SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Ananas comosus
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
When you're eating a pineapple, consider that it is the product of 100 or more flowers. Each flower turns into a fruit which unites with the surrounding fruits. Through this vast union of 100 or more fruits, a pineapple is born. Pineapple's name comes from its resemblance to a pine cone.
Pineapple energizes you at first bite. Your mouth salivates. Your eyes water. Your circulation picks up speed. Its pungent and sour tastes increase heat in the body and stimulate sharp clarity in your mind. The sweetness raises your blood sugar levels. You may find yourself more alert and motivated after eating pineapple as it fans the flames of your inner fire strengthening both your digestion and zest for life. Beware of an underripe pineapple which is very acidic and may damage your teeth.
Digestive supportPineapple totes a powerful mix of digestive enzymes such as bromelain. Bromelain is found in all parts of the plant but is most concentrated in the stem. In fact, pineapple stems are used in the creation of digestive enzyme supplements, but at home you use the fruit to enhance sluggish or weak digestion. Higher concentrations of bromelaine is dependant upon growth in selenium rich soil.
Bromelain specifically supports protein digestion - making pineapple the perfect meat marinade and tenderizer. The best way to receive the digestion enhancing effects of bromelain is by following this gourmet culinary trick: inject the pineapple juice directly into the meat via a cooking syringe. The results will be tender and succulent.
Bromelain's enzymes are versatile and hearty. They work both in the stomach's acidic environment and in the alkaline conditions of the small intestine. Best of all, bromelain is easily absorbed while remaining potent.
Pineapple is useful in both indigestion and loss of appetite. Beyond the joy of its lusciousness, pineapple's sour taste enhances digestive secretions. Its sharpness improves blood flow to the digestive tract. Its juicyness hydrates you. Altogether pineapple can enhance the absorption of nutrients and medicines, especially antibiotics. Pineapple may be helpful in hypoacidity due to atrophic gastritis or h pylori infections.
Pineapple can destroy unwelcome worms and parasites (krumi) in your digestive tract. Bromelain springs into action here by breaking down the protein structures of parasites and assisting in the digestion of worms.
Through its bromelain boost, pineapple promotes the death of cells that are no longer needed. This action helps prevent blood clots, edema and various cardiovascular diseases. Pineapple supports wound healing by removing damaged tissue from the site of injury. It has been credited with the power to stave off cancer and diabetes by improving digestion.
Pitta and Kapha beware. Because it is sharp and pungent, pineapple can aggravate Pitta. It's sweet and moistening qualities can overload Kapha. While tantalizing and tempting, enjoy this nectarous fruit in moderation only if you have a pitta or kapha body type.
Anti-inflammatory / Clears HeatAs an anti-inflammatory, pineapple clears heat and can be useful in cases of sunstroke. In summer, overexposure to heat depletes fluids and exhausts vitality (prana) in your body. The sweet and succulent nature of pineapple replenishes your strength and energy levels. Pineapple is helpful with diarrhea, bronchitis, sinusitis and arthritis.
As if you needed more reason to love pineapple other than its tropical deliciousness, you're now equipped with biting evidence of its lively health benefits.
BUYING & PREPARATION
Preparing a pineapple is tricky! You must remove the tough peel as well as the fibrous core, all while avoiding the prickers on the leaves. The easiest way is to turn the pineapple on its side, and cut off the top. Then slice it into thirds.
COOKING PINEAPPLEBrowse Recipes
Add chunks to your salsa or guacamole without fear - the digestive properties of pineapple combine well with many foods. But don't mix pineapple with dairy or yogurt. The combination is "Abhishyandi", which means it clogs the channels.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Pineapple Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Pineapple:
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SIALOGOGUEA sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Energy Vitality Strength:
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Wakes you up
WAKES-YOU-UPInvigorates the body and improves energy by stimulating circulation.
Find Your Symptom:
REFRESHINGStimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Pineapple'Do you like 'pineapple'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'pineapple'?
True, fruit is best eaten alone according to Ayurveda. Pineapple is often combined with other foods like pizza, ham, etc in modern culture. It's digestive enzymes make this less offensive than combining other types of fruit with other foods. A strict Ayurvedic diet would recommend eating all fruits alone.
The restrictions for eating fruit as part of an Ayurvedic dietary life style is always a little confusing to me. It seems that the only time you can safely eat fruit is in the morning. You can't combine fruit with other foods, you can't eat it between meals and so on. Now you are recommending that it can be eaten on pizza on ham or in a Pina Colada. This just adds to my confusion. Can you clarify for me with a little more detail about the proper time to eat fruit and how to correctly combine fruit with other foods.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DietAnorexia, past or current, Irregular Thirst
DigestionDry Mouth / Tongue, Gas, irregular digestion, Indigestion / Upset stomach, Irregular/small appetite, Pancreatic Insufficiency, Quickly full / early satiety, Slow, heavy digestion, Tired after eating
Blood and CirculationLow energy
BonesMuscles heavy / tired
Mind Stress SleepSlow, monotonous speech
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.