An Apple and Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome

An Apple and Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome-

The terrible abdominal pain and cramping was back.  It was accompanied by bloating and gas. Bowel patterns alternated between constipation and diarrhea.  Life was not very fun.  Living with irritable bowel syndrome was a challenge at best.  But wait, what about that apple a day?

While many IBS symptoms are managed by diet, balancing stress and lifestyle, it can get complicated.  These include rectal bleeding, progressive abdominal pain, and weight loss. Though some would love to have some weight loss, for others, its a serious concern.  But why not skip all that and utilize the fiber from apples?

Apples originated in Asia, and then immigrated with the Europeans. Apparently Native American Indians did not have access to the apple prior to their arrival.  Something I can hardly fathom!

Health Benefits of the Apple:

  • Decreases tooth decay
  • Battles cancer
  • Diabetes protection
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Regulates elimination
  • Treats irritable bowel syndrome
  • Weight management
  • Promotes lung function

My Final Thoughts…

School started today, at last.  I think we are the last to start in the area. After getting past the clothes and the school supplies, we can move on.  I thought I had dealt with the clothes, except that shorts that fit last week did not fit today!  Sigh!  Anyway, moving on.  With the start of school, comes apple season.  There is nothing that makes one’s house smell more like fall than making applesauce. Which is what I’ve been doing all day!

I think the best way to utilize apples is to cook or bake with them. This recipe for Caramel-Apple Pie looks simply amazing.  Glazed Apple Fritters is another good way to eat them. And there’s always Caramel Candied Apples.

I love that the apple not only eases irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, but it also aids in weight management.  And there are so many kinds of apples out there.  The most common ones are the granny smiths, yellow delicious, and red delicious.  But the ones I was making applesauce today with were galas.

Getting ready for fall?  Don’t forget to read my post on the chrysanthemum.  Need apples? Get them shipped right to your door! Remember, an apple a day…

Let’s Talk…

What have you used apples for? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Vickie says:

    Apples are difficult to digest and can also be one of the worst foods to eat for those who suffer from IBS. I cut out the raw apple I ate with my lunch every day and instantly the bloating, gas, and diarrhea that plagued me all afternoon disappeared. I now eat a gluten and dairy free diet, and by trial and error have eliminated other foods that trigger my IBS. I’ve tried adding apples back into my diet several times, and each time I’m rewarded with my old IBS symptoms. So, before any of your readers with IBS follow the old adage about an apple a day, they may want to try eliminating them from their diet instead.

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