I love when I learn new things from my father. Well, let me clarify that…

I’ve learned little lessons that have turned into important lessons from my father my entire life. I always describe him as one of the smartest people I  know. He just makes sense. He always knows the right things to say. They may not always seem like the right thing at the time, and sometimes what he says is the last thing I want to hear at the time, but, the fact is, he’s usually right.

In this case, though, what I’m talking about is learning something new as it relates to health and natural remedies.

No one in my family has ever been a juice drinker. We drank water, iced tea, and diet soda — no milk, no juice.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started drinking a bit of OJ, especially when I’m sick. I try to stick to the lower sugar brands, but I figure as long as I keep it to a minimum, I’ll get the vitamin C benefits and keep the sugar relatively under control.

With the exception of juice in a cocktail, which I still try to avoid, and some less than tasty unsweetened cranberry juice detoxes in the recent past, that’s about the extend of the juice I’ve had in all of my 41 years.  Until now!

apple juice

When dad was in town last week serving as my post-surgery livery service we went to the organic market near my house to pick up a few thing. That’s when dad mentioned he’d been drinking unfiltered apple juice at the advice of his acupuncturist. I’d certainly seen it in stores but never really paid much attention. I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined I would like apple juice! But, I thought, if dad is suggesting it, I should probably keep an open mind.

So we bought a bottle and headed home. A little ice. A little juice. A little sip. And what do you know? It was good. Really good.

Of course since I still wasn’t sure exactly why I was drinking this – other than my dad said I should – that meant I had to investigate.

According to the Martinelli’s brand website, unfiltered apple cider:

  • Reduces the risk of certain cancers
  • Protects against brain cell damage
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces the risk of asthma

Recent findings also suggest it reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

But, if you’re looking for something a little more immediate to show it’s doing something, there are the colon-cleansing benefits – so much so that it’s often recommended for detoxes.

But why?

According to one article I found on Livestrong.com, the unfiltered kind contains a good amount of pectin, which is known to slow the absorption of food and binds to toxins and heavy metals to get them out of your body. Apples and apple juice also have malice and tartaric acid, which protect the liver and aid in digestion. I’ve also seen it recommended to add some apple cider vinegar to your apple juice to give it an added boost.

Also, it’s important to choose the unfiltered kind – the one that’s cloudy. This still has the benefits of the peel in it – and that’s where a lo of the benefits come in.

Another benefit — apple juice can be very filling and can satisfy a craving for something sweet. Lately I’ve been taking a swig of the juice when I find myself wandering around the kitchen looking for something to eat but not knowing what I want and it helps quiet the crazy cravings — at least long enough to get myself to eat nutrient dense foods that satisfy my hunger and my need for energy and what I like about drinking the juice as opposed to eating an apple is that I feel as if I’m getting the benefits without filling myself up on  a piece of fruit and then can eat a full meal.

So to those who say “An apple a day… ” I say “A glass of unfiltered apple juice a day… “!