Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach passes up into the esophagus. This can cause heartburn, chest pain, and a bitter tasting fluid to come into the mouth. A number of treatments are available for acid reflux, including medication and surgery. If you prefer natural treatments, eating fresh pineapple is one simple option. Fresh pineapple is rich in enzymes, particularly bromelain, which helps improve digestion and simultaneously reduce acid in your system. These enzymes will help speed up the healing process.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh pineapple
- Fresh pineapple juice
- Airtight container
- Cutting Board
Buy a fresh and ripe pineapple. Ripe pineapples contain a large amount of juice, so it should feel heavy and slightly soft to the touch.
To slice the pineapple, take out a sharp, serrated knife and your cutting board. First remove the stem and slice off the outer layer, or skin of the pineapple. Remove any remaining seeds from the pineapple. Lay the pineapple down on its side and slice it according to your desired thickness.
If you prefer to drink fresh pineapple juice, you can juice the pineapple in your juicer. Once you have removed the stem, skin, and seeds, Cut the pineapple into chunks, removing the thick core piece from each chunk. The remaining pieces will go in the juicer.
After eating a meal, or any time you start to feel discomfort, eat a couple of slices of fresh pineapple or drink an eight-oz. cup of pineapple juice.
To store the pineapple slices, place them in their own juices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no more than three to five days before eating. The juice can be stored for the same amount of time, also in an airtight container.
Make fresh citrus fruits such as pineapples, oranges, and grapefruit, part of your everyday diet.
Tips & Warnings
- The pineapple rind actually contains the largest concentration of bromelain. For optimum results when juicing, include the rind of an organic pineapple in your juicer.
- Do not buy canned pineapple, as it will not contain the enzymes needed and can have the reverse effect, negatively impacting acid reflux.