I’m sure most of you are familiar with lemon water. And I know most of you know that you need to drink 8oz of water per day (at least that’s the gold standard). Lemon water is arguably the best beverage you can get in the morning. But don’t underestimate pineapple water.
Pineapple might not be considered a super fruit like pomegranates, acai fruit, and blueberries, but it can hold its own ground in the health department. Pineapple provides lots of health benefits. You can choose to consume the amazingly delicious and sweet fruit on its own, or you can go the lemon water way. In the same way we consume lemon water in the morning, we can drink a glass of pineapple water for numerous health benefits.
How to make pineapple water
It sounds complicated, but it isn’t. Making pineapple water is as simple as cutting the fruit and tossing few pieces into a glass of water. Remember, you have to remove the skin first. You can also choose to prepare the pineapple water in bulk. For example, I prefer to prepare my pineapple water in the evening, just before I go to bed. I cut half a pineapple and add it to a bowl with 2 quarts of water. Put it in the fridge, and in the morning you have chilled water loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Loaded with enzymes, pineapple water is better than lemon water mostly because of the taste. The sweet taste of the water is just what you want in the morning for an energy boost.
Pineapple nutrition facts
Let’s take a look at what you get from pineapple. To better understand the benefits of drinking pineapple water, we need to take a look at the nutrition fact sheet. One regular size pineapple weighs approximately 2 pounds. This is what you get from that:
- 452 calories
- 1.1g total fat
- 986mg potassium
- 119g carbs
- Zero sodium, zero cholesterol, and zero saturated fat
- 89g of sugar
- 13g of fiber
- 4.9g of protein
- 721% daily value of vitamin C
- 50% daily value of vitamin B6
- 10% daily value of vitamin A
- 14% daily value of iron
- 11% daily value of calcium
- 27% daily value of magnesium
Drinking pineapple water delivers almost the same nutrition values, with the added benefit of helping with hydration. That being said, let’s take a look at what happens if you drink pineapple water on a regular basis.
Like many fruits, pineapple is extremely rich in fiber and low in sugar. Yes, it packs lots of calories per fruit. But pineapple water eliminates that problem. And thanks to the fiber richness, pineapple helps you feel full for a long period of time. You will effectively eliminate hunger and sugar cravings.
You eliminate fat and sugar simply by drinking pineapple water, which helps with weight loss. In addition, pineapple contains compounds that speed up your metabolic rate. That means not only do you eliminate sugar cravings, but you burn more fat at the same time.
I always stress this as much as possible: inflammation is your biggest enemy. Almost all severe conditions and diseases start in your gut. Consuming anti-inflammatory foods is the key to keeping inflammation at bay.
Pineapple, for that matter, contains bromelain, an enzyme that has extremely strong anti-inflammatory properties. This enzyme helps with eliminating toxins from the body, which effectively reduces inflammation. Bromelain therefore helps with sports injuries, as it reduces the inflammation and pain.
Eliminate parasites from the liver
But bromelain does much more than that. By flushing toxins, bromelain effectively cleanses your intestines and liver. Some studies even go as far as suggesting that consuming water with pineapple can help eliminate tapeworms. All you need to do is drink one glass per day for three consecutive days.
Flush toxins and heavy metals
Last, but not least, bromelain and pineapple eliminate heavy metals (all those toxins that you consume on a daily basis thanks to junk food and processed foods). Even if you aren’t consuming junk food, chances are there are toxins and chemicals in the air you breathe. Or in the water you drink. We live in an era of constant pollution. That’s why it is essential that we consume foods and beverages that flush out toxins. Pineapple is at the top of that list.
Improve the work of your thyroid gland
Bromelain also helps with the functioning of your thyroid gland. In addition to this enzyme, pineapple also contains iodine. Those two compounds help people suffering from autoimmune disorders, as the thyroid gland is one of the glands most affected by autoimmune disorders.
Probably the most important health benefit of drinking pineapple water is related to electrolytes: consuming this beverage will balance the electrolytes in your body. As I mentioned at the beginning, pineapple is rich in potassium, a mineral that helps to balance the amount of electrolytes in your body. By doing that, pineapple essentially prevents cramps and other muscle related injuries.
Improves oral health
Pineapple is very good in fighting dental plaque. Consuming water rich with this fruit will remove teeth stains and improve the health of your teeth in general.
Protects from cancer
I always say that there is no one fruit or compound that will help you fight off cancer. You prevent cancer by consuming healthy foods. And in that regard, pineapple is very beneficial. Some studies even suggest bromelain is more effective than chemotherapy drugs. The research was conducted on animals, but it is still something to think about while drinking that glass of water in the morning.
One of the keys to improving digestion is to consume foods rich in compounds that provide proper digestion of proteins. Proteins are some of the toughest compounds for our stomach to process, but pineapple contains compounds that aid in the digestion of proteins. Your digestive system will need less time to process proteins, which in turn improves your gut health.
Last, but not least, consuming water with pineapple will help your vision. Pineapple might not be as rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene as carrots, but it sure does contain some (to be exact, 10% of your daily value). And it will help with your eyesight. Not only will it improve your vision, but you also prevent age-related macular degeneration, the biggest cause of eyesight loss as you age.