I’ve always been a lover of good food and the more I learn, the more I’m blown away by the power of food to significantly and quickly shift overall health.

Is it time to change the lens through which you view those three meals a day?

If you’re like most people, food is a way to stave off hunger; for some it’s an inconvenience.

For many people the only criteria for selecting food are taste, cost and convenience.

Perhaps it’s time to reassess those criteria and give food the importance and rank it deserves in order to prevent health conditions that weaken our resilience to infection and disease.

Our health care system is demonstrating that we can’t ignore prevention for very much longer. Wise diet and lifestyle choices are like money in the bank for safeguarding the quality of our tomorrows.

The Metabolic Balance program is a holistic nutrition and lifestyle program that uses food therapeutically. One of the 8 lifestyle guidelines that is built into the program is to eat an apple a day. Easy enough.

When I was first researching this program, I remember thinking that the apple a day guideline was a bit gitchy or just a play on the old cliché ‘’ An apple a day keeps the doctor away’’.

It turns out that an apple a day is a lot more than just a cliché.

Read on to see what I came up with:

Cancer: Apple consumption is linked to a reduced rate of lung cancer in several large studies.

Cardiovascular disease: Apple consumption is directly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers attribute this to the high flavonoid content of apples.

Asthma and pulmonary function: Specific antioxidants and flavonoids in the apple appear to have a positive impact on asthma and pulmonary function.

Diabetes: Apple consumption has been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This could be due to the quercetin content; a component found in the peel of the apple.

Weight loss: Higher apple intake is associated with improved weight loss according to a study of overweight women in Brazil.

Cholesterol: Apples lower cholesterol and the main benefits seem to come from the fiber. Again, eating the whole fruit is best.

Detoxification: Apples are one of the best sources of glucaric acid, a compound of calcium D- glucarate.  Calcium D-glucarate is a powerful detoxifier of estrogen and has been linked to preventing breast, prostate and colon cancer as well as removing carcinogens and toxins from the body.

Skin and energy: Apples are one of the best sources of malic acid. Malic acid is commonly used in skin care products and for energy complaints such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

I’ve highlighted the apple here but almost every natural whole food has its own reason to shine when it comes to giving your body what it needs to function optimally.

Join me as I discuss how the Metabolic Balance method can help you manage your weight, regain your vitality, reduce inflammation, balance hormones and prevent health problems naturally using only delicious whole foods – including an apple a day.

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