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22 Amazing Pineapple Health Benefits (With Simple Pineapple Recipes)

22 Amazing Pineapple Health Benefits (With Simple Pineapple Recipes)

Sturdy and prickly on the outside; fragrant, delicious and extremely healthy inside. Pineapple was named as the healthiest fruit in the world and for some seriously important reasons.[1] They contain zero fat and cholesterol, and plentiful of vitamins A, B, C, potassium, manganese, cooper and a dozen of other minerals and nutrients our bodies regularly need.

What does all that mean for you? Well, you are probably unaware of the following 22 health benefits of pineapples.

P.S. I have 5 healthy pineapple recipes recommended to you at the end of this article!

1. Boost your immune system

Pineapples are a powerful source of vitamin C and, in fact, contain half of the daily recommended value for an adult according to Food and Drug Administration. Vitamin C is also a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage.[2]

Our bodies need sufficient vitamin C to fight cell damage and prevent joint pains and heart diseases.

2. Strengthen your bones

In addition to containing loads of vitamin C, pineapples also have plenty of manganese which strengthens bones and connecting tissues. One study also suggests that manganese helps preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.[3]

One cup of fresh pineapple juice contains over 70% of the required daily dose of manganese. Kids, adults and elderly people should eat a few chunks of pineapple a day to keep their bodies strong.

3. A great remedy for sinuses and allergy swellings

Again, it’s all about vitamin C and bromelain which helps to reduce mucus in the throat and nose.[4]

If you are exposed to seasonal allergies incorporate pineapples to your diet, along with some extra bromelain supplements to ease up your condition.

4. Reduce blood clot

Bromelain helps reduce excessive coagulation of the blood.

Frequent flyers, flight attendants, movers, and other folks at risk for blood clots, pineapples should be your go-to snack!

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5. Reduce stress

Pineapples contain a good level of several B vitamins which propel your brain to function better and boost your ability to deal with stress efficiently.

6. Keep your eyes healthy

Due to the high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, pineapple reduces the risk of macular degeneration – an eye disease, causing vision lose.[5] Elder people are particularly exposed to it.

Also, it contains a lot of beta carotene – an essential element needed for healthy vision that should be consumed regularly.

7. Treat colds and cough

Thanks to the huge level of anti-inflammatory bromelain and vitamin C, pineapple can be a great remedy for treating nasty colds and coughing.

Bromelain is also known to reduce swelling and respiratory problems. Enzymes that pineapples contain reduce inflammation and clean up excessive mucus in the respiratory system.

The next time you feel sick, drink a glass of pineapple juice instead of orange juice. Your recovery will start much sooner.

Check out this quick pineapple recipe for cough: Pineapple Cough Suppressant Drink Recipe

8. Help prevent cancer

Pineapples contain loads of antioxidants that help to capture and fight against free radicals. This slows down the cell damage process, thus preventing some types of cancer.[6]

In fact, research has found that pineapple enzymes can shrink or kill cancer cells.[7]

9. Strengthen your gums

Astringent agents abundant in pineapples help to tighten up gum tissues and even prevent oral cancer. In fact, pineapples are often prescribed to fix loosening of teeth or the the retraction of the gums.

Keep your teeth healthy and strong by munching some pineapples.

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10. Reduce blood pressure

Among other vitamins and minerals, pineapples contain a great deal of potassium. Potassium is a strong natural vasodilator, meaning it eases the tension of the blood vessels and promotes proper blood circulation to various parts of the body.

As your blood vessels relax, your blood pressure reduces and the flow of blood is less restricted. So, pineapples can help prevent such conditions as stroke and atherosclerosis.

11. Improve digestion

Have slight digestion problems? You can fix it by adding some pineapple to your regular diet.

Bromelain, dietary fiber, and vitamin C – all present in pineapples – promote better digestion.

12. Improve gut health

Did you know that the bacteria outnumber our cells 10 to 1? And most of them happen to reside in our guts, meaning keeping a healthy gut flora is essential.

Pineapples have proved to sooth inflammatory bowel diseases by reducing gut inflammation and preventing diarrhea. Also, it helps digesting protein-rich foods like steak better.

13. Relieve nausea

A glass of pineapple juice can help you beat morning nausea for pregnant women.[8]

Also, anyone suffering from motion sickness can drink a few glasses of pineapple juice before heading to the airport or sneak a bottle for a long bus trip.

14. A great solution for acne

In this case, pineapples can be used both externally and internally to improve your skin condition, thanks to the great anti-inflammatory qualities of vitamin C, bromelain and special enzymes.

Mix it with some turmeric and you have an amazing natural mask to treat your face.

15. Help treating foot cracks

Been hitting the road for too long? Treat your feet with a pineapple scrub to get some soothing relief for inflammation and swelling, triggered by the cracks and make your feet smooth and radiant.

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16. Strengthen your nails

If your organism lacks vitamin A and B, your nails are likely to break and crack a lot.

