Saturday, September 7, 2013

An Apple a Day - Reasons to Eat Organic

Welcome to Fairly Green, an easy way to add tidbits of information to help live a cleaner, greener life.

Fairly green...that’s me..... I eat mostly organic...but I’m not a vegetarian. I grow organic peaches and I grew an organic garden this year, which was pretty successful. I do use certified organic skin care products (Miessence - of course). I do not eat stuff that comes from a can or a box....well, almost never. See what I mean? Fairly green.

So this is to help us all become better at being green which will give us better health. Where did I start?  Many years ago I started with organic apples and slowly added other "clean" elements to my life.  I found the Australian company, Miessence in 2009 and created when I fell in love with all the certified organic products they offered.  I am always learning and sharing.  Becoming healthier is a process.  Bits of information + like-minded people = Fairly Green.

An Apple A Day
Our first baby step into fairly green is to eat organic apples. Apple season is right around the corner, so this is a good start. Remember that old saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away?  There actually is scientific evidence that an apple a day, does keep the doctor away. Here’s 6 reasons why:
  1. Immune booster: apples contains Vitamin C which improves your immune system. A lot of people who lack Vitamin C in their diet have poor healing, bruise easily and have bleeding gums.
  2. Prevent Heart Diseases: the reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.
  3. Prevent Cancers: notice the plural. Apples help protect against cancer. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in our liver, colon and breast.
  4. Fight cholesterol: apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very dangerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly.
  5. Protects your brain from brain disease: this is something many people don’t know. Apple has substances called phytonutrients, and these phytonutrients prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's.
  6. Healthier Lungs: unique to apples is phlorizin, a flavonoid. Researchers at the University of Nottingham found that people who ate 5 apples or more per week had lower respiratory problems, including asthma.
Now I've been eating organic apples for several years now and I didn't know all this great information.  You don't need any more reason to put some nice juicy organic apples in your shopping cart.

          Your Fairly Green buddy,

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