Advertising
Advertising

Amazing Benefits Of Pineapple (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Pineapple (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit. They can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved. Apart from being a popular ingredient for a wide array of cuisines, the pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines, commonly used as the material for the men’s Barong Tagalog and women’s Baro’t saya formal wear in the country. The fiber is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.

Aside from all this cool stuff the pineapple can do and produce, it also provides lots of amazing benefits for your health!

1. Pineapples Strengthen Your Nails And Prevent Hair Loss

To soften and strengthen your nails, you can make lotion at home using 1 tablespoon fresh pineapple juice, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 2 drops of lemon oil. Mix these together and then put it on your nails and cuticles (q-tips would work well, or a cotton ball, or thin makeup brush!). This is a safe lotion and can be used daily.

Just as Vitamin C is good for skin, Vitamin C is an important element that aids in preventing hair loss. It is a powerful antioxidant that combats free radical damage. Pineapple is a rich source of this water soluble vitamin. Eat pineapples in wedges or just juice them fresh to reap the benefits of Vitamin C and prevent hair loss and help thicken hair. Daily consumption of pineapple can help prevent and ease inflammatory conditions, which affect the scalp, using Bromelain, the anti-inflammatory enzyme. It can also offer relief from infections of the scalp, preventing unwanted hair fall.

2. Pineapples Keep Your Skin Flawless and Firm

The Vitamin C in pineapples can be used internally as well as externally, as a cure for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Bromelain, the anti-inflammatory enzyme in this fruit, boosts up the healing power of Vitamin C!

Also, pineapple gives the collagen synthesis in your body a boost. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be. The added nourishment comes from the presence of amino acids and Vitamin C, which ensures that the damaged cells and tissues are repaired quickly.

Advertising

How to use: Apply freshly prepared pineapple juice on the face. Wash off using tepid water after 10 minutes. Feel the tingle! Or try freshly crushed pineapple wedges to exfoliate your skin and make it look healthier! This will eliminate the dead skin and accentuate blood flow.

For more exfoliation, try using pineapple on your feet to help with callouses and cracked heels. The exfoliating property of pineapple, along with its collagen synthesizing nature, helps soften skin and get rid of dead skin. It will also assist with the inflammation associated with cracks on your feet.

pineapple health

    In a 100 gram serving, raw pineapple is an excellent source of Manganese (44% of Daily Value) and Vitamin C (58% of Daily Value), and also includes potassium, copper, calcium, magnesium, beta carotene,  thiamine, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. The health and medicinal benefits of pineapples include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

    I could spend hours telling you about ALL the benefits of pineapple, but here are a few big ones that are both interesting and informative!

    3. Pineapples Reduce Symptoms of Arthritis

    One of the most celebrated benefits of pineapple on health is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis, a truly debilitating disease that impacts millions of people around the world. Pineapples contain Bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins, but it also has serious anti-inflammatory effects, and has been positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.

    Advertising

    4. Pineapples Help Cure Coughs, Colds and Sinusitis

    The normal immune system boosting power of vitamin C is well known, but the enzyme, Bromelain, is also connected with the reduction of phlegm and mucus build up in the respiratory tracts and sinus cavities. It therefore prevents the illnesses that cause phlegm and mucus build-up, while also treating them by loosening those materials and helping you eliminate them from your body if you’ve already contracted an illness or infection. Eating pineapple along with prescribed medicines can help cure colds and coughs!

    5. Pineapples Tackle Digestive Problems

    Like most fruits, pineapples are a rich source of fiber, but they are special in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. This means that eating a healthy amount of pineapples can protect you from a vast amount of digestive health conditions, including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis, blood clotting, and irregular blood pressure.

    6. Pineapples Maintain Your Oral Health

    Along with the antioxidant compounds that protect against oral cancer, pineapples also have astringent properties, which strengthen gums and make sure that your teeth do not become loose. Astringent agents help to tighten up tissues and tone the body so things like tooth loss, hair loss, and muscle weakness or skin loosening are positively impacted by eating pineapples. Pineapples are very powerful astringents and are often prescribed as a natural remedy to fix loosening of teeth or the the retraction of the gums.

    7. Pineapples Improve Your Vision

    Macular Degeneration is a condition in which adults lose their vision. The beta-carotene present in pineapple can help improve vision!

    Let’s Eat It!

    We all know pineapples go great in fruity cocktails, upside down desserts, and in fruit salads, but how can we get more of this miraculous multiple fruit into our diet? Here are 5 great recipes to eat more of this tangy, sweet, and healthy fruit! (Non-dessert recipes, even!)

    Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos with Black Bean Salad

    Advertising

    shutterstock_307875086

      This is made by broiling shrimp and pineapple on skewers and is a great, fresh type of taco!

      Pineapple Pico de Gallo

      shutterstock_373858801

        A great side for any tacos, fajitas, or more, and a great way to incorporate more pineapple into a diet without making it the main part of a meal! This sweet pico will rock you!

        Bacon and Pineapple Stuffed Portobellos

        shutterstock_162416459

          These 4-ingredient mushroom caps will make your day – and your dinner!

          Squid with Pineapple and Toasted Garlic

          Advertising

          shutterstock_251595112

            This is a more complicated recipe, but has amazing reviews. If you’re like me, you love international cuisines!

            Pork and Pineapple Curry

            pork-pineapple-curry

              via delish

              This is a moderately difficult recipe for a delicious curry dish!

              Featured photo credit: Phonlawat_51 via shutterstock.com

              More by this author

              Weighted Blanket for Anxiety and Insomnia: How to Make It Work 10 Things to Expect When You Move in Together How to Pick the Best Food for Your Dog 5 Myths About Whole Life Insurance Debunked 7 Great Tips for Training Your Dog

              Trending in Food and Drink

              1 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go 2 Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brain Health And Brain Power 3 15 Brain Foods You Should Be Eating Regularly to Keep Your Mind Sharp 4 These 25 Healthy Meal Ideas Can Be Ready in 30 Minutes or Less 5 17 Weight Loss Recipes That Are Incredibly Nutritious and Super Delicious

              Read Next

              Advertising
              Advertising
              Advertising

              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

              1. Cat Camel Stretch

              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

              Here’s a video to guide you through:

              Advertising

              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

              3. Jumping Jacks

              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

              4. Abductor Side Lifts

              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

              Advertising

              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

              5. Balancing Table Pose

              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

              ablab

                6. Leg Squats

                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                7. Push Ups

                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

                Advertising

                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                8. Bicycle Crunches

                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                9. Lunges

                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

                Advertising

                10. Bicep Curls

                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

                More Articles About Exercises for Beginners

                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                Reference

                Read Next