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Sharon (Bratcher) Cummings
I cannot say I am a big fan of colored pencils, but I am glad I tried this medium. Through the process of working with pencils and pastels, I learned that I like a much slicker feel in my hands. I have more control over inks, markers and paint.
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Or maybe two…..Tis the season for apples! Apple pie. Apple cider. Apple and cinnamon candles. In our home an apple for the teacher too! Americans have always had a big love for this crisp, sweet and healthy fruit. Here are 14 health benefits to eating this great food:
1. Get whiter, healthier teeth
An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
2. Avoid Alzheimer’s
A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.
3. Protect against Parkinson’s
Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.
4. Curb all sorts of cancers
Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fibre intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
5. Decrease your risk of diabetes
Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
6. Reduce cholesterol
The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates intolower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
7. Get a healthier heart
An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.
8. Prevent gallstones
Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fibre to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.
9. Beat diarrhea and constipation
Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.
10. Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fibre in your diet.
11. Avert hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are a swollen vein in the anal canal and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. They are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Part and parcel with controlling constipation, fibre can prevent you from straining too much when going to the bathroom and thereby help alleviate hemorrhoids.
12. Control your weight
Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.
13. Boost your immune system
Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found thatquercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.
14. Prevent cataracts
Though past studies have been divided on the issue, recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants—like apples—are 10 to 15 per cent less likely to develop cataracts.
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Of pears….. My pears have always been popular. People love to stare at them. I used to keep my fruit to myself, but now thousands of people all over the World have my ripe beauties in their homes and offices. It’s even o.k. to touch them. My husband doesn’t mind. 😉
In fact I have more than one set of this deliciously beautiful fruit. They come in different sizes from extra large to itty bitty. When someone asked me recently if I had any pears with blue, gray and yellow, I realized that one was just waiting to be created. Please enjoy my latest piece titled “A Nice Pear” above.
And take a look at my first pear titled “Golden Pear” below:
You cannot go wrong. Grab a pair today!
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What do you think of when you think of “apple”? A computer? New York City? Mom? A teacher? Someone you love? We are pretty big on apples here in the United States. We have Apple computers….an iconic city….a beloved professor…..the apple of our eye….and let’s not forget…..PIE!!….Busy bee here, but today I offer you an apple. It has gotten cold here in Florida, so I think I will make some hot cider….apple of course!
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Red and delicious! Watermelon is a staple for us in Florida this time of year. Summers are hot and humid. The air is so thick that you can almost swim in it. We search out the biggest shade trees, the coolest springs and the juiciest watermelon. As a kid it was one of my most anticipated events. That first fruit….lip smacking good. We grew them in our garden and the crops were plentiful. I like mine ice cold. The newer varieties do not have seeds, but I will take them either way. You can spit the seeds or you can chew them up with the fruit. There is no wrong way to eat them. The rinds make a delicious refresher if you juice them.
This piece was left behind by someone on a recent beach outing. It struck me because there was so much left. I would have never left that much…..
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Sometimes it is gold, but more often it is a feeling, a scent or a delicious juicy piece of fruit. My “Golden Pear” was born about 10 years ago and it still remains one of my all time best selling art pieces. The original painting was snapped up very quickly and since then I have painted numerous commissions in many sizes and have sold thousands of prints. Fine Art America liked my yellow pear so much that they gave it a permanent feature on their Homepage in TWO places. More than just fruit, this piece is perfect for a gourmet kitchen, country kitchen, elegant dinning room, lover’s bedroom or in any room where beauty is desired. Pears are a classic and this piece is sure to continue to stand the test of time as trends come and go. Timeless art….
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