Apple Detox

A time to be luxuriously lazy and self-indulgent, to enjoy the process of getting rid of all those wastes you really don’t want hanging around in your system making you look and feel low.

A two day apple fast designed to be done over a weekend; it’s not even a fast, for you can eat as much as you like – but only apples. For two days all you have to do is to eat apples, and nothing but apples. Your body will do the rest. The reason the apple fast is done over a weekend is that the process of elimination can use up a lot of energy, so it’s a good idea to do it over two days when you are not working.

The apple fast was taught to me thirty years ago by Dr Gordon Latto, a British medical doctor who used nothing but food and breathing techniques and a few herbs to heal even the most complex and chronic conditions. Eating as much as you want – but only apples – in place of your regular meals, and in between too if you like, for two days cleans your body, helps clear away food sensitivities, and banishes the ravages of unnatural appetite. A few days on apples once in a while can eliminate retained water, revive flagging energy, make your skin look wonderful and your eyes shine. No pregnant or breast-feeding woman should do an apple fast: neither should anyone with a kidney, liver or heart complaint, for in such cases any sudden change of diet carries with it potential dangers to health. But if you are generally well, a short apple fast is a great way to clear away the cobwebs. Check with your doctor first if you have any doubts.

making apple history

It was the apple which first led Swiss physician Max Bircher-Benner to develop his system of treatment based on living foods. Bircher-Benner was himself ill with a liver ailment, which made it virtually impossible for him to digest anything. One day, as he lay in his bed unable to rise or eat, his wife slipped a piece of fresh raw apple between his teeth. He tasted it, and to his surprise he found he could tolerate it. Several days – and many raw apples – later he found himself well again. He never forgot the humble apple or what it could do to detoxify the body and to help restore normal functioning to digestion, cells and the circulation. He used apples regularly in his dietary treatments of obesity and other illnesses. In fact, they formed the basis of his Bircher Muesli, which has become world famous.

The apple has long been known as a health tonic, medicine, cosmetic and bowel-regulator all wrapped up in one skin. When eaten, it stimulates the secretion of digestive juices. It contains natural substances that help prevent digestive and liver troubles. Where unsweetened apple juice is the traditional drink among country people, there tends to be no incidence of kidney stones. The simple apple is traditionally used for eliminating obesity, as well as being a folk treatment for skin problems, bladder inflammation, anemia, insomnia, intestinal parasites and bad breath.

an apple a day

The adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is not just an old wives’ tale. The apple is quite rightly known as the queen of fruits. In its natural whole state, it supplies valuable fruit sugar and vitamins in a superb balance to ensure that your body can efficiently digest and use them. The apple is our richest fruit source of vitamin E and also provides a good supply of biotin and folic acid – two B-complex vitamins important in preserving energy, emotional balance and in keeping your digestive system clean and functioning well. It is also a fine source of vitamins A and C, which are both natural antioxidants – powerful anti-agers – not to mention more than a dozen minerals including sulfur, potassium, iodine, silica, magnesium and calcium, and even essential amino acids in small quantities.

Apples are low in acidity to help balance stored bodily wastes which tend to be acidic. They stimulate the flow of saliva in the mouth, and clear away debris from the teeth. Eating a raw fresh apple stimulates circulation in the gums too. Finally, apples are rich in a very special form of soluble fiber called pectin which helps to clear out the dangerous heavy metals such as lead and aluminum that we all pick up from our city air, food and water.

