An Apple A Day

We have often heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are nutrient-rich, known to lower uric acid as well as cholesterol. Especially older varieties of apples are rich in polyphenols, which counteract free radicals. Meaning, the naturally occurring flavonoids (phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables) carry out antioxidant action. Therefore, Metabolic Balance applies these impressive health benefits – we eat one apple a day – that’s one of our strategies of success. At Metabolic Balance we help people re-balance their metabolism and health. If you do not have a plan yet, get in contact with us – or one of our certified coaches. We are looking forward hearing from you!

Apples and 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.

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

Managing Stress

With many people returning to in person work and kids going back to school, stress levels for many of us are increasing. Although it can be hard to reduce the amount of stress in our lives we can try to improve how we deal with it. Below are some of our favorite ways to help manage and reduce stress.

1. Eat a whole food based diet – low in sugar, low in processed foods
2. Exercise – this helps the body use the extra sugar in the blood, and decreases stress hormones
3. Rest and digest. Eating at your desk, or ‘on-the-go’ means your digestive system is trying to do two things at once. Eat slowly, take a break for lunch by going outside and removing screens!
4. Deep breathing – try a meditation app or just take 5 deep breaths several times a day. This helps calm our nervous system, reminding our bodies that we aren’t in immediate danger
5. Do something enjoyable! Spending time pursuing a hobby is a wonderful way for the mind and body to relax.

Which ones might you try today?

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Make a Change

How do you feel about making a change? Change can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Metabolic Balance® practitioners are experienced health professionals who are here to guide you practically and emotionally so you can reach your health goals. With 20 years of global experience and over 1 million customers, you are in safe hands! Get in touch to find out more about how personalized nutrition may be right for you.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungi found in many different varieties all across the globe. From earthy shitake mushrooms to delicate oyster mushrooms, there is a variety for almost every type of dish. Mushrooms are packed full of micronutrients including copper, potassium, and phosphorus. On the Metabolic Balance mushrooms can be a protein or a vegetable depending on the type of mushroom. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms are considered a protein. They can be used fresh or dried and are delicious in soups, stir fries and salads. All other types of mushrooms are vegetables and can therefore be mixed and combined with another type of protein.

Cucumber

The humble cucumber is a popular vegetable found in many different varieties around the world. This popular vegetable is crunchy, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. It is perfect in a salad, as a pickle, great in sauces such as tzatziki, or soups such as gazpacho. In addition to being a versatile ingredient, cucumbers are also great for your health as they contain antioxidants, promote hydration, and contain important vitamins and minerals.
The next time you have a few cucumbers lying around consider trying a new recipe with this great ingredient.

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Zucchini

Zucchini or also known as courgettes are a common type of summer squash, related to cucumbers and melons. Although considered a vegetable by many, according to their botanical classification zucchini are actually a fruit. Zucchini are packed full of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and carotenoids. In the kitchen, zucchini are one of the most versatile fruits! They can be eaten raw, made into zoodles, roasted, used in soups or stir-frys, or even used for baking. The next time you have zucchini, consider trying out a new dish with this great ingredient!

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Joy

Find joy today!

We all have a different definition joy but finding something you love and doing it often is great for our overall health! Whether it is being outside, spending time with your family, or doing self care, make sure you find joy. Have you done something you love today?

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Dates

Dates are the sweet fruit of date trees that are native to the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South Asia. This fruit has grown in popularity around the world and is used in a variety of cuisines. In addition to being delicious, dates have many health benefits and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Dates are high in fiber, polyphenols (antioxidants), iron, potassium, and magnesium. This fruit can support a healthy digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support bone health. Not only are dates good for your health but they are also extremely versatile and perfect in many dishes. They are great in smoothies, on salads, as a quick snack, or in savory Moroccan stews.

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Hydrating

Especially now in the summer it is important to drink enough water: an easy way to remember is the 8×8 rule. The goal is to drink 8 x 8 oz. glasses of water every single day. The following applies: Do not drink only when thirsty! When you feel thirsty, it means your body is already dehydrated. You shouldn’t let it get that far. It’s better to get used to drink throughout the day. We also recommend drinking plenty of water to anyone who wants to lose weight and who feels hungry between meals.

If you struggle with drinking enough water consider adding a few lemon slices or berries to your water for a bit of flavor!

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