Our current diet barely meets all of our body’s needs.
Excessive flour consumption and sedentary lifestyles make it difficult for the intestines to defecate waste as they should.
If you have this problem, we recommend you read the following article. In it, we’ll tell you how to prepare pineapple to relieve constipation.
The great properties of pineapple
Pineapple isn’t just a delicious and refreshing fruit, perfect for hot summer days. It also has many properties that are worth highlighting.
- Firstly, it is ideal to burn fats and for this reason, it is recommended for people suffering from obesity, excess weight and cellulitis.
- As a powerful anti-inflammatory, it is very good for patients with arthritis or gout.
- Pineapple is also a diuretic thanks to its potassium content. It helps to eliminate bloating as well as purifying and detoxing the body.
- It strengthens the immune system.
- Pineapple promotes the absorption of iron (it is highly recommended for people with anemia).
- It has an anticoagulant effect (it prevents the formation of blood clots and circulatory problems).
- Pineapple also regulates blood pressure (especially when we suffer from hypertension), fights colds and reduces the symptoms of rheumatism.
The benefits of pineapple for constipation
Millions of people suffer from problems with going to the bathroom due to their diet or lack of daily exercise.
Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty eliminating feces can be relieved by varying our diet more, changing our sedentary lifestyles and drinking 2 liters of water a day.
However, as well as all this, we can enjoy the marvelous benefits of pineapple.
Thanks to its star component, bromelain, it improves the digestion in general and enables the intestine to work without problems. We should also highlight the dietary fiber it provides, which helps maintain the regularity of bowel movements.
When we have problems with going to the bathroom, it is recommended to eat a cup of cubed pineapple each day.
If this is something common for you, it would be good to eat this fruit several times a week. This way, you can ensure more regular bowel movements.
On the other hand, you can drink pineapple juice, as long as it is natural (industrial juices don’t count because they contain added preservatives and sugar).
A glass of this juice (250 ml) provides 0.5 grams of fiber. So, if the constipation is acute, it is advisable to drink 8 glasses (approximately a liter and a half) in one day.
The natural enzymes of pineapple play an important role in the function of the colon.
If the constipation is mild (which can happen, for example, if we go on holiday or we change our diet), we can drink one glass of pineapple juice each day on an empty stomach and follow it with a glass of water (200 ml).
In the case of children, it is recommended to dilute half a glass of juice with half a glass of water. It is always convenient to have a juicer at home so that you can prepare it and drink it immediately.
While pineapple is nutritious and beneficial, it does have some counter-indications:
- For example, it can cause dehydration (this is why it should always be consumed together with water).
- Also, for people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux, pineapple juice could make the symptoms worse.
Other fruits to fight constipation
So that we don’t get bored of always eating pineapple, or if we don’t like it or can’t get hold of it at the market, there are other alternatives that are also effective.
We can include them in our diet as a dessert, snack or as part of breakfast. However, it is always best to eat them on an empty stomach when we have constipation.
Berries are a great source of fiber: a cup of strawberries (150 g) provides 2.9 grams and a cup of cranberries provides 3.6 grams.
Blackberries and raspberries are the richest in fiber, with 8 grams per cup.
To maintain healthy intestinal function, it is recommended to consume between 20 and 30 grams of fiber a day. So, starting the day with a portion of berries helps a lot towards achieving this amount.
They are also low in calories, provide hydration, and protect the body from free radicals.
To deal with constipation, our mothers and grandmothers made us eat these delicious fruits, whether fresh or dried.
Plums improve intestinal movement and contribute a great quantity of fiber. You can eat them after lunch or dinner as a dessert, or drink the juice.
Apples are one of the healthiest fruits that exist, because they provide a good dose of nutrients.
Apples improve the digestive system in general and relieve constipation thanks to the pectin (a type of fiber) they contain. They increase the volume of the feces, fight inflammation and satisfy the appetite.
Kiwi is another delicious fruit full of fiber. It also contains an enzyme called actinidin that facilitates the work of the intestines and prevents the formation of gases.
It is recommended to eat a fresh kiwi in the mornings on an empty stomach. You can also prepare a smoothie with other fruits if you don’t like the mildly acidic taste.
You can typically find pear recipes in anti-constipation recipe books.
You can harvest pears all year round. As well as helping to relieve this problem thanks to their pectin content, they also strengthen the immune system and regulate blood pressure.