I hope you all had fun kicking off the summer this weekend! I also hope you stuck to last week's tip and incorporated lots of lemon into your routine.
Now it is time to kick it up another notch, because lets face it, it is a short week and you will be back in your bathing suits in no time. So let's get to it with some sweet facts on pineapple.
This sweet fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and my personal favorite it flights inflammation and aids in digestion, take that stubborn bloat.
Let's break down some benefits:
Improves Digestion - Bromelain, found in pineapples works to neutralize fluids to ensure that they are not too acidic. It also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion.
Promotes Good Health - Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. On top of it all, this fruit is low in fat and cholesterol. All the nutrients it contains promote goodhealth.
Strong Bones & Healthy Gums - Pineapples are popular for their ability to build and maintain strong bones. This fruit contains manganese, which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues. In fact, if you consume just one cup of pineapple, you can already get 73 percent of your total body requirement for manganese. Thats not all, eating pineapple will strengthen your gums which will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Aids in Alleviating Arthritis - Since these fruits have anti-inflammatory qualities, eating pineapples can greatly alleviate the pain of arthritis while at the same time improve the condition by strengthening the bones.
Now that we know the benefits, how do we add his to our summer diet you may ask? Well here are some ideas for you.
- Pack this summer fruit for a day at the beach
- Add this to a smoothie in the morning before you hit a pool party - mix it with some blueberries, greens, and some chia seeds to keep you energized all day
- Pack yourself a spinach quinoa and pineapple salad for lunch during the week to fight the bloat all week long
- Having a bbq? add some shrimp and pineapple to some skewers with a touch of cayenne and cumin and you will have a party of flavors in your mouth
However you decide to incorporate this fruit, you are sure to walk away with some great benefits for your body!
Now go have your lemon water and some cut up pineapple, the beach is just a few short days away.
Stay tuned, next week I will break down the benefits of one of my favorite greens.