© Jeanne E Webster – All Rights Reserved
Apple crisp is crunchy and juicy
Apple pandowdy is flaky and brown
Apple pie is scrumptious and classic
Baked Apple is a spicy roofed mound.
Give me an apple any day
If it keeps that doctor away!
© 2013 Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved
Newly surfaced parking lot
Soft comfy sitting room
Gracious discreet office staff–
Am stroking an aura of doom.
Cheered into the inner sanctum
Doctor presents with a smile
Examines the mega complaint–
Encourages me after a while.
Returned to the car, lauding
Weight lifted off shoulders
Holding new supply of remedies–
“Goodbye, darn ole boulders!”
“May You be praised, my Father
May all the glory be Yours
Decree over all Your Creation —
Peace and joy absorbed to the core.”
NaPoWriMo Day 16
©Jeanne E. Webster
The September-October Arthritis Today magazine has good news for us–an apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away. A study recently completed on a group of women ages 45-65 showed that an apple a day may help lower cholesterol levels, along with decreasing C-reactive protein (CRP), a sign of inflammation in the blood.
After including a cup of dried apples a day in their diets for six months, participants realized a 23% decrease in their LDL (bad) cholesterol, a 4% increase in their HDL (good) cholesterol and a 32 % decrease in their CRP. Lower CRP relates to less inflammatory process going on within the blood stream. Also an average loss of 3.3 pounds was realized, confirming earlier studies that pectin, a soluble fiber, gels while in the gastrointestinal tract, helping to curb the appetite.
So ladies, go to the nearest grocery store and buy those apples. An apple is an apple, so don’t worry about which kind to buy, just make sure they are fresh. Overripe ones break down pectin and are less effective. Also it doesn’t matter how you prepare them–fresh, baked or dried; just keep in mind the calories.
(The above article is my review of A Healthy Pick, by Claire Sykes, from the September-October issue of Arthritis Today. If you are seeking a full article presentation, subscribe to the hardcopy through membership in the Arthritis Foundation.) For the online magazine:
This article is not published in the online magazine issue.
The above link is an excellent read fresh from the Women’s Health information center. Issues covered are many: tongue piercings, heart disease, dementia, diets, etc. Stay current on your health, ladies, and pass these important facts on to your friends and relatives.
Have a happy, safe January! (jew)