To keep your nails strong and healthy, use pineapple. A source of both, it could be applied topical and munched regularly.

17. Cure chapped lips

Mix pineapple with coconut oil to sooth chapped skin and hydrate it properly. It’s healthy and tasty at the same time, so no worries if you lick off some mixture before it soaks.

18. Prevent hair loss and make it thicker

Vitamin C antioxidant properties are a powerful mean against free radicals that damage hair growth. Pineapple extracts, when applied to the scalp, are known to provide vital nutrients to the follicles to make your hair grow better, thicker, and more shiny.

19. Improve fertility

As free radicals can damage the reproductive system, getting a regular intake of antioxidants pineapples is highly recommended for couples trying to conceive.[9]

Vitamin C, beta-carotene, copper and the other vitamins and minerals present can positively affect both male and female fertility.

20. Help your body produce more energy

Manganese, which is abundant in pineapples, is a key co-factor boosting the creation of enzymes that a responsible for production of energy within your body.

Feeling sluggish? Eat some pineapples!

21. Prevent asthma

Beta-carotene is found in pineapples can lower the risk of asthma.[10]

Pineapples also help to detox your organism from harmful substances and reduce inflammation levels caused by stress, pollution and poor nutrition.

22. Help with your mental health

Pineapple is full of amino acid tryptophan that your body uses to produce serotonin – the “happy hormone”.

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Getting enough amino acid, along with other nutrients like vitamin B is essential to keep your neurological system up and running smoothly – for enough energy and positive mood hormones.

Healthy pineapple recipes (tasty and easy-to-make)

Now that you know all the amazing health benefits of pineapple, are you ready to get one and enjoy it?

Here I have some recommendations of healthy pineapple recipes for you so you can enjoy the benefits of pineapple as much as dishes made out of them.

Pineapple & Avocado Salad

Get the recipe here.

    Grilled Pineapple with Mint Sugar

    Get the recipe here.

      Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Slices with Toasted Coconut

      Get the recipe here.

        Pineapple Fried Rice

        Get the recipe here.

          Pineapple Mango Buffalo Chicken Taco Bowls with Avocado Ranch Dressing

          Get the recipe here.

            Featured photo credit: Seuss. via flickr.com

            Reference

            [1] The World’s Healthiest Foods: Pineapple
            [2] Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University: Vitamin C Facts
            [3] NCBI: Spinal bone loss in postmenopausal women supplemented with calcium and trace minerals.
            [4] Livestrong: Foods That Help Sinus Congestion
            [5] All About Vision: What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
            [6] NCBI: Bromelain’s activity and potential as an anti-cancer agent: Current evidence and perspectives.
            [7] Underground Health Report: Pineapple Enzyme Bromelain Destroys Cancer
            [8] American College of Healthcare Science: Holistic mommy: Top 12 foods to beat morning sickness naturally (Part 2)
            [9] Antioxidants to enhance fertility: role of eNOS and potential benefits.
            [10] Dr. Axe: Top Home Remedies for Asthma

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            Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

            Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

            Feeling tired all the time?

            Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

            I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

            Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

            If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

            In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

            What Happens When You’re Too Tired

            If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

            Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

            • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
            • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
            • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
            • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
            • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
            • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
            • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

            Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

            Unfortunately, yes!

            Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

            Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

            Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

            Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

            Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

            Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

            1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
            2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
            3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

            The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

            It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

            Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

            Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

            If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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            Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

            Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

            But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

            Symptoms of fatigue include:

            • Difficulty concentrating
            • Low stamina
            • Difficulty sleeping
            • Anxiety
            • Low motivation

            These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

            Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

            How Much Sleep Is Enough?

            The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

            Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

            So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

            The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

            Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

            Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

            If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

            And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

            It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

            4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

            Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

            1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
            2. Exercising regularly
            3. Using stressbusters
            4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

            So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

            After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

            In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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            I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

            Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

            • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
            • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
            • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
            • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

            The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

            And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

            But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

            L — Living Healthy

            Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

            So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

            In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

            As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

            Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

            1. Unplug

            Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

            So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

            2. Unwind

            Do something to relax.

            Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

            3. Get Comfortable

            Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

            Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

            Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

            Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

            If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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            Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

            This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

            E — Exercise

            Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

            That’s what happened in my case.

            But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

            As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

            My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

            That made sense to me.

            So, I decided to swim.

            I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

            Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

            Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

            So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

            If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

            A — Attitude

            Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

            When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

            Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

            Breathing.

            But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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            Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

            1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
            2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
            3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
            4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
            5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
            6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

            This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

            When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

            Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

            N — Nutrition

            Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

            If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

            Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

            For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

            Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

            Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

            1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
            2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
            3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
            4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
            5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
            6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
            7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
            8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
            9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

            Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

            That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

            Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

            The Bottom Line

            If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

            If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

            If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

            • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
            • Regular Exercise You Love
            • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
            • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

            Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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            Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
            [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
            [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
            [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
            [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
            [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
            [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
            [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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