Heavy metals in your body are something you want to get rid of. These elements, the concentration of which has increased dramatically in our air, foods and water since the Industrial Revolution, can seriously interfere with your body’s metabolic functioning. Mercury tends to suppress the levels of white blood cells in the immune system. Cadmium displaces the essential element zinc needed for a great many of your body’s enzyme systems, and renders them inefficient and even inactive. In the West we now have a concentration of lead in our bodies some 500-1000 times that of our pre-industrial ancestors. High levels of this heavy metal age us prematurely, interfere with our mental processes, suppress immunity and contribute to depression. Aluminum, another heavy metal, detrimentally affects the central nervous system. The presence of all these elements in excessive quantities (and their concentrations in the human body appear to be increasing with each passing decade) generally interferes with your body’s metabolic processes. The ability of apples to remove heavy metals from your system is one of the best reasons for doing an apple fast, particularly if you live in a city.

fantastic fiber

The fiber that apples contain really is remarkable. In addition to cellulose (the most common kind of fiber, which binds water and increases fecal bulk), the apple is also rich in pectin – a very special kind of fiber with quite exceptional detoxification properties. So different in texture and character is pectin from other forms of fiber that it is sometimes surprising to think that they are classified in the same group. Unlike cellulose, pectin does not bind water, it is water-soluble. It has no influence on fecal bulking, but it appears to be an excellent substance for lowering cholesterol. It may also help eliminate bile acids from the intestines, thus short-circuiting the development of colon cancer and gallstones. It is also useful as a natural chelating (binding) agent which is why it is so good at mopping up unwanted heavy metals, such as aluminum, from the tissues and eliminating them from the body. This can be very important when it comes to detoxification for weight loss.

prepare to be clean

Getyourself a big bag of the freshest apples you can find – perhaps three or four different kinds for variety. If you don’t like the look of your apples you won’t want to eat them, so be picky. Buy a box of apples if you like, your greengrocer might give you a discount.

On this pre-cleanse day it is a good idea to get your system ready. Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks. Steer clear of bread and cooked carbohydrates such as pasta and cereals, and make your last meal of the day a large raw salad made of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t have anything else to eat after your salad, except perhaps a cup of herb tea before bed. This will give your body a good 12 hours head-start on the elimination process and it will thank you for it.

the apple fast

There’s really nothing to it. Over the two days you have chosen, tuck into your apples. Eat as many as you like at any time of the day or night. You must eat the whole apple including the peel, the seeds and the core. Chew well, until the last drop of flavor has been extracted from the fruit. The only part you throw away is the woody stem.

Of course, you need to eat your apples raw. You can munch them whole, or grate them and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. You can even put them in the blender with spring water to make a drink. Eat nothing else during this two-day period, but eat them whenever you are hungry.

Do not drink tea or coffee. You may have herb teas such as peppermint, lemon balm or chamomile with a teaspoon of honey if you wish. Drink lots of spring water, but nothing else.

Be lazy and luxurious.  During these days indulge yourself doing whatever is pleasurable for you. Many people find their sexuality is heightened during these days. If so, enjoy it. Apples are great to munch in bed.

In many ways, the most useful thing about the apple fast is the way you can call on it when you most need help to get you back on the rails again. We all slip up sometimes – we over work or over indulge and live to regret it the next day. A two day apple fast, or even just a day spent eating only apples, is an excellent ‘quick corrector’. Spend even just one day munching apples and it will help set all to rights again, so that when you awaken next morning you feel more like your old self and ready to face the day full of energy.

Apple fasting gives you the chance to step back regularly and take a look at your lifestyle, instead of mechanically going on day after day without being aware of where your energy is going. Set aside two days, three or four times a year – a weekend is best – for an apple fast. This will spring clean your body from the inside out.

Even apple fasting for one day a week is a great boost to vitality and good looks, because it helps detoxify your body of wastes accumulated as a result of drinking or eating too much, or consuming the wrong kinds of foods. It can also help calm the ravages of an over-enthusiastic appetite, which many people suffer as a result of food sensitivities or over-stimulation of the digestive system. Furthermore, it is an excellent discipline: such a practice helps you break through ingrained habit patterns, which can make us largely unaware of how we are eating.



  • Sal July 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I tried the apple detox for two days and i was wondering if adding other fruits to the detox would affect the result?

