New Apple Varieties Increase the Risk of Allergies

European colonists first bought apples to North America during the 17th century. There are more than 7,500 varieties grown worldwide.
While apples are delicious and full of nutrients, they can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Just minutes after consumption you will begin to notice tingling, swelling, and itching in the mouth, lips, and throat; shortness of breath; and diarrhea, stomach discomfort and cramps.
An apple allergy is often occurs when an apple’s polyphenol levels are too low. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants that combine with the allergy-triggering proteins in the apple, and this makes the apple much more tolerable for consumption. Polyphenols also help combat free radicals. Types of polyphenols in apples include quercetin, chlorogenic acid, catechin, and phlorizin
Old apple varieties often contain significantly more polyphenols than the newer varieties. Polyphenols give apples a sour taste and become brown quickly when you cut them are bite into them. As a result, these characteristics, along with the polyphenols were taken out of the newer varieties. Now, the newer varieties of apple are sweeter and fail to brown as quickly; however, they also trigger allergic reaction much faster.

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Note: Most proteins are found in the flesh of the apple skin and change when heated. As a result, those with an apple allergy should peel and boil the apple before consumption. For instance, apple sauce is mostly considered allergen-free.

Avoid certain new types of apples, including:
● Ambrosia
● Elstar
● Jonagold
● Honey Crisp
● Sunrise
● Golden Delicious

Instead, choose the older variety of apple. In addition to important vitamins, mineral, and polyphenols, the older varieties contain more fiber, including pectin and cellulose. During digestion, these fibers bind to heavy metals, cholesterol, and other waste products, and excrete them from the body. Another benefit of older apple varieties is they contain more vitamin C than the newer varieties. At the same time, imported older apples have less vitamin C than older varieties from a local orchard. Food loses its nutritional value the longer it has to travel.

The following are some older varieties you should purchase:
● Red Delicious
● Empire
● McIntosh
● Jonathan
● Granny Smith
● Braeburn
● Royal Gala
● Northern Spy
● Shamrock
● Grimes Golden
● Idared
● Jersey Mac
● Paula Red
● Spartan

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Sourdough Rye Bread

We are often asked: Why does Metabolic Balance recommend sourdough rather than bread containing yeast? 

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The answer lies in the long fermentation process that happens with sourdough preparation. During this fermentation, the grain is properly broken down and the phytic acid effectively pre-digested. This is important as phytic acid is known to bind to the nutrients and minerals in the grain, thereby preventing us from absorbing them. Also reducing the phytic acid makes the bread lighter, healthier and easier to digest. Rye grains need a good long time to progress to it’s quality and be ready for baking. The sourdough method makes sure this happens naturally while boosting friendly bacteria in the dough which improves the shelf life of the rye bread. It also develops a wonderful taste and the delicious smell of fresh sourdough bread!

When yeast is added to bread dough, these natural processes are enormously accelerated, unfortunately to the detriment of the quality of the bread. This method of added yeast to bread baking makes it much harder for us to digest the bread and can cause digestive problems. 

Be a Priority in Your Life!

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Always remember – you have only one body. So treat it well and provide it with the right nutrients. Studies prove that a healthy diet is an important part of disease prevention.  So take care and stay healthy!

Contact a local Metabolic Balance Coach to acquire your Personal Nutrition Plan!

Work – Life – Eat – Balance

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It’s not just about sleep. Your work-life-eat balance is what we see as vital for a good healthy life. The right job with great family, friends and healthy food. Metabolic Balance helps you achieve a happy and healthy life with mindful eating. Vitality and balance for life!

Summer Fun – Happy & Healthy BBQ

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We’re often told that barbecuing food isn’t healthy for us! So let us gather a few tips so that you can get your BBQ going healthily without the release of cancer causing substances.

  • Use good quality charcoal or briquettes without chemical residues
  • Always try to prevent fat from dripping onto glowing embers to avoid harmful smoke
  • Do not use smoked or salted meat for grilling
  • Do not attempt to reduce or extinguish flames with alcohol such as beer, wine or similar drinks
  • It is better to grill in foil, or foil trays and baskets rather than directly on the grill

Invite family and friends and enjoy the rest of the BBQ season!

Regulate Your Acid-Alkaline Balance!

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Did you know how important our acid-alkaline balance (ph-balance) is for our metabolism? Our western diet (often with too little fresh food, too much coffee and alcohol) and lifestyle (too little exercise) is generally very acidic. If the equilibrium of the acid-alkaline balance is too acidic then our metabolism also goes out of balance. An over-acidified metabolism breaks down less fat, is much slower and draws valuable minerals from bones and cartilage to neutralize acids. This can accelerate degenerative joint diseases such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis. We cannot assess from the flavor of foods which foods are acidic for the body. For example, lemon, which is sour, has a nice alkalizing effect on the body, whereas chocolate, which is sweet, has an acidic effect. 

If you want to know if your body is too acidic, you can buy urine test strips at the pharmacy and simply test your acid-base levels daily. These may be ideal to check in which state your acid-alkaline balance before and while on your personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan. You can also support your body with regular alkaline baths and alkaline body-lotions and creams.

Shooting Star Argan Oil

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It comes from Morocco and has a pleasantly nutty taste.
Caution! Argan oil contains an extremely high amount of omega-6 fatty acid, which – consumed in large quantities – is suspected to trigger inflammatory processes in the body.  Therefore, Argan oil is not recommended to use in the kitchen by Metabolic Balance. In cosmetics, on the other hand, it is very recommendable and beneficial.

30 Reasons for Healthy Nutrition:  Improved Fat Metabolism

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One of the important pillars of the Metabolic Balance nutritional change is the reduction of “bad carbohydrates”, such as sugar and white flour products. This makes it easier for the body to switch from carbohydrate metabolism to lipid metabolism. This is a highly desirable effect for fat reduction with many positive consequences on health. But is also working with physical activities and work-out? Yes! Nowadays, even top athletes and sports physicians know this. In the past, athletes were ‘doped’ with carbohydrates, but today they avoid them and rely on good fats and proteins. And they achieve new top performances, for example in marathon.

Find a local Metabolic Balance Coach to have on your court!