Why an apple a day might help keep the doctor away!ūüćé

In the early 20th century, an article in American Medicine magazine praised the apple as ¬† “. . . therapeutically effective in all conditions of acidosis, gout, rheumatism, jaundice, all liver and gallbladder troubles, nervous and skin diseases caused by sluggish liver, hyperacidity, and states of autointoxication.”

Apples contain a soluble fiber called pectin, shown to have the following properties:

Pectin helps remove lead and other toxic metals from the digestive tract.  This is especially beneficial for those who live in high-traffic urban areas.

Pectin stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, which can improve digestion and support the immune system.

Pectin helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL), making it useful against heart disease.

Pectin can help balance blood sugar.

Pectin can help manage both constipation and diarrhea.

In addition to pectin:

The peel of an apple contains quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Apples contain the mineral boron, which helps increase blood levels of estrogen, acting as a mild “estrogen replacement therapy.” ¬†Estrogen helps prevent calcium and magnesium loss from bones. ¬†Studies showed that just 3 mg of boron a day decreased calcium loss by 40%! ¬†An average apple contains about .5 mg of boron.

According to Psychologist James Penland, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, a lack of boron can affect mental alertness and test performance by slowing the brain’s electrical activity. ¬†Dr. Penland found that just 3 mg of boron a day increased brain activity.

Fruits, nuts, and beans are some of the best sources of boron, as well as honey.

Bonus benefits:

Apples have compounds that are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

When eaten before meals, apples can help suppress the appetite.

Boron may hinder the excretion of magnesium associated with taking diuretics or digitalis.

Recommendation:

Buy organic apples.  According to ewg.org, non-organic apples come in second on the list of produce that contains high amounts of toxic residues.

Try this boron-rich Stovetop Apple Dessert recipe!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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My home and travel first-aid essential: Colloidal Silver

Long before modern antibiotics, silver was used. In centuries past, people would place pieces of silver in drinking water to prevent the growth of bacteria. Today preparations of silver are often used to protect the eyes of newborns from viruses and to prevent infection from burns. Around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany, silver has long been used with bandages and other medical supplies as an anti-infection agent.

Colloidal silver is a form of silver that is suspended in water for both oral and topical use.  I consider it a staple for my home and travel first-aid kits.

When I worked in a health store many years ago, a customer told me the story of how she had used colloidal silver to heal her father’s leg after it had developed an infection following amputation. ¬†She was told ¬†by the hospital to expect gangrene to set in and to call hospice. ¬†Her research lead her to colloidal silver, which she applied externally to his leg until it healed. ¬†He lived almost two years after that, and his death was unrelated to his leg.

Silver has been tested and found effective against a host of disease-causing microorganisms. It works by disabling a specific enzyme that many unwanted microorganisms need to breathe. Studies on Silver Shield¬†by Nature’s Sunshine show that it has equal or broader spectrum antibacterial activity than any one antibiotic tested.¬† It is also antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic, and is approved as non-toxic by the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA). Silver Shield will not cause discoloration of the skin and is safe for regular use by both adults and children. Silver Shield can be ordered at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

I used colloidal silver often with my own children to help combat bacteria and viruses, and now use it with my grandchildren (I put it on all of their “ouchies”). ¬†At the first sign of illness, I use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orally. ¬†It’s virtually tasteless, so no one complains!

I apply it topically with a cottonball to help combat eye infections and soothe minor burns (I keep a bottle in my kitchen). When our family lived in Mexico for almost a year, our two sons contracted an eye infection that was common to the region.  Instead of getting the recommended antibiotic, I applied the colloidal silver to their eyes with cottonballs, and it cleared!  Note:  To prevent recontamination, do not use the same cotton ball on each eye.  More serious infections may require medical intervention.

My husband has had success in using it as a mouthwash and gargle for tooth infections and sore throats, and as ear drops for ear infections. I carry it with me in a small spray bottle to spray on cuts and burns, as a quick sanitizer (hands, toilets, hotels, etc.), or when I suspect food poisoning or contaminated water.

It can also be placed on a bandage before covering a wound. With so many antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses surfacing, Silver Shield is a must for our first-aid cabinet!

I do not recommend taking colloidal silver, including Silver Shield, as a daily supplement.  I use it medicinally, as needed, for first-aid and minor conditions.  If you have a more serious infection or illness, you may need to seek medical treatment.

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–

“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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