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    • Leslie Kenton July 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Dear Sal…Good question. The answer is that it must be apples and no other fruit. I am not even sure myself why this is… I have used the apple cleanse for going on 40 years and in that time I have experimented (as have others with me) with using other fruit. But it doesn’t bring the same results I’m afraid. Warmest wishes, Leslie x

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      • jen b February 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        This is because the Malic acid in the apple gets the organs purging and the pectin from the peel attaches to all the toxins. If you introduce other fruit it will weaken the pectin ability to draw and attach to the toxins. With that being said — it is best to use distilled water (free of any chemicals) and coffee and tea (both black) are ok in small quantities.

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  • Claire July 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Leslie, you state that the apple fast should not be used for pregnant or breast feeding women, but would you recommend the raw food diet for me (currently breast feeding) and aloe vera, algae supplements etc? Many Thanks

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    • Leslie Kenton July 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Dear Claire… Good question…You could certainly do an apple fast for a day or two even though you are continuing to breast feed. More than that, you must remember that protein is really important for you and your baby so, although you can make 50% of your diet raw to your advantage (mostly raw vegetable and some fruit like berries, apples etc but no sugary fruit like pineapple or grapes) you must absolutely get really good quality protein—preferably animal in origin such as fish, eggs or meat…Warmest wishes… Leslie x

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  • flo August 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Leslie does doing this cleanse slow down metabolism? it worries me that I will put on weight afterwards?

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    • Leslie Kenton August 6, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Hi Flo…I have used it with hundreds if not thousands of people for over forty years and I have never seen it slow metabolism…after all my friend it is a short cleanse… Warm wishes… Leslie x

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  • John August 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Why no Coffee or Tea?

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    • Leslie Kenton August 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Hi John…It’s important, while you are on any kind of detox that, at the very least, you limit your coffee intake to one cup a day if you absolutely must…Giving up coffee drinking before you begin your program empowers the transition your body will be making into a whole new, healthier, more vital, less stressful way of living. This probably sounds like I’m absolutely against coffee. I am not. However, I want you to be aware that, from the point of view of cleansing the body, a major issue on the program is your coming in touch with your own essential, intrinsic energy source. This is an extraordinary energy source which we all have. It’s what’s I call rhinoceros energy. Unlike the buzz of caffeine, unlike the kind of kick you get if you suddenly eat a lot of sugar or carbs, our intrinsic energy seems just goes on and on. It’s very like a rhinoceros. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one run, but when you see them run, they are amazing animals – they just keep going with no apparent difficulty whatsoever. You want to give yourself a chance to connect with your own intrinsic energy source and this is virtually impossible to do when one is relying on stimulation from the caffeine to keep going. Herb teas are fine John…drink as many and as often as you like…Leslie x

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  • Kristina August 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Leslie, I’m surprised to see that you say to eat the seeds as well…they contain cyanide and I don’t think that’s advisable if you’re supposed to be ridding your body of toxins…

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    • Leslie Kenton August 16, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Hi Kristina…I was taught by at least a dozen medical doctors that apple seeds are not harmful despite all the drama that has been created on the net recently. I would not hesitate to eat them… I eat a lot of apples and have been chewing and swallowing the seeds literally for fifty years without harm… but if you feel you should not eat them then just leave them out… Let me allow Roberd H. Shmerling MD associate professor at Harvard have the last word: “Urban legends and medical myths often describe dire (but potentially plausible) consequences of activities we do every day. Claims of deodorant use causing breast cancer and death from smelling free perfume samples (both untrue) are recent examples that have circulated through cyberspace. The dangers of swallowing seeds probably belong in this category. In the end, my neighborhood pal taught me something much more important than how dangerous apple seeds could be. He taught me not to believe everything I hear.” Warmest wishes… Lesliex

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  • Emma August 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Leslie

    I have picked up your book from my mum’s shelf that she has had for a while. Has anything been updated since he 1994 edition? Things you do any different now? I am going to go on the apple cleanse in a couple of weeks. Are there any specific teas/ vitamins etc I should take before or during the cleanse? I am trying to put an order together so I have the right things for before, during and after the cleanse. Any specific pointers would be helpful. Also what type of body brush is best?

