What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

September 21, 2011

Tips for Healthy Living – Apples: Apple Season Is Here

Tips for Healthy Living

We’ve partnered with Dr. Doug Husbands of Holistic Health Bay Area to bring you a new set of Tips for Healthy Living. Dr. Husbands is a functional medicine doctor, clinical nutritionist, anti-aging health practitioner and doctor of chiropractic. I appreciate that he encourages visiting the doctor to focus on staying healthy instead of only visiting when you’re sick. – Carmelo Sigona

Apple Season Is Here

And it’s true: apples really do help keep the doctor away!

By Dr. Douglas Husbands

You’ve heard the old saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” so now that apples are coming into season, let’s look at some evidence to support that saying.

Apples are loaded with a type of fiber that’s very beneficial to our bodies. The fiber in apples helps fill you up faster, thereby helping you feel satisfied instead of craving more sustenance. Since they are low in calories, you can eat a lot of apples without consuming too much energy, thereby helping with weight loss and management.

Apples are also a delicious way to help maintain regular bowel movements due to the type of fiber in apples. Regular bowel movements are one of the major ways our bodies remove toxins from our system.
What’s more is that since apples do not raise our blood sugar levels very highly or rapidly, they help keep our energy levels stable while providing healthy nutrients.

Another positive benefit of eating apples is the high water content. The consumption of apples and other fruits with a high water content, such as melons, help us take in more water.  Many times people feel hungry when they’re actually thirsty. So the high water content and fiber contribute to satisfying our hunger as well as help keeping us hydrated.

So, regarding apples:  Eat up and enjoy!

About Dr. Doug:
Dr. Douglas Husbands is a Functional Medicine Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist, Anti-Aging Health Practitioner, and Doctor of Chiropractic.  As a health advocate and coach, he is dedicated to achieving optimal health through resolving the underlying disease processes through diet, nutrition and lifestyle modification.   To contact Dr. Doug, call 650-394-7470 or visit http://www.HolisticHealthBayArea.com

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