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Natural foods we eat everyday has healing properties to assist our body to recover from non critical ailments and aid in recovery process as well. If we take the right food and right amount, the vitamins and minerals found in the food will strengthen our body systems. It helps to improve digestion, which in itself is a prerequisite in healing of the body. With better digestion, the body can absorb the necessary minerals and vitamins, which in turn will repair the body.
First food remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers is pineapple.
Pineapple helps in digestion. Find a fresh ripe pineapple and eat it fresh. Make sure only ripe pineapples are eaten. Unripe pineapple has poison which can cause drastic purging. If fresh ripe pineapples are not available, you can resort to the canned ones. Cutting the pineapple is an art. Be generous in cutting the skin of the pineapple. You need remove the crown, rind, eyes and core. A method to remove the eyes is to slice crosswise. You can only eat the flesh. Chilled fresh pineapple is not only refreshing but also delicious. As much as you may like pineapples, do not over eat pineapples either since excessive pineapple can cause fiber balls in the intestinal tract. Excessive consumption should be avoided. In right quantities, it is a healing food.
The acidity of the fresh pineapple can cause irritation of the tip of the tongue. This is a trick to reduce the acidity is to rub a little salt on the pineapple before eating or soak the flesh in water with a pinch of salt for a short while before eating. With canned pineapples, it is normally soak in syrup which diminishes taste and freshness.
Pineapple is diuretic and is a natural cleanser, removing toxins from the body. It is high in vitamin C and also contains a special enzyme, called bromelain, which helps the body’s digestive system and able to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, gout and sore throat. It also helps in the healing process of wounds after surgery or injury. It is believed that pineapple contains micro-nutrients which can protects against cancer and the micro-nutrients also break up blood clots and is beneficial to the heart. Pineapple juice is a natural intestinal worm killer as well.
After each meal, eat one slice of pineapple and it will help digestion – thus reducing burping, gas build up and stomach discomfort, all common symptoms of IBS. Taking a slice or two a day is fine for most IBS sufferers; just don’t eat the entire fruit by yourself everyday. If you are just trying, just take one slice and increase it later.
Another way to eat pineapple is to juice it by blending. If you are not milk intolerant, then adding some yogurt and blending them together in a food processor produces a lassi drink. This is an Indian traditional drink. Do not add any sugar especially if you are using canned pineapples. If you like you can add a little water or ice.
Dr John Anne is a herbal specialist with years of experience and extensive research
on Herbs and Alternative health. For more helpful information read about Vitamin C Source and Vitamin C Benefits at Vitamins and Minerals Guide.
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