    Many thanks,


    7 T B W

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    • Leslie Kenton August 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Hi Emma…I am continually updating things my friend so I cannot comment on your mother’s book. I would follow the information on my site if I were you…the best body brush is a simple long handled wooden brush with natural bristles…Good luck on your cleanse dear Emma…Big hug… Leslie xxx

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  • Tanak Fulopk August 25, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I really like your writing style, excellent information, regards for posting : D.

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  • Spiderman September 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    No matter what Leslie says, there is no benefit to eating the seeds or core. I have much experience with fasting, juice fasts, water fasts, and fruit fasts. The main benefit of all of those is that you’re giving your body a rest from the tons of processed, fatty, salty, sugary, toxin filled foods we consume everyday. Also, be careful not to overload on apples or you’ll be retarding the benefits. You want your body to catch up and start to detox or at least start the healing process, and that happens when food is severely restricted or better yet completely eliminated for a span. Eating tons of apples could also affect your glucose levels, or exacerbate candida out breaks. Everyone is different, no one regime applies to all. Just listen to your body, be sensible, don’t try to fix 20 years of damage in one week.

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    • Leslie Kenton September 14, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Thank you for your comment…I have more than 40 years of experience with fasting…I would never suggest that anyone eat “tons of apples” or tons of anything for that matter…of course everyone is unique as you say…and of course if one eats masses of fruit of any kind it can exacerbate an overgrowth of negative intestinal flora… that being said, the apple fast requires but a few days…I have to say that in four decades I have never had a negative report from anyone who has done the apple fast and eaten the whole apple, seeds and all…but of course everyone has to follow their own intuition about everything…you obviously follow yours and I very much admire you for that… Leslie x

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  • Anne September 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Is it ok to drink lemon ginger honey tea during apple fast? Thank you and more power.

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    • Leslie Kenton September 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Anne…I am assuming that the ginger and honey tea you are referring to does not have honey in it—just a honey flavour—and has zero calories. If this is the case you can drink as much as you like of it…Leslie x

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  • Raj September 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Can we take coconut water to compensate potassium and sodium?

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    • Leslie Kenton September 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Interesting question Raj…The answer is no… this would interfere with the apply cleanse and, more important, there is absolutely no need for you to worry about potassium and sodium levels during such a short cleanse…

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  • april September 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I’m on my third day of the detox, but I accidentally licked turmeric and honey off my face mask. Do I need to start over?

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    • Leslie Kenton September 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      What an interesting question…I’ve never been asked anything like this before…April, I would not worry at all about your foray into your face mask… just carry on and don’t do it again… Leslie x

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  • Rose Ann October 26, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Is it harmful to do it longerthan 2 days? I wanted to try 5–7 days. Also, why raw, does it matter what kind of apples you use! Than you!!!

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    • Leslie Kenton October 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Sal…Provided you are generally well, there is no reason why you could not do five days my friend. Why is it raw? Because the moment you cook apples you destroy their life-giving, health-enhancing properties…in effect they lose their life force…Every blessing… Leslie

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  • Celina November 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Leslie, can this apple detox diet helps to clear kidney stones?

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    • Leslie Kenton November 29, 2012 at 2:54 am

      I do not believe that the apple detox is something anyone should attempt as a remedy for kidney stones…this is a condition which requires medical supervision from a health-care practitioner and close personal supervision from beginning to end… Every blessing… Leslie x

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  • Tamara December 10, 2012 at 3:20 am

    This sounds really gross, but when you say you have to be at home because the eimination process takes up a lot of energy- will elimination become uncontrollable? … like diarrhea ?! Will I be able to go out during the day and on outings, provided I eat (and eliminate) prior to going out? Thanks in advance, just worried about being caught in an awkward situation!

