In exploring food as medicine, one food that you just can’t overlook is the humble apple.
There is a lot of truth in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
One of my first introductions into the healing benefits of the apple, was after reading a book called “The Biogenic Diet” by Leslie Kenton, when it first came out in 1987. It was one of the first books I ever purchased on raw foods and food combining and was an essential reference in my library for a long time.
In this book there is a chapter on apple fasting, it starts off:
“One of the best ways to trigger rapid detoxification of your body and get you into the biogenic way of living is to do an apple fast for a few days before you begin.”
This is not actually a fast at all, because you can eat as much as you like – but only of apples. Fruit is very cleansing, and the fibre and pectin in the apples are wonderful binders of toxins lodged in the bowel.
I’ve done many 3 or 4 day apple fasts, and they are a great tonic – they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and when we are eating whole fruit, the fibre slows down the absorption of the fruit sugar so we have sustained energy throughout the day.
Its not your usual type of “fast” but its easy, delicious and after a few days you feel lighter, with more energy, a clear mind and glowing skin.
Don’t overlook the amazing apple as a part of your health routine!