It’s officially Fall which means it’s apple picking season. I have such fond memories of Fall road trips with my boys each year—searching for the perfect orchard. Hayrides, petting zoos and enough apples to satisfy all our cravings for pies, sauce and snacks. Any day now your Facebook newsfeed should start becoming flooded with photos of your family and friends doing just that. And this year, I hope you do the same (you’ll see why below!). My pictures look a little different these days. I usually frequent my local farmers market every weekend and stock up on fresh apples for all my favorites. Here’s why….

I’m sure you have heard the saying thousands of times, “an apple a day keeps the Doctor away.” This proverbial advice actually first appeared in print in1866 in Wales and was derived from the original phrase, “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”. The term, and this concept, can be traced all the way back to Ancient Romans and Anglo-Saxons, who knew way back when, about the incredible healthful properties of apples.

As one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the whole world, apples are constantly being praised as a “miracle food”.

Here’s what we know about apples:

They have immune boosting and disease preventing properties.

Apples contain a large amount of pectin which is a gel-like fiber that can prevent the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract. Pectin works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep debris out of the colon. This is beneficial for those who suffer from constipation or impactions. Apple pectin has also been shown to bind with radioactive residues and toxic metals such as mercury and lead and safely remove them from the body. And if that wasn’t enough, another benefit of apple pectin is that is has the ability to limit the amount of fat our cells absorb by building a barrier that naturally controls the buildup of fat in the body. A great choice for any weight loss program.

They are a highly alkaline fruit that has the ability to quench both an immediate and cellular level thirst.

They are an amazing detoxifier and contain both malic and tartaric acids that help remove impurities from the liver and the gallbladder.

Apples are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants and have shown to be beneficial for neuro-degenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as for bronchial problems such as asthma.

Apples have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties which has shown to alleviate a lot of the symptoms for those who suffer autoimmune disorders like Addison’s disease, Lupus, Celiac disease, Cardiomyopathy, and MS.

All of that from an apple! I think there’s definitely something to be said for that old proverbial quote.

Knowing what we know how about the apple and all its incredible healing properties, I’d like to propose a challenge. I challenge each and every one of you to eat at least one full apple a day (more if you would like) for the next 30 days. I’ll join in as well. If you have social media, and you would like to follow along, take a picture of your apple or you eating your apple. Tag me on Instagram (Janine.Whiteson) and use the hashtag, #anappleaday. Let’s encourage each other to take our health to the next level.

A few things to remember. Always eat your apple with the skin on. You’ll lose lots of beneficial nutrients if you lose the skin. And, when you’re not eating an apple on its own, ‘tis the season for cooking and baking with apples too. I’m including one of my favorite apple recipes below. I make it all the time and my whole family loves. I’m excited to see you and your apples! Happy Fall!  Xx Janine

Apple, Berry, Rhubarb Compote
2 Pounds peeled and diced apples
1 cup chopped rhubarb
2 small containers blackberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients to a large pot and simmer on low for 1 hour.  No need to add water – it makes a lot of juice.