Does an Apple a Day, Really Keep the DOCS Away?

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard the old ‘adage’ “An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!” But does it really? When I was much younger, my stepdad used to tell us eating carrots every day would not only improve our eye health but would also make us have beautiful eyes, however, something must’ve gone wrong in my case as I still ended up wearing glasses and I ate a carrot every day. But a carrot had nothing to do with my DNA or my families Genetics.

So what about Apples? Could they really keep a doctor away? Now before you go out of your way to head to your local neighborhood Market; Harvard Medical School did a study called “Association Between Apple Consumption and Physician Visits” the study was conducted to see if the saying was an old wives tale or actually based on true facts in which was based on actual nutrition data. They collected a total of 8,400 men and women but only 753 of them ate an apple a day. The study not only concluded that the years and years long saying was an old wives tale but found no evidence whatsoever that supported its findings.  But, there’s a little light at the end of this tunnel as it was found that most adults who do follow this simple rule tend to use fewer prescription meds.

As a people, we try to find quick and simple ways to achieve things that take quite a bit of effort. Apples, Carrots or Broccoli while good for the body, is not meant to be lifelong alternatives to keep you from visiting the doctor on the regular and getting checked out; Yes, they are meant to help and give you the sustenance your body needs to move and function correctly but was never meant to be your physician.

But don’t ditch the apple, as there are things you can “add” to it to get your body moving in the right direction:

  1. Schedule Regular Doctor Visits – Now I’m preaching to the choir on this one, I hate visiting the doctor; especially if I’m not ill or sick. But a regular visit to the doctor can assure you that while you may be eating “all the right things” – apples included, a regular visit reassures us that everything is ‘truly functioning’ as it should be on the inside.

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  1. Drink Plenty of Water – Water is the best beverage you can drink, it’s not only refreshing but it’s healthy, contains no calories or artificial sweeteners and/or sugars. Water is a natural body cleanser in which gets rid of nasty toxins and help aid in keeping our digestive system flowing properly, Did you know if you drink a glass of water before bed; it will reduce your risk of a heart attack? So if you haven’t already, make water your BFF; it will not steer you wrong.

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  1. Eat Healthy Regularly – Most times when people grab onto a trend; that’s the only trend they do such as an apple a day; they eat the apple a day but the rest of their food intake is one for the records as they don’t follow the ‘eating healthy’ mantra regularly. It takes more than just an apple a day to keep you feeling energized and balanced; if you just have to eat your favorites, then maybe you should try the 80/20 or 70/30 plan. In this plan, you eat clean 80 or 70 percent of the time and eat whatever you want the other time.

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  1. Take Baby Steps – Let’s face it, Rome wasn’t built overnight, but they were laying bricks every hour. Start Small, don’t rush into anything; because if you do you might stumble and fall, taking small steps will ensure that whatever practice you have set forth for yourself will stick. Do what’s best for you and not what’s trending NOW!

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An apple a day may not really keep the doctor totally away, but it’s still a healthy treat that any and every “body” can still enjoy.

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