Help get rid of pain, improve digestion and clear the skin with this enzyme-rich pineapple smoothie. Pineapple is an incredibly special fruit, because it contains the enzyme bromelain. This protein-digesting enzyme is similar to pepsin, a naturally-occurring enzyme in the gut essential for the digestion and breaking down of proteins.
Enzymes help increase the rate of biochemical reactions in the human body, and with a majority of the modern-day diet consisting of foods that contain low enzyme bioavailability, we must turn to raw foods that still contain intact enzymes. When our digestion is functioning properly, it will directly show in the health of our skin, too. Better digestion almost always equals better skin.
Bromelain is a natural digestive aid, and can be used to reduce bloating, gas, and can help nourish digestive conditions like IBS. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, along with turmeric, which together help battle inflammatory-related pain, aches and bruises.
Enzyme-Rich Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
– 3 cups ripe pineapple
– 1 cup mango
– 2 inches fresh turmeric root
– 1 cup chopped cucumber
– 1/2 cup packed herb of choice (I like to use mint or basil)
– 1 cup coconut water
Stick all of the above ingredients in a blender, and pulse blend for 30-60 seconds or until smooth. You can also add in some crushed ice for a cooler effect if you please.