely to get coronary heart disease than other women and they had lower levels of total and LDL, or bad, cholesterol.

Strikes at the heart of strokes.

Apples are even a smart choice for helping avoid strokes. Scientists aren’t sure which ingredient in this multi-talented fruit to credit, but the connection is clear – people who regularly eat apples are less likely to have strokes than people who don’t.

Protects your joints.

In areas of the world where fruits and vegetables make up a large part of the diet, very few people get arthritis. Compare this to modernized countries where fruits and vegetables have been replaced with fast, processed food and you’ll find up to 70 percent of the population suffers from some form of arthritis. Just a coincidence? Not according to nutrition experts. They link this trend in part to boron, a trace mineral many plants, including apples, absorb from the soil.

If you eat like most people, you’ll get about 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) of boron a day, mostly from non-citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, and nuts. Experts believe, however, you need anywhere from 3 to 10 mg a day to affect your risk of arthritis. To boost your boron intake to this level, you’d have to eat more than nine apples a day.

This is probably an unreasonable amount for most people, but don’t despair. Pair an apple with other boron-rich foods like a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a large handful of raisins, and you’ll not only have a delicious afternoon snack, but you’ll make your joint-saving quota of boron at the same time.
Helps you breathe deeply. Your lungs are assaulted every day by cigarette smoke, air pollution, pollen, and other air-borne nasties.

On top of that perhaps you suffer from asthma, emphysema, or similar lung condition. If all you want to do is take a deep breath, then grab an apple.
A five-year study of more than 2,500 men from Wales found those who ate five or more apples per week were able to fill their lungs with more air than men who didn’t eat apples. Experts believe you might be getting some special protection from the antioxidant quercetin. Unfortunately, eating apples can’t reverse a lung condition you already have, but you just might add a new line of defense against further damage.

Pantry pointers

Buy apples that are unbruised, firm, and have good color. Take them out of their plastic bag and store them in your refrigerator – loose in the produce bin or in a paper bag is best. And since they will absorb odors, keep them away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onions.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do You Have This Problem In Your Bedroom?

Do You Have This Problem In Your Bedroom?
by Rod Jellison

Snoring by you or your partner can literally drive you both crazy and out of your bedroom.

Literally millions of people from all walks of life suffer from this very problem and are desperately searching for relief by using stop snoring products.

Snoring creates all kinds of undesirable effects such as eliminating or drastically reducing an active sex life, sleeping problems that leave you tired and worn out each day and a whole host of other troubles associated with this very unhappy problem.

Now this problem is not just a man problem, as there are lots of snoring women too.
And you may have even experienced the problem with a snoring child.

Is there an answer?

Well let’s look at the proliferation of so-called stop snoring remedies in the marketplace.

Here are some to give you an idea:

Mouth Appliances: A thing that you put inside your mouth or over your face. A dental appliance that moves your lower jaw forward so your airway remains open. Some of these different gadgets can cost you more than $1,000- $2,000!

CPAP Sleep Mask: Short for continuous positive airway pressure sleep mask. It’s supposed to aid in keeping your throat open. A pump forces air pressure to the throat. Again cost for this is anywhere from $1,000 plus. My brother was using one of these contraptions and found it very uncomfortable and inconvenient. His comment was that he had a runny nose consistently and he also said it was awkward.

Snoring Sprays: There’s various kinds of these stop snoring sprays sold in stores and on the Internet that claim to eliminate the problem. They supposedly lubricate your nasal passages and throat -BUT a dry throat does not cause snoring.
These snoring sprays retail from $10 - $25 or more.

Snoring Pillows: This is another of the many solutions to stop snoring that is being claimed as the answer. Now, in all fairness, they do work for some people and is sometimes recommended as an answer for anyone that suffers from sleep apnea. They are designed to keep a person sleeping on their side instead of their back. Would you believe there is even one called the smart pillow with a sonic device built in that changes the pillow shape when it detects any snoring.
That one you can have for the low price of $169 usd.

Next we get into the advice areas that tell you or your spouse to sleep in another room?!
I do agree with the following statement that says:

“If your snoring keeps your partner awake night after night, they may even resent you for it, even though you have no control over your snoring.”

Now if all these devices don’t work or only work for some people and if you can’t afford the price you would have to pay to experiment to see if they would work for you…

Then what can you do??

I know I personally wouldn’t want to pay the price to try these different stop snoring remedies to see if they would work for me and I really don’t want the discomfort and possible medication reactions to various sprays and throat lozenges.

What can you do?

There are a wide variety of reasons an individual snores, but for your partner attempting to sleep, the only concern is how to prevent it from occurring.
With many people lacking in physical health, one of the first things that can be done is to control body weight with proper diet and exercise.
Smoking can also be one of the contributing factors.

Have you tried a stop snoring remedy yourself and got less than desirable results?

What can you do?

Many Americans are using medications for sleep deprivation, while others are simply lacking in sleep due to the snoring of their partner.

What can you do?

You can stop snoring now!

All it takes is 3 minutes a day, using a program tailor-fitted to your specific snoring problem.
You don't need any type of surgery or buy any extra pills, creams or sprays to make this work.
In fact, doing that might take you further away from solving your problem.
Because, besides being expensive, most of these "solutions" cure only the throat, the soft palate or the jaw separately... When it's usually a combination!

Now you can easily find out yourself what is blocking your airways, and follow the simple, step-by-step stop snoring exercises... that explain exactly how to cure your snoring.

But don’t take my word for it…

The following is a true story of a man who faced all the same problems that you do and how he solved it without using all the different stop snoring products that are available.

He says:

I tried everything - sprays, creams, pills. I even wore those ridiculous devices in my mouth. Nothing worked for my "incurable case of snoring" - and I wasn't getting any answers why my snoring wasn't going away!

At some point, I even considered surgery... But the thought of such a serious (not to mention expensive) measure quite frankly scared me to death.

So what did he do?

Stay with me, because I’m going to show you how he did it.

But here’s the most important part.
Everyone can do it... It's that powerful!

Can you imagine how great that feels?

Click here now for his story and the answer to your problem without using all those different stop snoring products.

Your snore free life is just a click away.

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