Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal .
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
So far so good. Holiday heavy-duty blahs haven't hit yours truly.
How about you? One sure-fire way to continue one's toxic-veiled existence, blunting sheer-joy potential for yet another year, is smoking cigarettes. By that I mean this: chronic nicotine use contributes to one's blahs. Mandatory smoking - via one's deeply entrenched habit - isn't fun, isn't fulfilling; 'tis draining. I remember over 15 years ago when smoking was a must for me, a matter of course, associated with everything else, superseding everything else, yet not noticed, per se, just taken as a given.
Experienced with perhaps an internal - and, at times, external - sigh of resignation, a faint phlegm-coated realization that I was hooked, but "I can't do anything about that right now." Is this you? Are you smoking as you read this blog post?
Try this. Stand up, take your cigarette with you to the most convenient mirror in your home. Look directly into your mirror and take a deep drag. Continue staring at yourse...
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