What is one of the worst things you could do that really affects your health? Not drink enough water! Even mild dehydration has many detrimental side effects. It is known to cause headaches, food cravings, constipation, other digestive issues, obesity, fatigue, irritability, depression, insomnia, dry skin, loss of skin elasticity, bad breath, muscle cramps, joint pain and more. With such a list of horrors…it makes me want to get a drink of water, NOW!
(In fact lets all stop and take a water break.)
It’s vitally important to drink plenty of water every day but sometimes drinking plain water is so boring. Here is a great way to add a little flavor to your water without compromising its health benefits. In fact it just might make it healthier. Adding pineapple to your water can really help your body in so many ways.
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. This chemical can relieve pain and has helped conditions from arthritis to injuries. Bromelain, a natural stain remover, whitens and reduces plaque around your teeth. Also the journal Planta Medica reported that bromelain was superior to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in animal studies. Bromelain aides in digestion and helps to break down proteins more efficiently. Oh and by the way bromelain is an anti-parasitic, so get enough of it and it will kill that tape worm you’ve been worrying about.
Other great reasons to add pineapple to your water:
- Pineapples contains iodine. This element is critical for healthy thyroid hormone production, and if it’s not available in the amounts needed by the thyroid gland, there can be wide-ranging physical consequences.
- Pineapples contain potassium.This mineral balances electrolytes, helps conduct nerve impulses and muscle contractions, regulates the flow of fluids and nutrients into and out of body cells, and helps keep your blood pressure in check.
- Pineapples are full of beta carotene and vitamin A. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant and is also a precursor to vitamin A. Both lead to healthy, glowing skin. These nutrients also play an essential role in eye health, preventing diseases like macular degeneration.
Ok so you’re convinced that you need to add some pineapple to your water. So whats next? These delicious recipes:
Water & Pineapple
All recipes start with 2 liters of filtered water (about 1/2 gallon or around 67 ounces. This is not rocket science so more or less is really ok.) I like to use a glass pitcher. Cut the pineapple into spears and add about 4 spears (1” X 4” spears) or about 2 cups of pineapple chunks.
Minty Pineapple Water
Add 6-8 fresh mint leaves to water and pineapple pitcher. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve.
Cherry Pineapple Water
Add 1 cup of halved cherries (pitted of course) to the water and pineapple pitcher. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve.
Ginger Pineapple Water
Cut up 10 thin slices of fresh ginger and add it to the water, pineapple pitcher. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve.
Basil Pineapple Water
Scrunch 8 fresh basil leaves and add to the pineapple water. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve.
Cinnamon Pineapple Water
Add 5 cinnamon sticks to the pineapple water pitcher. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve.
Jalapeño Pineapple Water
Cut and take the seeds out of 2 jalapeño peppers. Add it to the pineapple water. Infuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours. Strain and serve. You can also add a dash of cayenne pepper if you really like things hot.
Feel free to add to or experiment with these recipes. I have added lemon slices or cucumbers to all of them and it tastes good. Another fun addition to pineapple water is to use frozen raspberries instead of ice cubes. Then you can eat them with your water as they melt. So enjoy these delicious pineapple water recipes and stay hydrated.
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