As a mom of a 2 year old who is an extremely picky eater with allergies & another baby on the way, I’m always on the lookout for healthy alternatives to traditional snacks that are both delicious and nutritious. Since we’re all big fruit eaters in our family we figured why not start making our own juice at home? We get to bypass added sugars and preservatives but we also know what we’re putting into our bodies (not chemicals). Pineapples are a very unique fruit that pack both flavor & a boat load of health benefits as well. We decided to juice a fresh pineapple for a refreshing beverage:
Aides in Digestion
Pineapples are jam packed with a significant amount of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is what prevents and relieves constipation & keeps you regular according to the Mayo Clinic. Your digestive tract stays on track and your intestines remain clean and healthy. A diet rich in fiber can also help to maintain a healthy weight all while lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Try eating a serving of pineapples 30 minutes to an hour before a meal to help regulate digestion!
Natural Remedy for Sinus Inflammation, Mucus & Cough
Pineapple has an enzyme called bromelain which has been found to be a natural anti-inflammatory. It’s the perfect remedy for a stuffy nose. Pineapple’s bromelain will work naturally to decrease the swelling of nasal passages while boosting the immune system with vitamins A & C. When it comes to kids and pineapple, try using fresh pineapple juice to make ice pops! Our oldest is absolutely obsessed with homemade ice pops. I used a Koji popsicle molder that I purchased from Target. They come in fun safari shapes that kids love such as a parrot, a monkey, an elephant and professor. It was super easy to use and clean afterwards so it was definitely worth every penny ($14.99).
Pineapple can also decrease excess mucus production and has been known as an effective cough suppressant.
Studies have shown that it’s 5 times more effective than cough syrup. This can be a total godsend for people suffering from severe allergies, a nasty sinus infection or the pesky common cold. Just be sure to use fresh pineapple to obtain effective results. Here’s a quick recipe for reducing inflammation and mucus from any of these ailments:
Cough Suppressant Recipe
1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
1 piece of ginger (about 3 inches)
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
You can read up on more natural decongestant remedies here: http://healthyhairtotoe.com/2015/11/23/5-natural-remedies-to-treat-and-prevent-cold-flu-congestion-symptoms/
Having trouble cutting a fresh pineapple? This pictorial was really helpful. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/cooking/tips/g1935/cut-whole-pineapple/
So the next time you’re looking to relieve your digestive tract, congestion or a recurring cough try drinking some fresh pineapple to settle the score. As always, consult with your physician before stopping any medications or altering medical treatment for pre-existing conditions.
Thanks for reading!
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