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A gift from the earth

 

As humans, we are used to building things for ourselves. Much of our lives consist of man-made technology. While this is definitely fine and dandy, we can oftentimes overlook the things that Mother Earth has given us. We have an abundance of natural things that are found in the earth that can give us health and happiness. One of my favorite things from nature is fruit. Why have candy when there is natural sugar that comes naturally from the goodness of the earth? Fruit provides this satisfaction naturally and more.

 

The best fruit

 

While it is obviously subjective to claim that one fruit is the best, there is one fruit that I think is particularly versatile. That fruit is the apple. There are so many ways to prepare the fruit, and it has some incredible health benefits.

 

Health benefits

 

As the old adage says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This holds true. The apple is an incredible gift from the earth that is power packed with many nutrients.

 

Perhaps the most well known benefit of eating apples is the presence of antioxidants. Antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E) help get rid of free radicals, which are molecules in your body that can harm your organs and also some physiological functions. Eating an apple will greatly decrease the amounts of oxidants and free radicals in your body.

 

Additionally, apples are rich in fiber. Fiber is essential for maintaining a proper digestive system. Without a proper amount of fiber in your diet, you can get diarrhea, or worse, get colitis or diverticulosis.

 

There are a plethora of other health benefits that apples offer. While there are too many to list specifically, consumption of apples has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and more.

 

Thinking outside the box

 

What is more, there are also some incredible uses for apples outside of eating.

 

For example, think about apple cider vinegar. While this is obviously used for a lot of applications in baking and cooking, apple cider vinegar is also incredibly useful for cleaning. If you make a mixture of 2 parts water and one part apple cider vinegar, you can make an incredible solution that is useful for cleaning multiple surfaces.  I use it for cleaning wood objects in my house such as tables and cabinets. However, I also use it for cleaning glass, such as windows and mirrors.

 

Nectar of the gods

 

I know that I’ve spent most of this article discussing non-food related applications of apples, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my personal favorite use for apples: hard cider. There is no better drink to enjoy on a crisp fall day then a sweet and cold fermented apple beverage. There are plenty of different makers of hard cider, but my favorite is Blake’s. They have homegrown apples that they use from Armada, MI. They have an incredible refreshing taste that I find to be the best of all of the apple beer makers around. We love alcohol made from apple