Happy Wishing Well~ness Wednesday!  Ever kissed a pineapple?  This was my first time, I swear!  Regardless, a few of you out there might want to start following my lead.  
    The enzyme found in pineapple is called bromelain.  Bromelain is beneficial for quite a few things.  For starters, it has the ability to serve as a digestive enzyme.  Digestive enzymes are naturally present in the body, but for various reasons might not be functioning top notch.  If this is the case, investing in some digestive enzyme supplements might be on your wish list.  So if you're one of those people (you know who you are) that can clear a room full of innocent bystanders due to your flatulence, you might want to consider supplementing your diet with digestive enzymes.  Other symptoms aside from gas that could warrant a little bromelain consist of bloating, irregular bowel movements, indigestion, and/ or feeling super full after a meal.  If these body "clues" happen on the regular, chances are you are suffering from some poor digestion.
    Another fantastic reason to take bromelain is for inflammation.  Bromelain contains anti-inflammatory properties.  It has been found helpful in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other types of arthritis due to its ability to aid inflamed joints.  Also, it has been advantageous in fighting inflammation of the nose and sinuses.  Moreover, many people have found it beneficial in reducing swelling after surgery or injury, as well as assisting in the relief of ulcerative colitis.
    Furthermore, bromelain contains chemicals that have the capability to inhibit the growth of tumor cells and the propensity to slow down blood clotting.
    According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, they recommend the following: as a digestive aid, 500 mg/ day in divided doses with meals.  For injuries, 500 mg 4 times/ day on an empty stomach.  For arthritis, 500-2,000 mg/ day in 2 divided doses.  Alright folks, with that being said, please do remember to consult your Doc before implementing any new medical regimen.
    My final recommendation, to all of you beautiful people, is the next time you encounter that delicious, tropical wonder, the pineapple, do give it a little love!
                                                                                                                                   Wishing you all the best of health & happiness,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stacy xoxo  


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