Ayurvedic philosophy states that decisions we make in regards to our daily routines either build resistance to disease or reduce it.
Let’s take a healthy practice that invokes this philosophy – adding pineapple to your first glass of water every morning. Here are 10 great reasons to do so.
1. Fight inflammation
Pineapple is a great source of bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme with anti-inflammatory characteristics that helps the body rid itself of toxins that affect various tissues and organs in the body.
Regularly consuming pineapple can help with mild forms of arthritis as well as various sports-related injuries by reducing the amount of inflammation and pain.
2. Lose weight
The fiber in pineapple means that it takes longer to digest – this causes the body to maintain a ‘full’ feeling for longer, preventing cravings.
Thiamine, found in pineapple, can help boost your body’s metabolism through converting carbohydrates into energy.
3. Flush your liver and intestines
In addition to being an anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapple, it’s also anti-parasitic. Some even say that a pineapple fast for three days can kill parasites as serious as tape worms.
4. Thyroid regulation
Along with bromelain, iodine, also found in pineapple, is effective at treating certain autoimmune disorders, making it effective for reducing thyroiditis symptoms.
5. Electrolyte balancing
Pineapple is rich in potassium, which can help your body maintain a balance of electrolytes. This can in turn prevent cramps and other pains.
6. Remove toxins
In addition to the aforementioned benefits, the fiber and enzymes in pineapple can help remove various toxins and heavy metals from your body.
7. Help digestion
Proteins can be digested more efficiently with the help of bromelain which, by this point in the list, can probably be referred to as a superhero of sorts.
8. Increase oral health
Research has found that bromelain can act as a natural stain remover in addition to breaking up plaque on teeth.
9. Improve your vision
The beta-carotene and vitamin a found in pineapple is great for your eyesight.
A study in the Archives of Ophthalmology found that an excess of three pineapple servings per day can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
This is the primary cause of vision loss in the elderly.
10. Resist cancer
Research in the journal Planta Medica found that bromelain was more effective in treating cancer in animals than chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil.
By: Jesse Herman