Do you know how much apples can support you in your health endeavours?
I was very surprised at the complex effect apples have on our health. And I think that one or the other piece of information about this may be of use to you.
Apples have been a great companion to mankind for thousands of years. We have always been able to count on them, which is why we are very familiar with them. Let yourself be surprised by what this wonderful helper has in store for us, especially our modern society with its currently high health risks.
What apples can do for you
...They are highly anti-inflammatory, which makes them the first choice for practically any illness, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation in the brain, viral infections, diabetes, Lyme disease etc..
Inflammation is very often caused by viral and bacterial strains. Apples have an antiviral and as well antibacterial effect so thus reduce this burden.
...Through their secondary plant compounds, they function as brain food. They nourish nerve cells and increase electrical activity. All people suffering from ADHD, autism and Alzheimer's can take advantage of this.
...Red-skinned apples contain pigments that facilitate the digestion and thus promote weight loss.
...Apples contain the flavonoids rutin and quercidin which eliminate heavy metals and the effects of radiation. Unfortunately, these two causes of damage to our human health are often given too little attention by the classical orthodox medicine in pro-active and preventive therapy.
...They also contain the amino acids glutamine and serine, which cleanse the brain of monosodium glutamate (MSG, glutamate).
MSG accumulates in the brain, where it can cause inflammation and swelling. Brain cells die, electrical impulses are interrupted, neurotransmitters weaken and neurons die away. It can also cause confusion and anxiety, mini-strokes or damage the central nervous system. In short, glutamate is very harmful and involved in many diseases. It should be avoided.
Unfortunately, glutamate is hidden in very many products under the following names: maltodextrin, corn starch, wheat starch, yeast extract, modified starch, gelatine, textured egg white, whey powder, soy protein, soy sauce, bouillon, brewer's yeast, carrageenan, protease, sodium caseinate, balsamic vinegar as well as “hydrolysed” and “autolyzed”. So it's worth reading the ingredients.
...Apples purify and cleanse the organs, improve the lymph flow, regenerate damaged skin and regulate blood sugar.
...Their pectin binds harmful viruses, bacteria, yeast and mould germs in the intestine and eliminates them. Apples are therefore good intestinal cleansers. The pectin also binds and excretes hardened or rotting proteins as well as other waste that accumulates in the intestines and feeds harmful bacteria there. Apples are therefore valuable helpers in cases of small intestinal malabsorption and digestive disorders.
Incidentally, these proteins mentioned come mainly from dairy products and gluten, which cover the intestinal walls with a slimy, sticky coating. This glues over the intestinal villi and severely impedes their important task of absorbing life-sustaining nutrients into the blood. This is one of the reasons why dairy products and gluten are so harmful to us humans.
...Finally, apples have a moisturising effect on the cellular level. They provide us with precious trace elements such as manganese, molybdenum, electrolytes and important minerals. Thus, they support our water balance during sports and us during any kind of stress.
Remarks and tips
For thousands of years, we humans have stored apples in our cellars to get us through the winter in good health, so we feel a sense of lightness, refuge and comfort just looking at them. Apples give us energy. You could almost think they build a protective shield around us when we need it.
Of course, you can only experience all the previously mentioned benefits of this fantastic fruit if you snack them regularly and sufficiently. It should be three apples a day, preferably red-cheeked ones, and then you can really say, "Three apples a day keep the doctor away.''
Raw apples can be prepared in many delicious ways so you can easily manage three apples a day. Chopped into small pieces in various salads or also with salty dishes, grated very finely in a muesli (better with oatmeal only as gluten-containing cereals are not recommended), mixed in smoothies with other fruits or as apples puree. Or you can blend 1-2 raw apples together with some dates, a little cinnamon and possibly a squeeze of lemon juice in a blender and enjoy.
It is better not to combine fruit with fat. Fat and sugar together are very unfavourable and can cause diseases. (More on this further down in this blog: Fat - yes or no?)
When apples are juiced, cooked or baked, they unfortunately lose these healthy properties. So apple pies, baked apples etc. are better seen as tasty exceptions.
If you have access to fresh, pesticide-free and wax-free apples, you should not wash them or only rinse them very briefly with water without rubbing. On their skin are many microorganisms that are extremely valuable for our intestinal health and immune system and also stimulate the body's own production of vitamin B12 in the ileum (part of the small intestine).
Treat yourself once a year to the experience of harvesting such healthy apples and eating them fresh from the tree. Then the harvest itself becomes a wonderful and grounding meditation. For example on the German spoken website mundraub.org [translate with online translaters like deepl.com e.g.) you can find great places for harvesting fruit by yourself in public and private areas where it's permitted (following simple rules).
It's better to stick to certified organic apples. It has been proven that they contain fewer harmful substances. You'll also be doing something good for the planet and the people around you.
by Anthony William
Apple - "caramel" - soft ice cream
2 frozen apples (diced), 2 frozen bananas, 4-5 pitted dates, ¼ tsp vanilla powder or ½ tsp cinnamon, 3-4 tbsp water or coconut water.
Blend everything together in a blender until smooth and enjoy immediately.
Apples with "caramel" dip
Cut 1 large apple into slices and arrange on a plate.
Blend 6 pitted dates, ¼ tsp cinnamon and some water (or coconut water) in a blender until smooth. Pour the dip into a bowl.
Enjoy the autumn!