An Apple a Day: Is it Hogwash or Truth?

Posted by Leigh Powell Hines on January 9, 2013 

Throughout the Christmas holiday, my family had the upper respiratory crud.  You know the drill. Runny nose, sore throat, and the cough.  My husband’s cough was so bad that for three days straight after six nights of constant coughing, I would plead, “I think you may have bronchitis. You need to go to the doctor.”

He never did, and even though he is better, he still has a minor cough.  The kids are well.

For some reason, I remained crud-free. That’s very atypical because germs usually love me, and I am the first one to say, “Achoo!”

You may remember that I went through a vegan 10-day cleanse/detox. Caffeine, dairy, and sugar were off-limits.  I’m not going to sugarcoat it.  It was hell.

But after the 10 days, I felt better, had more energy, and was five pounds lighter on the scale.  I quickly went back to having a cup of tea with milk very soon after the program was over.  Overall, I have continued to reduce sugar in my diet, but eating buckeyes and a 12-layer chocolate cake throughout the holidays put more sugar back in my diet than a body needs.  As suspected, that extra sugar added a pound to each butt cheek and one pound to the waist on my body.  I’m also more tired in the afternoons again.

But I haven’t been sick even when I was living in a germ-infested house.  The one thing that I continued to do religiously after the detox was to start my morning with a shot of unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar.

Seriously! I’ve got a shot glass by the sink, and take about a tablespoon a day.  Research supports that Hippocrates in 400 B.C. discovered that natural, undistilled apple cider vinegar helps strengthen your body’s immune system, and fights germs and bacteria.

The saying “an apple a day helps keep the doctor away” had to come from somewhere.

Is there any truth to this? I’m not sure, but I’m keeping that shot glass by the sink.

 It’s a lot easier than eating an apple a day.

 

 

 

 

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