Believe it or not, pineapples are not just for piña coladas, or getting caught in the rain. Pineapples actually have some surprising health benefits that most people don’t know about. You don’t have to eat them to reap these benefits either. In fact, you can cut up some fresh pineapple and infuse it in your water.
Lemons usually steal the show when it comes to putting fruit in your water. We believe in drinking more lemon water, but we are equal opportunity people and open-minded about adding other fruit to our water. It is best to make pineapple water the day before you want to drink it for optimum benefits. Two liters of water will require about half of a pineapple, peeled and cubed. Make a fresh batch every day to experience the following.
Supports Weight Loss
Pineapples contain this awesome enzyme called thiamine, which helps the body break down carbohydrates. You know that afternoon coffee or soda you think you need every day? Pineapple water puts an end to that, helping you feel full and keeping your blood sugar in check.
Iodine is necessary to help keep your thyroid hormones balanced. Lucky for you, pineapples have iodine and drinking pineapple water is a great way to absorb this nutrient. Thyroid regulation can help prevent weight gain and hypothyroidism.
Great For Digestion
If you didn’t already know, pineapples are great for the digestive system because they contain bromelain, which digests protein. The manganese in pineapple helps to boost the production of the enzymes that help you feel energized.
Bromelain, which is the miracle worker in pineapples, helps regulate immune responses. This means that it helps to ward off unwanted or unnecessary inflammation. Drinking pineapple water can also help reduce swelling, bruising, or overall pain after an injury.
When you drink pineapple water, you get a healthy dose of potassium, which is an essential electrolyte that the body uses for growth and development. Potassium can also help lower sodium levels in the body, which makes drinking pineapple water great for those who want to naturally lower blood pressure.
Parasites Be Gone
As if bromelain hasn’t done enough already, studies have found that it can help kill parasites like roundworms in the body. These worms affect roughly 50% of the world’s population and drinking pineapple water can help naturally flush them from the body.
Since studies have found that bromelain can help fight enamel stains and plaque build-up, drinking pineapple water can be beneficial for oral health. So drink your pineapple water to help protect your teeth and gums.