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    • Leslie Kenton January 6, 2013 at 5:26 am

      Hi dear Tamura…Good heavens no. The reason I suggest being able to be at home at least some of the time is just that the natural processes of inner cleansing require energy and some people do best if they can get a bit off rest and relaxation during any kind of detox. Others find they don’t need any special rest. But this is a wonderful time to connect with your body and your inner world… so if you can I would try to spend 15 minutes maybe twice a day just doing something genre which you enjoy or simply shutting your eyes for a few minutes and give thanks for your wonderful body cleansing itself… Leslie

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  • Niamh December 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Hi Leslie, does this fast result in permanent weight loss (i.e. not solely water weight)



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  • mrsstewart February 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Leslie, my husband and I have started doing apple fasts (3-day) over the past few years and are very happy with the results. The fast we’ve been following is that of Edgar Cayce. In his fast, it’s suggested you take 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil the night of the third day for this reason: “When you don’t eat any fat for days, your liver and gallbladder store up bile. When you flood your system with fat (olive oil) all at once like that – your gallbladder and liver release all the stored bile and push out the cholesterol stones that have formed.”

    Of course, swallowing two tablespoons of olive oil is not something I look forward to. What are your thoughts on the benefits/necessity of doing that?



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  • vicky222333 March 25, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I suffer from headaches and migraines, particularly when I get low blood sugar. Would it be safe or sensible for me to do this fast? Can it be extended to 4 days safely?
    Thanks Vicky

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  • Leslie Kenton June 27, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Dearest Vicky…What a challenge your headaches and migraines pose for you. Apples are riddled with natural fruit sugar so you will not find yourself with low blood sugar. However dear Vicky I strongly urge you to examine what you are eating generally. I suspect that you may be relying on cereals and grains carbohydrate and taking in too much sugar. I suggest, if you have not already done so that you read the book you will find on the home page of It is down in the lower right hand corner and you can download it for free. Read it my friend so you begin to understand how we have been so badly misled by the media, Big Pharma, the multinational food industry and the medical profession (who have been as mis-informed as the rest of us for the past 60 years.) Knowing the stuff you will find in the book can be life changing. I say that because literally dozens of people have written to me to thank me for it and say that all sorts of medical and emotional conditions have cleared in their life as a result of changing their eating accordingly. As far as continuing longer than four days on just apples is concerned. I do not this this would be wise for you to do… Every blessing… Leslie x

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  • Karen Gavino December 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I have a fatty liver grade 1. Is it okay to take this apple diet?

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  • Leslie Kenton December 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Dear Karen,
    I would think there is no problem my friend but, it you are on drugs or medication of some kind you should check with you health provider first.

    Every blessing,

    Leslie x

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  • joan castillo December 14, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Good day Ms. Leslie

    This is my first day of apple fast, how many apples I can eat a day for 3 days? thanks GOD BLESS <3 :)

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  • joan castillo January 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    thanks Aaron Kenton…. Happy New Year

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  • muba ibrahim March 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    hi dear ,i have read your article and i must say Kudos to you ..but my point is ,can this stop stomach bloating ? and how many apple can someone take to stop bloating forever .thanks
    best regards

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  • M Mayer August 11, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I’ve had interesting results with a combination of a 5:2 lifestyle/apples/water fasting:
    1. Weight loss — In 3 months went from 195 lbs to 165 lbs (I’m 6 ft.) and then upped my calorie consumption to stablize
    2. Blood pressure – previously had been a bit high and I was on a low dosage medication; 7 months into this lifestyle, my blood pressure had dropped to normal levels and my doctor took me off the medication
    The 5:2 attracted me with the promise being able to eat anything 2 days a week (which I happily do). I threw in an apple fast and a water fast to kick start things, and then ended up sticking with it.
    Weekly schedule looks like this:
    Day 1 – apples only
    Day 2 – water only (includes black coffee)
    Day 3 – modified paleo*
    Day 4 – modified paleo
    Day 5 – modified paleo
    Day 6 & 7 – drink and eat anything and in any quantity
    *modified paleo includes one small glass of red wine and one square of 85% dark chocolate
    Thinking of mixing it up a bit by making both Days 1 & 2 apples only. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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