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the small intestine, and that’s why we’d better avoid eating

pears at periods of exacerbation of gastrointestinal disturbance.

In ancient Arabian medical works it was mentioned that pears can help

to treat lung disease. Pear juice and decoctions are anti-bacterially

active due to the presence of arbutin. You can also drink the juice in

order to strengthen the blood vessels walls.

If your aim is to lose weight, do not forget that pears are low calorie

and are often a part of different diets.

We cannot overestimate the usefulness of this fruit for the digestive

system. Ripe pears stimulate food digestion and have corroborative effects;

that is why they are useful when the intestinal system is upset. Pear

pulp is better assimilated in the body than apple pulp. Sour and astringent

varieties of pears strengthen the stomach and liver and stimulate appetite

-- but they are not as easily assimilated within the body.

If you suffer from liver disease, cholecystitis, or gastritis, then

two pears each morning will relive you from pain, heartburn, and the feeling

of discomfort in the intestines.

It is connected with the fact that there is a lot of potassium in pears

and, therefore, there are a lot of alkaline properties in pears that have

a favorable effect on heart performance. The stronger the smell of pears,

the more healthy they are -- especially for our hearts. Unlike apples,

pears are also useful for the lungs.

Pears are also healthy for the skin. If you are not content with your

freckles, for example, you can try to lighten them by using the following

method: a ripe pear is mashed, then the juice is removed before applying

the pulp to the face for 15-20 minutes. The pulp is then rinsed off with

water. This mask is also helpful if the skin is blotched.

In winter, a mask made from ground pear, a tablespoon of sour cream,

and a tablespoon of grapefruit juice does a lot of good for dry skin.

You keep it on your face for half an hour, and then rinse your face with


Pear juice is suitable for taking care of any type of skin. Pear masks

and lotions smooth the skin and make more it more elastic; they also help

to decrease pore size. To create such masks and lotions, you first mash

ripe pears and then apply the substance to your face for 20 minutes. You

then rinse your face with cold water, after which you rinse with hot water.

If a mask contains only pear pulp, it can heal, rejuvenate and

freshen skin.

Useful Grapes.

No other season can be compared to early autumn in terms of the abundance

of fresh fruit and vegetables. Grapes should be paid particular attention

to among this vitamin diversity. It’s not in vain that doctors compare

grape therapy to a trip to a mineral water resort. But why do we have

to go anywhere when if we can have the same at home?

The curative properties of grapes have been known for a long time. According

to the Bible, the first plant cultivated on the mountain Ararat was grapes.

Greeks and Romans who lived in ancient times used the curative properties

of grapes to recover strength and to improve metabolism. They also used

grapes to recover from tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, and blood coughing.

Grapes and grape juice were known as a wonderful diuretic (they have up

to 70-80 percent water containing attenuated sugar, acids, vitamins and

salts). The juice is also a laxative (due to glucose) and an expectoration

remedy. The later property of grapes can be explained by the presence

of acids that they contain. They irritate the respiratory track slightly,

making it easy for phlegm secretion. The “Isabella” variety

of grape is recommended as a remedy against catarrhs of respiratory tracks,

while the “Muscat” variety is helpful against throat inflammation.

Dried grapes (i.e. raisins) can be used as a sweet pill against lung,

liver and kidney disease.

There are large amounts of microelements and easily-assimilated mineral

salts (such as zinc, calcium, iron, copper, magnum and manganese) in grapes.

Grapes are especially rich in potassium, and that’s why grapes are

beneficial for individuals with heart problems. They are also recommended

for people suffering from leukemia since they increase the quantity of

blood cells and increase the level of hemoglobin. They also bring the

correlation between blood cells to a normal level and stimulate the hematosis

performance of marrow.

For medical purposes, entire grapes are used -- including the peel and

the leaves. Grape juice is also healthy. For example, one liter of juice

has the same number of calories as 1.5 kilos of apples and peaches, or

650 grams of beef. The energy that a person gets out of one kilo of grapes

is 700-850 calories. Considering these calculations, we can say that four

kilos of fresh grapes (or one kilo of raisins) can provide you with enough

energy for 24 hours.

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