Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

February 1, 2008

Gardening is the purest of human pleasures

Jo Anne Boudreau, Democrat Columnist

Sink your teeth into an apple right off the tree that is so fresh and juicy that it crunches and squirts flavor. There are varieties that perform well in hot, dry climates such as ours. Gala and Fuji apple trees are self-fruitful and grow well in this area.

Apples, especially green apples, cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help soften gallstones. Go on a three day apple juice fast when apples are just right for picking every year. For three days, juice local grown organic apples and drink the juice and plenty of water. On the third night, drink (gulp it) a half cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with a half cup of olive oil and go to bed and lay on the right side so the lemon juice and olive oil can cleane the liver and gallbladder. This helps soften and pass gallstones. This annual ritual is a tried and true method of cleansing the gallbladder of stones. Belly fat is normally caused by a congested gallbladder.

Apples are easier to assimulate than most other fruits since they contain malic and tartaric acids, which inhibit fermentation in the stomach. Their pectin promotes beneficial intestinal flora to help support normal colon function. Grated raw apples help reduce fever in children. My mother baked apples with cinnamon and honey to ease dry cough and cleanse mucus from the lungs. Apples are an excellent low-calorie source of pectin, fiber and nutrients, especially beneficial to athletes. Their flavanoids help reduce the risk of heart diesease and inhibit the development of cancer.

The apple, a member of the rose family, originated not far from the mythical Eden in Central Asia, where apple trees still cover the foothills. The effects of the sun is important to apple trees. The more sunshine Apples get during the growing season, the more sugar they contain.

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